Advent is a season of hope and anticipation. All Catholics are invited to celebrate the season the Filipino way, with a nine-day Novena of Masses at Santiago de Compostela Church in Lake Forest that begins on Dec. 16. The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, will preside over the third Mass on Dec. 18. Each day for nine consecutive mornings, Mass will be held at 5:30 a.m., culminating with the last Mass on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve. At the final Mass, devotees are invited to bring their “Bambinos” or Baby Jesus from their Nativity sets to be revered and blessed.

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