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Filipino Catholic celebration reaches for the stars

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ESCONDIDO — Around 800 faithful from across the region attended the Simbang Gabi Vigil Mass, the Filipino community’s colorful tradition.

The Diocesan Commission for Filipino Catholics teamed up with the diocese to present the Dec. 14 Mass at Resurrection Church. Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan celebrated the second annual Mass, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano and 15 pastors.

A total of 11 parishes and devotional communities presented “parols,” illuminated lanterns in the shape of the star of Bethlehem.

The Mass opened the novena of Masses held in 19 parishes from Dec. 16 to 24 to accompany the Blessed Mother as she waited for the birth of the Savior.

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