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St. Christine's Church
Weekdays: 9:00 AM
Saturday: 5:00 PM
*Sunday: 7:00 & 11:30 AM
Euch Ministers (Dec 19 - Mar 20)
Lectors (Dec 19 - Mar 20)
Altar Servers (Nov-Jan)
Prayer Shawl Ministry (2019/2020)
Novena of Masses
Novena of Masses in memory of our deceased families and friends will
begin on Monday, January 6th and continue through Thursday, January
16th. Thank you to all who contributed so generously to our flowers.
CYO Boys Basketball Games
Jan. 11: 5:20 pm Walsh Center So. Boston
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Now that the winter season is upon us, there may be occasions that CCD
classes will be cancelled due to inclement weather. If classes are cancelled,
notification will be available on Channels 5 and 7. Please tune into these
Highlighted Parish News ~
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A Few Words From Fr. Steve
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON overflows with memories and traditions. We save some of our best songs, stories, films, and recipes for this season of the year. We send out cards and notes, and we do all kinds of odd things that we would never do at any other time - like hang empty socks by the fireplace and bring a tree into the house and put wrapped gifts under it. We get wistful at the sound of a carol and the ringing of a bell can make us teary-eyed. We get, in short, very sentimental.
The sentimental side of Christmas has its value. It can remind us to appreciate each other and to share with those who have less than we do. But we also have to be a little wary of it because the liturgy, our greatest catechist, teaches us that there is nothing “sentimental” about Christmas. Indeed, if we look only at the texts of the liturgy, we discover that Christmas is the “feast of our salvation” (Collect, Vigil Mass), the “beginning of our redemption” (Prayer over the Offerings, Vigil Mass). Christmas is about the restoration of order to the universe, as God and humanity are united once more through Jesus Christ: “by our communion with God made man, may we become more like him who joins our lives to yours” (Prayer over the Offerings, Mass at Midnight). Christmas is a feast of light, a light that shines not only on us but in us: “We are filled with the new light by the coming of your Word among us,” (Collect, Mass at Dawn).
There is no nostalgia in these Christmas liturgies. Instead, they are solemn, joyful, yet urgent. They make it clear that Christmas, while it recalls the historical fact of Christ’s birth long ago in Bethlehem, is less about then than it is about now - today! The liturgy emphasizes our participation in the mystery of the Incarnation. The “today” of Mary, Joseph and the shepherds becomes our “today.
” THE OCTAVE AND SEASON OF CHRISTMAS: Like Easter, Christmas is too big for just one day: it overflows into a special season of its own. The octave (eight) days of Christmas are celebrated with special solemnity. Within the octave we continue to celebrate the reality of Christ’s Incarnation, from a different perspective, with the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The octave concludes with the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, on January 1st, the first great solemnity of Mary in the Church. The Christmas season continues with the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. This great solemnity honors the “manifestation” of Christ. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated on the twelfth day after Christmas (January 6th) but in places where Epiphany is not a national holiday, it is transferred to Sunday. This year it falls on January 5th. The Christmas season concludes with the celebration of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 12th) With His baptism, the so-called hidden years of Jesus’ life come to an end and his public ministry commences and we enter Ordinary Time.
With love, Fr Steve
GIVING TREE - THANK YOU!!!
Catholic Women Today and Tomorrow
Cori Forms - Are You Going Away For The
VOCATIONS : We pray that families will make their homes places where children can hear God call them by name.
REFLECTION: How am I witnessing to the world that I am God’s beloved child?
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OTHER CATHOLIC ACTIVITIES IN MARSHFIELD
Ann's Chapel: Rosary for Recovery
Our Lady of the Assumption: Holy Hour for
Saint Christine’s now has a Facebook page. We will use the Face Book page to post parish news, events, CCD cancellations, photos and more but we need your help. Visit www.facebook.com/stchristinesmarshfield and “LIKE” our page to help spread the word. We’re new to Facebook so please bear with us as we get up to speed with social media. You can also link to our Facebook page whereever you see the Facebook logo on our site.
IMPORTANT PARISH NOTICES
CCD CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER
CCD & PARKING LOT REMINDER!!
REMINDER: The Marshfield Fire Department has requested that our parishioners refrain from parking in front of the church as it prevents their access in times of emergency.
PAPER RECYCLE BIN - WE ARE NO LONGER RECYCLING
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, LECTORS, ALTAR SERVERS
All children in Grades 1 through 3 must have a parent or another adult accompany them to and from class each week. Parents must sign children out before they are released from their class.