Thanks to the artistic talent of several parishioners and friends, the 12 Days of Christmas are posted throughout the parish grounds. Each day represents a core belief of our Christian faith. And—as many folks know—they make for a fun and silly song that can enthusiastically be sung this time of year!
Traditionally, the 12 Days of Christmas begin on December 25th (Our Lord’s Nativity) and conclude on the eve of the Visitation of the Three Kings (Epiphany). Many well-known feast days are also observed during these days of Christmas, including the following:
- Feasts of Saint Stephen (December 26th),
- Saint John the Evangelist (December 27th),
- Holy Family (Sunday after Christmas),
- Holy Innocents (December 28th),
- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God & World Day of Prayer for Peace (January 1st),
- Elizabeth Ann Seton (January 3rd),
- and Saint John Neumann (January 5th), among others.
Believed by many to have originated during the Reformation era, each of the twelve days serves as a numerical symbol representing a core belief found in the Apostle’s Creed, among other teachings. Perhaps the origin being rooted more in folklore than historical fact, Twelve Days is nevertheless a fun and interesting way to learn about these central points of faith. If you’re interested in learning more, download these special activity sheets for young people as you visit the grounds.
And don’t forget the Twelfth Day of Christmas located in our Christmas Courtyard next to the rectory. Visit our crèche and offer a prayer for your family or simply enjoy the lights. The courtyard is open each day from 8:00am until 8:00pm from December 20th through January 6th (lights turn on at approximately 4:00pm). During this time of Covid-19, we want our parishioners, neighbors, and friends to have a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience as you explore the 12 Days of Christmas. In order to keep this experience safe and welcoming for everyone, please observe all safety protocols (facial masks worn and social distancing maintained). While pets are certainly welcome, please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.
Days of Christmas
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
2 Turtle Doves
3 French Hens
4 Calling Birds
5 Golden Rings
9 Ladies Dancing
11 Pipers Piping
12 Drummers Drumming
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm
Sunday Morning 8:30am & 11:30am