Christmas Mass Schedule
The Season of Advent
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Concert of Sacred Music
December 7, beginning at 7:30pm join us at the Cathedral when the Cathedral Choir of Adults and Children performs music for Choir and Organ and Chamber Orchestra, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the Cathedral and the Diocese. The featured piece will be Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Cellensis in E-flat, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This concert is free, un-ticketed, and open to the public.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mother. Bishop Scharfenberger will offer Mass with us at 11:00am. Come celebrate the patroness of our Cathedral and diocese.
Advent Reconciliation Service
On Tuesday, December 18 beginning at 7:00pm, the Cathedral will offer our traditional Communal Reconciliation Service. Bishop Scharfenberger will preside. There will also be several visiting priest confessors available for individual reconciliation and absolution.
Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord
The solemn liturgies of the Nativity of our Lord are scheduled at the Cathedral as follows:
Monday, December 24, 5:15pm Family Mass with Fr. LeFort; and at 11:15pm, a Service of Lessons & Carols with our choirs.
Tuesday, December 25, 12:00am Midnight Mass with Bishop Scharfenberger; and 10:00am Mass with Fr. LeFort.