Thursday, January 1st
On New Year’s Day, the octave day of Christmas, Holy Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Mary is rightly called “Mother of God” because the Son she bore is the Father’s eternal Word, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son, Who while remaining God became man: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Holy Day of Obligation
Masses in the Shrine at 11:30 am and in the upper church at 4:00 pm on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st, and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1st, at 10:00 am.