Christmas at St. Gertrude – 2020

Like so many parts of life these days, Christmas at St. Gertrude is also going to look different this year.

Let’s start with the most important piece…the Mass times:

  • December 24, 2020
    • 3:00 p.m.
    • 5:30 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m.
    • 11:30 p.m.
  • December 25, 2020
    • 8:00 a.m.
    • 10:00 a.m.
    • 12:00 N

In order to manage the number of people coming to any one of these times, we are asking folks to sign up for a Mass in advance. We will be collecting tickets at the doors and helping to usher people to your seats. In this way, Masses this Christmas will function much like many other ticketed events you have attended elsewhere in the past. This certainly will not be the norm for us moving forward, but it is the easiest and clearest way we can best facilitate everyone’s experience and ensure the safest environment possible this Christmas. Ticket reservations for Christmas Masses will go live on Monday, Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm and must be made by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 15.

Live-streaming for Christmas

We will be extending our live stream experience. Subscribe to our YouTube channel , then click on the bell to be alerted when we are live. Details on which Masses will be streamed coming soon.

Worship Aids

A comprehensive worship aid will be available for those physically present, and a digital version will be made available on this website for those participating at home.

COVID Protocols

As with any entry into a public space during the pandemic, one is acknowledging certain risks. At St. Gertrude, we are doing everything in our power to prevent the spread of COVID and to keep everyone’s health and well-being in mind at all times.

  • Per the governor’s order, we ask that the faithful wear cloth masks for the sake of the common good. People with breathing difficulties and young children should not wear masks.
  • Only friars, sisters, novices, and some staff members will be in the sanctuary and sacristy. There will be just one server and one lector at each Mass.
  • Volunteers will help wipe down high-touch surfaces between Masses.

Dispensation

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop dispenses the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation. Please do not come if you feel sick. Those who are vulnerable may consider coming to a less crowded weekday Mass during the Christmas season.

Christmas Novena

Remember your family, friends and loved ones in a special way at Christmas by enrolling them in the Christmas Novena of Masses, which will be offered here at St. Gertrude Church beginning on Christmas Day. Novena cards are available at the entrances of the church and in the church office in the school. You can return your novena offering envelope in the collection or send it to the church office. Nb: The Christmas novena of Masses will begin to be said for your intentions on Dec. 25.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The confession schedule will be as usual through Wednesday 12/23 including the Wednesday evening holy hour. There will be no confession times offered Thursday through Sunday (12/24-12/27). In the following week, confessions only Monday – Wednesday including the evening holy hour. No confessions Thursday through Sunday (12/31-1/3). Regular schedule resumes on Monday, Jan. 4.