Christmas Mass Schedule

Because the 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas falls on the same weekend this year, the obligation requires that you attend a Mass for the 4th Sunday of Advent AND a Mass for Christmas.  One Mass will not fulfill both obligations.

Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent:

Saturday, December 23 at 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 24 at 8:15 am

Sunday, December 24 at 10:15 am

Masses for Christmas:

Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 pm in the church

Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 pm in the Davidson Center

Sunday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

Monday, December 25 at 12:00 am (midnight)

Monday, December 25 at 8:15 am

Monday, December 25 at 11:15 am

Please note that there will not be a 12:15 Mass on December 24th so that we may prepare the church for Christmas.

Mass Schedule for December 26th-January 1st

Tuesday, 12/26-Friday, 12/29 – 9:30 am

Saturday, 12/30 – 4:00 pm

Sunday, 12/31 – 8:15am, 10:15 am, 12:15 pm and 5:00 pm

Monday, 1/1 – 9:30 am (not a Holy Day of Obligation this year)

Paula Strzyzewski

The funeral Mass for Paul Strzyzewski will be celebrated on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

Light the Advent Wreath at Mass

At each Mass during the Advent season our parish Advent wreath is lit.  You are invited to carry the lit Advent candle in the opening procession and place it in the wreath.  Sign up via the Sign up genius, website or contact Holly or at ext. 109

The Advent Wreath

   Advent begins the weekend of December 2-3.  Everyone is invited to bring their Advent wreath to Mass for a special blessing.

The origins of the Advent wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who, during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths of evergreens and lighted fires as signs of hope in a coming spring and renewed light.

Christians kept these popular traditions alive, and by the 16th century Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany used these symbols to celebrate their Advent hope in Christ, the everlasting Light.  From Germany the use of the Advent wreath spread to other parts of the Christian world.

Traditionally, the wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens.  The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.  The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.  Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of his Son.  The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles, and one pink or rose candle.  One of the purple candles is lighted the first Sunday of Advent.  On subsequent Sundays, previous candles are re-lighted with an additional one lighted.  The pink candle is lighted on the third Sunday of Advent.  On Christmas Day all the greens and decorations are replaced with fresh ones and four new white candles, symbolizing Christ, replace the colored ones and are burned throughout the Christmas season.

The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life and hope.  As the candles are lighted over the four-week period, it symbolizes the darkness of fear and hopelessness receding and the shadows of sin falling away as more and more light is shed into the world.  The flame of each new candle reminds us that something is happening, and that more is yet to come.  Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the Christ candle is lighted at Christmas, and we rejoice over the fact that the promise of long ago has been realized.

At the Family Thanksgiving Mass on November 21st, Advent wreath kits will be available to take home for your family to make an Advent wreath.

David Wolshon

David Wolshon died on November 1, 2017.  His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 6th at 9:30 am

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Mary Patricia Paul

Mary Patricia Paul died on October 31, 2017.  Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 3rd at 9:30 am

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