Simbang Gabi Held in Regina

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Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen, along with several Filipino priests con-celebrated a December 23 evening Mass at Holy Child Church to end the nine-day Simbang Gabi. a Filipino traditional novena preceding Christmas.

In his opening remarks Archbishop Bolen thanked Reverend Danilo Rafael, Holy Child Parish Priest for bringing this “wonderful tradition to our archdiocese and opening the doors for all of us to join in this celebration.”

The novena began December 15 and continued for the next nine days ending with an evening Mass at six pm each evening. A different priest celebrated Mass each day with different Fillipino groups providing the music and readings. Some of the readings and responses were in Tagalog, the Filipino national language. About 200 people attended each evening service

A huge pot luck supper, with many traditional Filipino foods followed the December 23rd Mass.