Tom Naatz | December 7, 2017
Even though nearly all students will be off-campus for Christmas, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart will still offer Masses on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this holiday season. Even though the Basilica will operate on a reduced schedule for break, Mass will be held on Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. and midnight, as well as on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.
Katie Barrett, the associate director of campus ministry — who is in charge of liturgy, including the Basilica — said in an email that there are numerous special events this December to mark Christmastime.
“We had Advent Lessons and Carols this past Sunday night as we do each year on the weekend after everyone returns from Thanksgiving. We will have Advent Vespers next week, too, at 7:15 pm,” Barrett said. “Anyone who has never experienced Vespers … should come — either on Dec. 10 or any Sunday when the University is in session. Another very special evening will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5:15 p.m. when we will celebrate another great Feast during this season — the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
Barrett said this year there will have to be a “quick turnaround” on Christmas Eve. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, the fourth Sunday of Advent will be celebrated in the morning before the other two Masses later in the day. The later service on Christmas Eve will feature a community choir. All of the Christmas Masses will be officiated by Fr. Peter Rocca, the rector of the Basilica.