We have a special holiday treat for everyone. This Friday at 7:00pm we will be broadcasting via our livestream (www.stanns.net) at 7:00pm. The ninety minute concert is much like last years format….no fancy Victorian or Elizabethan sonnets and the like, just a good old fashioner concert with Christmas hymns (carols) and some regular holiday favorites’ with a sing along of old familiar songs. The church will be closed for the concert just for the sake of everyone’s safety including the soloists, wind and string instruments and organist. I will be present to welcome everyone and I expect that Christ and Joe will set up a plush chair center stage (at a respectable distance) for me to watch…kind of a royal thing go on here…lol. Everyone’s safety is my primary concern.
I want to remind everyone we have three DRIVE-IN MASSES, two on the eve at 1:00and 3:00 and the Christmas Day at 8:30am, and then inside the church we will have a eve Mass at 4:30pm (allowing for the 3pm Drive-In Mass folks to depart), and then Christmas Day 7:30 inside, 8:30 Drive-In, with the 10:00am inside (the last Mass of the day).
For those attending indie we have the chapel open as well, windows and doors open in the church. Music at the 4:30 Vigil and 10:00 Christmas day Mass. Please remember if your unable to attend we live stream the inside Masses…this who normally watch our Saturday 4:00 Vigil Masses need to remember we are starting 30 minutes later at 4;30pm. We will make sure to provide the highest standard of cleanliness inside and outside the church.
We continue to decorate the Church and its exterior with wreaths, and pine roping. We have placed our Poinsettia order and hope to decorate the space in a festive way for Christmas. We are requesting Flower Donations in memory of a loved one(s). As we are not able to put them in the benches or at the exits, we will place them in the bulletins. We appreciate your help with paying for them, and would ask you to return your offering as soon as possible, so that we might list them in the bulletin and remember the names in the Christmas Novena of Masses. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and if your means do not allow, but you would still like to have a loved one remembered, then send me an email with their name and we will keep it confidential. I’d like to remember as many of your family members as possible. We’ll list the late ones in the following weeks bulletin, but hopefully will get them in now. To date we have spent $650.00 on our wreathes and alpine roping, in addition to $1600.00 for the exterior lighting. I’ll spend an additional $500.00 on the poinsettias.
We have listed the Christmas Mass Schedule and this year we will have the Drive-In Masses, but I want to bring your attention to the fact that we are dropping the 11:30 Christmas day Mass. This Christmas there is a single special collection directed to the Clergy Health Benefit Trust, which provides for the medical needs of all clergy and the retirement needs of our senior priests. Last Easter we were not able to take a collection, which prevented us from funding their needs, so please bear this in mind as you consider an amount to give. Thanks for the many ways you support our senior priests.
At last weekend’s drive in Mass we had a 15 year old boy Michael jump out his front row car and with a big smile on his face, offered to pass out the bulletins. Well that made my day. We also have two new Eucharistic Ministers for the outside Mass, which will be especially helpful for the three Christmas week drive-in Masses, If you have yet to volunteer please call me asap. I have many people remark of community they see being formed at these outside Masses and want others to know the joy that brings to them. We have folks coming from places like Malden, Milton, Walpole, Dorchester and the Cape. Wow.
The Christmas Mass schedule is:
Christmas Eve Vigil Masses: Outside Drive-In Masses 1:00pm and 3:00pm Inside 4:30pm
Christmas Day Masses: Outside Drive-in Mass 8:30am
Inside Masses 7:30am and 10:00am (There will not be an 11:30 or 7:00pm)
Fr. John F. Carmichael, Pastor