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Linda Oppelt

2022 PARISH ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SCHEDULES

AVE MARIA, Parker
Confessions — Monday through Friday, 8-8:45 a.m.; Saturday after the 9 a.m. Mass.
Dec. 3 after the 4 p.m. Mass; Dec. 4 after the 7 a.m., 9 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. Masses.
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 6:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m. 
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Masses at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m.

CATHOLIC CENTER, Citadel Mall, Suite #3056, 
719-573-7364. 
NOTE — Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m-8 p.m. Daily Masses, Mon.-Sat., 12:10 p.m.; and Mon.-Fri., 6 p.m.
Confessions — Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Para consultar sobre la disponibilidad de las confesiones en español, llame al Centro:  719-573-7364.)
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Closed.
Dec. 24 — Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Closed. 
El Centro Católico está abierto de LUNES A SÁBADO, de 11 a.m a 8 de la tarde. 
25 de noviembre, Día de Acción de Gracias, Cerrado. 
24 de diciembre, abierto 11 hasta 5 de la tarde. 
25 de diciembre, Cerrado. 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Colo. Springs
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 8:30 a.m. 
Weekday Masses, Confession and Adoration — Mon.-Fri., Mass at 8:30 a.m. (when school is in session).
Confession and Adoration, Mon.-Fri. 4:30-5:15 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m.; Sat., Mass at noon,
Traditional Latin Mass (TLM),
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 12 (sung), Dec. 21, Jan. 4 at 8:30 a.m.; Dec. 2 and Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., preceded by confession at 6 p.m. 
24 hour adoration Mon. 6 p.m.-Tues. 5:15 p.m.
Weekend Schedule: 
Sat. Confession, 4-4:40 p.m., Mass at 5 p.m.; Sun. Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Confession, 5-5:40 p.m.
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 
Dec. 12 — Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Sung Latin Mass, 8:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Mass.
Dec. 16 — Lessons and Carols, sung by Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Walsingham, at 7 p.m.
Dec. 24 — (Late Advent) Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Confessions 9-11 a.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Christmas Pageant, 3 p.m.; Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Masses at Midnight, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

DIVINE REDEEMER, Colo. Springs
Wednesdays during Advent — Eucharistic Adoration, 6:30-8 p.m., with rosary at 6:30 p.m., followed by confessions.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
Dec. 15 — Christmas Candlelight Concert, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 — Confessions offered, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Christmas Pageant, 3 p.m.; Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and Midnight; Carols at 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Carols at 9:30 a.m.; Mass at 10 a.m.; 
Dec. 30 — Feast of the Holy Family, 8 a.m.

HOLY APOSTLES, Colo. Springs
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 9 a.m. 
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., followed by dedication of Mary, Queen of Apostles statue by Bishop Golka.
Wednesdays during Advent — 
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 — Rorate Mass, 6:30 a.m.; Advent Evening Prayer, 6 p.m., (on Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.)
Dec. 21 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m. 
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Masses at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

HOLY FAMILY, Leadville
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day Mass, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Church, 426 West 2nd St.
Nov. 26 — All Masses will be held at Church of the Annunciation, 609 Poplar St., starting today.
Dec. 1 — Eucharistic Adoration/Confessions, 5-8 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, 426 West 2nd St.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 a.m. (English).
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 
Dec. 11 — Procession from St. Joseph to Annunciation: 9:30 a.m.; Mass at 10:30 a.m. (Spanish) Social to follow.
Dec. 12 — Mananitas, 5 a.m.; Mass at 8 a.m. (English); 6:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. (English).
Dec. 25 — Masses at 8:30 a.m. (English); 10:30 a.m. (Spanish).

HOLY ROSARY CHAPEL, Cascade
Dec. 24 — No 4 p.m Vigil Mass. Carols begin at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Vigil Mass, 8 p.m. 

