Cardinal Cupich celebrates Simbang Gabi

Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant for 37th annual Simbáng Gabi Mass at Our Lady at St. Germaine in Oak Lawn on Dec. 16, 2022. Simbáng Gabi is one of the oldest and most revered Filipino Christmas traditions. This year, Chicago-area Filipino Catholics have organized Simbáng Gabi Masses at nearly 50 archdiocesan churches with the theme “All Generations Call Me Blessed.” The novena ran Dec. 15 through Dec. 23, 2022 and is sponsored by the archdiocese’s Asian Catholic Initiative office. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Children carry stars in the opening procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich delivers the homily. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
People pray during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Priests and deacons join Cardinal Cupich for the Eucharistic Prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Parishioners pray the Our Father. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Flor Filomeno, a member of St. Germaine since 1993, shares the sign of peace. She was presented with flowers at the end of Mass for her continuing efforts to organize the annual Simbáng Gabi celebrations. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the choir sing the final hymn. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)