Come Celebrate the Birth of Christ! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas Season & a Blessed new year.
Tuesday, December 24
- 4:30pm Christmas Carol Service
- 5:00pm The Vigil Mass of the Nativity
- 11:30pm Christmas Carol Service
Wednesday, December 25:
Holy Day of Obligation
- Midnight (12:00) Mass
- 8:00am Christmas Mass
- 11:00am Christmas Mass
Christmas Continues After December 25
Leave up those decorations and continue to rejoice! As we all know, Christmas doesn’t end on December 25, but is only the beginning, as we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world!
From the USCCB Website:
‘The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him…including the fact that he was born to die for us.’
The Christmas season is filled with feasts and constant celebration:
Friday, December 27 – Feast of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Today we honor John, writer of one of the four Gospels, who answered the call to be an apostle of Jesus. Pray about your own vocation today.
John and his brother, James, Galilean fishermen called the “sons of thunder,” were chosen to be among the Twelve Apostles. John was with Jesus at the Trans-figuration, in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary. It was to this “beloved disciple” that Jesus entrusted his mother’s care.
Saturday, December 28 – Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs
Today, as we remember the Holy Innocents put to death by King Herod, pray a rosary for life and meditate on the glorious mysteries. Take time to visit our shrine in the church and light a candle for the Holy Innocents & all the children who have left this world too soon. Pray for greater respect for all life from conception until natural death.
Ever since December 25, we have been celebrating Christ’s birth.
On the last day of His octave, we honor His Mother.
There is much to contemplate on this day – it’s the day of Christ’s naming,
it’s a day to pray for peace and it’s the start of a new year of grace.*
*Adapted from The Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Journey by Msgr. Vincent Haut
Thursday, January 2 – Memorial of Sts Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
On this, their feast day, learn about and pray through the intercession of Sts. Basil and Gregory, who were named Doctors of the Church because of their profound theological and spiritual influence.
“Do everything possible to make yourself worthy of the Kingdom. Do not disdain the invitation you have received.”
(Basil the Great, Exhortation to Baptism, 7-8)
Saturday, January 4 – Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Today we remember Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first person born in America to be canonized as a saint. She married, raised five children, was widowed, converted to Catholicism and started a religious order, the Sisters of Charity.
Sunday, January 12 – Baptism of the Lord
Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, when through the descent of a dove, God made manifest that Jesus was his beloved Son, sent for the salvation of the world.
“The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him, he cleansed the waters.”
(United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 184)