Simbang Gabi at St. Ignatius Church!


St. Ignatius Church is hosting a Simbang Gabi Mass on Friday, December 21, at 5:30 pm.

Join us for these special Filipino Advent celebrations!

A full reception will be offered after Mass in Fromm Hall.

About Simbang Gabi

The original Simbang Gabi was called the "Misa de Aurea" (Golden Mass) or the "Angel's Mass." In 1587, Fray Diego Soria, prior of the San Augustin Convent, petitioned the Pope for permission to hold Christmastide Masses outdoors becuase the church could not accommodate the multitude that attended the services. The request was granted through a re-script and in the 17th Century, the Misa de Aguinaldo or the Misa de Gallo, or Simbang Gabi became a Filipino spiritual tradition. Vatican II encouraged the church in the Philippines to continue the tradition and uphold its significant role in the life of the people.

This novena of Masses expresses the love of the people for God through His Mother, Mary, as we gather in prayerful anticipation of the Christmas miracle. The readings, the prayers, and the songs at Mass remind us all of our need for God in our lives and the necessity of taking time to reflect on our relationships with God and with one another at this special time of the year.

Filipino Americans brought Simbang Gabi to the United States and found it to be an effective way to stay connected to their faith. It expresses who they are as a Filipino people, and enables them to share their God-given gifts with the wider Church in the United States. Simbang Gabi draws on the leadership of the Filipino Catholics in the parishes to carry out these special gatherings and to share their religious tradition and culture with the whole parish family.

Simbang Gabi is an opportunity for the Archbishop to gather with the parish leadership at the Cathedral for a Commissioning Mass to commence the nine days novena. Everyone is encouraged to attend the novena of nine Masses.

For the first time Deanery 3 is coming together to celebrate Simbang Gabi at it's parishes. For some, this will be the first exposure to a beloved Filipino tradition, for others it is deepening the experience.

The planning committee members pray that your advent is enriched by taking part in this novena to anticipate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

All are welcome!

See the full schedule of Simbang Gabi Masses at participating churches in the bay area HERE.

For more information, please contact:

(415) 806-2923;

Event Contacts

Rachel Isip

Where to Meet

650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118


No RSVP required.

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