No, your eyes are not deceiving you, nor have we gone crazy. However, several people have been asking about the fact that Christmas falls on a Monday this year, and they are wondering if they are still obliged to attend Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 23-24). The answer is “yes.” We have a wonderful opportunity this year to worship together twice on Sunday!
Each Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation, as is Christmas, so the duty to take part in Sunday Mass still is present. If you have young children, or if you have relatives visiting, or if you are hosting a big dinner on Christmas Eve (e.g., Sunday night, December 24), you might want to bring your family to the Saturday night Mass on December 23, and then come to Christmas Eve Mass the next day. Especially when we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord Jesus each year, the Vigil Mass on December 24 is much loved and very popular! Or you could separate the events by attending the solemn and beautiful Midnight Mass on Monday morning.
So, as you make your plans, here is our schedule for the last days of Advent, and the first days of the Christmas Season:
Communal Penance Service
(Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m.)
Join us for a beautiful penance service with readings, music, and an uplifting message about God’s mercy. This is a great chance to come to confession with your neighbors, enjoy music, Bible readings, a brief homily, an examination of conscience to help you focus, and then the opportunity to go to the priest of your choice for confession. We will have four priests available, three of whom are from outside Saint Brendan Parish.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
(Saturday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 24)
The Fourth Sunday of Advent will have regular Mass times at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Don’t miss this comforting message about how to make room for others and bring them spiritual comfort this Christmas season.
(Sunday, Dec. 24 – Monday, Dec. 25)
Join us on Christmas for an uplifting message of hope for our world through the birth of Christ that inspires human beings to bring hope to others.
Our popular Vigil Mass will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24. Be sure to arrive early for a comfortable seat. Children will perform in a special Christmas Pageant, as well as sing in the choir.
Our Midnight Mass begins at 12:00 a.m. and will feature our adult choirs. Arrive at 11:15 p.m. to hear and sing along with Christmas carols.
Our Christmas Masses on Monday morning, December 25 follow a regular Sunday schedule, with Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
May the good Lord bless you and your loved ones as we approach one of the most important feasts of the year, the Birth of Jesus!
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