ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE

This year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on Monday, December 9, and is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year. The weekend follows the usual schedule.

Masses for the Solemn Feast and Season of Christmas are as follows:

The Solemn Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

  • Tuesday, Dec. 24:
    • 5 pm Vigil “Family” Mass;
    • 12 am “Shepherds’ Mass” at Midnight (Carols and organ begin at 11:15 pm).
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25
    • No 7 am Mass 
    • 10:15 am Mass of Christmas Morning
    • 12 pm Spanish Mass

Masses in the Octave of Christmas

  • No Mass Dec. 26; church offices closed.
  • Dec. 27-31: Masses of the Day are offered at 9 am. The rectory is closed for the duration of the Octave of Christmas.
  • January 1 (The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) is a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

LOVE IS BORN AT CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 18, 7 pm

Join the Choir of St. Francis de Sales for its annual Christmas concert by candlelight–a West Philadelphia tradition!

Music will feature Advent and Christmas carols in traditional and contemporary arrangements, including Catalonian, French and African American carols. A reception follows in the parish hall, with dessert, hot drinks, and more.

Freewill donations accepted at the door. Children welcome!

CHRISTMAS 2018

Masses for the Solemn Feast and Season of Christmas are as follows:

Masses for the Fourth Week of Advent

  • Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, 7 am, 10:15 am (Solemn w/ organ), 12 pm (Spanish)

Masses for the Solemn Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

  • Monday, Dec. 24:
    • 5 pm Vigil “Family” Mass;
    • 12 am “Shepherds’ Mass” at Midnight (Carols and organ begin at 11:15 pm).
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25
    • No 7 am Mass 
    • 10:15 am Mass of Christmas Morning
    • 12 pm Spanish Mass

Masses in the Octave of Christmas

  • No Mass Dec. 26; church offices closed.
  • Dec. 26-30: Masses of the Day are offered at 9 am. The rectory is closed for the duration of the Octave of Christmas.
  • January 1 (The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God) is a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

Rejoice! The Lord is near!

BEHOLD A NEW JOY

Wednesday, December 19, 7 pm

Join the Choir of St. Francis de Sales for its annual Christmas concert by candlelight–a West Philadelphia tradition!

Music will feature arrangements of traditional and modern Advent and Christmas music, as well as selections from Porter, Holst, Bennett, and Rutter. Come behold our magnificent French organ (the largest in the Delaware Valley), now uncovered for the first time in four years!

A dessert and hot chocolate reception follows (per usual) in the parish hall. Freewill donations accepted at the door. Children welcome!