SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. SPANISH MASS

Join us in celebrating the first day of Las Posadas on December 16th at the 1:00 p.m. Mass. There will be a party in the school after the Mass. All are invited to the celebration. Please bring a dish to share.

Las Posadas is a tradition that commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night (Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings”). The people gathered, representing the Holy Family, stand outside a series of houses or doors, signing songs, asking for lodging.  They are refused time and again until the group reaches the final designated house/door.  Finally, the travelers are permitted to enter. Prayer and song continue in the home, and festive foods are shared.  The tradition continues each evening with a different house as the chosen Posadas. The last night – Christmas Eve – usually features a midnight Mass. The nine days of Las Posadas is more than just a feel-good tradition, it deepens faith and strengthens ties within the community at a holy time.