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The Christmas Masses at Our Lady of Mercy are located at 701 South Eola Road, Aurora. Please see the FAQ items below that may help to answer questions you might have. Hope to see you at Christmas @ OLM!
Where are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses? And at what times?
Which Christmas Masses will be livestreamed?
How many seats will there be for each Mass?
Will the annual concert before Midnight Mass take place?
What about the Masses for the Feast of the Holy Family?
How Can I Give a Christmas Offering to OLM?
A church building can be an intimidating place to enter for the first time, but you can be the vessel in bringing the Good News to people by a simple invitation. 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 Christmas Masses. Sometimes a simple invitation can be helpful to someone you may not even know is struggling. Here are some ideas to get you started!
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To arrive early, especially for the Christmas Concert “The Road to Bethlehem” that starts at 11:15pm through 11:45pm prior to the Midnight Mass.
by Father Michael Kearney
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize!” —1 Corinthians 9:24
I’m very competitive. I may or may not “talk smack” if you try to take me on in card games or sports…especially when I’m good at them—that includes bowling, by the way, so watch out OLM bowling league. As I reflect, I see that this competitive spirit began in grade school, carried into high school, and has even continued into priestly ministry!
Competition is a good thing (and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased). It is something that reminds us of the need to put in the necessary effort and discipline if we want to succeed. St. Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize!” (1 Cor 9:24) St. Paul desires that people put the same effort they put into sports into growing their faith.
Still, there is one area of our lives where competition should have no place: our relationship with God. This is because God is not in competition with us. What we learn as children and adults—namely, “if somebody else wins, I lose”—doesn’t translate in our relationship with God.
When my nephew was a tiny infant, it was a joy just to be able to hold him. I didn’t challenge him to a competition, or question who was winning out the most in our relationship. I just wanted to be with him—to hold him and to rejoice in him. The Lord desires the same kind of relationship with us. He wants to be with us! He wants to be held close to our hearts, just as He holds us close to His own heart.
This shows us one of the reasons why God chose to become an infant. He wants to break through our imagined competition with Him, and show us that fighting against Him is just about as unreasonable as fighting against a helpless infant. When God wins, we win. Let’s be thankful this Christmas for our God who is so powerful and majestic that He’s not afraid to become a helpless tiny infant, showing us just how much He wants to be with us, and just how far He is willing to go for us!