Another element to throw into the mix is that the “octave” of Christmas ends on the eighth day after Christmas, which is January 1st, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Because Christmas is a Solemnity, the highest ranking of all feast days, it is not celebrated for just 24 hours; it is given the honor of eight days (octave) of celebration which is a custom that traces its roots to Old Testament feasts.
The end of the octave is the end of the Christmas feast proper, after which begins the longer Christmas season that extends either to the Baptism of the Lord for the Ordinary Form of the Mass (usually the Sunday after Epiphany) or the Purification of Mary for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (February 2 – Candlemas). However this understanding of a proper Christmas ‘feast’ in some Eastern traditions is also associated with the 12 Days of Christmas which culminates on Epiphany.
Please join us for Mass to begin 2019. Mass times are:
New Year’s Eve 4:30pm
New Year’s Day 10:00am
Our Advent celebration begins with light in the midst of darkness, the light of a candle, the bright light of a tree. This light beckons us to draw near to the Word of God and to the Word made Flesh in the Eucharist. It leads us also to celebrate the coming of the Light of Lights. May the days of Advent lead us to a bright and joyful celebration of Jesus, Incarnate among us, and to his manifestation to the world in Epiphany.
Blessings to you and yours!
Fr. Robert J. Kropac, Pastor
On Christmas Eve, services will begin at 4:00 pm with a musical prelude and Mass at 4:30 pm. On Christmas Day, Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am. All are welcome to share this joyous time with us at St. Wendelin Parish!
Click on the links below to hear some of the traditional Slovak and English carols from past Christmases.
Do Hory, Do Lesa/Povedzte Nam – (Slovak Christmas Carol medley)
K Jeziskovi Do Betlema – (Slovak Christmas Carol)
Narodil Sa Christus Pan – (Slovak Christmas Carol)
Silent Night/Ticha Noc – (Classic Christmas Carol)
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions, including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. The purple candles symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas.
(Taken from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website)
This year, Thanksgiving Mass will be held at St. Patrick on Bridge Ave. at 9:00am.
The Children’s Christmas Party is sure to be a hit. There will be goodies, gift bags, a Christmas Story read by Fr. Kropac, music, Christmas carol singing and a visit from Santa.
Please sign up at the link below to RSVP for the event. We need to know how many children (and their age) will be attending, and how many adults. Hope to see you there!
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
On November 6th, Fr. Kropac distributed a very important letter to our parishioners. A copy of that letter can be found at this link along with hard copies available in the back of church.
Also, on November 12th, Bishop Perez published a letter on the protection of children. A link to that letter on the Diocese of Cleveland website is provided below.
Link to Bishop Perez’s letter
Volunteer Opportunities Available!
My name is Leeann Whetstone and I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the
6th Annual running of A Christmas Story 5k/10k Run
taking place December 1, 2018.
We are looking for volunteers to help us out with the continued success and growth of A Christmas Story Run. Last year we saw added growth and we had close to 6,500 runners total.
Are you a fan of the movie A Christmas Story? We would love for you to participate in all the activities and fun by volunteering for A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run! We have several different opportunities available, so you can tailor it to your interests. All our volunteers will get their very own limited-edition tee-shirt.
All the proceeds earned from this run benefit A Christmas Story House Foundation; a non-profit foundation established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy.
The foundation provides grants to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding neighborhood.
To date, the Run has generated $389,500 for the Foundation.
to see the projects that are underway.
To see what volunteers are needed, click here.
Let’s set sail and cruise on the Goodtime III on Sunday, September 30th.
Click on this link for more information and to be connected to sign up and get your tickets.
Come to our Parish and Neighborhood BBQ
Sunday, July 29th at 4:00 pm.
We will have games and great food like pulled pork, burgers and dogs. Bring a side dish and
your family and friends!
St. Wendelin Parish
2281 Columbus Road
Sunday, July 29th
Also, you’ll have a chance to be one of the first to see our video that shows the making of our
St. Wendelin statue that is located in our Parish Prayer Garden.