Advent and Christmas






Advent and Christmas






Advent and Christmas






Advent and Christmas






Advent and Christmas

Advent Preparation at Sacred Heart

"[John] went through the whole region of the Jordan, proclaming a baptism of repentence
for the forgiveness of sins... 'Prepare the way of the Lord!'"  Luke 3:3-4



(Click here for the printable Advent and Christmas parish mailing in PDF format.)


Liturgical Schedules


Please click here to view our Mass schedules for the following seasons and feasts:

Advent season   •   Christmas Eve and Christmas Day   •   Remainder of the Christmas Season

Immaculate Conception and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God



Sacrament of Reconciliation


Saturdays:  3:00 — 3:45 p.m. (Little Church)

Saturday, December 1:  Children's First Penance services at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 18:  Parish Reconciliation Service at 7:00 p.m. (Main Church)

Thursday, December 20:  9:30 a.m. • 7:00 p.m. (both in the Little Church)

Friday, December 21:  9:30 a.m. • 7:00 p.m. (both in the Little Church)

Saturday, December 22:  2:00 — 3:30 p.m. (Little Church)



First Friday Eucharistic Adoration


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday, December 7 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass in the Little Church. It will conclude with Benediction on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.



Our Lady of Guadalupe


The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated in Spanish on Sunday, December 9 at 1:45 p.m. in the Main Church. The English celebration will be on Wednesday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Little Church.



Sharing God's Blessings with Others


The source of our need to share our bounty with others is God himself, who gave his Son, Jesus, to save us from our sins. But before we can realize the wonders of Easter, the birth of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas. Many Eastern Churches observe gift-giving on Epiphany, when the Magi deliver their gifts to the newborn King. In the West, we traditionally exchange gifts on Christmas. Whenever we give gifts, we should not lose the sense that Jesus is the greatest gift, and God gave him to us to save us from the obstacles of sin. As we note the Mass schedule and opportunities for Reconciliation, let us also be mindful of parish-sponsored outlets for our own generosity. God has freely given the gift of his Son. Will we freely share our God-given bounty with those in need?


Our Advent Poor Box donations will assist the needy through the St. Vincent de Paul Society in our local community and at our sister parish of St. Ann in Baltimore City.

December 1-2:  St. Ann, Baltimore

December 8-9:  St. Vincent de Paul Society

December 15-16:  St. Vincent de Paul Society

December 22-23:  St. Vincent de Paul Society


Our Daily Bread casseroles may be delivered on Tuesday, December 18, from 7:00 — 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 19 from 7:30 — 9:00 a.m. at the school kitchen door.


Food baskets for the needy in our own community will be coordinated through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.



Christmas Flowers Remembrance


Memorial envelopes for flowers were included in the Christmas mailing and are available in the churches and Parish Office. Flowers and decorations enhance our liturgical worship and are a wonderful way to remember our loved ones, living and deceased. The names of those to be remembered will be published in a printed book of remembrance that will be on display during the Christmas season. Envelopes for flowers may be placed in the collection basket throughout the Advent Season.




Advent and Christmas