Christmas Schedule

Vigil of the Nativity, Sunday, December 24

~ Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m., featuring our Religious Education children’s
Christmas Pageant, telling the story of the Nativity of Christ.

~ Midnight Mass, preceded by a Christmas Contata at 11:30 p.m.

* Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

~ Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31

~ Vigil mass at 4:30 p.m.

* Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1

~ Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

* Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 are holy days of obligation, in addition to Sunday obligations.

Friday, Dec. 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we honor our Blessed Mother.

It is observed as a Holy Day of Obligation.

A special Mass is being added to the schedule to help you fulfill your sacred obligation.

Mass times are 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

There will also be a Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Symbols of Advent: The Wreath

Advent begins tomorrow, December 3.

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used.

The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.

The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the wreath is blessed by a parent or another member of the family; see below. As you light the candles each day, follow along with the prayers and readings at Facebook.com/SaintPaulLighthousePoint.

Week 1 ~ Hope
Purple Candle: Prophet’s Candle                            
Symbol:
Hope
Reminds Us: Jesus is coming
Verse: Romans 15:1-13
Prayer: O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and gran that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces.
Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.

Feeding the Hungry at the Holidays

Our Food Pantry Ministry is supported by many of our parishioners on an ongoing basis.

During the Advent season we are giving all of you the opportunity to shower us with much-needed food, which will be brought into the homes of our poorest neighbors.

Bags will be available at the Church exits this weekend and next, so they may be returned and food distributed in time for Christmas.

Thank you!