REFLECTIONS ABOUT CHRISTMAS MASS FROM OUR CHOIR DIRECTORS

The 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass provides an uplifting, youthful approach to traditional carols and contemporary songs to ring in the Birth of Christ.  It is truly a celebration!  The message for this Mass is intended for young children.  Father conducts a “dialogue” homily where he asks the young children to come and sit at the base of the altar.  He then asks for their assistance in retelling the story of Christ’s birth.  Music for Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 p.m. will be provided by our Sunday 4’oclock choir, 4-Hymn.  Joining this choir, we welcome back our returning college students and the children’s choir. 

Christmas is about tradition and what better tradition than Christmas carols.  The Youth Orchestra , along with the 11:00 am Sunday choir, will be playing traditional Christmas carols at the 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass that will not only celebrate the birth of Christ but will hopefully stir fond memories in the hearts of the assembly.  This Mass, like 4:00 p.m. is also intended for children and includes the dialogue homily.

 At a new time this year, Good Shepherd’s 9:00 p.m. Mass will be a treat for all with music provided by our Sunday 9:00 a.m. choir and our hand bell choir.  The blend of these voices sound like angels from heaven and the bells truly ring in the Christmas spirit.  Homily and music focuses on the adults in the congregation.

 What can you expect at Midnight Mass?  Great parking and ample seating!  As you enter the sanctuary, you are warmed by the glow of the lights from the trees at the base of the altar.  When you settle in, your heart will be warmed as well when the Sunday 5:00 o’clock contemporary choir begins the traditional Christmas carols that you know by heart.

Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. is a simple, rich liturgy and celebration.  The sacred is easily felt with the traditional music provided by the cantor and accompanist.  The community’s participation rounds out this celebration (103)

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