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Within the Octave of Christmas

SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS – DECEMBER 30, 2007

December 30, 2007 – Within the Octave of Christmas. Vespers and Benediction are sung at 4:45 PM with Benediction.

FORTY HOURS: JANUARY 4 – 6TH
Again this year we will solemnize the beautiful and ancient feast of Epiphany as we keep Forty Hours on the weekend. The Forty Hours’ Devotion honors the time Our Lord’s Adorable Body passed in the Holy Sepulcher, and obtains for the Church, as well as for each soul, all of the pressing needs of the day by this most efficacious prayer. Please plan to attend one or more of the special Masses, as well as to take an hour of Adoration where it is most needed: Saturday afternoon from 3-5:00 PM, and Sunday from 1-5:00 PM.

• January 4th: Opening of 40 Hours – First Friday
5:00 PM Confessions
5:30 PM The Infant of Prague Novena and Sacred Heart Novena
5:45 PM Solemn Opening of 40 Hours
7:30 PM (Approx.) Parish Potluck
8:30 PM Hour Hour
ADORATION WILL CONTINUE ALL NIGHT
AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON SATURDAY.

• January 5th: Vigil of Epiphany – First Saturday:
PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL MASS TIMES.
6:30 AM Low Mass
7:15 AM Confessions
7:30 AM Low Mass
8:10 AM Rosary & 1st Sat. Devotions
9:00 AM Solemn High Mass for Peace
ADORATION CONTINUES ALL DAY
1:30 PM First Vespers of the Epiphany
5:00 PM Compline and Benediction

• January 6th: Feast of the Epiphany
6:30 AM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
ADORATION CONTINUES ALL DAY
7:30 AM Low Mass with the Blessing of Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh following the Mass. Home Blessing packs will be available in the vestibule.
9:00 AM Solemn High Mass
11:30 AM Low Mass
4:00 PM Second Vespers of the Feast
5:00 PM Parish Appreciation Dinner
5:45 PM Low Mass
7:00 PM Closing Ceremonies: Litany of the Saints, Procession, Benediction

Parish workers and volunteers please join us for our annual Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, January 6th beginning at 5:00 PM in Helfta Hall. The church will provide the main course, holiday beverages and a cake. Please bring a little something “special” to share – salads, fruit, vegetables, – “your specialty”. We really do want all of you to come. Each year we have so much fun at these “family” get togethers, and we miss those of you who can’t be with us. Mark your calendars and don’t forget! Sunday is a family day, and your “church family” really would like to enjoy a holiday evening with you.

NEXT SUNDAY
Next Sunday is the First Sunday of the Month. The Blessing of Religious Articles is available after all Low Masses. The Special Second Collection is for: Our Seminary. Sunday Catechism resumes as usual at 10:30 AM. Vespers are at 4:00 PM, Parish Appreciation Dinner at 5:00 PM and Closing Ceremonies at 7:00 PM.

Set your missal: January 6th. Feast of the Epiphany, with the commemoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Preface and Communicantes of Epiphany.

2008 COLLECTION ENVELOPES
The 2008 Collection envelopes are available in the vestibule. Please pick up your envelopes today.

2008 ROMAN CATHOLIC CALENDAR
This year’s calendar is available for purchase in the Book Store. The price is $6.00. Every Catholic home should have a traditional calendar.