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Parishioners head into St. Michael's Catholic Church before dawn for Mass in Livermore, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. A Filipino Christmas tradition Simbang Gabi is motivating people to brave the frigid pre-dawn air to attend church every morning for nine straight days leading up to Christmas Day. (Anda Chu/Staff)
A number of Catholic parishes within the Oakland diocese are hosting Simbang Gabi Masses, including churches in Concord, Antioch, Brentwood, Danville, Fremont, Pinole, Pittsburg, El Cerrito, San Ramon, Alameda and Hayward, through Dec. 24. Pleasanton: St. Augustine, 3999 Bernal Ave., Dec. 22, 6 a.m. San Ramon: St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., 7 p.m. Dec. 16-23, 5:30 a.m. Dec. 24. Hayward: St. Joachim, Hesperian St. and St. Bede, Patrick St., 5:30 a.m. Alameda: St. Philip Neri-St. Albert the Great, 1022 Holly St., 5 a.m. Antioch: St. Ignatius, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., 5 a.m. El Cerrito: St. John the Baptist, 11150 San Pablo Ave., 7 p.m. Fremont: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 40382 Fremont Blvd., 6 a.m. Pinole: St. Joseph, 837 Tennent Ave., 5 a.m. Pittsburg: Church of the Good Shepherd, 3200 Harbor St., 5:30 p.m. Rodeo/Hercules: St. Patrick, 825 Seventh St., 5 a.m.
More information is at www.catholicvoiceoakland.org; search at bottom left for "Simbang Gabi 2012."