Categories: Catholic Faith

Celebrating Simbang Gabi


Simbáng Gabi (Filipino for “Night Mass”) is a devotional Novena of Masses in anticipation of Christmas and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Traditionally the masses are held daily from December 16–24, and occur at different times, even as early as 4:00am! It is a time of great celebration; singing of native carols, adorning your homes with colorful lanterns/decorations, and feasting. 

All Are Welcome to Take Part in the Celebration!

Simbang Gabi Annual Commissioning Mass:

December 14 @ 11:00AM
St. James Cathedral, Seattle


Join Archbishop Etienne and Catholics from around the Archdiocese for this festive, colorful, and prayerful Advent celebration to usher in Simbang Gabi, a novena of Masses meant to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ.

Contact Deacon Carl Chilo at 206-382-4828 for details.

Our Lady Star of the Sea’s Simbang Gabi Mass

December 20 @ 6:00PM
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bremerton


Join us for Mass at 6:00PM in the church followed by a reception in Camerman Hall (Church basement). This is always a fun time to share with our fellow parishioners!

Novena of Masses Schedule:

See the schedule and locations of the parish-sponsored Simbang Gabi Mass celebrations throughout the diocese.


A Parol is a star-shaped lantern displayed in homes in the Philippines, meant to serve as a guiding light and sign for Mary and Joseph and more importantly, Jesus, to come into the home, as the family is ready for them.

The presence of the star reminds us of God’s presence among us and that Jesus is Emmanuel!