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Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” are normally the days form Christmas until the Epiphany. Here are some ideas for you to celebrate throughout the entire Christmas season.

  • December 26: Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr – St. Stephen’s ministry was to care for the poor. Make a decision to Volunteer your time or donate items during the coming year help care for the poor.
  • December 27: Feast of the Holy Family – Be “family” to those who spend the holidays alone – visit a nursing home or hospital or invite someone who lives alone to lunch or dinner at your home.
  • December 28: The Holy Innocents – Pray this special blessing for your children and/or all children: May God bless you and guide your heart and mind to love more deeply. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  • December 29: St. Thomas Beckett – As Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century, St. Thomas Beckett struggled with decisions that affected the role of the Church in England. Take time to learn about issues of injustice in our country and local community.
  • December 30: Sixth Day within the Christmas Octave – Gather your Christmas cards and reread them. Share memories about the person who sent the card.
  • December 31: St. Sylvester – St. Sylvester was hospitable to travelers. As you gather together, ask your family and guests to bring something that symbolizes a blessing received from God in the past year and place it under the tree. Before midnight, ask everyone to share the story about their blessing. Come to church for the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary at 4:30 p.m. at the North Church.
  • January 1: Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God – In prayer, ask Mary’s help to bring peace in our lives and in our world. Today is a holy day of obligation. Masses for the Solemnity of Mary and World Day of Peace are at 9 and 11 a.m. at the North Church.
  • January 2: St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen – These 4th century saints spent time together and taught about the Trinity. Spend time with your closest friends.
  • January 3: Epiphany – Bless your home by marking the new year on the door way with chalk and offering this prayer: “Let this door be an entry for the blessings of God. Let this door be a gateway of God’s blessings to the world.”
  • January 4: St Elizabeth Ann Seton – Her efforts in education initiated the parochial school system in America. Think of ways that you can make your parish an even better community.
  • January 5: St. John Neuman – Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and share some favorite stories about Christmas.
  • January 10: Baptism of the Lord – Take down your Christmas tree! Make some special time to share pictures and stories about family baptisms. Remember your godparents in prayer.