This Week: Third Week of Advent
We are the Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Philomena, called to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our celebrating and praying together, through our support of the faith development of each member and through our compassionate service and care for one another and the world. We do this because of our commitment to our faith, our hope in the reign of God and our love of God and neighbor.
Christmas Mass Schedule
Wednesday, Christmas Eve
- 4:00 pm: Children’s Mass
- 7:00 pm: Spanish Mass
- 10:00 pm: Midnight Mass, preceded by Christmas Carols at 9:30 pm
Thursday, Christmas Day
- 8:30 am: Mass
- 10:30 am: Mass
- 1:00 pm: Spanish Mass
Note that there is no evening Mass on Christmas Day. Christmas is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Also don’t forget that Our Lord asks that we honor His Mother with Mass on New Year’s Eve at 5:30 pm or New Year’s Day at 9:00 am. This is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and is also a Holy Day of Obligation.
This month the Outreach Program will be collecting warm clothing items and food for the following programs. There will be boxes labeled for the particular program inside the main entrance to place these items:
- St. Martin de Porres Shelter for Men is in need of hats, warm gloves, scarves, light weight fleece blankets, and new or gently used bath towels.
- Pregnancy Aid provides for our local needy families. We are in need of winter coats, pajamas, toys, and children’s books.
- Des Moines Food Bank: Donations of nonperishable food items are greatly needed this season.
Affordable Care Act Alert
If you are purchasing insurance through the Exchange, the only healthcare plans in Washington which do not subsidize elective abortions are the Premera Multistate plans. Please consider choosing one of these plans.
Also note that there is another alternative, which for many people is cheaper and better, and does not require us to subsidize abortion, sex-change operations, sterilizations, etc. Christian Healthcare Coops abide by Biblical principles and do fulfill the federal requirement to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act:
Información de las Quinceañeras está aquí.
Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation schedules are on the Sacraments page
Traveling for business or pleasure? Don’t forget to make the Holy Mass a part of your plans: call 1-858-207-6277 or go to www.masstimes.org.
Find the readings and Gospel for today here: Daily Mass Readings from the NAB