December 24 & 25, 2020
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Inspiring, safe, & inclusive
Due to the pandemic, we've had to rethink how we do Christmas worship at St. Isidore. We wanted to provide a solution that was inspiring, safe, inclusive and fair, and hosting our usual Christmas Eve schedule would not have provided that as we would have had to likely turn away hundreds of families.
Our solution is a interactive virtual experience on Christmas Eve and an in-person schedule for Christmas Day.
Keep reading to learn more.
Interactive Virtual Mass
Our virtual Mass begins with a 30 minute concert lead by our modern worship band and will be followed by Mass. Virtual Mass is going live soon:
On Christmas Eve we will be offering an all-virtual experience that is replacing our 4:00 and 6:00 PM Masses. We did not want to have to turn thousands of people away because of a limited capacity. We wanted to be fair and include everybody in a single experience which is what we are aiming for. We cannot predict how many people would want to come to an in-person Christmas Eve Mass, but we know that we would not be able to accommodate them and did not think it would be fair to turn people away at the door because we are at capacity.
Our virtual experience is going to be interactive with a special gift bag. Keep reading to learn more.
All Masses on Christmas day will be in-person beginning with Midnight Mass as well as 8:30 and 11:00 AM Christmas morning.. The safety of all those who choose to worship in person is still our top priority. That is why we will continue to maintain the work we’ve done to create a safe and meaningful environment that honors recommendations of the Archdiocese and CDC for social distancing, best health and safety practices.
8:30 AM Mass
11:00 AM Mass
Reserve your seat
Parishioners and guests must reserve a seat to attend Mass in order to not exceed capacity restriction.
Click here to register
Plan on arriving 15-20 minutes prior to Mass and wait in line to enter until directed forward by a parish representative. Staff will be present to check you in.
Guests will be seated pew by pew starting at the front of the church by parish representatives. Pews cannot be “saved,” so please enter with your family/group.
End of Mass
When Mass ends, please wait in your seats for parish volunteers to direct you out of your pew to the exits. Please do not leave early (before the final blessing).
Christmas Watch Party Gift Bags!
To enhance the virtual experience, we have put together a special Christmas Watch Party Gift Bag for every family. Each bag will include gifts from the St. Isidore family so that you can interact with Fr. Ron when watching Mass together at home or in person.
Pick yours up today outside the church.
Why are you not having 4:00 and 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Masses:
The 4 & 6 PM Masses are our most attended Mass times with over 3200 people usually attending. Due to the current pandemic guidelines we are unable to safely follow the social distancing guidelines at these Masses.
What are you doing in place of these Masses?
It is our desire to offer the same spiritual experience to all by offering a virtual Christmas Eve Mass. We believe it will be the fairest celebration for everyone.
Which Masses will be in person?
All Christmas Day Masses: Midnight Mass, 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM
What happens to my obligation if I do not attend Mass on Christmas?
According to the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Detroit if you attend Christmas Day or any Mass during that weekend you will have met your obligation.
Will there be a Children’s Mass:
The online Mass will have readings for children and Fr. Ron’s homily will be interactive using the free Christmas Watch Party Gift Bags.
How do I register for an in-person Mass?
We will update this page with a link to register for Masses once they become available in mid-December. Check back soon.
How many people can be registered?
Up to 10. We would like to accomodate as many people as possible, so please only register those you know are going to attend.
Will Christmas Eve always be celebrated this way?
We cannot predict what the future holds and will take important decisions like this as they come to always provide the safest environment.
What are other churches doing?
Everyone is in the same boat. Each parish will be making plans according to their individual pastor’s direction.
How do I get my free Christmas Watch Party Gift Bag?
Distribution of the gift bags will be on Saturday, December 12th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM following the 4:30 Mass and after weekend Masses. Or you may call the office and to make arrangements. Additional times will be listed on this page and communicated through email and social media.
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