Christmas is fast
approaching, and it is time now to mark your calendars
and arrange your schedules in order to accommodate
Divine Service during Christmastide.
Christmas-Day fall on a Sunday. While many parishes
will have a second Service on Christmas-Day, in our
Parish the Christmas-Eve midnight Mass will be the only
celebration on Christmas-Day.
Service will consist of the customary Devotions said in
candle-light, followed by the First Mass of
Christmas-Day, and the Blessing of the Crèche.
Midnight Mass will begin at 11.00 p.m. at Saint
Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral Church, 9280 Number 2 Road,
Following the Midnight
Mass, there will be hot mulled wine, Christmas cakes,
and food in the Parish Hall before people head home to
bed to get some sleep before Christmas festivities begin
later in the morning.
The following Sunday,
the Sunday after Christmas-Day, there will be a second
celebration of the Christmas Eucharist with Carols and
Devotions at the Crèche. If one cannot make one’s
Communion on Christmas-Eve, receiving the Sacrament at
this Mass will fulfill your Christmas obligation.
Bishop Redmile and
Archdeacon Krawchuk will be available by appointment to
hear Confessions at the Church in preparation for
Christmas. Please remember that we are obliged to
receive Holy Communion always in a state of grace; and
that if one has any doubt as to whether one is or is not
in a state of grace, then one ought to avail him or
herself of the Sacrament of Penance prior to receiving
the Blessed Sacrament.
information regarding the Christmas Services, or making
one’s Confession before Christmas, please feel free to
ring the Diocesan Office at 604.275.7422.
With prayers for God
to bless you as your prepare for the celebrations of
Christmas, please believe me to be
ever in Christ Jesus,
+ Bishop Robert Redmile,
Bishop of Richmond, British Columbia.
The Conception of Our Lady, 2011.