Catholics at St. Timothy Church celebrated the season the Filipino Way, with a nine-day Novena of Masses. 

The celebration, known as “Simbang Gabi,” or night mass in Filipino, is held every year from December 15th- December 24th.  

Participants say the celebration replicates the nativity story of Mary and Joseph searching for an inn. So the pilgrims travel from church to church every night, like Mary and Joseph.

“It’s really bringing back home,” said Maria Escoto, who attended the event.  “My parents passed away but this is a legacy they passed on to me and my siblings, and now I’m passing it on to my sons,” she said.

For many, even those who aren’t Filipino, it commemorates the true meaning of Christmas.

“What a beautiful way to get our minds off the distractions and the things of this world, and have our eyes fixed on the true meaning of the season,” said Bishop Burbidge, of St. Timothy Catholic Church.