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Pastor's Message - Christmas Masses

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December 14, 2017


Dear Parishioners,

I know there is much to be done to prepare for Christmas.  It is a hectic time with shopping for special gifts for family and friends and baked foods to prepare with the greatest of care.  Most especially your homes and hearts are prepared for Sons and Daughters and Grandchildren who will visit to celebrate the Christmastime with many of you.

Here at your Parish Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, we have been preparing as well.  With the help of generous Volunteers, preparations are underway for the Nativity Manger, the outside lights, and the Choir has been rehearsing for Christmas Masses; and your Parish Priest has been preparing to preach.   

As you probably know, the very first Manger Scene with animals and crib was originated by Saint Francis of Assisi our Parish Patron.  Saint Francis wrote,

“Christmas is his favorite feast - the one I wish would never end”.

Yes, it is the “most wonderful time of the year” when every person is called to have a heart filled with generosity and peace.

Dear Parishioners, let us be careful not to let ourselves get so caught up in busy­ness, that we forget the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.   We are to pray that Our Lord and Savior is re-born in our hearts. 

Take the time for Mass to thank God for the gift that God has given us the first Christmas Eve.   Our Christmas Masses are scheduled for 4:00pm; and 8:00pm on Christmas Eve and 8:00am and 10:00am on Christmas Morning.   

Sincerely in the Lord,

Father Richard R. York, your Pastor


  • Father Richard YorkPosted on 12/18/17

    Good afternoon, Micky.

    Thank you for reading our Church Website and for you question about Christmas Eve Mass. The Church Canonical Ordo calls for a Mass "during the night," not "at midnight." The Christmas Night Mass may be celebrated at 8:00pm (as we do) or at 9:00pm (as the Pope does). In addition, our Choir generously give of their time and talent to be at both the Christmas Night Mass at 8:00pm and Christmas Morning. I also celebrate a Christmas Vigil Mass at 4:00pm for our Parish.

    God Bless you and your family at this Christmas and through the New Year,
    Father Richard York, Pastor

  • MickyPosted on 12/16/17

    Why is there no midnight mass on Christmas Eve? 8:00 pm is not midnight mass.