Fr. Timothy Shea
Blog #15: Christmas Masses
November 18, 2020
As you know we had a very unusual Easter: no Holy Week celebrations and no Easter Masses…it is always better to be safe than sorry. So, that unusual Easter kept us safe from COVID-19.
So far it looks like we will be able to have Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we still need to be safe from COVID -19. As a result, this Year’s Christmas Masses will be different from last Christmas.
We are allowed to have attendance at 30% of the church’s capacity. According to pandemic protocols, you have to register for the Mass and there will be assigned seating. Hand sanitizing upon entry. No Christmas pageant and no congregational singing. Social distancing. We must sanitize the whole church after each celebration. It will be different from our usual Christmas celebrations, but it is better than last Easter.
To attend one of our Christmas Masses you need to register with our parish office by phone. We need your name; your contact information and how many people will be sitting with you. We are going with a “first come, first served” basis. So hopefully we will be able to accommodate you. Hopefully even if you do not get your first choice for Mass, your second choice will work.
Archbishop Mulhall has allowed Pastors to add one more Mass on Christmas Eve, but with only 30 % capacity we will not be able to accommodate everybody – even with 4 Masses Christmas Eve and 1 Mass Christmas Day. The four weeks before Christmas is called Advent. It is a special time for us to prepare ourselves spiritually to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Part of the preparation also includes making our own personal changes to be able to fully appreciate how God’s love is in our family. Use Advent to give yourself a spiritual tune-up so that you contribute to your family having a peaceful and blessed Christmas.