“And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.”
– 1 Chronicles 29:13
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An Overview of Masses Offered at Saint Miriam:
Services and Times
Our Weekly Masses:
- Three Masses Every Sunday:
- 7:30am (Early Mass) – approximately 30 minutes
- 9:00am (Family Mass) – approximately 60 minutes
- 10:30am (Morning Mass) – approximately 60 minutes
- (Second Sunday, monthly, is a Healing Mass)
- Weekday Masses are offered:
- First Fridays only at 9:15am
- Sundays at 8:30am in our Main Sanctuary.
We offer every family the opportunity to “Host” our Blessed Mother and pray to her as a family every Thursday! Just sign out the “Mary on the Go” carrying case every Sunday! The kit comes with a beautiful Blessed Mother Statue, Rosary beads for a family of up to 7, a glow-in-the-dark Rosary to pray at night, 7 booklets on how to pray the Rosary, as well as coloring images to teach your children! After you pray the Rosary, simply return the entire kit the following Sunday and another family will have the very same adoration opportunity!
- Thursdays at 4:00pm – 6:00pm in our Main Sanctuary.
- Ash Wednesday Services occur on March 6th at 12:15 Noon and 6:30pm
- Palm Sunday is April 14th (with a Palm Procession at 9:00am and 10:30am Masses only; Palm distribution and blessing at all Masses)
- The Easter Triduum – Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Thursday, April 18th(7:00pm), Good Friday, April 19th (3:00pm), and Holy Saturday, April 20th (8:00pm)
- Saint Francis Blessing of the Animals will be Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00am in the Garden, weather permitting (If inclement weather, please join us inside the parish building!)
- 30 minutes before any Mass or by appointment.
Holidays & Feast Days:
Our Holiday, Special Liturgies, Solemnity, and Feast Days for 2019-2020 are:
- Our Fall Ingathering Mass is September 22nd at 9:00am Family Mass
- Saint Francis Blessing of the Animals will be Saturday, October 5th at 11:00am in the Garden, weather permitting
- Saint Francis Feast Day will be Sunday, October 6th– all Masses
- Cemetery Ghost Tours Oct 26th at 12:30pm sharp
- November 1st Lighting of the Luminaries at 6:00pm
- All Souls Day is November 3rd– all Masses
- Christ the King Sunday, November 24th– all Masses
- Advent begins on December 1, 2019– All Masses
- December 21st The Longest Night 6:30pm
- Ugly Christmas Sweater December 22nd– All Masses
- Christmas Eve, December 24th, at 4:30pm and 8:00pm
- Christmas Day, December 25th at 9:00am
- Mass in Honor of Our Blessed Mother is on New Year’s Day at 10:30 am and Ray Leight Award followed by Champagne Brunch! (Please Note: one Mass only)
- St Blaise Throat Blessing takes place on Sunday, Feb. 2nd– All Masses
- Ash Wednesday Services occur on February 26th at 12:15 Noon and 6:30pm
- Palm Sunday is April 5th (with a Palm Procession at 9:00am and 10:30am Masses only; Palm distribution and blessing at all Masses)
- The Easter Triduum – The Easter Triduum – Thursday, April 9th (7:00pm), Good Friday, April 10th (3:00pm), and Holy Saturday, April 11th (8:00pm)
- Easter Sunday Mass is April 12th at 7:30am and 9:00am
- First Holy Communion is April 26th at 10:30am Morning Mass
- May Crowning & Procession is May 3rd that 10:30am Morning Mass
- Mother’s Day is May 10th – all Masses
- Father’s Day is June 21st – All Masses (with our annual parish picnic in garden after the 10:30am)
- Blessing of the Seersucker is June 28th (following the 10:30am Morning Mass)
- Our Fall Ingathering Mass is September 20th at 10:30am Morning Mass
- Saint Francis Blessing of the Animals will be Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00am in the Garden, weather permitting
- Saint Francis Feast Day will be Sunday, October 4th– all Masses
- All Saints Day is November 1st– all Masses
- Christ the King Sunday, November 22nd – all Masses
- Advent begins on November 29th – all Masses
30 min before each Mass or by Appointment; please contact one of our priests by contacting us here.
First Friday Mass: Join us every 1st Friday of the month at 9:15am (Sept through May) for First Friday Mass for the children and families of our school! The public and parishioners are welcome!
