The Pastoral Council has set Mass time changes to begin 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 was announced for four important Holy Days of Obligation: All Saints' Day, November 1; 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 All Saints' Day will be at 5:00 p.m. on October 31st at St. Boniface; on November 1st Masses will be at 6:00 p.m. in Kiowa and 7:30 p.m. in Medicine Lodge.
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.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested each diocese to contribute to Hurricane Harvey relief. Rather than asking each parish to take up a special collection, Bishop Brungardt is asking each of us to consider contributing to the relief effort through one of these sites:
Funds donated to these organizations will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts and provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses.