Advent & Christmas Season

Preparing with Generosity

GIVING TREES

One way to prepare for Advent is to share with others. Giving Trees are in the Narthex and Bell Tower, covered with tags, describing gifts that can be purchased for those in need. Parish families are invited to select tags through December 17th and purchase the requested items. All items should be returned (unwrapped) with their tags attached no later than December 18th for disbursement before Christmas. Ministries that will benefit from your generosity this year include the St. Louis Gabriel Project, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Preparing in Liturgy

MASS CHANGE ON DECEMBER 14

Please note that there will be no 6:00 p.m. Spanish Mass or evening Confessions on Thursday, December 14th. The clergy of the Diocese will be meeting and socializing with Bishop Vasquez and Bishop Garcia in Wozniak Hall that evening, with a Vesper Service at 5:00 p.m. The regular 12 Noon Mass with Confessions at 11:15 a.m. will be held as usual.

NINE-DAY NOVENA - LAS POSADAS

This traditional Posadas celebration will be held in Wozniak Hall daily from 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m., December 16 –December 24. On the final day, the program will be held in the Chapel as participants prepare to attend the 8:00 p.m. Spanish Christmas Eve Mass.

Nuestras Posadas Navideñas se llevarán a cabo en el Wozniak Hall, de 6:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m., del 16 de Diciembre al 24 de Diciembre. En el último día, el programa se realizara en la Capilla, mientras los participantes se preparan para asistir a Misa de Nochebuena a las 8:00 p.m.

Preparing with Music

ADVENT ORGAN SERIES

The Advent Organ Concert series is a long-standing and beloved musical tradition at St. Louis Parish. The next concert is on Wednesdays, December 20 with Jean Farris Fuller– St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 12 Noon in the Chapel. Take a musical lunch break!

OTHER ADVENT CONCERTS AT ST. LOUIS

December 15 Ensemble VIII 7:30 p.m. 
This ticketed event in the Chapel features vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Visit www.ensembleVIII.org for tickets.

THE O ANTIPHONS CONCERT
Monday, December 18 7:30 p.m.

The St. Louis King’s Choir will be offering a quiet service of meditation and reflection on the ancient songs of the Church. This is a perfect way to begin the week before Christmas, reflecting on the gift of our Savior that is often overlooked in the parties and shopping of the season. Give yourself this spiritual gift, a time of calm amid the chaos leading up to Christmas.

Preparing in Prayer

Advent is a time of waiting for the birth of Jesus, with the expectancy of His second return as Christ the King. Through Eucharistic Adoration we can enter into the eternal presence of our Maker who first humbled himself as a little child and now humbles himself in the form of the Eucharistic bread. What better time than Advent to reflect upon this awesome mystery, face to face with our God in the Blessed Eucharist. Spend time in our beautiful Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

CHORAL VESPERS - EVERY SUNDAY AT 7 P.M.

Vespers is one of the prayer times in the Liturgy of the Hours. It speaks of resting under the protection of God’s mercy and grace. Vespers has its origins in the monastic tradition as the religious men and women would gather in the candlelit church to pray the psalms of the day. The first Sunday of each month is Solemn Vespers with Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome!

Important Mass Changes for December 23-24

Weekend Mass times on December 23-24 will be different this year because the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve fall on the same day. We are offering two Vigil Masses on Saturday, December 23rd and three morning Masses on December 24th for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. These will be followed by four Christmas Eve Masses that afternoon and evening.

4th Sunday of Advent: 
Saturday, December 23
5:00 p.m. Vigil (English)
7:00 p.m. Vigil (Spanish)
Sunday, December 24
7:30 a.m. (English)
9:30 a.m. (English)
11:30 a.m. (Spanish)


Vigil of Christmas:
Sunday, December 24
4:00 p.m. (English)
6:00 p.m. (English)
8:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Midnight, Carols at 11:15 p.m.


Christmas Day:
Monday, December 25
9:30 a.m. (English)
11:30 a.m. (Spanish)


Holy Family:
Saturday, December 30
5:00 p.m. Vigil (English)
Sunday, December 31
Regular Sunday Mass schedule for Holy Family
7:00 p.m. Choral Vespers


Holy Day of Mary:
Monday, January 1
9:30 a.m. (English)
11:30 a.m. (Spanish)