Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Season Mass & Confession Schedule and Fr. Hardon Remembrance

Holy Smoke! Light coming from the windows illuminates incense after a Mass celebrated at Assumption Grotto by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke in remembrance of Fr. John A. Hardon in 2007.

With Christmas quickly approaching and many things yet to be done in preparation, there will be little posting. However, stay tuned for news out of Assumption Grotto and any other special breaking news. I will try to keep posting, but it will be difficult timewise, as you can probably understand. I suspect many will not have much time for blog reading right now.

However, there are some things I want to pass along. I'm really late giving this out so hopefully, people have been regularly checking the trusty, main Assumption Grotto website.

Pre-Christmas Confession schedule at Grotto:

  • Today - Saturday: 2:30-3:30pm
  • Sunday - 9:00am and 11:30am
  • [CORRECTION - This is at Sts Cyril & Methodius in Sterling Heights] Special day and time: Monday - 10:00am - Noon and 6:00 - 9:00pm
The usual Mass schedule still applies for the weekend and for the upcoming holy day with the exception noted below about the New Years Eve celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Christmas Season Orchestra Mass Schedule:

Note: If you are planning on coming to an Orchestra Mass, you will want to get there up to 45 minutes before start of Mass to ensure a decent parking spot. It is an experience you will never forget. Also, consider that the music was written for the old Masses. Orchestra Masses tend to run about 90 - 105 minutes, but the time really flies.
    Alexandre Guilmant's 3rd Solemn Mass
    (first orchestral performances in the USA)

    Dec. 25 Midnight
    Dec. 28 9:30 AM
    Jan. 4 Noon

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and New Year's Eve
Also noteworthy, is that Assumption Grotto holds an 11:00pm Mass on New Years Eve for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - a holy day of obligation. It is an awesome thing to hear the world outside bring in the New Year while we are inside the Church receiving Communion and honoring the Blessed Mother on her feast day. Father leads us in the Holy Rosary afterwards and by the time that is done, things have settled down outside (hey - it's the inner city and yeah - it gets interesting). We then make our way to the school building to have a New Year's Eve potluck dinner around 12:20am.

January 3rd, 2009: Day of Remembrance
for Fr. John A. Hardon
, SJ

Note: There is a flyer that goes with this info, but I need it uploaded on the Grotto site first. It has been forwarded to the webmaster of the main Grotto site.

    Father Hardon Day of Remembrance
    Saturday, January 3, 2009
    Assumption Grotto Catholic Church
    13770 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

    4:00 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Fr. Matthew Hincks,
    ORC. Followed by prayer for Canonization of Servant
    of God John Hardon and the Holy Rosary

    5:45 PM Potluck Dinner in School Lounge
    A video of Fr. Hardon will be shown afterward

    Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your
    last name:
    A-G: Main Dish or Side Dish
    H-O: Snacks, Soft drinks, Dips
    P-Z: Dessert, Cups, Plates, Plasticware
More info on Fr. Hardon:

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