from our Pastor
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christmas is a time of light. We celebrate this festival of light when we acknowledge the Infant Light is shining in our darkness. Prophet Isaiah said “ the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined” (Isaiah 9, 2b) “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9, 6).; St John proclaimed “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of the human race. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (Jn. 1, 1-5). Christmas is a feast of the interior light, a rekindling of the spiritual spark within us.
During this Holy Season of Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the Christ-Light within us, hoping that we can experience something that has been called "the Christmas Light", the Light of Love and Peace, the Light of Hope and Joy. This is the peace of which the angels sang, “Peace on earth; goodwill to all mankind,” a universal blessing poured forth upon the earth.
As Christmas approaches, I would like to thank all of you for your great support throughout the year of 2019.
I pray that, throughout the year of 2020, we continue to build up our community as a community of Faith, Hope, and Charity. May the blessings and love of the infant Jesus surround you at Christmas and the New Year.
Fr. Joseph Tap Tran, Pastor
Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Vigil Mass
Monday, December 24th, 2019
11:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling & Choral Music
12:00 a.m. Solemn Midnight Mass
Christmas Day Masses
Tuesday, December 25th, 2019
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Masses
Saturday, December 28th: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Masses
Saturday December 28th: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 29th: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.
New Years' Eve Mass
Tuesday, December 31st: 5:30 p.m.
New Years' Day Masses
Wednesday, January 1st, 2020: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Please note that in addition to Sundays, Christmas Day and the Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God (observed on New Year's) are Holy Days of obligation in Canada.
PLEASE NOTE: Next weekend is the last official weekend you will be making a 2019 contribution to our parish. As of the January 1st, 2020 envelope, the contributions will count towards your 2020 donation receipt.
You may, however, put your 2019 donation envelopes into the collection until January 5th, 2020 to count for 2019.
Jan 5th is your last opportunity to contribute 2019 donations.
RECTORY OFFICE CLOSURE
DECEMBER 20th, 2019 until JANUARY 8th, 2020
2020-21 Sunday Missals will be available for purchase at the back of the church after all the Masses starting NEXT weekend, $5 each