Walk With Us In The Christmas Spirit

St. Mary Basilica parish welcomes our neighbors, family members, friends, and present and former members to Walk With Us In The Christmas Spirit. Christmas Spirit means sharing kindness, peace, joy, encouragement, faith, forgiveness, and hospitality. Please share these qualities among yourselves and with everyone you meet during the weeks before and after Christmas. Members of St. Mary parish and Cathedral School are asked to actively help with this. We invite former members to join us in this Spirit.

We ask that you do this by selecting a personal way of extending kindness, love and joy to everyone you meet. We would like each present parishioner, former parishioner, and persons in every age group to be personally contacted. We need everyone to do their part to ensure that no one is omitted.

How You can extend the Christmas spirit though a variety of parish activities.

Wednesday Evening Supper
Lessons & Carols
Christmas Liturgies
Parish Social Activities
Breakfast with Santa
Personal written greeting
Send prayer card
Email spiritual message
Introduce oneself to others at Mass
Give home baked items
Brief home visit

Neighborhood gathering
Facebook greetings
Prayer visits to church
Pray the Angelus daily
Pray the rosary daily
Use an advent wreath at home
Use the advent Blue Book
Receive reconciliation
Forgive someone
Forgive the church or clergy
Donation to a charity

Almighty and Eternal God, you became one of us that we might have the life of Christ forever. Through this season of Advent, rekindle in us a desire for the coming of your Kingdom. Knowing how much our world needs your grace and truth, we ask you to guide us in the way of compassion that we might help your suffering ones. Fill us with every grace and blessing as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior. Amen.

Mighty and Eternal God, Power of the Universe, you came among us as an infant to set us free from fear. Sharing our life, you shared also our destiny, accepting death on our behalf. As we celebrate the wonderful mystery of God-With-Us, help us to see the value of our lives from your point of view. May we cherish all human life and support one another as we journey together toward our final destiny in you. Grant us a share of your love that we might more fully love one another. Amen.

May each of us walk in the Christmas Spirit.


Wednesday, November 29 Advent Wreath Workshop 6 PM immediately following the Wednesday Night Dinner, Family Life Center

Saturday, December 2 Breakfast With Santa, Family Life Center, 8:30 AM-12:30PM

Sunday, December 3 Alcorn State University Choir Christmas program, St. Mary Basilica, 7 PM Wednesday, December 6 St. Nicholas’ Day Drama, 5:30 PM, Family Life Center

Wednesday, December 6 Reconciliation Service, 6:15 PM, St. Mary Basilica

Thursday, December 7 Cathedral School Reconciliation Service, 9:25-11:25AM

Thursday, December 7 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass, 5:30PM, St. Mary Basilica Friday, December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8:00AM, School Mass, St. Mary Basilica 12:05PM Mass, St. Mary Basilica 6:00PM Mass, Assumption Catholic Church

Sunday, December 10 Lessons and Carols, 3PM, St. Mary Basilica

Wednesday, December 13 Our Lady of Guadalupe display during Wednesday Night Dinner, Family Life Center

Wednesday, December 20 St. Lucy program presented by Catechesis of the Good Shepherd group during Wednesday Night Dinner, Family Life Center

Saturday, December 23 “Welcome Home For Christmas” Open House, 10AM- 12PM, Family Life Center

Christmas Mass Schedule: Sunday, December 24 4PM Family Vigil Mass, St. Mary Basilica 6PM Vigil Mass, Assumption Catholic Church 8:30-9PM Festival of Carols, St. Mary Basilica 9PM Vigil Mass, St. Mary Basilica

Sunday, December 25 8:30AM, Christmas Mass, Assumption Catholic Church 10AM, Christmas Mass, St. Mary Basilica (New Year’s Day is not a holy day of obligation)

ACT OF CONTRITION My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

St. Mary Basilica