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SIMBANG GABI — Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen, along with several Filipino priests, concelebrated a Dec. 23 evening mass at Holy Child Church to end the nine-day Simbang Gabi, a Filipino traditional novena preceding Christmas. Bolen in his opening remarks thanked Rev. 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 Dec. 15 and continued for nine days with a mass at 6:00 each evening, with a different priest celebrating and different groups in the Filipino community providing the music and readings. Some of the readings and responses were in Tagalog, the Filipino national language. About 200 people attended each service

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