The Archdiocese of Louisville???s Office of Multicultural Ministry and its Filipino Ministry will hold the Simbang Gabi Christmas Mass on Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 7813 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY with Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. as the celebrant. For Filipino Catholics, Simbang Gabi (means night worship, pronounced as ???seem-bahng gab-bee???) is a typical way of preparing for the great feast of Christmas. Filipinos attend the nine-day devotional masses leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. Simbang Gabi stems back to the Spanish regime in the Philippines. The faithful wake early in the morning to join in celebration of the dawn mass. After the mass, the church goers enjoy sharing rice delicacies cooked by the vendors outside on the church grounds. For further details call the Office of Multicultural Ministry at (502)636-0296, ext. 1245.
Citywide Kwanza Celebration
The Office of Multicultural Ministry will host the 35th Annual Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 29, 2016, 5:30 p.m. at the Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 West Broadway, Louisville, KY. This is a community-wide family event filled with music, prayer, African drumming, food, a celebration of history and much more. Cash donations will be accepted or school supplies in preparation for the 2015 school supply drive. Kwanzaa, which means ???first fruits of the harvest??? in the African language Kiswahili, is a seven-day harvest festival celebrated December 26 ??? January 1. This is a celebration of family, community and culture. It is not a religious holiday. Kwanzaa was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor of Africana Studies at California State University-Long Beach. At the heart and center of Kwanzaa are the Nguzo Saba, The Seven Principles, one for each day of the observance. For further details please call the Catholic Enrichment Center at (502)776-0262.