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The Nativity of the Lord

Schedule of Masses for New Year’s Eve and Day


The schedule for Masses New Year’s Eve and Day is the ordinary Sunday Schedule.  Mass at Sacred Heart on Saturday, New Year’s Eve is at 4:00 p.m.  Mass at St. Ann is at 5:15 p.m.  At Sacred Heart, Sunday (New Year’s Day) Masses are at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. (noon).  At St. Ann, Sunday (New Year’s Day) Masses are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Grocery Certificate and Gift Card Programs


As we start a New Year, please consider buying “gift cards” as presents for your friends and relatives.  This program could be a major fundraiser for each respective parish if everyone used it.


Reflection on Scripture


The story of Jesus birth appears in Matthew’s gospel and Luke’s gospel respectively.  It is not a story but a theological reflection in the beginning of John’s gospel; since John’s gospel was written to the early Church, all of whom already knew the story of Jesus birth.  The story of a child being born while a family is traveling is not all that unique.  The story of an omnipotent God choosing to be born into time (which He created) and into the world as a vulnerable child sets the stage for the revelation of an all powerful God with whom we can fall in love.  In our humanness we see God as what we all once were, a baby.  It is hard to get past human fear so as to love an omnipotent supreme Being; but no one is intimidated by a baby.  If we can love the infant Jesus born in a manger, we can love, and not fear, the omnipotent God.


Readings for New Year’s Eve and Day  (Solemnity of Mary Mother of God)


Numbers 6:22-27

Gal 4:4-7

Luke 2:16-21


ThemeTheotokos: Mary the vessel by which God became incarnate.



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