Advent & Christmas Schedule 2017

Advent Penance Service: December 6th

Join us at 6pm in the Church for our annual Advent Penance Service here at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Mass will follow at 7pm in the Extraordinary Form as per our regular schedule.

Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation) Mass: December 8th

Masses will be held at 7am, 8:30am and 2:15pm. A vigil Mass will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30pm.

Rorate Mass: December 9th 6am

Quiet Candlelit Mass in Extraordinary Form. The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, Who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of Our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ. The readings and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enter; asking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord. (source) Join us for this Annual Tradition at St. Thomas Aquinas!

Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12th, 7pm

The Hispanic Ministry invites all of you to the celebration of the Mass of Our Virgin of Guadalupe on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. During the Mass we will have the Consecration of Jesus through Mary. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in Aquinas Hall. For any information please call Susie Melgar at 704 287 1444.

El Ministerio Hispano de la Iglesia San Thomas Aquinas les invitan a todos a la celebracion de la Misa de nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe que sera el Martes 12 de Diciembre a las 7 p.m. Durante la Misa tendremos la Consagracion a Jesus atraves de Maria. A continuacion tendremos una recepcion en el Aquinas Hall. Vengan los esperamos, gracias por su compania. Cualquier informacion llame Susie Melgar 704 287 1444.

Simbang Gabi: December 15th 7pm

Filipino Advent Tradition with Mass at 7pm and a delicious reception to follow in Aquinas Hall!

Christmas Pageant: December 17th

Join us in Aquinas Hall at 10:45am for our Annual Christmas Pageant. All children of the parish are invited to participate. Please contact Sr. Edeva Jover, OP to sign up by email ( or by calling the parish office (704) 948-1607.

Christmas Masses: December 25th

Masses on December 23rd fulfilling your Sunday Obligation: 5:30pm & 7pm
Masses on December 24th fulfilling your Sunday Obligation: 7:30am, 9:30am, & 11:30am

Masses on Christmas Eve, December 24th, fulfilling your Christmas Obligation: Mass Times - 4pm, 7pm, and Midnight
Christmas Day Mass Times - 9:30am and 11:30am

Daily Masses during the Octave - December 26th to December 31st: 10am and No Daily Eucharistic Adoration, except December 27th Mass will be at 7pm in the Extraordinary Form.


New Year’s Day (Holy Day of Obligation): January 1st

There will NOT be a vigil Mass. Mass will be on Monday, January 1st at 10am & 12:15pm

Regular Schedule Resumes January 2nd with Daily Masses at 8:30am and 12:15pm, and our regular Adoration Schedule.

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