Christmas 2020

Mass Times

  • Christmas Eve at 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm, and 10 pm
  • Christmas Day at 9:30 am. 

Christmas Mass Details

  • The 4 pm and 6 pm Masses on Christmas Eve will both have children’s choirs. 
  • All Masses will also be live streamed to our Youtube Channel.
  • All Coronavirus precautions will continue to be followed on campus.
  • The 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass will definitely be our most crowded (by far). Please take this into consideration when making your Christmas plans. 
  • The Life Center will be open and available for overflow seating for all Masses. 
  • For both the 4 pm and the 6 pm Masses, the school gym will also be available for overflow seating. However, unlike in years past, this will not be a separate Mass from the Nave. The Mass in the Nave will be broadcast to the gym. This is to most effectively use our priests and protect them during this pandemic.
  • Communion will be distributed to all in attendance for Mass in campus, whether in the Nave, the Life Center, or the school gym. 

Saving Seats

There will be no saving seats this year, since the Masses will be much closer together. The doors will open at 3 pm for the 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass, and at that time parishioners and other Mass attendees will be able to enter and find a spot to sit for themselves and their families. 

Choirs

All choir members (including those in the children’s choirs) will be wearing masks, and socially distanced from one another and the rest of the congregation. 

Church Open for photos, prayer, and Confessions

From 9:30 am until 1 pm on Thursday, December 24, the church will be open for personal prayer and family photos. Monsignor will also be available to hear Confessions at this time. The church will be decorated for Christmas Eve Mass, so we encourage you to get photos at this time rather than after Mass. There will not be time after Masses this year to take photos, as we will need to immediately begin the sanitization process before the next Mass begins. 

This is also a great time for those who are uncomfortable joining us in person for Mass to come and see the Nave all decorated and spend a moment in prayer in the presence of Our Lord. 

The church will close at 1 pm and all doors will be locked so that we may thoroughly sanitize the building before Masses begin. 

Quieting Room

The quieting room will continue to be closed.

Incense

Incense will be used at all Masses in the Nave, in a moderate and appropriate manner. If you are allergic or highly sensitive to incense, we suggest that you sit in the Life Center or the school gym for Mass. 

The Christmas Season

We understand that the ongoing pandemic might make attending Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day unrealistic for some people, but we hope everyone will celebrate Christmas liturgically in the way that they’re able. Here are some suggestions:

  • Pray with us via live stream.
  • Attend another, less-populated, Mass during the Christmas liturgical season (which ends on January 10). 
  • Pray a simple Liturgy of the Word at home. Read and discuss the readings for Christmas Mass with your family. Pray for your family’s intentions. End with an Act of Spiritual Communion.
  • Pray the Liturgy of the Hours with your family. An app like iBreviary can walk you through the prayers.

Dispensation

We wanted to remind you that the Dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still in effect, and that this includes the Christmas liturgies. Therefore, if you or a member of your household is sick, has a fever, think you may have had exposure to COVID-19, are in quarantine, or are waiting on COVID-19 test results, we urge you to stay home and not attend Mass in person. 

We miss you all and we cannot wait for the day when we can all be together in person again!