Christmas Schedule


No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem and adoring Him hidden in the weakness of a new-born child.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 563


CHRISTMAS HOLY MASS LINKS

December 4, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Celebrating Christmas at church in this unprecedented time will be a challenge! Balancing the safety protocols of the COVID pandemic and the spiritual needs of our parishioners is no easy task! Currently, churches are allowed to conduct worship services under certain restrictions that include observing social distancing, wearing face coverings, no congregational singing, and a reduction of seating capacity.

It is our desire, and a tenant of our commitment to “radical hospitality” to accommodate everyone who wants to attend Mass on Christmas whether pre-registered or not. We have added two Masses (9pm Christmas Eve & 7am Christmas Day) to our normal Christmas schedule.  We will livestream every Christmas Eve & Day Mass to the gym and two other rooms in the PLC.  There are two Masses that you may remain in your car, (3pm Christmas Eve & 9am Christmas Day) watch the livestream on your mobile device, and receive communion in the gym. Or stay at home and watch the livestream of whichever Mass you choose.

However, with limited seating capacity, and not having any idea how many people will come just because it is Christmas and do not know they were supposed to have pre-registered, there is the possibility that we will not be able to accommodate everyone at the Mass they want to attend.  I deeply regret this and apologize in advance should this happen to you.  Please know that we are doing all we can under these circumstances, and appreciate your gracious understanding and cooperation. While we ask that you pre-register, it does not guarantee you a seat in the church.

Have a Blessed Advent!
Father Don

  • All Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Masses will be livestreamed to the Gym and Rooms #114 & #124
  • All Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Masses will be livestreamed on the homepage of our website, YouTube, and Facebook
  • Seating Capacity in Church 225 people
  • Seating Capacity in Gym 75 people (livestreamed)
  • Seating Capacity in Room #114 and Room #124 is 25 people each (livestreamed)
  • To allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting between Masses, after each Mass, the church will be locked. Doors will re-open 30 minutes prior to Mass time.  Please plan to arrive no earlier than this.  If you arrive before the previous Mass has concluded, we ask that you remain in the parking lot until it’s time for the doors to be opened.
  • Please follow all safety measures (sanitize your hands upon arrival, masks/face coverings must be worn, and social distancing  protocols).
  • 350 is the MAXIMUM combined number of people who can attend any one of our Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses.
  • Registration online or by phone is REQUESTED.  Registration opens on Monday, December 14, and closes once it is full or on Monday, December 21.
  • Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. There is no reserving of seats.
  • The ushers will seat you only when your entire group has arrived.  When the church is full, you will be directed to the other seating options.  When the gym, rooms #114 and #124 are full, we will not be able to accommodate any more people.
  • If you register and find all the Mass times full, we encourage you to join us at the livestream and consider being in community with others virtually by inviting family and friends to a Christmas Mass watch party.  Please see the details regarding this below.

CHRISTMAS @OLM WATCH PARTY

This year Christmas will be one to remember…

Christmas is a season of celebration, and Covid can’t stop us from celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  At OLM, we have celebrated Christmas Masses together in previous years without restrictions with the church filled to standing room in the Narthex. This year, we have an opportunity to host our largest Christmas Eve ever, reaching so many more in our Aurora community and beyond, across the country and even around the world. All Christmas Eve & Day Masses will be livestreamed at olmercy.com, YouTube, and Facebook!

Invite Others

A church building can be an intimidating place to enter for the first time, but now churches around the world are bringing the Good News to people where they’re already at…on their devices.  Even in this season, God is on the move, and we get to be a part of what He’s doing. You can help share the Good News of Jesus by inviting others to our online Masses during Christmas.  Sometimes a simple invitation can be helpful to someone you may not even know is struggling.  Here are some ideas to get you started!

Shareable Graphics

These graphics are all yours! Save any of these images on your device to share on social media, in a text message, an email, or any other platform of your choosing.  Just right-click on the graphic and Copy the image.

Writing Prompts

Stuck on how to word an invite? Here are some templates to get you started. Be sure to make it your own voice, and include the YouTube, Facebook or our website link!

Writing Prompts

Text Message

Hey _____! If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate Christmas safely, I wanted to let you know my church is having online Christmas Mass on 12/24 @ 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm and 12/25 @ midnight, 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm.

