Christmas season 2017-2018

Christ, Sun of Justice


Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017 through Baptism of the Lord, January 8, 2017

Ponder the Birth of Jesus. Now is the time.
Our waiting is over!


We are in Year B of the lectionary cycle, the year of Saint Mark.
Check HERE to see how the readings from the Gospel according to Mark are distributed throughout the year. Most of the Christmas season readings are invariable, though there are some options. For the readings assigned to each day, go to the parish liturgical calendar, or use the column to the right to click on the individual days or Masses.

The Holy Family

During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ; the Feast of the Holy Family; the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God [a holy day of obligation, but in 2018 there is no obligation]; the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord; and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In addition, there are saints’ days during Christmas.


The liturgical color of the Christmas feasts is white. During Christmastide, only the memorials of martyrs have another color–red. For the great solemnities of the season, historical vestments of gold or silver may be worn.

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

At Saint Jude Church, candles carried in the Entrance Procession are also used to honor the proclamation of the Holy Gospel. Before Mass the congregation sings Christmas carols. If you like caroling, come early!

The joyous song of the angels in Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will,” returns to weekly Sunday Mass.

The mystery of the Incarnation is proclaimed in the Gospel for Christmas Day.


Epiphany of the Lord

Christmas at the mall or online shopping sites may end on December 26 (or even the afternoon of Christmas Day!), but our Catholic celebration of the birth of  Jesus Christ lasts much longer. The festivities begin with the Vigil Mass of Christmas on December 24 and end with the Baptism of the Lord, this year on Monday, January 8.  For ideas on celebrating the entire Christmas season, check HERE.

For daily activities, see the interactive Christmas Calendar from the American bishops.
Make sure you bless your Christmas Tree.
At table, begin with the Christmas Meal Prayer.

Bless your home on Epiphany with the chalk blessed at church.

Baptism of the Lord

Check the parish seasonal schedule to keep it all straight.

You can find an entry for each day’s liturgy on the parish liturgical calendar.

Let’s make the entire season a Catholic Christmas.

Join in a rousing carol
to tell the world of
the Birth of Christ.

St. Jude Catholic Church
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Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-6609

St. Jude Catholic School
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