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A Seasonal Liturgical Resource
from the Liturgy Office | Archdiocese of Seattle
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Holy Days of Obligation

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
As the patronal feast day of the United States, Saturday, December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.

Mary, Holy Mother of God
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, which falls on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.

St. Cecilia Sing!
Tuesday, November 20
Sacred Heart, Enumclaw
Join parish musicians from the greater Seattle area for a choral festival as we celebrate the great gift of liturgical music. 

All are welcome to attend this celebration of liturgical music, as we soon celebrate the feast of St. Cecilia, patron saint of liturgical music, on November 22nd.
Lecturas del día
The USCCB website has the daily readings,  las lecturas del día en español.
Rite of Election and Chrism Mass 2019
Mark your calendars and save the dates:    
Rite of Election - Lent 2019.

Chrism Mass - Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7pm at St. James Cathedral.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on January 18th and goes through January 25th. 
Specific intentions may be inserted in the general intercessions at Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

From the Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, the Mass for the Unity of Christians (#17), For the Evangelization of Peoples (#18), and For Persecuted Christians (#19) would be appropriate except on the Saturday Vigil or Sunday liturgies. Prayer services with other groups of Christians would also be fitting.

Consider Eco-Palms for the Sunday of the Passion of the Lord celebration as we remember the important role we play in protecting forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in harvesting communities.
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The Liturgy Office wishes you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving and a joyful Advent season.
Building Communities of Welcome
National Migration Week
January 6-12, 2019
During the Advent Season, we remember that the Holy Family was a migrant family - on the move to Bethlehem and then to Egypt.  For decades, the Catholic Church in the U.S. has celebrated National Migration Week (NMW), an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. NMW draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past; we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.

Please check out the USCCB/Justice for Immigrants website for the NMW Toolkit that includes prayer sources and homily suggestions.

J.L. Drouhard and Kelly Hickman, Missions Office.

"Open Wide Our Hearts"
Last week, the USCCB released a new pastoral letter, "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love," inviting us all to pray and act to combat racism in our lives and our communities.

The letter, and corresponding resources (including pastoral aids, information on systemic racism, bulletin inserts, lesson plans and activities for grades K-12) can be found on the USCCB website.
Mass for Life
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey at 9:30am and
St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia at 10:00am

followed by the March for Life at the Capitol steps in Olympia, Washington. 

There will be two opportunities to come together for Mass on the morning of the March for Life, Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

S acred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey at 9:30am and St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia at 10:00am.

In order to best accommodate everyone at each church, it is encouraged that parish groups coming from north of Lacey attend the Mass at Sacred Heart and parish groups coming from south of Olympia attend the Mass at St. Michael. Buses going to St. Michael Church are to park on 11th Street and not in the parking lot.

In order to assist with planning purposes for the Mass, it is vital that parish groups, individuals, and concelebrating priests attending the Mass for Life RSVP.
CONCELEBRATING PRIESTS: please bring your alb and white stole to the Mass and RSVP so we can plan for Eucharistic Ministers and seating.

Misal Romano
The USCCB has released the new Misal Romano, tercera edicion, the new Spanish language Roman Missal for use in the Un ited States.
Mandatory use of the new Misal Romano is the First Sunday of Advent, December 2nd. If you still need to purchase the new ritual text, Misal Romano for your parish, please email Jennifer Day.

Several changes which appear in the third edition are worthy of mention:
  • The many greeting options at the beginning of Mass which had appeared in the previous Misal Romano will now be given in an appendix, rather than within the Ordinario de la Misa. As well, optional tropes for use within Penitential Rite C will be placed in an appendix.
  • The optional texts formerly given for the introduction of the Lord's Prayer, and the invitation to exchange the Sign of Peace will no longer be included in the Ordinario de la Misa.
  • Several prefaces which had appeared in other Spanish Misals will not be present in the US version of this text. These include: Prefaces III and IV for Advent; Preface V for Lent; Preface after the Ascension; Prefaces IX and X in Ordinary Time; Prefaces for Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Penance, and Anointing of the Sick; Preface for Angels; Preface for Saint Joseph; Preface II of Holy Martyrs; and, Common Prefaces VII and VIII.
  • Within the Eucharistic Prayers, the proper forms of the communicantes for Holy Thursday and the Solemnity of the Ascension will not appear in the revised Misal Romano. In Eucharistic Prayers II and III, particular intercessions will be provided only in the case of the celebration of Baptism and in Masses for the Dead. 
In addition to these changes, some highlights of the new Misal Romano include the following features:
  • Publishers of the Misal Romano have been asked to arrange the text and music so that it matches the layout of the current English Roman Missal. This is intended to be of help to celebrants who may not be as familiar with the Spanish text.
  • The use of ustedes rather than vosotros, with the corresponding declinations of accompanying verbs, will be observed throughout the new text.
  • The phrase por ustedes y por muchos will appear in the Words of Institution.
  • The full endings of the presidential prayers (collects, prayers over the gifts, prayers after communion) will be given in each Mass formulary.
  • Orations for the patronal feasts of Latin American countries will be included in an appendix. As well, a proper preface for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will appear in the Mass formulary for that day.

View the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) website for additional information, chant and formation resources on implementing the new Misal Romano at your Spanish Masses.


Advent Liturgical Notes


On Thanksgiving Day, as families and friends gather to give thanks to God for the many graces received, a Thanksgiving Table Blessing, from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers may be used.


The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.

When the Blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.



As we honor the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary within the womb of St. Anne, it is fitting to remember this Blessing of a Child in the Womb. This blessing supports parents awaiting the birth of a child and encourages the parish community's prayers for - and recognition of - the gift of human life in the form of the child in the womb. It may be offered within Mass as well as outside of Mass.

View the ritual text from the USCCB Website



The blessing of the Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time.

When the manger is set up in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another family member.

View the ritual text from the USCCB website.


The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world.


According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before Christmas and may remain in place until the Solemnity of Epiphany. The lights of the tree are illuminated after the prayer of blessing.

In the home the Christmas tree may be blessed by a parent or another family member, in connection with the evening meal on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time on Christmas Day.

View the ritual text from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.


View the ritual text from the USCCB website for the Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany, January 6.



Upcoming Events
  • Madre de las Americas at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, December 1st. Rosary at St. Mary Church in Seattle at 9:30am, procession from St. Mary to St. James Cathedral at 10:30am, Mass at St. James Cathedral at 12:10 followed by a reception at 1:30pm in the St. James Cathedral hall.
  • Saturday, December 8th - Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.
  • Simbang Gabi at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, December 15th at 11:00am. 
  • Mass for Life (two opportunities for Mass before the March for Life) - Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lacey at 9:30am and St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia at 10:00am.
  • Rite of Election - various dates in Lent 2019.

  • David Haas in Concert at St. Patrick Church in Seattle on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:00pm. Email Laura Ash, music director at St. Patrick's Parish, for more information.
  • Chrism Mass at St. James Cathedral in Seattle on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:00pm.

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