7:30am – Early Mass – A “Said Liturgy without Music”: (Approximately 30 minutes)
The focus for our Early Mass is on an unassuming, contemplative service without music and a simple, ‘said’ liturgical experience with a priest and altar server. This is also an incense-Free Mass. The basic outline is as follows:
- Mass begins promptly at 7:30am
- Proclamation of the Gospel and Homily (from the Ambo)
- Mass Concludes
- Missale Romanum (Roman Missal) is Used
- There is light fellowship, food selections, and coffee after this Mass in the Saint Miriam Café in the Undercroft
The focus for our early “Family Mass” is on children and their families. A Children’s Homily is presented after the reading of the Gospel and then CFF (Formally CCD) takes place and the children exit the Sanctuary to join their teachers. While this Mass is a bit shorter overall, it is primarily attributed to having no sung Mass parts, no Meditation hymn, a ‘said’ Eucharistic Canon, with no Choir, etc. This is also an incense-Free Mass. The basic outline is as follows:
- Prelude Music until 8:58am
- Mass begins promptly at 9:00am
- Proclamation of the Gospel (from the Ambo)
- Children’s Homily Only (Sept-June)
- The Children give their offering envelopes and then depart to CFF classes
- Parents and family remain for the Mass
- Holy Communion is brought to the children in their classrooms for those eligible to receive
- Mass Concludes
- Novus Ordo Missae
Parents and Children are reunited in the Saint Miriam Café for fellowship and social time
10:30am – Morning Mass – A “Sung Liturgy” with Music & Choir: (Approximately 1 hour)
The focus of our 10:30am Mass is on Liturgy & Music, along with a ‘sensory’ experience designed to elevate the fullness of the person to the sacred and eternal presence of God. The Canon of the Mass is often sung or intoned by the Celebrant(s), a Cantor is present to assist and guide the assembly in singing, the Choir is present for special feast days and holidays, and the Gospel proclamation is proclaimed from the aisle with incense and candles, and an Alleluia is also routinely used, a Meditation hymn is offered after Communion and ablutions are completed. Incense of also used for feast days. The basic outline is as follows:
- Prelude music from 10:20-10:25am
- Then, a minute or two of silence for prayer occurs
- Opening Announcement is made
- Mass Begins
- Full Eucharistic Canon is sung, intoned
- Mass Concludes
- Novus Ordo Missae
Everyone is invited to the Saint Miriam Café for fellowship and social time.
6:30pm – Third Wednesday of Every Month – “A Sacred Meal Dinner”
In large cities one can feel like a tiny cog in a very large machine. Shuffled down crowded city streets, elbowed on subway train cars and stuffed into elevators, many of us feel nameless and unseen for much of our day. Enter our new Sacred Meal Dinner Group! A small, monthly gathering of folks over a warm meal that they cook together. We gather to share what we call a “sacred meal”, a worship service that takes place around an actual dinner table in the parish fellowship hall. The meal is patterned after those shared by Christians in the first few centuries of the church, which evolved into our current day “Holy Communion” celebrations with participants sharing the bread and the cup. Everyone is known by name (everyone gets a name tag) and folks there for the first time are invited to jump right in and chop vegetables, or set out silverware, or place settings. Join us to share a meal, tell your story and weave it into our story, work together, eat together, and uncover a new way to explore God and each other! Holy Communion from Reserved Sacrament is offered. This group meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday in the Undercroft of the parish at 6:30pm. For more information visit our Master Calendar, or contact us!
First and Third Sunday Monthly, Except in Lent: Baptism Sunday Mass!
Every third Sunday, we honor the Sacrament of Baptism with a joyful experience called “Baptism Sunday” at 10:30am Mass! This Mass includes the welcoming of candidates and their families, a change to the music scores, and a unique and wonderful interactive experience for all who attend! Come and renew your own Baptismal Covenant with us in a splendid way every month, except during the Season of Lent!
2nd Sundays: Healing Mass with Anointing
Join us on the Second Sunday of every month at the 10:30am Morning Mass where we also offer a Healing Mass! The Mass Setting is one for Reconciliation, and includes a gathering at the Altar for the Eucharistic Prayer as well as anointing, as desired, with sacred oil. Special prayers and music are offered for healing, and beginning in December (December 9th), our Friary Dogs will be available in the Library for a session of Pet Therapy! Come and heal with God every month!
A Note About Lent:
On Thursdays, during the Season of Lent, we honor the devotion of The Stations of the Cross and we receive Holy Communion from Reserved Sacrament. We then join together for a simple meal of homemade soup and bread in our Saint Miriam Cafe’, immediately following. Please email us for any questions, or for more information please contact us here.
Bible Study & Small Groups
- Please visit our Small Groups Listings
Parking & Accessibility:
We have a large parking lot on our property to accommodate all visitors and parishioners. Handicapped spaces are prominently marked and both entrances are accessible.
A Note to our Friends with Disabilities:
In Our Friary and PreSchool Building: Our Sanctuary, Betsy and Walter Diener Room, First Floor Classrooms, Foust Room, Leight Room, Silvers Room, Restroom Facilities, and all other public and garden spaces on the parish grounds are ADA Accessible to all those with physical limitations and wheelchairs. There are no steps or stairs to limit movement on the primary levels. We will be happy to assist you with special requests, or to greet you upon arrival to make your stay with us more enjoyable and stress free.
In Our New Pro Cathedral: Our Sanctuary, Saint Miriam Café, Spiritual Lending Library, Restroom Facilities, CFF Classrooms, and all other public and garden spaces within the parish grounds are ADA Accessible to all those with physical limitations and wheelchairs. The only inaccessible area is the Mezzanine Level for our Music Team. Otherwise, there are no steps or stairs to limit movement. We will be happy to assist you with special requests, or to greet you upon arrival to make your stay with us more enjoyable and stress free.