On Tuesday, December 19 we are having our traditional Advent Penance Service. Join us at 7 PM at Saint Ita church (5500 N. Broadway). Confessions offered in English, Swahili, Spanish, and Italian.
El martes 19 de diciembre tendremos nuestro tradicional Servicio de Penitencia de Adviento. Únase a nosotros a las 7 p. m. en la iglesia de Saint Ita (5500 N. Broadway). Confesiones ofrecidas en inglés, swahili, español e italiano.
La novena de navidad tradicional o también llamada novena de aguinaldos es una celebración religiosa de la iglesia católica en Colombia, Ecuador y Venezuela, inicia el 16 de diciembre y termina el 24 de diciembre conmemorando el nacimiento del niño Jesús en el pesebre. Nuestra parroquia participará en una noche de novena el lunes 18 de diciembre. ¡Únase a nosotros para este servicio de oración y la recepción completa posterior!
The traditional Christmas novena or also called novena de aguinaldos is a religious celebration of the Catholic Church in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, it begins on December 16 and ends on December 24 commemorating the birth of the baby Jesus in the manger. Our parish is participating in one night of the novena on Monday, December 18. Join us for this prayer service and the full reception afterwards!
The O Antiphons are seven short verses sung during Evening Prayer (also known as Vespers) on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. Chanted December 17-23, they recall titles of Jesus, the Messiah, that have echoed from seashores to mountain tops and from synagogues to chapels since Old Testament times. Each begins with the exclamation "O" and nestled within them, is a longing for the coming of Christ in glory. As Christmas approaches the cry becomes more urgent.
The antiphons were composed sometime between the 6th and 8th centuries when monks compiled texts from the Old Testament which looked forward to our salvation. They form a rich mosaic of scriptural images and became very popular in the Middle Ages.
Fun Fact: the first letter of each forms an acrostic in reverse. Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel, provide the Latin words: ERO CRAS. Referring to Christmas Eve, this phrase translates, “I am coming tomorrow.” So, as the Messiah calls to us, may the following resources help us to ready ourselves for whenever tomorrow comes.
Why not join with the Prayer of the universal Church each evening and reflect on these words preparing for Christmas day by day!
Continue your preparations for Christmas by joining Mary, Mother of God Parish for the Filipino Advent tradition of Simbang Gabi!
In the Philippines, Simbang Gabi is a celebration consisting of a nine-day series of early morning Masses to prepare for the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. Filipino immigrants have proudly introduced this beautiful tradition to the Church in the United States, and we will be hosting two nights of Masses at our parish.
It is tradition to worship and meditate on the Holy Family: the mystery of the Incarnation; the loving appreciation for the role of Mary as the bearer of Jesus; and the fatherly love of Joseph for his family.
You can learn more about Simbang Gabi from this U.S. Catholic article.
How is our parish celebrating?
December 15: Simbang Gabi Mass & Reception – 7 PM at SI
El 12 de diciembre es la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, quien es la "Patrona de todas las Américas". ¡Celebre esta fiesta, que es especialmente importante para los católicos mexicanos, con Misa, música y comida! El obispo Bartosic está celebrando la Misa de las 7 PM en Santa Ita.
*December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is the "Patroness of all the Americas." Celebrate this Feast Day, which is especially important to Mexican Catholics, with Mass, music, and food! Bishop Bartosic is celebrating the 7 PM Mass at Saint Ita.
La igelsia de Santa Ita/Saint Ita church (5500 N. Broadway)
4 - 6 AM Mañanitas
*Traditional Mexican music
6 AM Misa - Pan y chocolate después
*Spanish Mass with hot chocolate & Mexican pastries afterwards
8 AM Mass (English)
5:30 PM Mass (English)
7 PM Misa y Recepción con Obispo Bartosic
*Spanish Mass and reception with Bishop Bartosic
St. Thomas of Canterbury church (4827 N. Kenmore)
8:30 AM Daily Mass (English)
Imágenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe por la Parroquia/
Images of Our Lady of Guadalupe Around the Parish
Jueves, 7 de diciembre
La iglesia de Santa Ita (5500 N. Broadway)
Friday, December 8
Saint Ita (5500 N. Broadway)
St. Thomas of Canterbury (4827 N. Kenmore)
St. Gregory the Great (5545 N. Paulina)
What is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception?
On December 8, the Church celebrates the Solemnity (extra special feast) of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the Catholic teaching that Mary was conceived without original sin. You can learn more about the dogma by reading this article from Franciscan Media!
"We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful."