On December 8th, Pope Francis declared a year of Saint Joseph. Our parish is officially inaugurating the year of Saint Joseph on Sunday, January 17. Fr. Brian Crawford, OSJ, will celebrate 11:00 AM Mass and preach in the parking lot (weather permitting). Fr. Brian is a member of the religious community of the Oblates of Saint Joseph that served our parish for 57 years. After Mass, parish representatives will plant a few decorative plants in front of the church. Parishioners or those who are named after Saint Joseph are welcome to donate $50 to purchase the plants.
January 3 is the feast day of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who is the founder of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, the order of priests that have served at St. Mary's since 2005, including Frs. Davy and George.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of St. Chavara's death. Here are some facts you might not know about him:
- He was canonized a Saint by Pope Francis on November 23, 2014.
Friday January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Masses will be livestreamed only and are available at this link. Holy Communion will be distributed in the parking lot after each Mass. The schedule is as follows:
Thur Dec. 31 6:30 pm (Vigil Mass)
Fri Jan. 1 8:00 am & 12:15 pm
Theme of effective and fruitful prayer
Learn how to pray this Lent. This 8 week study program teaches the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of this study discover how God speaks to us, even in the smallest encounters. Learn how to overcome difficulties and frustrations with prayer. It's easier than you might think! Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice.
All our Christmas Masses will be held in the parking lot. Because of limited space, you will need to reserve a spot for each car. Go to our reservation page to reserve your space as they will likely fill up quickly.
Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary are as follows:
Tonight, Dec. 7, at 6:30 PM (Vigil),
Tomorrow, Dec. 8, at 8 AM & 12:15 PM.
All the Masses will be livestreamed only and Communion will be available after each Mass in front of the church.