Advent Season begins a new Liturgical Calendar for our church year. It starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and there is always an Advent wreath of greenery with four candles, three purple, and one pink. Each Sunday, one more candle is lit until all four are aflame. Advent is a time of reflection and darkness to think about the hope and the love that lies ahead at Christmas with the birth of the Christ Child.
Feast Days: The feast of Saint Nicholas is marked by an appearance of “Saint Nicholas” handing out gold chocolate coins after the service on the second Sunday of Advent. The feast of Saint Lucy on the third Sunday in Advent is celebrated by “Lucy Girls” with wreaths and candles in their hair handing out baked delicacies after the service.
Christmas Eve services invite children to participate in pageants in various roles during two early services at 3 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m. One traditional service is held at 7:30 p.m., as we celebrate the season of our Savior’s birth.
Christmas Day service is at 10:00 a.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. Ash Wednesday services, with the imposition of ashes, are held at 12 noon and at 7:00 p.m. An age-appropriate children’s observance is held at 4 p.m.
The Season of Lent is 40 days before Easter and is a holy and somber time during which we reflect on our relationship with God and Christ. It is a time of trial that in Scripture leads to the death on the cross of Jesus.
Stations of the Cross devotions are held every Friday during Lent at 12 noon in the Meditation Garden.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, the service begins with the blessing of palm fronds and a procession into the church to symbolize the journey of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Holy Week services are held every evening at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
- Monday: Simple Eucharist
- Tuesday: Tenebrae Service
- Wednesday: Service of Reconciliation
- Thursday: Maunday Thursday Service with agape meal, foot washing, and Eucharist, followed by a vigil watch at the Altar of Repose
- Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in the Meditation Garden, Children’s Observance at 4 p.m., Good Friday Liturgy at 7 p.m.
- Saturday: Great Vigil of Easter at 7 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter culminates Holy Week and celebrates the resurrection of Christ with the first Eucharist of Easter on Saturday evening. This service begins in the labyrinth for the Liturgy of the Word, moving to the Columbarium for baptisms, and concluding with the Liturgy of the Table in the church. This is one of the most joyous celebrations in the life of the church.
Easter Sunday: Celebratory services are held at 7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 a.m.
The Feast of Pentecost is held on the 8th Sunday after Easter in celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. This celebration includes one service at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and a fun festival for kids of all ages.
Welcome Home Sunday is held on the last Sunday of August. This celebration includes one combined service at 10 a.m., followed by an enhanced coffee hour, and ministry fair on the patio.
The Feast of St. Francis and a Blessing of the Animals is held at 3 p.m. on the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4. This celebration includes a short service on the patio, followed by the blessing of pets. For 2017 the service will be on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.