Seasonal Information - Christmas 2022-23
Christmas Mass Schedule 2022
Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24
4:00pm at St. Maria Goretti Church
4:00pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25
7:30am at Our Lady of the Assumption Church
9:30am at St. Maria Goretti Church
11:00am at Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Our parish will be offering our usual virtual Mass, but will not be livestreaming a Christmas Mass.
Christmas Masses may be viewed live online at:
St. Theresa Parish, North Reading
St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC YouTube
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC
Vatican Media Youtube
The one and only collection taken at our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses benefit the Clergy Trust which cares for the health and well-being of all active and senior priests in good standing. By supporting this collection, you are helping to ensure that our active priests receive the care they need to continue their important work and our senior priests can live in community with access to quality care. This collection is a primary source of funding for the Trust and your generosity is greatly appreciated. To donate directly online, go to: www.clergytrust.org/christmas-collection-2022
If you would like to make an offertory gift to Ave Maria Parish at the Christmas Masses, please make sure you clearly note that intention on your envelope or check.
The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him, including the fact that he was born to die for us. (Source: USCCB)
Online Christmas Season Reflection Videos
Ave Maria Parish's Holy Spirit Ensemble and Children's Choirs have prepared reflection videos for the short-but-oh-so-special season of Christmas! You can find the links below with accompanying worship aids or on our parish YouTube page.
Spreading Advent Hope and Christmas Cheer
At a time when many people may feel isolated, homebound, and apart from family and friends, we will be spreading some ADVENT HOPE and CHRISTMAS CHEER again this year!
What wonders a simple phone call, a Christmas card, or a token gift can do to lift someone’s spirits and let them know someone cares.
If you know a parishioner in that situation, please send us his/her name. If you can help by sending a card, making a phone call, or dropping off a gift, contact Kate McGrath, Pastoral Associate, via email or at 781-598-4313, ext. 224.
Virtual Stations of the Creche Prayer Service
Click here for the accompanying Stations of the Creche Prayer Service Guide.
Music to Lift the Spirit and Rejoice in the Season
Check out our parish's Spotify channel (Ave Maria Lynnfield) or go directly to this website's Spotify page for a variety of playlists for every season and mood.
3D Nativity Craft Kit with Prayers
Here's a little craft activity: 3D Nativity Coloring and Craft Kit
Children's Book about the Nativity
Our parish is blessed to have our very own registered therapy dog in attendance at many of our children's read-aloud sessions, walking group strolls, and other dog-friendly events. Orla is a 11-year-old Golden Retriever whose human happens to be Kate McGrath, our Pastoral Associate. Because Orla wants to share her many adventures with others, Kate has written down some of her stories in short, read-aloud books that are great introductions to the richness of our Catholic faith and what they mean to our daily lives. Make this one an Advent tradition for your family: Adventures with Orla: The Christmas Nativity.