Category Archives: Christmas

A Special Christmas Thank You…

Christmas_Thank YouAs the beautiful season of Christmas draws to a close, I’d like to thank all of the many people who made the celebration of Advent and Christmas within our collaborative so inspiring.  The liturgies were uplifting and joyful thanks to our talented singers and musicians.  Many volunteers have beautified our churches and the staff has worked diligently in attending to all of the added logistics that the holidays bring.  The true Christmas spirit was alive in the extraordinary outreach to the needy through Christmas Wish and the Giving Tree.  Thanks to all of you who have given so selflessly!

There is always a certain sadness in bidding farewell to Christmas.  Our consolation is that the reality of Christmas is not just for a season but always.  Jesus Christ is Emmanuel, God with us, in both our joys and our sorrows.  And, as this poem by Howard Thurman so beautifully expresses, we are called all year to carry on the work of Christmas as we see the face of Christ in those in need.

Christmas blessings,
Fr. Jim

The Work of Christmas

When the song of angels is stilled
when the star in the sky is gone
when the kings and the princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks, 
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost
to heal the broken
to feed the hungry
to release the prisoner
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.

 

 

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas Season

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!Small_Creche_Cover_Bright
Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas
and throughout the New Year.

Sacrament of Reconciliation on Christmas Eve

There is no better way to prepare for Christmas! Come for this special gift of Confession on Monday, December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chapel.

2018 Collaborative Christmas Mass Schedule

ST. JOHN
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses
Church* and School Hall *with simulcast in Powers Hall (Lower Church)
5:30 pm Family Mass
5:10 Prelude with Youth Choir
10:00 pm Mass
9:30 Prelude with Parish Choir

Christmas Day
10:30 am Mass

10:00 Prelude with Parish Choir

ST. PAUL

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses

Church and Parish Hall
6:00 pm Mass
with Children’s Pageant and Choir
8:00 pm Mass
7:30 pm Carols with Adult Choir
12:00 Midnight Mass
11:30 Prelude with Youth Music Group
Christmas Day
11:00am Mass

10:30 pm Prelude with Adult Choir

Saint John School “Trees & Trimmings” this Saturday, December 1

Please join us this Saturday from  8:30am to 4:30pm for Trees & Trimmings, Saint John School’s annual holiday market filled with everything you need for a magical Christmas: premium quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Christmas trees  (freshly cut to retain their needles and give off that fresh Christmas smell longer!), custom decorated wreaths (these are legendary!),  mantelpiece greens, ropingdecorations for the home,  boxwoodsgifts, a bake shop, and much, much more!

There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, so be sure to bring the whole family to this magical event! 

All of the proceeds from this event support Saint John School and its amazing teachers and students. For more information please visit www.saintjohnschool.net

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Christmas Carol Sing at St. John – Friday, December 14 at 5:30pm

Christmas 2017

O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!Small_Creche_Cover_Bright
Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas
and throughout the New Year.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday, December 23

Christmas_PeaceThere is no better way to prepare for Christmas! Come for this special gift of Confession on Saturday, December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chapel.

(Confession will also be offered on Saturday at the regular time of 3:30pm.)

Special Mass Schedule for the Fourth Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 24

This Sunday, December 24 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  There will be a special schedule of Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23 and 24.

Saturday, December 23:
4:00pm at St. Paul
5:00pm at St. John

Sunday, December 24:
7:30am at St. John and St. Paul
9:00am at St. John and St. Paul

Please note: there will be NO 11:00am Mass at either parish on Sunday, December 24. Please see the special schedule of Christmas Masses for Sunday evening, December 24, and Monday morning, December 25.

 

Saint John School “Trees & Trimmings” is this Saturday, December 2!

Please join us this Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm for Trees & Trimmings, Saint John School’s annual holiday market filled with everything you need for a magical Christmas: freshly cut trees from Wilson Farm, our legendary custom decorated wreaths, boxwoods, poinsettias, and roping, delicious homemade baked goods in Santa’s Bake Shop, and much more!