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Putting Christ on Christmas

22 Dec

If haven’t seen this Sainsbury video commercial yet, well, here it is. Watch the story behind  and then enjoy the full commercial. Have a Wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Prince of Peace

21 Dec

December 27 Novena

20 Dec

The Filipino Families of Skokie (FFOS) members’ next Novena prayer is scheduled on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 6:00 in the evening.

The Filipino Families of Skokie was organized primarily as a spiritual group. The main purpose of our organization is to unite, promote, support, and engage in activities fostering and enriching the spiritual and cultural heritage of the members. In order to achieve these goals, member families are encouraged to attend and participate in parish functions and fund raising and other activities designed in promoting the spirituality, camaraderie, and well being of member families to include:

The Bi-weekly novena are devotions to the Santo Niño Jesus, Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima,  San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila and San Pedro Calungsod.

Please join us at ‘s Place  on Saturday at 6:00 in the evening.

St Lambert Parish Christmas Masses Schedule

18 Dec


The Christmas Masses are as follows:

Dec. 24 Christmas Eve (Wednesday)

5:00 PM

9:30 PM Christmas Carols

10:00 PM Mass during the Night

Dec. 25, Christmas Day (Thursday.)

8:00 AM

10:00 AM

12:00 noon

Simbang Gabi at St. Lambert

16 Dec


Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi is a Philippine tradition that was introduced by the Spanish friars to allow the farmers to hear mass before going to the fields early in the morning. It is also known by its popular Spanish name as the Misa de Gallo, or “Mass of the rooster”. Simbang Gabi means dawn mass. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1587. It was introduced by the Spanish Missionaries to encourage the faith of the Filipino people. It is a series of nine early morning Masses (novena), starting as early as 4:00a.m.

The tradition begins on December 16th and ends at midnight of December 24th (the Midnight Mass) with Noche Buena. During the Simbang Gabi days, most churches open their doors before the break of dawn to welcome church goers.

To wake people up, church bells start ringing as early as 3 o’clock in the morning. Bright Christmas lights and colorful parols (lanterns) decorate houses and the church.

Parols (Philippine Lanterns)

In the Philippines, the parol has become an iconic  symbol of the Filipino Christmas. A star-shaped paper lantern,  made of bamboo strips pasted with papel de japon (Japanese paper), illuminated by a candle or kalburo (carbide). The shape is said to be inspired by the star on the Nativity of Jesus that guided the Magi to the manger

Parols are associated also with the Simbang Gabi (Misa de Gallo) and also symbolize the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.

Parol was adapted by barrio folks to light their paths during this annual ritual dawn Masses, due to electricity being unavailable at the time. These then remain until January, traditionally removed after Epiphany, to honour the Three Kings and their visit to the Child Jesus. (

St. Lambert Novena Mass

Join us in one of the Novena Masses of Simbang Gabi here in St. Lambert Parish in Skokie. The St. Lambert’s Simbang Gabi will be on December 20, Saturday at 6:30 in the evening.

A short cultural presentation and a “salu-salu” will follow the Mass.

Article source: St Lambert Parish Bulletin,

O Come, Emmanuel

15 Dec