HOLY TRINITY, Colo. Springs
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. and Traditional Low Mass at 6:45 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Christmas Mass at 9 a.m.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Security
Dec. 3 — at Holy Rosary Chapel, Cascade. Dia de Recolección en Español, Confesiones 7:30 a.m., Misa 8 a.m., Desayuno 9-9:30 a.m., Primera Conferencia 10 a.m., Exposición y confesiones 11-11:50 a.m., Benedicion 12 medio-dia, Almuerzo 12:10-12:40 p.m., Tiempo Libre 12:40-1:30 p.m., El Santo Rosario 1:35 p.m., Segunda Conferencia 2 p.m. Todo el día sera en silencio. Por favor de traer su desayuno y almuerzo para este día.
Dec. 3 — First Saturday Devotions. Confessions, 7:30 a.m.; Mass, 8 a.m.; Meditation, 9 a.m.; Holy Rosary, 9:15 a.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Low Mass; 6 p.m. Sung Mass. Confessions 1/2 hr. before each Mass. 
Dec. 10 — Rorate Candlelit Mass, 6 a.m., with no 8 a.m. Mass on that day. 
Dec. 12 — Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexican breakfast immediately following the 8 a.m. Mass.
Dec. 17 — at Holy Rosary Chapel, Cascade. Day of Recollection. Confessions, 7:30 a.m.; Mass at 8 a.m.; breakfast, 9-9:30 a.m.; First Conference, 10 a.m.; Exposition and Adoration, and confessions, 11-11:50 a.m.; Benediction at noon; lunch, 12:10-12:40 p.m.; free time 12:40-1:30 p.m.; Recitation of the Holy Rosary, 1:35 p.m.; Second Conference, 2 p.m. The whole day will be in complete silence. Please bring your own bag breakfast and lunch. 
Dec. 25 — Midnight Sung Mass (at midnight), 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Low Mass; 11 a.m. Sung Mass; Confessions 1/2 hr. before each Mass. 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, Colo. Springs
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. (English) and 7 p.m. (Spanish).
Our Lady of Guadalupe: 
Dec. 11 — Misa vigilia en Español., 7 p.m. 
Dec. 12 — Masses for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5 a.m. Misa en Español, 8 a.m., in English, and 7 p.m., Misa en Español.
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses, 5 p.m. in English and 8 p.m. en Español.
Dec. 25 — Masses, 8 a.m. in English, 10 a.m. en Español and 12:30 p.m. en Español.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP, Manitou Springs
Dec. 24 — Christmas Vigil Mass, 4 p.m., carols begin at 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 25 — No Christmas Day Mass.

OUR LADY OF THE PINES, Black Forest
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Advent Penance Service, 6 p.m. 
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Reconciliation, 2 p.m.; Vigil Masses, 4:30 p.m. (two locations), 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION, Elizabeth
Dec. 2 — Advent Penance Service, 5:30-7 p.m.
Dec. 3 — Advent by Candlelight for women ages 14 and up, 6:30 p.m. See Page 14 for details.

OUR LADY OF THE WOODS, Woodland Park
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 9 a.m. 
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Advent Penance Service, 6 p.m.
Dec. 24 — Mass for Christmas Eve, 7 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Midnight Mass at 12 a.m. Mass at 9 a.m.

OUR LADY OF VICTORY, Limon
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at noon. 
PAX CHRISTI, Littleton
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 13 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Mass at 10 a.m. No 5 p.m. Mass.

SACRED HEART, Cheyenne Wells
Dec. 15  — Mass at 6 p.m. followed by Advent Penance Service.
Christmas Mass
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Mass at 10:15 a.m.

SACRED HEART, Colo. Springs
Advent Vespers — Sundays at 5 p.m., Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. 
Dec. 24 — No 8 a.m. Mass, no 8:30 a.m. Adoration, no 9 a.m. confessions. 
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. only.

ST. ANDREW KIM, Colo. Springs
Dec. 13 — Penance (Korean) 7 p.m.
Christmas Mass:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. (Bilingual - Korean and English)
Dec. 25 — Masses at 9 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Korean).

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, Hugo
Christmas Mass:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 6 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 10 a.m.
Confessions — Sundays, 8:15-8:45 a.m.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Kit Carson
Christmas Mass:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.  
Dec. 25 — Mass at 8:30 a.m.

ST. BENEDICT, Falcon
Dec. 2 — First Friday Homeschool Mass, 7 a.m.; Lessons and Carols, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. Arrival of St. Nicholas.
Dec. 8 — Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; 6 p.m. Vespers, 6:20 p.m. Benediction; Night of Prayer for Life, 8 p.m.-Fri. 7 a.m. - all night adoration.
Dec. 10 — Extraordinary Form (EF) Rorate Mass, 8 a.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Midnight Mass, (TLM), Mass at 8 a.m. 

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA, Burlington
Advent Reconciliation  — Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 — Our Lady of Guadalupe, Procession, 11 a.m.-noon; Mass at noon; Matachines 1:30-2:30 pm., Convivió, 3-5 p.m.
Dec. 18 — RE Christmas Program and Lighting.
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 10 a.m. and noon (Spanish).

ST. CHARLES BORROMEO, Stratton
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 8:30 a.m. 
Nov. 27 — RE Christmas Program and Lighting. 
Advent Reconciliation  — Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Dec. 1 — Advent Penance Service, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at 7 a.m.
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 7 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 8 a.m. 
Dec. 31 — Vigil Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 5 p.m.

ST. DOMINIC, Security
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 8:30 a.m.; Thanksgiving potluck, 11 a.m.
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. National Prayer for Life after 7 p.m. Mass. 
Novena — Dec. 4 - Dec. 12, for Our Lady of Guadalupe, during daily and weekend Masses.
Novena — Dec. 16 - Dec. 23, Christmas Novena at 7 p.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9 a.m.

ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI, Castle Rock
Additional Advent Confession Times — Sundays, 4:30-5:15 p.m.; Fridays, 6-7 p.m.
Novena — Dec. 3 - Dec. 12, for Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7-7:30 p.m..
Dec. 7 — Vigil Masses, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 5 p.m. (Children’s Mass); 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; National Night of Prayer for Life Holy Hour, 10-11 p.m. 
Dec. 9 — Advent Penance Service, 6-7 p.m.
Dec. 9-12 — Spanish Advent Retreat, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 — Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Fiesta, 6-11:30 p.m., includes Novena and Retreat.
Dec. 16 — Lessons and Carols, 7-9 p.m. 
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at Douglas County Event Center, 4 p.m.; Vigil Masses at the church, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon (Spanish).
ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI, Colo. Springs
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 8:30 a.m. 
Dec. 7 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 10-18 — Eucharistic Miracles Display in the church hall.
Dec. 10 — Day of Recollection, 9 a.m. Includes talks, Mass at 11 a.m., time to enjoy the Eucharistic Miracle display. No charge, bring your own lunch.
Dec. 10-11 — Adoration Vigil, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 10 through 7:30 a.m. Dec. 11, in the church.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m.  and 6 p.m., with children’s choir.
Dec. 25 — Masses at midnight and 10 a.m.

ST. GABRIEL, Colo. Springs
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 — Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Masses at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. (English), 7 p.m. (Bilingual)
Dec. 25 — Masses at Midnight (English), 10 a.m. (English), and 1 p.m. (Spanish)
Confessions — Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 2-3 p.m.

ST. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER, 4785 Stanton Rd., Colorado Springs
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 4 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at Noon.

ST. JOSEPH MISSION, Fairplay
Christmas Mass:
Dec. 25 — Mass at 12:30 p.m.

ST. JOSEPH, Colo. Springs
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 9 a.m. 
Confessions — Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Advent Series — Sundays, Nov. 27, 1-2:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 2:30-4 p.m..
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Eucharistic Adoration, 9:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Dec. 21 — Confessions, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Dec. 22 — Confessions, 8-8:45 a.m., 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Christmas Masses:
Dec. 24 — No confessions. Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 10 a.m. only. 

ST. JOSEPH, Salida
Advent Adoration — One hour after daily Mass on Tues., Wed., and Fri. 
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Dec. 15 — Advent Penance Service, 5 p.m. 
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9 a.m. 
Confessions — Saturdays, 4 p.m. or by appt.

ST. MARK, Highlands Ranch
Dec. 3 — Festival of Advent Scripture and Song , 5:30 p.m. 
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 p.m. 
Dec. 8 — Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, noon and 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m. 
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at midnight and 10 a.m. 

ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 9 a.m. 
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 6 p.m., followed by Vespers (English).
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m. (English) and 7 p.m. (Spanish).
Confessions — Regular confession times: Mon., Wed., Fri., 11:30 a.m.-noon; Sat. 3-3:45 p.m.
Dec. 11 — Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rosary Procession from Acacia Park, 1:30 p.m., Mass, 3 p.m.
Dec. 14 — Advent Penance Service, 6 p.m. 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and Midnight (English).
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9 a.m. (English) and 11 a.m. (Spanish).

ST. MARY, Flagler
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass, 4 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 8 a.m. 

ST. MARY OF THE ROCKIES, Bailey
Dec. 18 — Advent Penance Service, 10 a.m.
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9 a.m. 

ST. MICHAEL, Calhan
Dec. 8 — Mass for Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 — Advent Reconciliation Service, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 24 — Christmas Vigil Mass, 7 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Mass at 10 a.m.

ST. PATRICK, Colo. Springs
Nov. 24 — Thanksgiving Day. Mass at 11 a.m. 
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 7 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 7:45 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

ST. PAUL, Colo. Springs
Dec. 4 — Parish Faith Night, following 5:30 p.m. Mass.
Dec. 11 — Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m.-noon, Julie Penrose Hall. 
Dec. 21 — Advent Penance Service, 6 p.m.
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses, 4 p.m. (Children’s Mass) in church, 4:05 p.m. (Overflow Mass, in Julie Penrose Hall), 6:30 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Masses at Midnight, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. No 5:30 p.m. Mass. 

SAINT PETER CHAPEL, Cripple Creek
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at 12 p.m.
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass for Christmas, 4 p.m.

ST. PETER, Monument
Dec. 1 — Advent Penance Service, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 — Vigil Mass, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 — Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Masses at 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.  
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses, 4 p.m. (church and gym), 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in church.
Dec. 25 — Masses at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

ST. ROSE OF LIMA, Buena Vista
Dec. 13 — Penance Service, 7 p.m.
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9:30 a.m. 

VIETNAMESE HOLY MARTYRS, Colo. Springs
Christmas Masses: 
Dec. 24 — Vigil Masses at 8 p.m. 
Dec. 25 — Mass at 9:30 a.m. 

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