Weekly Masses, Prayer Services and Reconciliation

REMEMBERING THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Once again the Art & Environment Committee would like to invite you to drop off pictures of your deceased loved ones at the rectory. These will be placed in a special area of the church throughout the month of November.

Please remember to place your name and phone number on the back of the picture so you can pick it up at the end of November.

If you dropped off a picture of a loved one for display in church during the month of November, please pick them up in the church vestibule after masses on November 29 and 30.


ADVENT EVENING PRAYER

Evening Prayer takes place on the four Mondays of Advent
December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 7 pm in church

WHAT IS EVENING PRAYER - AND WHY YOU SHOULD ATTTEND - Evening Prayer is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. In the Liturgy of the Hours the Church fulfills Jesus’ command to “pray always”. Praying at various times of the day helps to sanctify the day. This is done through continual praise of God and through intercessions for the needs of the world.

The format of Evening Prayer is simple:

  • The Sign of the Cross and a request for God’s assistance.
  • Hymn - this usually focuses on the liturgical season.
  • Psalms (two) - these are important parts of the Church’s prayer. By praying the Psalms, we are following Jesus’ example, as he also prayed the Psalms. Each Psalm is preceded by an antiphon which calls attention to the spiritual meaning of the Psalm. We divide the church into two halves: the left and the right. This season we will have two cantors, one to lead each side as they alternate the chanting of the verses of the Psalm and the Antiphons.
  • The Psalms are follwed by a period of silence and an optional a prayer.
  • A short reading from Scripture.
  • Responsory - this highlights the theme of the reading or season.
  • Gospel Canticle - At Evening Prayer we sing the Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat). This is the song that Mary sang after agreeing to God’s plan for her. It is treated with the same reverence as the Gospel is at Mass.
  • Intercessions - we pray for the needs of the Church and of the world.
  • The Lords’s Prayer - Concluding Prayer and Dismissal.

The entire service takes less than twenty minutes. This is a very simple, powerful, intimate and reflective way to mark the Season of Advent, the time we prepare for the coming of the Lord.

Consider taking a little time out of this busy season to praise God.

REGULAR LITURGY

LITURGY SCHEDULE

Monday through Friday - Masses at 6:30 am and 8:30 am
Saturdays - Masses at 8:30 am and 5 pm
Sundays -
Masses at 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am

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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

Mass of Anticipation at 7 pm
Days of Obligation at 6:30 am and 8:30 am

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

TUESDAY ADORATION

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said,"Each moment that you spend with Jesus (in the Most Blessed Sacrament) will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about an everlasting peace on earth.”

Please consider spending time with Jesus in weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church from 1 to 7 pm every Tuesday. This is in addition to the First Friday mornings of adoration.

IMPORTANT! - Please be advised that starting December 2, 2014, for the winter, the Tuesday Adoration will to be shortened to 1-6 pm.

For more information, questions or concerns including volunteering, please contact Teri Hirami
at 773-680-9562 or hirami.home@sbcglobal.net.

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FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament / Adoration on the First Friday of the Month
begins after the 8:30 am Mass.

The Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar in Church until 12 Noon. There is not Benediction.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION


Monday through Friday
after the 6:30 am Mass
Saturday from 3:45 to 4:30 pm

Feel free to call with questions or concerns!
Parish Office
773-763-8228 or e-mail at mail@sttars.org