Wednesday, December 26: The Feast of St. Stephen. How odd to celebrate the feast of the first Christian martyr during such a happy season! On the other hand, what does the coming of Christ’s light to a world darkened by sin bring if not contradiction, challenge and a share in Christ’s cross?
Thursday, December 27: The Feast of St. John the Apostle. John’s gospel begins “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was god….and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Friday, December 28, The Feast of the Holy Innocents. Christmas is a happy time, but the world without Christ is not a happy place. Herod’s massacre of children reminds us of what is at stake. Apart from the light that is Christ, people are capable of the worst evils imaginable.
Sunday, Dec. 30, The Feast of the Holy Family. The family is the domestic church, the basic building block of our larger community of faith. We celebrate the mystery of love in the home expressed in Jesus’ life in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph as we pray for our own families here and now.
Tuesday, January 1, The Octave of Christmas. This day is a “holy day of obligation”. This important day encompasses many celebrations: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, New Year’s Day, World Day of Prayer for Peace, and Independence Day for Haiti.
Masses are as follows
Vigil Masses (Dec. 31)
4:00 p.m. St. Joseph
4:00 p.m. St. Mary Church
5:30 p.m. St. Peter and Paul Church
7:00 p.m. St. Mary Church (in Spanish)
Masses during the day, Jan. 1
8:30 St. Joseph Church (Polish and English)
10:00 St. Peter and Paul
12:00 St. Mary (Haitian Creole)
Sunday, January 6, The Epiphany (Feast of the Three Kings) This is the great 12th Day of Christmas when the Wise Men, following a star, found the king of kings in a manger bed. All Sunday Masses will be joyful celebrations, but the 10:00 multilingual Mass at St. Mary’s will be very special with sounds and flavors of many lands, pageantry, and a grand party for children and their families after Mass. All are invited, but let us know if you’re coming to the party.