Today is Gaudete Sunday! We wear rose color vestments to celebrate the “anticipation” we hold for Christ’s coming at Christmas. Yet, there is still much work to be done!
In the final week before Christmas, I hope that you will take some time for yourself. On Monday, December 18 at 7 pm, there will be an evening Parish Penance service. Fr. Kumar and myself, in addition to a visiting priest, will be present for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I remind you that the Christmas weekend schedule is busy with the obligation for Sunday and Christmas Masses. Masses are as follows:
To fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation for December 23/24, you may attend one of the Vigil Masses on Saturday, December 23 at 4 pm or 5:30 pm or any Mass on Sunday morning, December 24 at 8 am or 10 am. There is no 12:00 noon Mass on December 24.
To fulfill your Christmas Mass obligation for December 24/25, you may attend one of the Vigil Masses on Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 pm; 4:15 pm; 5:30 pm; or 10:30 pm. Or you may attend any Mass on Christmas Day, December 25 at 8:00 am; 10 am; or 12 noon.
I remind you that there are two collections on Christmas; for the 1st Collection, use the “A Child is Born” envelope in your packet, it is for the regular Christmas Collection. For the 2nd Collection, use the “Glory to God” envelope in your packet, this is a special collection for repairs to the Church and Parish Center. Please be generous!
On behalf of Fr. Kumar, Deacon Rob, the Parish Staff and myself, may we extend to you and your family, the Blessings of the Infant Jesus.
Monsignor Martin P. Ryan, D. Min