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2021 Christmas From the Pastor Update

“Christmas Time Is Here”—A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson 

 

Dear Parishioners:

 

Next week is Christmas.  (Yes, hard to believe.)  I thought I’d share some details on the Masses at Holy Spirit over the next couple of weekends.

 

There will be the regularly-scheduled 8:30 am Mass in the Chapel on Friday, Dec. 24.  It is noteworthy that the opening prayer at this Mass is one of two in the year (along with Corpus Christi), where the Collect is addressed to Christ and not to God the Father.

 

On Christmas Eve:

There will be Masses in Church at 4:00 pm and in the Chapel at 4:00 pm.  The Chapel Mass is called an “overflow” Mass based on my experience of my first couple of years as pastor where there were 100+ people standing in the narthex and more along the walls of the church for the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass.  Due to the on-going COVID situation, I do not expect the church to be overflowing, but we will not be able to provide for social distancing in the church.  I do expect it to be crowded.  The Chapel is a good place to go if you want a smaller crowd.  I ask that masks be worn in the chapel.

There will be Mass in the church at 6:30 pm.

There will be Mass at 10:00 in the churchThis will be preceded by Christmas music at 9:30 pm.  (So. The answer to, “What time is your Midnight Mass?” is “10 pm.)

 

On Christmas Day:

Masses will be at 9:00 am and 11:00 am in the Church. Note that this is different from the regular Sunday schedule.

There are no Confessions or the 5:00 pm anticipated Sunday Vigil Mass for Dec. 26 on December 25

 

December 26, The Holy Family:

 

The regular Sunday schedule of 9:00 am, 10:30 am, and 12:00 Noon will be observed.

December 31, Vigil of Mary, the Mother of God:

Mary, the Mother of God is not obligatory this year since if falls on a Saturday, but it is still an important day in the life of the Church and you are encouraged to attend a Mass to observe the primary feast of Our Lady.

The Vigil Mass will take place at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Church.   Note that St. Joseph has the Vigil Mass.

 

January 1, 2022, Mary, the Mother of God:

The Solemnity will be observed at Holy Spirit with a Mass at 11:00 am on January 1. This Mass does not fulfill the Sunday obligation for Sunday, January 2.

There will be confessions and the 5:00 Mass on January 1.

 

January 2, 2022, The Epiphany of the Lord:

The regular Sunday schedule of 9:00 am, 10:30 am, and 12:00 Noon will be observed.

 

I look forward to seeing you for these celebrations in the Christmas season.

 

Sincerely,                                                                                            

Rev. Charles F. Strebler, Pastor