Our normal schedule of Wednesdays 5-6p and Saturdays 3.30-4.30p. In addition, the following are added for Advent:
- Sunday, 17 Dec 7.30-9p
- Monday, 18 Dec 5-7p
- Tuesday, 19 Dec 7-9a, 11a-2p, 5-9p
- Wednesday, 20 Dec 7-9a, 11a-2p, 5-9p
- Thursday, 21 Dec 7-9a, 11a-2p, 5-9p
- Friday, 22 Dec 5-7p
- Saturday, 23 Dec 11a-2p & 3.30-4.30p
Confession before Christmas is encouraged in Catholicism to purify the soul and embrace the spiritual renewal symbolized by Jesus’ birth. It allows believers to reflect, seek forgiveness, and reconcile with God, fostering a deeper connection to the essence of Christmas. By acknowledging shortcomings and receiving absolution, one enters the season with a cleansed spirit, ready to embrace the significance of Christ’s arrival. It embodies the spirit of repentance and prepares the heart to fully appreciate the transformative message of hope, love, and redemption that Christmas represents, fostering a meaningful and spiritually fulfilling celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Rorate Mass (votive Mass) will be first three Saturdays in December (9 December, 16 December, 23 December) at 6.30a. On 9 December, we will celebrate a Solemn High Rorate Mass. The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.
The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.
The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord.
Join us for Compline on the Sundays of Advent, 3 December – 17 December, at 7p.
The official public night prayer of the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours, Compline is a time where we gather as Christians to examine our conscience, sing psalms with their proper antiphons, and listen to the Word of God. The highlight of the service is the Anthem to Our Lady, in which we process to the Lady Altar and the faithful are sprinkled with Holy Water.