Midweek Update 12/21
Christmas is upon us. Join us for Christmas Mass this Sunday. See schedule here.
Christmas Mass Times
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Mary Mother of God (New Year’s) Mass Schedule
On Saturday, Dec 31st, STM will have its normal 8am Mass (Does NOT count towards Sunday Obligation)
On Saturday, Dec 31st, SJA will have the vigil Mass at 5:30 pm
On Sunday, January 1st, SJA will have Mass at 8 am
On Sunday, January 1st, STM will have Mass at 10:30 am and at 4:30 pm
These Times will reflect the new Sunday Mass Schedule going forward.
Celebrate Christ’s Birth with Music!
Before the 4pm Christmas Eve and Midnight Christmas Masses at St. Thomas More Church, parish musicians will be playing and singing carols. Music will begin about 30 minutes before Mass; please come and enjoy an opportunity for musical prayer!
3:30pm at St. Thomas More on Christmas Eve
11:30pm at St. Thomas More on Christmas Eve
Serve at Mass and in the Neighborhood
One of Midtown Catholic’s Goals for 2023 is to invite more parishioners to become Liturgical Ministers and to attract Homebound Ministers.
If you are a mandated Liturgical Minister who is ready to return to the schedule, please contact one the following:
Lectors: Robert Dargy (firstname.lastname@example.org) at STM or
Carol Nish (email@example.com) at SJA
EMHC: Sue Franco (firstname.lastname@example.org) at STM or
Pat Grant (email@example.com) at SJA
Homebound: Rick Fanciullo (firstname.lastname@example.org) at STM or
Deacon Tim (email@example.com) at SJA
If you are not a Liturgical Minister, please prayerfully consider participating in the training that will be offered by the Archdiocese during July or August of 2023.
*A Lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Psalm. A Eucharistic Minister (EMHC) is an individual that assists in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to parishioners. A Homebound EMHC brings the Eucharist to our parish members who are unable to join us at Sunday Mass.
If you are a Eucharistic Minister, please consider becoming or returning to active status in this ministry.
When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people. The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God’s presence in that Word.
The Midtown Catholic office will be closed today (December 21st) at Noon
Friday December 23rd at Noon
Monday December 26th All Day
Friday December 30th at Noon
Monday January 2nd All Day
You can still call and reach out to our priests if you or a loved one is in emergency need of the sacraments.
Jesus, Pontius Pilate, and the Chief Priest – Major roles, a lot of memorization
The Narrator – No memorization, but the largest “part” of the presentation.
(We might have more than one)
“The Crowd”, the Soldier(s)– simple memorization (very few lines)
Mary, Veronica, Women of Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene – important parts, but no memorization required
“Set Crew” / Lights – support section – no lines, no “stage time”
Music – similar to cantering / singing at Mass
If you are interested and able to commit to this schedule, please contact
Anthony & Rebecca Manno
Please keep this whole endeavor in your prayers!
Advent Mission- Thank you for participating!
The Advent Mission had us reflect on our relationship with the sacrament of Penance. Additionally, we made some new friends! Big thank you to our Deacons (Allan, Ron, Tim, and Matt) for leading this endeavor. We are blessed to have these men and their wives supporting our priests.
TMIY Service Weekend Thank You
Living Mercy Today
The Saturday morning TMIY group had their first TMIY serve day on Saturday, December 17th. Following the Saturday meeting, the team worked together to assemble gift bags* destined for the Sienna Francis House. With Christmas music playing in the background, it was a great way to bring on the Christmas spirit.
The group proceeded to deliver the gifts to the Sienna Francis House and served lunch to the people at the Sienna Francis House. It was a great opportunity to encounter Jesus through others. Thank you everyone who participated!!
* The two hundred sixteen gift bags included: a winter hat, gloves, three pairs of wool socks, thermal long sleeve shirt and pants, chap stick, and a candy cane.
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