Advent penance services to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held at each of the parishes before Christmas. We hope you will take advantage of one of these opportunities to go to Confession, which offers us the joy-filled peace that flows from the certainty, rather than just an unsure hope, that our sins have been forgiven and we are right with God.
The first Advent penance service will be held at Holy Rosary on Sunday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. The next special service will be Wednesday, December 20th at 6:30 at St. Boniface, and finally at St. John on Friday, December 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
There will be a live Nativity on December 17th, 2017 at 5:00 at the St. John Parish in Kiowa. There will be a soup supper to follow.
Regular Mass times at all three Barber County parishes change the first Sunday of Advent. In addition, Mass schedules have been set for all Holy Days of Obligation during Advent and Christmas.
Beginning on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and continuing through November 25, 2018, the regular Vigil Mass will be at Holy Rosary in Medicine Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Regular Sunday Masses will be at 8:30 a.m. at St. Boniface in Sharon and 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle in Kiowa.
The St. John parish has not participated in the rotation of the Saturday vigil for many years. However, the Kiowa council members reported that their parish recently voted on the issue, and the 21-19 vote against participating was so close that they plan to revisit the issue again next year and will possibly join Sharon and Medicine Lodge in the Saturday rotation beginning next Advent.
The schedule has been set for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8; Christmas, December 25; and finally the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, January 1.
The Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be at 5:30 p.m. on December 7th at St. Boniface, with Mass on December 8th at 6:00 p.m. in Kiowa and 7:30 p.m. in Medicine Lodge.
Two Masses will be offered on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve Mass begins at 5:30 p.m. at Medicine Lodge and 7:30 p.m. at Kiowa. Christmas Day Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. at Sharon. Masses for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God begin at Holy Rosary with the December 31st Vigil at 5:30 p.m., and continue on January 1st with Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Boniface and 10:30 a.m. at Kiowa.
Additional Advent and Christmas services and activities will be announced as they are scheduled.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered at Holy Rosary parish on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at a special 7:00 p.m. Mass.