Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I know we are still in October and Halloween has not happened yet and here I am talking about Christmas. I want to give you and your family time to plan for our Christmas liturgies and for you to plan family gatherings afterwards.
Planning for Christmas
Think safety: wear a mask, wash hands often and keep a safe distance
Dispensation from Obligation: Bishop O’ Connell has issued a dispensation from attending Sunday mass for the foreseeable future and this includes the Christmas season.
An underlying medical condition: asthma, diabetes, heart condition etc. please consider your health especially at Christmas when there will be more people around and may have travelled from out of State.
Consider watching one of the Christmas masses online. If your loved one doesn’t have broadband or doesn’t have a computer, could I ask other family members or neighbors who normally check on their elderly
neighbor to use their smart phone as a ‘Hotspot’ and pair your iPad or laptop so they can watch it on a bigger screen. If the sound is not great please attach a good speaker, remember their hearing may not be as good as yours. Plan to celebrate a Christmas mass together. You dress up, they dress up and get it as close to being in Church as possible.
Plan on attending one mass together as one family – the more individual family members attend mass separately the greater the chance of picking up something and the harder to trace who or where it was caught.
We have increased the number of masses this Christmas to make it possible for as many people as possible to attend. Many people like to attend an early Christmas Eve mass so they can gather with family after for a Christmas Eve meal. The danger here is that we can be over subscribed for some masses. To avoid this and not to have to turn people away I feel the fairest and safest way is to issue tickets for each of the Christmas masses. The tickets can be collected from the parish office or if you are unable to pick them up from the office, they will be mailed to you. It is extremely important that you bring the ticket with you for the said mass as the ‘Mass Time and Seat Number’ will be on each ticket. The ticket can be issued and collected from the ‘Second Week in November’.
Christmas Mass Times
St Mary Church, Bordentown Holy Assumption, Roebling
Christmas Eve: 3pm – 5pm – 7pm – 10pm Christmas Eve: 4pm – 6pm
Christmas Day: 8am – 9:30am – 11:30am Christmas Day: 10:30am
I have no doubt many of you will be delighted to know that we will begin to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation before the vigil masses at both worship sites beginning November 7th. I am still considering the best place for confession at St Mary Church and will let you know soon. At Holy Assumption confessions will be held in front of St. Joseph Altar. The numbers may be big so I ask that you be patient and be aware that the hearing of all confessions may not be possible before mass. There will be confessions the following week.
November 7th Confession Times:
Holy Assumption Church: 3pm – 3:45pm
St Mary Church: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
‘Jesus said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Mt 22:37-40
May God bless you and keep you safe and always in God’s loving care.