Advent and Christmas at HNOJ

Christmas Mass Times

Tuesday, Dec. 24:

3 p.m. – two concurring liturgies
5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Join us for caroling at 2:30, 5:10 and 9:30.

Wednesday, Dec. 25
9:30 a.m.   

Each of us grew up with a different way of counting down the days to Christmas. Some families listened to Christmas music by day and watched Christmas movies each night. Other families lit the purple and pink candles of an Advent Wreath week after week until it is almost Christmas. Some of us slowly opened one door at a time on a family advent calendar. Whatever your tradition, the waiting in anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ birth was one of the great joys of childhood. 

In our HNOJ family, we mark the days in waiting for Jesus to come by processing candles and incense in the dark and prayerfully placing them in our large Advent Wreath. We anxiously wait for Jesus to appear in our nativity scene in the corner of our sanctuary. As we sing quietly, wait for Jesus, and witness the lone candle shining in the darkness, we are reminded that no matter how dark things might see, the Light of the World is coming. 

We welcome you to experience Advent and Christmas festivities at our parish and school throughout the month of December.

A note about incense

We will be using incense at the 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday Liturgies during the season of Advent.  For those with sensitivities, you may wish to consider joining us at our 5:00 p.m. (Sat.) and 8:30 a.m. Liturgies where we will refrain from using any incense.

Incense will be used at the 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses.  There will be no incense at the 3 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, nor the 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day.

Advent Podcast

  • Good Friday

    April 9, 2020 - 4:00am

    Our final episode features A Prelude on “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by the HNOJ Handbell Choir and Mercy, O God by HNOJ’s Parish Children’s Choir with Adult Quartet (04:14).  Holy Week Schedule: Thursday 4/9 7pm; Friday 4/10 Stations 3pm, Liturgy 7pm; Easter Sunday 4/12 8:30am (two Masses) and 10:30am (two Masses).

  • Palm Sunday - Holy Week

    April 2, 2020 - 4:00am

    This week’s episode features The Old Rugged Cross by Jim Bevington, a reading from Philippians 2:1-11 (04:18), and a reflection on Passion Sunday by Fr. Colin Jones (05:24).

  • 5th Week of Lent

    March 26, 2020 - 4:00am

    This week’s episode features Remember Abraham by Nate Reinhardt, a reading from John 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 (03:48), and a reflection on Lazarus by Chris Kostelc (06:36).

  • 4th Week of Lent

    March 19, 2020 - 4:00am

    This week’s episode features Be Thou My Vision by Mari Paese and Audrey Wald, a reading from John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38 (03:20), and a reflection on the Man Born Blind by Fr. Colin Jones (05:20).

  • 3rd Week of Lent

    March 12, 2020 - 4:00am

    This week’s episode features Come Home by HNOJ’s Adult Choir (feat. Erin Cullinane), a reading from John 4:5-15, 19-26, 39a, 40-42 (04:14), and a reflection on the Samaritan Woman by Ashley Cermak (06:10).

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Advent Parish Reconciliation

On Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. several priests will be at Holy Name of Jesus to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this sacrament you place your sins at the foot of the cross and Jesus in His mercy applies His loving mercy to wash away your sins, for you to begin anew. This sacrament is a beautiful way to experience God’s abundant mercy and to prepare your heart for Christ’s coming at Christmas.

Important Dates

Advent Reconciliation Service

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Advent Masses

Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22—usual schedule

Advent School Masses

Wednesday’s, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 9:15 a.m.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Sunday, Dec. 8-usual schedule

School Christmas Concert

“Let Heaven And Nature Sing”

Thursday, Dec 12 at 6 p.m.

Christmas Liturgies

Tuesday, Dec. 24:

3 p.m. – two concurring liturgies

5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Join us for caroling at 2:30, 5:10 and 9:30.

Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 9:30 a.m.   (no 6:45 a.m.)

School Christmas Break

Monday, Dec. 23 - Friday, Jan. 3

Parish Offices Closed

Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25

Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon

Wednesday, Jan. 1 (Liturgy at 9:30 a.m., no 6:45 a.m.)