Christmas liturgies and prayer opportunities

Categories: Around the Diocese

Colorful Nativity Scene with baby Jesus Mary Joseph an angel and other famous religious figures of the bible enhanced with rays of light for devotional mood

Thursday, December 24

Collegeville • Vigil of Christmas service with the St. John’s Monastic Community at 7:30 p.m. (Evening Prayer) and Christmas concert at 9:30 p.m. in Abbey Church followed by Christmas Eve Eucharist at 10 p.m. St. John’s Boys’ Choir and St. John’s Abbey Schola will sing in the concert and during Mass.

Little Falls • Christmas Eve Mass with the Franciscan Sisters at 7:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent. Christmas hymns will begin at 7 p.m. Fellowship follows Mass.

St. Cloud • The Christmas Rosary — reflecting on mysteries of the Christmas season in prayer and song — is at 7:20 p.m. at St. Anthony Church. “Midnight Mass,” featuring traditional carols, begins at 8 p.m.

St. Cloud • Christmas Eve Mass celebrated at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Mass celebrated at 10 p.m. with Bishop Donald Kettler presiding, features traditional Christmas music starting at 9:30 p.m.

St. Joseph • Caroling and Christmas Eucharist with the Benedictine Sisters at 9 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery. Shepherd’s Reception in Gathering Place follows service.

Friday, December 25

Collegeville • Morning Prayer at 8 a.m., Parish and abbey Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m., Midday Prayer at noon and evening prayer at 5 p.m. with the St. John’s Monastic Community in Abbey Church.

Little Falls • Christmas Day Mass with the Franciscan Sisters at 8:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent.

Onamia • Solemn Christmas vespers with the Crosier Fathers and Brothers at 5 p.m. in Holy Cross Priory Church.

St. Cloud • Christmas Day Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 9 a.m.

St. Joseph • Christmas Day Eucharist with the Benedictine Sisters at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Wednesday, December 30

Little Falls • Sign up for an hour to pray with the Franciscan Sisters during the 24-Hour Year-End Prayer for Peace Vigil starting today at 6 p.m. and continuing through tomorrow at 6 p.m. Hour of prayer could take place in one’s church, home or anywhere one can pray. Vigil concludes with New Year’s Eve prayer service. For more information or to join in prayer during vigil, sign up at 320-632-0668 or franciscanlife@fslf.org.

Thursday, December 31

Little Falls • New Year’s Eve prayer service with the Franciscan Sisters starts at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent.

Collegeville • Vigil service of The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, with the St. John’s Monastic Community at 7 p.m. in Abbey Church.

St. Joseph • Imaging Peace prayer service with the Benedictine Sisters from 6 to 7 a.m. in Oratory at St. Benedict’s Monastery. Celebration of Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel.

Friday, January 1 (Solemnity of Mary)

Collegeville • Morning Prayer at 8:30 a.m., Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. with the St. John’s Monastic Community in Abbey Church.

Little Falls • Mass with the Franciscan Sisters at 8:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent. (There will be no 11 a.m. Mass.)

Onamia • Solemn vespers with the Crosier Fathers and Brothers at 5 p.m. in Holy Cross Priory Church.

St. Joseph • Eucharist with the Benedictine Sisters at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Sunday, January 3 (Epiphany)

Collegeville • Morning Prayer at 7 a.m., Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. with the St. John’s Monastic Community in Abbey Church.

Little Falls • Epiphany Mass with the Franciscan Sisters at 8:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent.

Onamia • Solemn Epiphany vespers with the Crosier Fathers and Brothers at 5 p.m. in Holy Cross Priory Church.

St. Joseph • Epiphany Eucharist with the Benedictine Sisters at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery.

Christmas Masses interpreted for deaf, hard of hearing

Christmas Masses interpreted for the deaf and for persons with hearing disabilities will be celebrated in the St. Cloud Diocese at the following times and locations.

• St. Cloud, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.
• Sauk Rapids, Sacred Heart Church, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.
• Zimmerman, Christ Our Light South Church, Dec. 25, 9 a.m.