With November coming to an end, the commemoration of Remembrance Sunday last weekend completed, and Christmas just over a month away, I wanted to share with you the Christmas Mass times for 2023. This is our first Christmas with only one priest and the first following the change to three Masses from six Masses. Our experience so far has been that St Saviour is almost full to capacity, St Mary of the Angels is at capacity, and Our Lady Star of the Sea offers the greatest capacity above and beyond what the Sunday Mass attendance would be at either St Saviour and St Mary of the Angels. Also mindful that Our Lady Star of the Sea has a large car park, I have determined that the three Christmas Masses will be offered at Our Lady Star of the Sea, and invite the whole parish to come together as we have done during Holy Week in 2022 and 2023.
There are the usual morning Masses on Christmas Eve - as it is a Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent - and then an early vigil at 6pm, a Midnight Mass, and then a 10am Christmas Day morning Mass, which hopefully will allow families who need to travel to do so or the earlier time of 10am rather than 11am might allow for a more relaxed cooking of the Christmas turkey! I appreciate your forbearance and hope that one of these Masses will fit your Christmas plans.