Click here to view a video message from Monsignor Hendricks regarding Christmas Masses.
Thank you for prayerfully considering your family’s plan for celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus during this difficult year. We had over 1,300 people complete the survey letting us know of their Christmas Mass intentions. While over 60% of respondents still plan to livestream the Mass from home, we had a very high number of people hoping to attend a Christmas Mass in-person.
- 1,000 people want to attend the 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Mass
- Nearly 500 want to attend the 9 PM Christmas Eve Mass
- 270 want to attend the Christmas Day 9 AM Mass
- 400 want to attend the Christmas Day 11 AM Mass
- Over 300 want to attend the Jan 1 11 AM Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass
- The Masses during the Octave of Christmas all had results of under 200 people
Given these numbers, plus accounting for the parishioners who did not take the survey, we will be requiring a reservation to attend a Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or January 1.
To safely distance Mass attendees, our seating capacity guidelines allow for 240 people in the church. To accommodate as many as possible, we will also be livestreaming some of these Masses in Hendricks Hall and in the Robert D. Walter Family Gymnasium. These locations also require reservations. These locations will livestream the Mass from the church and Communion will be distributed at the end of Mass.
Mass reservations will be live on our website beginning Tuesday, December 1 at 9 AM
. Reservations will close on Friday, December 18 at 12 noon. To make a reservation, visit www.stbrigidofkildare.org
and click the “Advent & Christmas” link in the top black bar. You will be able to select the location (church, Hendricks Hall or gymnasium) for each Mass. Once the capacity for each location is full, that option will be closed out.
As numbers of COVID-19 continue to rise dramatically in our state and county, we ask you to please make the safest choice for you and your family. We are gratified by the results that so many of you want to continue to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebrations. This year that may look a little different than our traditions from the past. Some ideas to consider include:
- Attend a Mass with your family during the Octave of Christmas instead of on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The Liturgy gives the clues that every day within the Octave is treated the same as the original feast day of the Nativity of our Lord. St. Brigid of Kildare will be holding live Masses every day from Dec 26 – Dec 31 (see here for Mass times). Use this as the time to dress up with your family, and take a photo by our new outdoor Nativity scene. There will be live music from various instrumentalists at all of these Masses.
- Livestream your preferred (or multiple) Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses from the safety of your home. Dress up to celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and visit the outdoor Nativity at the church during the day time (please distance from other families) to pray together at the Nativity of the Lord.
- For people viewing the livestream Christmas Eve Masses, there will be special virtual performances by our Children’s Choir, Brigid’s Gael, Adult Choir, and Youth Ensemble. The 4 PM livestream-only Mass will feature a live cantor and instrumentalist, as well as 30 minutes of prelude Christmas carols with a sing-along program provided. Livestream viewers will also hear instrumentalists who will be present in the church for all Christmas Masses, including the Octave Masses.
We will be sending additional Christmas and Advent ideas for celebrations, traditions, virtual bible studies and prayer services in the coming weeks. Please look in your mail for a book from St. Brigid of Kildare with many ways to celebrate this season.
Thank you for your cooperation and care during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus in innumerable ways.