Here are the guidelines of the Mass Intentions for the 2022 Mass Book:
1) On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, we will begin receiving Mass intentions for 2022.
2) People are asked to present their petitions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop off at the rectory, or send by postal mail their list of Mass intention preferences (names, dates and times preferred, and these petitions will be marked in order of receipt (first come, first serve). Please type or clearly print all information.
3) Important: We no longer keep lists of intentions or dates reserved from year to year. It is the responsibility of the person (s) asking for the Masses to come each year to ask for the Mass intentions and dates.
4) Due to the decrease of Masses on our Schedule, we will give to each person a maximum of 10 possible Masses, trying to place the first 5 priority mass intentions closest to the dates and times that are preferred. The rest we will place where we can.
5) We will limit each Mass intention to no more than 4 names. Any more than that, we will say for the deceased family members of John Smith (for example).
6) Mass intentions may be for one of the following options a. for a deceased person/s (up to four names for one mass intention), b. for the anniversary of someone’s death, c. for the birthday or anniversary of someone alive, d. for the health of someone, or e. for the special intention of someone
7) The Mass Stipend of $10.00 per each Mass should be given at the Rectory Office at the time of the petition for the Mass. If that is not possible, then the Mass Stipend (s) should be brought soon after the petition is made to the Rectory Office or placed in the collection basket in an envelope with the following information written clearly on the outside of the envelope: (date and time of the Mass, the specific intention of the Mass and the name and contact telephone number of the person asking for the Mass).
8) Please Note: Each Mass has the infinite power of Jesus and is offered for the entire world. So, if you are not able to set an intention on a particular date or time you desire, please know that you can always attend that Mass, offer up your intention personally and that prayer is heard by God.
SOUND AND LIGHT AT HOLY INFANCY
Our Church Bell (2,525-pound bell dedicated May 1, 1886), is now in the process of being refurbished and automated. This will enable the bell to be programmed to ring ‘calling people to worship.’ The bell had been donated by three executives from the Bethlehem Iron Foundry (predecessor of Bethlehem Steel Company).
In addition to appealing to our sense of sound, Holy Infancy will be adding nighttime lighting of our steeple – focusing on the cross 190 feet above the sidewalk. The lighting will serve as a beacon and should be visible from many vantage points throughout the city. The light fixtures selected are LED and have a life of 50,000 to 100,000 hours-needing minimal maintenance. The steeple lights are projected to last 20-25 years.
This summer, due to lower Mass attendance and collections, we had to use a good portion of the Lucky 7 Raffle funds that were allocated for these two projects in order to pay our summer bills. Additional donations toward the projects will be appreciated by using a white envelope marked “Bell Donation,” with your name and address written clearly on it. The two projects will cost close to $60,000. As we recover from the pandemic, our Sunday collections are recovering. We thank you for all your support and sacrifices!
On November 11th at 6:30 PM, Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross will be here with an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish (site of Holy Infancy School). Throughout history, many healings have been worked in the presence of relics; and thousands have occurred through this ministry. For most, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To date, this ministry has been hosted in almost 200 Catholic dioceses in various countries. Public attendees must be at the presentation to receive instructions on what is permissible and what is not during the exposition of Sacred Relics.