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Celebrate Christmas with Us

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND MASSES

Click here for the program for our Christmas Masses.

Sunday, December 24
4:00 pm Family Service of Carols and Readings
4:30 pm Family Mass

FAMILY SERVICE OF CAROLS, READINGS, AND MASS “A Storybook Tale of Christmas”.  Not just for kids but the entire family and the parish, the Service of Carols and Readings on Christmas Eve is a tradition that focuses our attention on the Birth of Jesus through the lens of storytelling. Travel through time and sacred places with the children of the parish through carols and readings from scripture and poetic verses. Then we will seamlessly take you into the celebration of the Mass where both children and parishioners will experience the liturgy anew through sacred words and song. Accompanied by a trombone quartet, the children will lead us in prayer to herald the Birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. What to expect: there may be some wiggles and giggles along the way because children are naturally joyful, but it’s ok because we’re going to pray with them, hand-in-hand, so that they experience the fullness of our faith through joy and love. Together, we will pray as one family in Christ.

7:00 pm Vigil Mass
9:00 pm Vigil Mass
11:00 pm Service of Carols and Readings
12:00 am Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25
8:00 am Christmas Mass
10:00 am Christmas Mass
6:00 pm Christmas Mass

For more information, please contact us at liturgy@straymondmp.org.

Advent Calendar of Events

SATURDAY,  DEC. 9, 9:00-11:00 AM Advent Morning of Prayer and Retreat. Join Mary Abinante for this reflective and prayerful retreat focusing on Advent.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 7:00 PM Young Adult Wine and Social. Join young adults (18-40) in the community for a relaxed evening of wine and fellowship.

SUNDAY,  DEC. 10, 8:00 PM Advent Night Prayer The perfect end to the day: a candlelit, restful evening with the Liturgy of the Hours.

TUESDAY,  DEC. 12, 7:00 PM Advent Taizé Service and Our Lady of Guadalupe Come celebrate Our Lady within the context of a candlelit evening of prayer followed by a reception.

FRIDAY,  DEC. 15, 6:30 PM Advent Cooking Class with Jesson Mata. Learn some time-tested cooking tips for holiday cooking like how to make a mirepoix to enliven your most treasured dishes. Everyone is welcome, including moms and dads.

WEDNESDAY,  DEC. 20, 7:30 PM Advent Penance Service Join the entire community plus two other parishes for an evening of reflection and confessions with meditative music.

THURSDAY,  DEC. 21, 7:00 PM “Simbang Gabi” or “Night Mass” Join the Filipino community for a festive night imbued with cultural traditions and food from the Philippines

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

The following is a blessing you may use for your Advent wreath at home.
All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64  (lines 2-7) is read:

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says:

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:

O come, desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of humankind;
bid ev’ry sad division cease
and be thyself our Prince of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers