Christmas Mass Schedule 2015
Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24
4:00 pm Holy Cross Church Fr. Ray Morency
4:00pm Holy Family Hall (downstairs) Fr. Steven Cartwright
Readings and homily adapted for children.
4:00pm Holy Family Church (upstairs) Fr. Paul Murray
4:00 pm Basilica Church (upstairs) Msgr. Marc Caron
Children’s Choir. Readings and homily for children. Blessing of the Manger for children
6:00 pm Holy Cross Church Msgr. Marc Caron
6:30 pm Holy Family Church Fr. Steven Cartwright LifeTeen choir for Youth and Young Adults
Christmas Day, Friday, December 25
Midnight Basilica Church (upstairs) Msgr. Marc Caron
9:00 am Holy Cross Church Fr. Steven Cartwright
9:30 am Holy Family Church Fr. Paul Murray
10:00 am Basilica Church (upstairs) Msgr. Marc Caron
Noon Basilica Church (upstairs, in Latin) Fr. Robert Parent
Christmas is the season to celebrate the Lord's birth, his manifestation to the world, and His baptism. This season begins Christmas Eve and ends on the Baptism of the Lord. The days from the Feast of the Nativity to the Epiphany are known as "The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Christmas season starts on December 25th with the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The season includes:
Feast of the Holy Innocents
Since the sixth century, on December 28, the Church has celebrated the memory of those children killed because of Herod's rage against Christ (cf. Mt 2:16-17). Liturgical tradition refers to them as the "Holy Innocents" and regards them as martyrs.
Solemnity of Mary
This feast is the octave of Christmas. It is fitting to honor Mary as Mother of Jesus, following the birth of Christ. When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God we are not only honoring Mary, who was chosen among all women throughout history to bear God incarnate, but we are also honoring our Lord, who is fully God and fully human.
Feast of the Epiphany
This feast celebrates the epiphany (manifestation) of Christ to the Gentiles, symbolized by Christ's manifestation to the Magi (Wise Men). The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem of Judea, and to Jesus' dwelling there. Having arrived, they worshipped the infant Jesus, and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In addition, other manifestations of Christ were often commemorated during Epiphany, including the miracle at Cana.
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
After He is circumcised, Jesus is named and becomes a part of the Holy Family. This feast is celebrated on the second Sunday after Epiphany.
Baptism of Our Lord
The Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord brings to an end the season of Christmas. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan.