December is a busy time. We have resources for Advent for you, six English Masses this month and a social meeting after Mass so you can offer Christmas wishes to your friends and acquaintances from the English Mass before people go away for holidays.
1. Big news: Mass on Sunday, December 24th, the fourth Sunday of Advent, will be at 10AM in the friary (the brothers’ house) chapel. This is the only Mass in December that has a different time and location.
The friary is located in the modern wing to the right side of the house at number 58 Krucza Street. The house has a rooster weathervane on top, and it’s across the street from the south side of the church. Enter through the main, glass door, and go up the stairs. If the door is not open, just ring the bell. Please try to arrive for Mass within about 15 minutes before 10AM, because once Mass starts, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for someone to let you into the friary.
2. There are six English Masses in December:
3 December (Sunday)
10 December (Sunday)
17 December (Sunday)
24 December (Sunday)
25 December (Monday: Christmas, Holy Day of Obligation)
31 December (Sunday)
3. The Shuman Institute is sponsoring ‘Christmas without Borders,’ a program in which Polish families welcome foreigners living in Poland to celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve (Wigilia) meal and traditions in a Polish family.
If you’re a foreigner with no place to go, and you’d like to enjoy Christmas Eve with a Polish family, you can sign up to register on the foreigners’ registration form. You’ll be matched with a Polish family close to you, who have registered to welcome a foreigner into their home for Christmas Eve.
You can read more about the program and connect with them on their Facebook page or the home page for the program, where Poles can also register to host a foreigner (it includes the foreigners’ sign-up page).
4. Everyone is planning for Christmas. But are we planning to make our Christmas more Catholic this year than it has ever been before? We have plenty of links and ideas for you. It’s not too late to create a new and more meaningful way of celebrating Christmas with your family and friends.
5. We will be singing a Latin hymn called ‘Rorate’ at the beginning of Sunday Masses in Advent. This comes from a tradition that’s well-known in Poland and some nearby countries, but is probably new to most of us. Read the article on Rorate, so you know what we’re singing and the beautiful liturgy connected with it.