BI-WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE (10 – 23 Dec)
Sunday Masses are generally sung, and the Daily Masses, are generally read
CONFESSION TIME IS OFFERED ONE HOUR (ON THE HOUR) PRIOR TO EVERY MASS AND SHOULD CONCLUDE 20 MINUTES PRIOR TO MASS
THE SEASON OF ADVENT
10 DECEMBER, 11:00 A.M. – THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Mon, 11 Dec, NO MASS – St. Damascus I, Pope & Confessor
Tues, 12 Dec, NO MASS – Feria of Advent
Wed, 13 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr
Thurs, 14 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – Feria of Advent
Fri, 15 Dec, 11:00 A.M. – Feria of Advent
Sat, 16 Dec, 6:00 A.M. – Rorate Caeli Votive Mass (scroll down for details)
17 DECEMBER, 11:00 A.M. – THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDETE
Mon, 18 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – Greater Feria of Advent
Tues, 19 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – Greater Feria of Advent
Wed, 20 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – Ember Wednesday of Advent
Thurs, 21 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – St. Thomas, Apostle
Fri, 22 Dec, 11:00 A.M. – Ember Friday of Advent
Sat, 23 Dec, 11:00 A.M. – Ember Saturday of Advent
*SCROLL DOWN FOR CHRISTMASTIDE SCHEDULE
A monthly schedule of Masses is available in the bulletin.
Days marked “NO MASS” simply mean that Mass is not being offered publically. However, on that day, a Mass would still be offered privately to which one may unite, with the Priest’s own, their daily prayers and intentions. A spiritual communion is recommended on days one cannot assist publically at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The Rorate Caeli Mass
Saturday, 16 December, 6:00 A.M. Confessions, 5-5:40 A.M.
→ THERE WILL BE NO 11:00 A.M. MASS THIS DAY!
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. In many instances families and individuals travel an hour or more, rising and arriving very early for this stunningly beautiful Mass. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.
The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8:
“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”
“Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.”
The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.
The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord. – an excerpt from The Fraternal Society of St. Peter (FSSP) website
CHRISTMASTIDE MASS SCHEDULE – SUN, 24 DEC – SAT, 06 JAN
SUN, 24 DEC, 11:00 A.M. – VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS (Sunday obligation! You must attend!)
NATIVITY OF OUR LORD (Midnight Mass) – MON, 25 DEC,12:00 A.M.
Nativity … (Mass at dawn) – Mon, 25 Dec, 9:00 A.M.
Nativity … (Mass during the day) – Mon, 25 Dec, 11:00 A.M.
→ You need only choose ONE of the above Christmas Masses on 25 December to fulfill your Christmas obligation. The ‘Midnight Mass’ will be a High Mass and the 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. will be Low Masses.
Tues, 26 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – St. Stephen
Wed, 27 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – St. John the Evangelist
Thurs, 28 Dec, 6:00 P.M. – Holy Innocents
Fri, 29 Dec, 11:00 A.M. – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas
Sat, 30 Dec, 11:00 A.M. – 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas
SUN, 31 DEC, 11:00 A.M. – 7TH Day in the Octave of Christmas
MON, 01 JAN, 6:00 P.M. – OCTAVE DAY OF CHRISTMAS – A Holy Day of Obligation!
Tues, 02 Jan, 6:00 P.M. – Holy Name of Jesus
Wed, 03 Jan, 6:00 P.M. – Feria in Christmastide
Thurs, 04 Jan,6:00 P.M. – Feria in Christmastide
Fri, 05 Jan, 11:00 A.M. – Feria in Christmastide
Sat, 06 Jan, 11:00 A.M. – EPIPHANY OF THE LORD