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Holy Cross Christmas Schedule
Saturday, December 24
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 24 –
5:00 PM ~ Cantor and Organ
7:00 PM ~ Cantor and Organ
12:00 Midnight ~ Adult Choir & Guest Musicians
(Caroling Program begins at 11:30 PM)
Midnight Mass will be streamed live on our website
Monday, December 25
8:00 AM ~ Cantor and Organ
10:00 AM ~ Cantor & Organ
12:00 Noon ~ Contemporary Music Ensemble
(Carols begin at 11:45 AM)
Blessing of Toys
We continue our tradition of blessing the children and their toys on Christmas Day during the 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon Masses.
We give gifts to be mindful of the gift of Christ.
We bless one toy to remind us of the greatest gift.
We invite the children to bring a quiet, non-violent toy to
Mass. The children will bring their toys to the front for Father to bless. Father will not keep the toys!
Merry Christmas to all!
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, January 1, 2018
A Holy Day of Obligation
A day we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God. A great way to start the New Year.
The Nativity of the Lord
It is the festival of our Savior’s birth, the day we celebrate that salvation has dawned upon the world. Christ is born, and we rejoice that he has come among us in the flesh, our God made visible in an infant child who would one day give up his life for us.
This is the heart of the Christmas mystery: that Christ is born for us today. This feast is so much more than a historic anniversary. Christmas celebrates the coming of God among us, born as a human person. Christ’s birth has an effect in our lives today. His birth transcends history and changes us. He brings us light and life.
of the symbols of the season. The crčche tells us the Gospel stories:
first from Luke, which details the human birth in a lowly stable and the
angels’ message to shepherds about the birth of a Savior; and later
from Matthew, which describes the arrival of Magi who signify that God’s
salvation extends to all. The wreath made of evergreens reminds us that
God is one, without beginning or end, and even though we celebrate the
human birth of Christ, he remains God, begotten of the Father before all
ages. The tree stands as a symbol of life, its green branches unfading
even in the winter cold, just as God’s life remains in us even though
our human form should die. The candles we burn at this time of year
recall the birth of him who is forever the light of the world, showing
us the way to the eternal Father. The angels stand as heralds of the
good news, an emblem for each of us on this solemn feast of our own duty
to spread the message that Christ is born and saves us from our sins.
We rejoice this day in the birth of Christ! We renew our faith in his power to save as he joins earth and heaven through his coming in the flesh.