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2020 Advent

ST. PATRICK PARISH
*The general dispensation from the Sunday & Holy Day Mass obligations will remain in place until further notice. COVID-19 Guidelines are here.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Tue, December 8 • 6:30 AM, *8:00 AM, 7 PM 

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Mañanitas • Fri-Sat, December 11-12 • 9 PM-1 AM • Church
Mass • Sat, December 12 • *7:00 PM • Church (fulfills Sunday Mass)

Join us for our celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This feast recalls the apparitions of Mary at the hill of Tepeyac in 1531 to the convert, St. Juan Diego. She was declared the patroness of the Americas by Pope Pius XII, and the day was raised to the rank of Feast for all the countries of the Americas in 1999. The program and Mass will feature the laying of roses and native dancing from our Hispanic community. Please note: Mass will be in Spanish.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Sat, December 19 • 5 PM
Sun, December 20 • 7 AM, *9 AM, & 11 AM (No 5 PM)

Spanish Mass • *2 PM • NOTE: 2 PM Mass held in the Social Hall

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS)
Christmas Eve - Thur, December 24
*4 PM (Church & Gym)
6 PM
*10 PM

Spanish Mass • *8 PM

Christmas Morning - Fri, December 25
7 AM
9 AM
11 AM

HOLY FAMILY
Sat, December 26 • 5 PM
Sun, December 27 • 7 AM, *9 AM, & 11 AM (No 5 PM)
Spanish Mass • *2 PM

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Thur, December 31 • *5 PM
Spanish Mass • *7 PM

Fri, January 1 • 7 AM & 9 AM

*=livestream Mass


CHRISTMAS MASS GUIDELINES

The obligation to attend Mass is still removed. If you are sick, compromised in any way, or want to avoid crowds, you are encouraged to stay home and watch our livestream. We will livestream the 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM Masses on our YouTube and Facebook pages. There will be a 20-minute music prelude before the 4 PM & 10 PM Masses.

Also, as the Church celebrates the Christmas Season for 12 days, you may want to consider attending one of the weekend Masses on December 26 or 27 for the Feast of the Holy Family, or a daily Mass (6:30 AM or 8:00 AM), as an option for your family Christmas celebration.  

If you DO plan to attend a Christmas Mass, please recognize that due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating is limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no reserved seating, signups, lottery, or “standing room only”. 

You will be assisted by an usher to find a seat. You may NOT reserve or hold seats for others. Seats will be given to people as they arrive, so ALL those wishing to sit together must arrive together. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of each Mass.

Everyone above the age of 3 must wear a mask the entire Mass, and social distancing between members of different households will be enforced.

Once our capacity is reached (180 for church, 120 for social hall), the doors will be closed and any who cannot be accommodated will be encouraged to come to the next available Mass.

These continue to be unusual days. We must work together and be respectful, patient, and proactive. Please, especially as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the salvation he offers, let us encourage and support each other. God Bless you!


EVENTS

Revive - Ignite Advent
Thur, December 3 • 7 PM • Online
Thur, December 10 • 7 PM • Online
Thur, December 17 • 7 PM • Online

  

Advent Adoration
Thur, December 17 • 8 AM-8 PM • Church

Hope, love, peace, joy. Do we remember why we use these words during Advent? Christmas is the story of how God intervened in history through the birth of Jesus. The lives of Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds were wholly changed by this event. They found hope, love, peace, and joy; let's remember together how, through Jesus, we can find these, too. 

We are asking ONE parishioner to sign up and commit to one hour of adoration between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 17. Adoration will take place in the church. NOTE: Any number of people are welcome at any time throughout the day. We are only asking for one person to commit to a time so that Jesus is not left alone.
Visit SignUp Genius at https://bit.ly/3pVnYO5 to review the available slots. Remember to click SIGN UP next to the time you would like, then scroll to the bottom and click SUBMIT AND SIGN UP. Thank you!

Create Your Own Advent Wreath, Advent by Tailgate, and Advent by Candlelight were canceled this year due to COVID-19.


RESOURCES

A Journey through Advent & Christmas CD
This Advent, St. Patrick Parish will be giving all parishioners a gift to help ignite a deeper spiritual journey through Advent and Christmas. After all Masses on November 28 and 29, 2020 be sure to get your bundle of music by The Vigil Project, reflections by Fr Dave Pivonka TOR, and a link* to a devotional companion booklet for you and your family.

Be sure to pick up your Advent & Christmas CD after Mass or email [email protected] to request your copy.

  1. VISIT: thevigilproject.com/ignite
  2. CLICK: physical cd link
  3. ENTER DIGITAL ACCESS CODE: on the front of your cd 

Little Blue Book
Six minutes a day. That’s what you’re asked to give during these next 43 days – the 24 days of the Advent season, and the 19 days of the Christmas season. Each 24-hour day has 240 “six-minute” blocks of time. During the Advent and Christmas seasons, you’re asked to give just one of those to the Lord. Little Blue Books will be available in the narthex beginning the first weekend of Advent. 

Online Advent Reflections
FORMED - Receive a daily reminder to dive into the depths of God’s Word. You may also opt-in to receive children’s reflections to include the whole family. Sign up at formed.org/advent
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC - A free daily video program, sent straight to your email, that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before! Sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever
WORD ON FIRE -
Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Advent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community at adventreflections.com

Do you enjoy phone apps? Here's a list of Advent apps you might want to check out at catholicapptitude.org 


PREPARING OUR HEARTS

Rosary • Wednesday, 10:00 AM • Church

Daily Mass • Monday-Friday, 6:30 AM & 8:00 AM; Saturday, 8:00 AM • Church *Thur, December 24, 8 AM Mass Only

Reconciliation • Wednesday, 7:00-7:30 AM • Thursday, 5:00-6:00 PM • Saturday, 4:00-4:45 PM • Church

Reconciliation will be available Wednesday mornings after 6:30 AM Mass, and two priests will be available on Thursdays at 5:00 PM, and Saturdays at 4:00 PM. This is an excellent way to prepare your heart to celebrate the birth of Christ. All are encouraged to come and experience the healing mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confessions will be heard in various locations inside the church, including the Family Room, Sacristy, and back Sacristy near the baptismal font. No confessions on Thur, December 24 or 31.

Personal Prayer • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Code-9876 • Chapel