Thursday, December 21, 5:00-6:00pm
Friday, December 22, 8:45-9:45am
Saturday, December 23, 9:30-10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 23, 5:00pm
Sunday, December 24, 9:30am
Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
Sunday, December 24, 4:00pm & 10:00pm
Monday, December 25, 10:00am
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Monday, January 1, 10:00am
We welcome ALL to join us in the celebration of Mass!
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday: 8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable
From Bulletin, Sunday, December 17
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you pray, you will be certainly saved; if you do not pray, you will be certainly damned.” —St Alphonsus Liguori
LITURGICAL FOCUS: What is special about the Third Sunday of Advent? For much of the Church’s history, this Sunday had a special name: “Gaudete” Sunday. The traditions surrounding this Sunday go back as far as the fourth or fifth century, as does the season of Advent itself. Advent, our preparation for Christmas, was originally a 40-day penitential season, like Lent. In fact, since it used to begin on November 12, it was called “St. Martin’s Lent.” “Gaudete Sunday” was the Advent counterpart to “Laetare Sunday,” which marked the mid-point in Lent.
On Gaudete Sunday, the season of Advent shifts its focus. For the first two weeks of Advent, the focus can be summed up in the phrase, “The Lord is coming.” But beginning with Gaudete Sunday, the summary might be, “The Lord is near.” This shift is marked by a lighter mood, and a heightened sense of joyous anticipation.
Liturgically, the colors lighten as well. The priest usually wears rose-colored vestments, a hue seen only on Gaudete Sunday and Laetare Sunday. On this day, we light the third candle of the Advent wreath, which is also rose-colored or, if you prefer, pink.
The word “Gaudete” is Latin for “Rejoice.” In times when the focus of our anticipation is often on the negative and fearful, this celebration is a reminder that God, who loves us, is still in charge, and that we await his coming not with fear, but with tremendous joy. This is reflected in the second reading from St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians: “Brothers and sisters, rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you, in Christ Jesus.”
EXTRA CONFESSION OPPORTUNITIES: Prepare your heart for Christmas by receiving God’s tremendous mercy in the sacrament of Reconciliation! Along with our regular confession schedule, extra confession times are happening this week on Thursday, December 21 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday, December 22 from 8:45am to 9:45am, and on Saturday, December 23 from 9:30am to 10:30am.
BACK-TO-BACK HOLY DAYS: Next week we get the great opportunity to go to Mass two days in a row! With Christmas falling on a Monday this year that means the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas are back-to-back Holy Days. You can come to the 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, December 23 or the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, December 24 to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, AND then you can come to the 4:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve, or the 10:00pm Mass on Christmas Eve, or the 10:00am Mass on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!