On December 23, the 5:30pm vigil Mass (for the Fourth Sunday of Advent) will be celebrated as normal. On December 25, the Fourth Sunday of Advent coincides with Christmas Eve. Therefore, rather than celebrate both the 8:30am and 11:00am Masses on December 24, there will be a single 10:00 am Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
The schedule for St. Benedict Christmas Masses will be as follows:
December 24: 5:30pm (vigil), 12:00 Midnight (Ordinary Mass in Latin; Christmas music 30 minutes before Mass begins); December 25: 10:00 am.
Catholics must attend two separate Masses to fulfill the obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and for Christmas. The obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent can be fulfilled on either December 23 at 5:30pm OR on December 24 at 10:00am or 5:30pm. (Thus, one need not attend a Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass to fulfill the Sunday obligation; the Christmas vigil Mass would suffice). The obligation for Christmas can be fulfilled on either December 24 at 5:30 pm or on December 25 at 12:00 Midnight or at 10:00am. Attending a single Mass on December 24 does NOT fulfill both obligations simultaneously.
Confession before Christmas: We are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas. Confessions will be heard on Saturday, December 23, at 10:00am and 4:30pm.