The Rorate Mass in candlelight in honor of our Lady is scheduled for Saturday, December 15 at 9:00 AM. A commentary that describes this beautiful tradition reads:
“The season of Advent falls each year in the dark month of December and it is a month when we see the general theme of the liturgical season being echoed in nature. Darkness has crept over the world, and is increasing each day. Yet, there is hope for soon the days will begin to lengthen and the sun will conquer the night. The earth reveals that there is a light in this dark place and that Light reigns victorious. The Church makes this truth more visible with an ancient tradition called the Rorate Mass.
This votive Mass during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary receives its name from the first words of the opening chant in Latin, Rorate caeli, meaning ‘Shower, O heavens.’
All are warmly invited to attend. The monthly recollection will follow twenty minutes after the conclusion of the solemn High Mass. Spread the word!
Retirement Fund for Religious. There will be a second collection next Sunday, December 16, to support the archdiocesan retirement fund for religious. Please be as generous as means allow.
Please fill out First Communion Registration Forms and return by January 6. Please note that registration is open to registered and attending parishioners only. Classes will begin in late January and First Communion will be in May. If there is a question about a child’s readiness, please contact Fr. Saguto.
Sunday Socials are back, at least on a limited basis. Join us at Gardens of Salonica Restaurant at 19 5th Street NE (just down the road from the church) following the 10:30 AM Mass next Sunday, December 16. Parking is available in the Wells Fargo lot across the street. It is hoped to have this every third Sunday of the month to start off; if it proves successful, then another Sunday could be added. It’s a lovely setting and we are grateful to the restaurant owners for their hospitality!
The St. Joseph Men’s Guild will meet on Wednesday, December 12, beginning with Mass at 7:00 PM, followed by Benediction. Confession will be available at 6:30. Husbands and fathers, as well as those aspiring to marriage, are always encouraged to attend.