For a child is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:5
JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT MASSES
DECEMBER 23 (Sat.): 5:00PM
DECEMBER 24 (Sun.): 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM
CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASSES, DECEMBER 24th (NATIVITY OF THE LORD)
5:00PM: CHRISTMAS MASS (NATIVITY PAGEANT)
10:30PM: CHRISTMAS MASS AT MIDNIGHT
CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES, DECEMBER 25th (NATIVITY OF THE LORD - A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)
7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM (NO 5:00PM)
MEMORANDUM FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE OF WORSHIP
RE: Christmas Mass Obligations Clarified: Two Masses Are Required
Christmas, the Birth of our Lord, is a most unique feast in that it has four sets of prayers and readings (the Vigil, Mass during the Night, Mass at Dawn, and Mass during the Day); only a few other feasts have even two sets of Masses (including Easter), so it is a rich blessing that we have an abundance of Masses for this day.
This year, we have the unusual occurrence of the obligation to attend Mass on two consecutive days, with Christmas Day falling on a Monday. People ask: ‘Can I satisfy two obligations with one Mass?’ The U.S. Catholic Bishops have clarified that "When consecutive obligations occur on Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday, the faithful must attend Mass twice to fulfill two separate obligations."
Therefore, the people are obliged to attend one Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent AND one Mass for the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. (Please refer to the schedule above).
The perfect gift which our Lord is asking from us is the gift of our presence at His Eucharistic Table, celebrating His birth and thanking Him for His manifold blessings.In turn, our Lord fills us with the true and most perfect Gift of Himself and the Holy Spirit.
"My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they have heard Masses.” Our Blessed Mother