- Christmas at Holy Trinity: Well here we are! About to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ-- what a miracle! And despite all the changes and restrictions and struggles that surround us, God remains the same. And God became man-- born as a child! We're excited to be able to celebrate this reality as a parish community. Our previously communicated Christmas schedule will remain the same. What has changed is that we are restricted in the number of people we can have at Mass in-person. Due to the size and layout of our building, we are able to accommodate 50 people in the church and have prepared for overflow seating (of not quite 50) in our basement. Seating will be first come, first serve. We will use separate entrances for upstairs and downstairs and will have volunteers on hand to direct traffic and ensure maximum capacities are not exceeded. We will fill the upstairs first and then offer seats downstairs (where the Mass will be streamed and Communion will be distributed) next. Once we are full, we will close our doors and invite people to join us online or possibly at another Mass. The parking lot (where we will be managing the flow of traffic and numbers) will be open one hour before each Christmas Mass. If joining us in person, please follow instructions, read signs and treat people with kindness. Here's the schedule: Christmas Eve at 4:30pm; 7pm and 11pm. Christmas Day at 10am. We will livestream both the 4:30pm Mass and the 10am Mass (on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page). Incense will be used at the 11pm Mass. We are trying to leave as many spots open as possible at these Masses while still requiring several volunteer ministers to make things run smoothly and safely. Adapting to these changing realities (often at the last minute) is a significant undertaking and we ask for your patience and understanding as those working behind the scenes and in more visible roles (clergy, staff and volunteers) are doing their very best.
- Sunday and Beyond: All Masses (until restrictions change) will be first come first serve, and limited to 50 people in-person. We have marked every second pew as 'closed' and we have enough pews so that each family bubble can have their own pew (until we reach a headcount of 50 people, at which time the doors will be closed). Communion will be distributed with people remaining in their pews and the ministers coming to them one by one. Please don't come to Mass in-person if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. The schedule for the days ahead (besides Christmas): Sunday, December 26th (Feast of the Holy Family) -- 9am and 11:15am (no anticipated Mass on Saturday as that is Christmas Day); we will have weekday Masses at 9am all week (Monday through Friday) to celebrate the Octave of Christmas. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Masses on Friday, December 31st at 4:30pm as well as Saturday, January 1st at 10am. Then for Sunday, January 2nd, we will have our regular two morning Masses for Epiphany (no anticipated Mass for Epiphany).
- Emergency Shelters Have Been Installed: Our two emergency shelters have now been installed on our property and the residents have moved in! A few members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are working directly with the residents and the Archdiocese on behalf of the parish. People have been asking what they can do to support the residents. It is our plan to set up a system to enable people to help out in specific ways. In the meantime, we're invited to respect their privacy, give them some time to get settled and trust those working closely with them to act on our behalf. To make a financial donation towards the Emergency Shelters project, or to learn more, please click here. Also, check out this news piece, one of a few features on this project in the media.
- Christmas Season Office Hours: The parish office is now closed and staff largely unavailable until January 4th (Christmas preparations continuing tomorrow, December 24th, and then some time of rest spent with family next week).
- Christmas Message From Archbishop Dunn: The Archbishop Dunn wrote a letter to the faithful of our Archdiocese regarding the latest restrictions and the impacts on the celebration of Christmas. Please click here to read it.
- Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!