In various ways and various places the churches have marked the days
around the winter solstice (adapting when possible in the southern
hemsphere when December and January surround the summer solstice).
Christians have quite naturally kept from their former religions and
traditions all manner of customs and rituals, giving these a home
around the many-faceted celebration of the Word-made-flesh, the
manifestation of God-with-us.
present Roman calendar has a period of three to four weeks before
December 25th. This is called Advent and it is filled with beautiful
scriptures, songs, prayers and gestures. These have no single focus but
abound with images: of God's promise and human longing, of the beauty
in both darkness and light, of the earth's sorrows and its fullness, of
the goodness and mystery of time. The spirit of the church's Advent is
in the silence and song that arise from constant attention to the human
A Christmas Prayer
“Sweet child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Pour into the hearts of people the peace which they sometimes seek so desperately, and which you alone can give them. Help them to know one another better and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same father. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness, join them together in your love, and give us all your heavenly peace.’’
Pope John XXXIII
Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30PM
your parish community in the celebration
of the Sacrament of Penance.
Sunday, December 18 at 4PM in the
Music of the Season
invited to attend this free family concert of joyful songs old and new.
Christmas Memorial Service
Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30PM
On the evening of Wednesday, December 21st St. Luke’s will be holding a
Candlelight Holiday Memorial Service in the church sanctuary at 7:30
p.m. to remember our loved ones who have died. During this busy, and
often difficult, holiday season we invite family and friends to
participate in this evening of thoughtful prayer, reflection, and
You are welcome to bring a photo or other small remembrance of
your loved one to display during the service. If you would like the
name of the deceased mentioned during the service, please plan on
arriving at 7:15 p.m. We look forward to having you join us for this
special evening of shared sorrow and joy in the presence of our Lord!
Christmas Eve Children’s Pageant
Christmas Eve @ the 6 PM Mass, December 24th
Participants are children in Grades 1-6 (all roles are
Sunday November 20th through Monday, December 12th
Before signing up- PLEASE
check to be sure that you can make BOTH rehearsals:
- Sunday, December18th, 1 - 2
PM in the
- Sunday December 23rd, 3:00 - 4:30
Rehearsal starts and ends in the Parish Center
more information and to SIGN UP click here.
at St. Luke'sTuesday, December
13th, starting at 4:30PM
Join us for St. Luke's Annual Pizza and Christmas Caroling on Tuesday,
December 13, at 4:30pm! Help bring joy and holiday cheer to homes
within the parish, especially those who may be elderly, homebound or
who need a lift this holiday season. All adults, child and families are
welcome. Nice voices are a bonus, but love and enthusiasm for visiting
others is our only prerequisite!
We'll start with pizza at St.
Luke's Parish Center, then form groups of Carolers who will visit 3
homes each. Our repertoire per house is not extensive – “Jingle Bells,”
“Silent Night” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.” If you or your
family would like to join us, or would like us to sing at your home
this year, please call Julie Basque at 508-366-8509, ext 4.
Eve, Saturday, December 24,
PM Mass in the Church
PM Mass in the Parish Center
PM Family Mass with Parish
PM Spanish Language Mass
Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016
There is no 7:30am or 6:30pm Mass on Christmas Day.