Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mass begins at 9:45am
Monday Mass at 11am
Monday, Tenebrae Service at St. Augustine, 7pm
Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday) 6pm
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord, 3pm
Food Blessing, Saturday at 2pm
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter, gather at 7:30pm
Easter Day Mass at 10am
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.
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.
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)