Bayanihan Ministry

Is a group of Filipino-American parishioners of St. Gilbert that hosts the annual Simbang Gabi in our parish. This year, is the 13th year that we have been hosting the Simbang Gabi at St. Gilbert. Bayanihan in "Tagalog" means communal work to accomplish a task. We hold fund raising to raise funds for our Simbang Gabi event. We always represent the Philippines at the annual St. Gilbert International Fest. We hold summer picnic to promote friendships among the Filipino-Americans in our parish and we promote active participation in our parish. Most of all we are here to make our Filipino Parishioners feel more welcome.
Simbang Gabi (Filipino "Mass at Night") 
Is a devotional nine day consecutive Masses practiced in the Philippines as a spiritual preparation for Christmas and also to honor the Blessed Virgin Mother. This tradition came from the early days of Spanish rule in the Philippines. When the Christmas season begins it was customary to hold novenas in the evenings. It was later changed to early dawn to allow the farmers to attend before they go out to till the land. Simbang Gabi is also known by its popular Spanish name Misa de Gallo or mass of the rooster. During the Spanish era and early American period, the parishioners would mostly have nothing to offer during Mass except sacks of rice, fruits and vegetables and fresh eggs. They were graciously accepted by the priests who kept a portion for themselves and shared the produce with the rest of the parishioners.
2019 Simbang Gabi Schedule