On Tuesday, 12/1, Governor Charlie Baker cautioned residents about in-person religious gatherings, which Massachusetts officials have linked to hundreds of COOVID-19 cases. Governor Baker said “We know that it’s difficult to ask people to modify these time-honored traditions, but COVID has no intention of taking the holiday off and, in many respects, it’s many of those time-honored traditions that create some of the most significant issues with respect to spread.” We have been working hard to honor our traditions and Holy Days and still be respectful of the Pandemic. We recently had a funeral with a positive test – it made it real for us. We have a moral obligation to not bring harm to people.
Christmas Mass Schedule
It would be extremely difficult to accommodate the regular volume of attendees on Christmas Eve, with our churches allowing only 25% capacity. This would require approximately 16 Masses. We do not want to turn people away on such a Holy Night for lack of room. Therefore our staff and Liturgy Committee have agreed that the combination of on-line (for Christmas Eve) and in-person (for Christmas Day) Masses would be best.
Our Video Mass will be posted at 4pm, and may be watched anytime after that. There will be in-person Masses on Christmas Morning: 8am at St Andrew, 9am at St. Mary and 10am at St. Theresa. CLICK HERE to sign up to attend.
Remember, too, that Christmas is more than one day! On Sundays, there is the Feast of the Holy Family on December 27, the Epiphany on January 3 and the Baptism of Lord on January 10. Of course, there is also the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God on January 1.
The Solemnities of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) and
Mary, Mother of God (January 1)
For these Solemnities we will have in-person Masses only. The hours of preparation that go into the preparation, recording, fine tuning and uploading of each Mass are prohibitive to creating these additional Masses. Recorded Masses are available through http://catholictv.org.