Midnight Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica
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  Posted December 25th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | One comment

Edmonton at Christmas

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Christmas day, December 25, 2015
Christmas And Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

basilica1St. Joseph‘s Basilica.

DSC_8117St. Joseph‘s Basilica last night 

DSC_8104Little Jesus in the manger.

Christmas is a very special time of the year for all Christians and a tradition for many families is to celebrate an ‘Evening’ or ‘Midnight’ Mass at the Basilica. My family has a tradition to attend midnight mass at the St. Joseph’s basilica.

The Edmonton Catholics who built St. Joseph’s Basilica know all about tradition and patience. The grand building at 10044 113th Street was erected some 45 years ago, but the dream actually began nearly 50 years before that when St. Joseph’s parish was founded. I feel that basilica is the most Catholic Church there is in Edmonton. That’s the only church here that compares to the Cathedral in Zagreb (Croatia) where we were married some 35 years ago.

Christmas Eve 

DSC_8096Basilica was packed with Christians

DSC_8103Basilica was packed with Christians

On this Thursday, December 24, there were three scheduled ceremonies thru the evening:

7:00 p.m. Archbishop-Emeritus Joseph MacNeil

9:30 p.m. Rev. Adam J. Lech

12:00 (midnight) Archbishop Richard Smith

I attended the 9:30 mass. As usual basilica there were hundreds of people and the ceremony was simple and beautiful. That’s exactly what brings me to this place every year. 

DSC_8097Midnight Mass at basilica 

DSC_81019:30 p.m. Rev. Adam J. Lech  

DSC_8099Rev. Adam J. Lech during his Mass 

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Season Celebrations
Christmas Eve: 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 12:00 midnight
Christmas Day: 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 26: 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27: 10:00 a.m.
Thursday Dec. 31: 5:00 p.m. (anticipation Mass)
Friday, January 1: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
12:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 2 10:00 a.m.

Although every Sunday of the year is The Lord’s Day, when the Father calls us together to listen to His Word, when we give Him thanks as we remember His wonderful works in Christ, when He nourishes us with the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation, there are other Feast Days or Holy Days of Obligation, namely:

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day— The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

January 1 has also been designated as “World Day of Prayer for Peace” when the Church encourages us to pray for peace in the world, for love and good will among all nations, and for light and guidance for civil leaders.

DSC_8109Singing at the midnight Mass


DSC_8115The news of the awesome event of Our Saviour’s birth again sounds throughout the world. Countless generations before us dating back 2000 years, have been inspired and completely renewed in the coming of the Son of God.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shone.”

The Light is birth of the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christmas is for the “Children of God”. That is for all of us, both young and old. The Grace of Christmas is our gift, meant to transform our hearts and our lives. If we welcome Jesus, and follow Him sincerely, the light of Christ will illumine our pathways of life.

May Jesus our Lord, Savior and Friend, be born once again in our Hearts and in our homes this Christmas. May we share Jesus, the One whom we celebrate in our living and in our association with others. Like Jesus may we be gentle, kind, honest, just and a bearer of peace.

May this Christmas be peace-filled and joyous as you gather with your families and loved ones.  

We wish you a Blessed Christmas and

God’s Blessings in the New Year.

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2015
7:00 p.m. Archbishop-Emeritus Joseph MacNeil
9:30 p.m. Rev. Adam J. Lech
12:00 (midnight) Archbishop Richard Smith

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Basilica will be opened from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday, Dec. 26, Sunday, Dec. 27 10:00 a.m. – One Mass only
Monday, Dec. 28, Thursday, Dec. 29, Wednesday, Dec.30: 12:05 noon, and 5:30 p.m.

Christmas is a very special time of the year for all Christians, and a tradition for many families is to celebrate an ‘Evening’ or ‘Midnight’ Mass at the Basilica. In order to accommodate the high attendance at all Christmas Liturgies, we ask that you “DO NOT reserve the pews with coats, hats, bags, etc.”, with the exception of the person who has gone to park the vehicle.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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One comment to “Midnight Mass at St. Joseph’s Basilica”

  1. Comment by Barbara:

    Walkome. Może Pan doda nowe zdjęcia Bazyliki w Edmonton:) Pozdrawiam z Polski

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