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Weekly Announcements

December 20, 2015

No Coffee and Donuts Today – There are no coffee and donuts today after either Mass

Catechism Class – Christmas Break There will be no Children’s Catechism classes on Sunday, December 27th, or January 3rd. Classes resume on January 10th.

Holy Name Society – The members of the Holy Name Society invite all men of the Mater Dei Community to join them in honoring the Holy Name of Jesus. Investiture of new members will occur after the 9 am Mass on Saturday, January 9th. A member of the Holy Name Society will be in the vestibule after Masses today for sign ups and additional information. Or you can contact Joseph Yula at 717-792-4729.

Saturday Exposition & Benediction – We now have a Holy Hour composed of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction from 8:00AM – 9:00AM every Saturday morning.

Friday Evening Mass & Adoration – Beginning Friday, January 8th we will have a weekly 5:30pm Friday Mass followed by Simple Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 6:15pm – 7:15pm. This will replace our current 1st Friday 6:30pm Mass.


Christmas Season Schedule

Check the parish calendar for updates to Mass times

Christmas Eve, December 24th

7:10am (Low Mass)

9:00am (Low Mass)

Christmas, December 25th

12:00 Midnight (Shepherd’s Mass, Missa Cantata)

8:00am (Low Mass, Mass at Dawn)

10:00am (Missa Cantata, Mass of the Day)

Octave Day of Christmas, January 1st

8:00am Low Mass

10:00am Missa Cantata

January 5th

7:10am Low Mass

7:00pm Blessing of Epiphany Water (No Mass)

Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th

7:10am Low Mass

7:00pm Missa Cantata


Youth Classes / Chorister Registration – If you would like to register your child for the youth classes and/or Chorister program which begin January 8th please contact the office ASAP.

Class Opportunity for Children – Mater Dei is offering two spring semester courses for students from 2nd to 12th grade: a Church History class for children grades 7-12 taught by Fr. Flick and a Bible class for children grades 2-6 taught by Fr. Eichman. These courses will be offered every Friday at 2:45pm through May. Registration is this Sunday, December 13th. For more information and to register look under “Child Formation” on our website: Materdeipa.com

Chorister Program – Mater Dei is beginning a Chorister Program for children grades 2-12 (females and males with unchanged voices). The students will be taught to read and sing Gregorian Chant. This class will be highlighted by and oriented toward the students chanting for pre-selected Sung Masses offered throughout the academic period. This program will run from January through May with weekly classes from 3:50 – 5:15 Friday afternoons. Registration is this Sunday, December 13th. For more information, look under “Child Formation” on our website: Materdeipa.com

Available Parking – As a reminder: we have been given permission to park behind the office buildings located across the street from St. Lawrence during the weekends. The entrance to these parking spaces is via Academy Alley, which is located directly behind these houses, and is the first alley after passing State Street. These parking spaces can only be reached by turning left off Front Street. Please report any incident that might cause the owners concern, as we do not want to jeopardize the parking hospitality given to us from these generous property owners. Also note that the parking lot along the side of St. Lawrence, off Buttonwood Street is not to be used.