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2021 Advent Information

12/01/2021

Dear Fellow St. Boniface Parishioners,

             Greetings!  I hope this letter finds you well.  As one liturgical year ends, another begins with the season of Advent.  We turn our eyes in anticipation to our celebration of the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Below you will find our Advent and Christmas schedule. We invite all our parishioners to join us for the celebration of these holy days. What better time to get back into fully practicing the faith than this blessed season, and we would love to see you and pray with you. A reminder that we are observing all mandatory precautions to guard against COVID-19, including urging all people, even those fully vaccinated, to wear a face mask and to social distance as able when in church.

 ADVENT

 ANOINTING OF THE SICK – All Masses the weekend of November 27-28

    • Christ came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). One of the greatest threats to life is serious illness, which is why ministry to the sick was a significant part of Christ’s work. We continue that ministry in the Church today through the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. While we can celebrate that sacrament whenever and wherever it is needed, it is always a fuller celebration to do so with the faith community present, visibly expressing their prayers and support for those who are sick among us. We will anoint the sick at all Masses the weekend of November 27-28. We invite those who are sick or have a serious health condition and are able to plan to attend Mass that weekend to celebrate the sacrament with your brothers and sisters in faith. If you have COVID or another contagious illness that requires quarantine, please do not attend Mass but contact the office, and Fr. Marc will be glad to anoint you in your home or the hospital.

 

  • THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU – Wednesday, December 15, 4:30-6:30 PM
    • We are once again participating in the Erie-wide initiative, The Light Is On For You. Catholic Churches throughout the Erie area will have confessions available from 4:30-6:30 PM on Wednesday, December 15. Please stop by to celebrate the sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation as part of your personal spiritual preparation to welcome Christ more fully into your life this Advent and Christmas. Confessions will also be available at the usual time of Saturdays at 4:15 PM and by private appointment.

  

  • DAYS OF PRAYER AND PENANCE – November 27-December 19
    • In Biblical times, when the People of God were afflicted, they commonly engaged in intense prayer and works of penance, turning to the Lord in their need. They prayed that he would come and deliver them and did penance to purify their hearts that he might come and make his home with them. We are certainly an afflicted people now, in many ways, but especially by COVID-19. In its origins, Advent was a penitential season, like Lent, a fact still seen today by its liturgical color: violet, also like Lent. It seems appropriate, then, that we too engage in more intense prayer and acts of penance during Advent.
    • Toward that end, we are inviting everyone to intensify your prayer life and to engage in extra works of penance throughout the Advent season. We are also inviting everyone to record what prayer and penance you are doing on strips of construction paper, symbolizing straw, that will be provided near our display of the manger. You can then deposit your “straw” in the basket there, and we will place it in and around the manger at a special Advent vespers service on December 19 as a sign of all that our community has done to prepare for Christ’s coming.

 

  • ADVENT VESPERS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 6:00 PM
    • As part of our invitation to more intense prayer during this blessed season, we will celebrate a special vespers, or evening prayer service, marking the fourth Sunday in Advent and leading into the last week before Christmas. It will include special prayers, hymns, and Scripture readings revolving around the traditional “O Antiphons”, best known by their inclusion in the classic Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.

 

CHRISTMAS

 CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24

  • Masses at 5:00 & 8:00 PM

  • CHRISTMAS DAY – December 25

    Masses at Midnight & 10:00 AM.

 

  • This year, Christmas falls on a Saturday. Attending Christmas Mass, either on December 24 or December 25 does not fulfill our Sunday obligation. Those who are able are still required to attend Sunday Mass that weekend. Given the already busy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule, there will be no 4:15 PM confessions or 5:00 PM anticipated Mass on Saturday, December 25. On December 26, we will celebrate the regularly scheduled Sunday Masses at 7:30 & 10:30 AM.

 

Thank you all for being such a blessing to me as your pastor, and may our coming celebration of the Lord’s birth be a source of blessing for you and yours.

Peace in Christ,
Fr. Marc

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