On Friday, 20th December the 8.45 am English Obligation Mass will be held at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium.
With effect from 2nd January 2020, the Morning Mass at the Mother Church will commence at 6.20 am.
As we are in the season of Advent, parishioners are invited to make their Confessions while the priests are available in the confessionals.
There will be a priest available for confessions in the morning on Saturday 21st December from 8.00 am to 12 noon and in the afternoon on Monday, 23rd December from 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. There will be no Confessions on 24th December.
On Tuesday 24th December, the Solemn Christmas Night Service will begin at 7.30 pm at the Sacred Heart School grounds, Isa Town with carol singing. The Solemn Mass will commence at 8.00 pm.
On Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day, the masses in English will be held at 7.00 am, 8.30 am, 10.00 am, 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. For masses in other languages and for the New Year Mass Schedule please refer to the Church Notice Board or the Church Website.
Flowers to decorate the Altar at Manama for Christmas can be handed over to the Sacristy on 24th December before 12.00 noon.
We have made arrangements for buses to take parishioners for the Night Service from Manama to Sacred Heart School, Isa Town and back again to Manama. The buses will leave from the Arts and Craft Center, Al Zubara Avenue at 6.30 pm, 6.45 pm and 7.00 pm.
Those going for the Christmas Service at Isa Town and have place in their cars are requested to pass by the Arts and Crafts Center to give a lift to parishioners going for the services. Cars can also be parked at the Indian School Grounds, Isa town. Parishioners, when you come for the services at Isa Town and Manama, please park your cars properly and avoid blocking of traffic.
We need plenty of ushers for the Night Service on 24th December at Isa Town. Those who would like to help are called for a meeting on Monday, 23rd December at 6.45 pm at the Audio- Video Room.
On Wednesday 25th December, a free Christmas Day programme “Home away from Home,” for our parish domestic workers, will be held in Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium from 9.00 am to 12.00 noon and from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. There will be entertainment and distribution of Christmas gifts. Parishioners, we ask for your support towards this event by offering cakes, snacks, gifts, telephone cards or cash. Food items may be delivered on 25th December itself to Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium. Gift articles, telephone cards, and cash can be handed over to the Parish Office. May God bless you for your generosity.
The Sacred Heart Church will be organizing a Christmas Dinner Dance on Thursday, 26th December at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium commencing from 7.00 pm onwards with a live band The Blue Notes along with DJ Mac in attendance. As there is limited seating, please ensure you get your tickets as soon as possible. Let us celebrate this Christmas as one family of the Sacred Heart Church. For further details, please refer to the banner on display in the church compound.
The Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr will be celebrated on 26th December.
There will be no Catechism Classes for Parish Children on 27th December.
The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, will be celebrated on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th December.
The Feast of Holy Innocents, Martyrs will be celebrated in the morning on Saturday 28th December at the 6.15 am Mass in the Sacred Heart Church.
The Feast of St. Sebastian will be celebrated by the Malayalam Catholic Community on Thursday, 26th December at 7.00 pm and on Friday, 27th December at 10.00 am at the Sacred Heart School grounds in Isa Town. All are invited to participate.
The Wedding Anniversary Mass for December Celebrants will be held on 28th December at the 6.30 pm Mass in the Sacred Heart Church. Celebrants may register their names at the Parish Office before 26th December.
Church Calendars for the Year 2020 are for sale in the church compound for 500 fils only. Kindly patronize.
Fr. Xavier Marian D’souza, OFM Cap.