I’m going to be watching at (time) on (day) and thought you might want to check it out: www.olmercy.comwww.youtube.com/ourladyofmercyaurorawww.facebook.com/olmercy

Email

Hi ______, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe and healthy! I know this season has been so challenging, but if you’re looking for some encouragement, I’ve been watching online Mass from Our Lady of Mercy each weekend. Would you be interested in watching them along with me? They livestream on Sunday at 10am and rebroadcast all day Sunday. Let me know what you think!  www.olmercy.comwww.youtube.com/ourladyofmercyaurorawww.facebook.com/olmercy

You’re welcome to join me online for Christmas Mass! Our Lady of Mercy is having online Christmas Mass on 12/24 @ 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm and 12/25 @ midnight, 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm.

 

Social Post

If anyone is looking for a special way to celebrate Christmas safely, you’re welcome to join me online for Christmas Mass! Our Lady of Mercy is having online Christmas Mass on 12/24 @ 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm and
12/25 @ midnight, 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm.

They also livestream their Mass Sundays at 10am. Let me know if you’d like more info or check it out: www.olmercy.comwww.youtube.com/ourladyofmercyaurorawww.facebook.com/olmercy

 

Photo Sharing

Share your online Mass view on social media or email us directly! We love seeing photos of families and friends worshipping together online. On social media be sure to use the #christmasatolm so we can find your post and to email your picture, here’s the address jeanp@olmercy.com

Love Our Lady of Mercy

Let the people know that Our Lady of Mercy is the place you like to call home. Leave a review on Google, Yelp, or Yellow Pages.


 

Blessing before a Christmas Stable by Father Peter John Cameron, o.p.

Lord Jesus, as I kneel before your manger in adoration, let my first Christmas word be: thank you. Thank you, Gift of the Father, for coming to save me from my sins.

Without you I do not know even how to be human. The characteristics of your human body express the divine Person of God’s Son. And in that wondrous expression, Lord, you reveal me to myself. Thank you for that saving revelation in your sacred humanity. As the Christmas liturgy proclaims, in Christ we experience “the holy exchange that restores our life.” Thank you for coming as one like myself to save me from myself.

You come as a baby because babies are irresistible and adorable. You come as a baby because you want our first impression of God Incarnate to be that of one who does not judge. How I long to be united with you in every way. May I never be attracted to the allurements and charms of the world. May I love you always, at every moment, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. May the ­tenderness, the dependency, and the mercy that you reveal in your infancy become the hallmarks of my life.

Newborn Savior, the very silence of your Incarnation proclaims that the answer to the misery, the strife, and the meaninglessness we often experience in life cannot be found within us. You alone are the Answer. As I kneel before you, ­eternal King, I surrender to you all my selfishness, self-absorption, self-indulgence, self-righteousness, self-assertion, and self-exaltation. Even as I adore you on this night of your Birth, rid me of the nagging desire to be adored.

Word become flesh, you make your dwelling among us. Yet you do not live your life for yourself, but for us. And you enable us to live in you all that you yourself lived. Help me to embrace this truth with all my mind and heart. Come and live your life in me. Empty me of my willfulness, my petulance, my hardness, my cynicism, my contemptuousness. Fill me with your truth, your strength, your fortitude, your purity, your gentleness, your generosity, your wisdom, your heart, and your grace.

O Emmanuel, may the assurance of your unfailing Presence be for me the source of unending peace. May I never fear my weakness, my inadequacy, or my imperfection. Rather, as I gaze with faith, hope, and love upon your incarnate littleness, may I love my own littleness, for God is with us. Endow my life with a holy wonder that leads me ever more deeply into the Mystery of Redemption and the meaning of my vocation and destiny.

Longed-for Messiah, your servant Saint Leo the Great well wrote that in the very act of reverencing the Birth of our Savior, we are also celebrating our own new birth. From this night on may my life be a dedicated life of faith marked by holy reliance, receptivity, and resoluteness. May I make of my life a total gift of self. May my humble worship of your Nativity manifest how much I seek the Father’s kingship and his way of holiness. The beauty of your holy face bears the promise that your Father will provide for us in all things. This Christmas I renew my trust in God’s goodness, compassion, and providence.

I long for the day when you will teach us to pray “Our Father.”

May your Presence, Prince of Peace, bless the world with peace, the poor with care and prosperity, the despairing with hope and confidence, the grieving with comfort and gladness, the oppressed with freedom and deliverance, the suffering with solace and relief. Loving Jesus, you are the only real joy of every human heart. I place my trust in you.

Oh, divine Fruit of Mary’s womb, may I love you in union with the holy Mother of God. May my life be filled with the obedience of Saint Joseph and the missionary fervor of the shepherds so that the witness of my life may shine like the star that leads the Magi to your manger. I ask all this with great confidence in your Holy Name.  Amen.