Christmas – A Parish Celebration

We are deep into the Advent season – a time to prepare for the celebration of our salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  Likewise, it is a time to reflect on the second coming of Christ and specifically the second coming of Christ into our own lives – our death.

Celebration of Reconciliation – Penance Service
Our city-wide celebration of Penance is Sunday, December 10 at 1 pm at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish.

City Wide Individual Reconciliation
Monday – December 18 
   Holy Family 7 pm
   Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 7 pm
   St. Patrick 7 pm
Wednesday – December 20
   St. Patrick 5 pm
Thursday – December 21
   St. Anthony – 6 pm
Daily before the 7 am Mass at St. Anthony and before the noon Mass at St Patrick, there is a priest available for confessions.

On December 17, St. Patrick’s Church will be decorated after the 9:30 am Mass. St. Anthonys Church will be decorated at 5:00 pm on Monday December 18, with Pizza and salad to follow. Volunteers needed, men & women. The Confirmation candidates from both parishes can earn community service credit for coming on December 18 @ 5:00 pm to decorate.

Special Note: Please remember that both Christmas Eve Masses at 4:00 pm are quite crowded. So, if you plan on attending the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, you should plan on arriving early. Also, we ask that you not reserve seats for others. A person needs to be physically present in order to claim a seat.

Sunday, December 24 is also Christmas Eve. As Catholics, we have an obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and on Christmas. We can celebrate those two occasions on the same day, but at separate Masses. However, since there is only one of me and since, if we followed our normal Christmas Eve schedule, there would be a total of seven Masses that I would have to celebrate on one day. Fr. Murray at Holy Family is in a similar situation. So, we are combining our efforts for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (December 24).

         4th Sunday of Advent Masses will be as follows:

  •   Saturday, December 23, 4:00 pm at St. Patrick
  •   Saturday, December 23, 5:15 pm at Holy Family
  •   Sunday, December 24, 9:00 am at Holy Family
  •   Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am at St. Patrick.
    (St. Anthony parishioners, please do not feel left out. Given the size of the buildings and given the complexity of trying to provide enough celebrations for Christmas eve at all three parishes, this is the best arrangement that we could make.)

    Christmas Celebrations
  •   Sunday, December 24, 4:00 pm at St. Patrick (Fr. Vincent Freeh will celebrate)
  •   Sunday, December 24, 4:00 pm at St. Anthony
  •   Sunday, December 24, 6:00 pm at St. Anthony
  •   Sunday, December 24, 8:00 pm at St. Patrick
  •   Monday, December 25, 10:00 am at St. Anthony 

from St. Patrick and St. Anthony, Watertown, NY


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