Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
(Holy Day of Obligation)
January 1st – 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass
12:00 a.m. Christmas Eve – Mass at Midnight
7:30 a.m. Christmas Mass
9:15 a.m. Christmas Mass
11:00 a.m. Christmas Mass
St. Josephine Bakhita Mass at 1:00 p.m.
December 7th – 6:30 pm Vigil Mass
December 8th – 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.
* There is also a Novus Ordo Latin Mass at 8:00 am in the Sacred Heart Chapel on Saturday December 8th which also fulfills the Holy Day of Obligation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
Have you heard the one about the woman who after she died left instructions to her children about her burial? She wanted a parking meter stuck at the front of her grave that said “Time Expired.”
As we rapidly approach the end of the liturgical year, “Time Expired” is also the theme of this Sunday’s readings. The current liturgical year began last Advent and it ends right before another Advent begins in two weeks. Shortly after Advent and Christmas, we will see the end of 2018 and begin a new calendar year. As another year rapidly comes to an end, we are reminded that eventually…all things will come to an end and eternity will begin.
Our Gospel describes the end of this world as we know it. The sun, the moon and the stars by which we mark the days and months and seasons of the year will disappear, according to Jesus. Because Christ is describing the end of the world in a way that people 2000 years ago could understand it, it is exactly why we don’t know how the world will end when it happens.
The last thing that Jesus tells us in today’s Gospel is that no one, not even Jesus, knows when all this will take place, or when He will return again to raise the dead back to life and initiate the reign of God and the final Kingdom to come.
Not knowing all these things shouldn’t frighten us, but it is a caveat for stepping back and looking at our lives more conscientiously…attentively…humanly.
Perhaps we start…by making peace with ourselves. Perhaps there are days when we are our own worst enemies.
Here are 10 suggestions that I found, with some of my own edits and additions, that we should embrace for right living…knowing that all things – including our lives – will come to an end one day.
God willing these tips for right living will motivate us to be prepared. It should give us hope during any type of trial…realizing that our time and trial “now” is just temporary; but “eternity” is forever.
7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper
12:00 p.m. Confessions
3:00 p.m. Passion of the Lord
7:00 p.m. Tenebrae
The Cathedral Men’s Schola will lead the singing of Tenebrae at 7:00 PM on Good Friday. Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is the name traditionally given to Matins and Lauds (from the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), on each of the last three days of Holy Week. As Tenebrae is no longer an official part of the post-Vatican II Liturgy of the Hours, our Cathedral will combine psalms, readings, and musical responses from these three days in one 50-minute devotional service on April 3rd.
Tenebrae has a penitential tone, with a special emphasis on the Passion of Christ, and is famous for its interplay of light and dark, as candles are gradually extinguished after each reading, lesson, or psalm. The Men’s Schola prepares beautiful music for Tenebrae each year—this is a wonderful opportunity to close Good Friday with a meditation on the Passion.
12:00 p.m. Confessions
3:00 p.m. Confessions
8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil
7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., & 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. St. Josephine Bakhita Mass
Cathedral of Saint Joseph
521 N Duluth Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104