Churches plan Christmas services
Many churches are planning special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve services to celebrate the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. Following is a list of Christmas services in the local area, published as a service for readers seeking a place to worship. Services take place on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, unless otherwise noted.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 830-745-2633, will offer midnight Mass, as well as 10 a.m. Mass Christmas morning. Additionally, Mass will be held at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 210-635-8539, will hold a Vigil Mass at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., with Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. A New Year’s Eve Vigil Mass will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a Mass on New Year’s Day at 11:30 a.m.
The Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 830-254-3539, will hold a Shepherd’s Mass featuring the Children’s Choir at 4:30 p.m. and a Shepherd’s Mass at 10 p.m. featuring the Parish Choir on Christmas Eve. A Nativity of the Lord Holy Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.
A Solemnity Mass will also be held on Jan. 1 at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The First Lutheran Church, 830-393-2747, invites all to the enjoy its Children’s Christmas program on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. The church will offer worship services on Christmas Eve at the area nursing homes, starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Floresville Nursing Center, followed by a 10:30 a.m. service in Regency Manor, and a candlelight service in the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home at 1:30 p.m. Worship services will also be held in the church at 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. An additional worship service will be held Dec. 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the church.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 830-393-6117, will have a children’s Christmas Mass at 6 p.m. and midnight Mass with the parish youth. On Dec. 25, Solemnity Masses will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Singing and prayer will be offered one hour prior to each Mass. A Vigil Mass will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, followed by New Year’s Day Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
The First Baptist Church, 830-216-4946, will hold worship services on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Additionally, a candlelight service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 24.
The Floresville United Methodist Church, 830-393-2425, will hold its Christmas worship services on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m.
The Oak Hills Community Church, 830-216-2273, will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23 (no Bible study) and a Lord’s Supper Service on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. A worship service will also be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m. with no Bible study.
The St. Boniface Catholic Church, 830-780-3559, will hold a Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. and a Christmas Day Mass at 8 a.m.
On New Year’s Eve, a Vigil Mass will be held at 4 p.m. A New Year’s Day Solemnity Mass will be held at 8 a.m.
The St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 830-780-3947, will hold Mass at 8 p.m. in St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Fashing and a 6 p.m. and midnight Mass at St. Cornelius. Christmas Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. in Karnes City. New Year’s Day Mass will be at 6 p.m. and New Year’s Day Mass, at 9 a.m.
St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 830-745-2541, will celebrate Mass at midnight, as well as at 8 a.m. Christmas Day.
Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve and at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day.
The La Vernia United Methodist Church, 830-779-2621, will hold candlelight communion services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. A Blue Christmas uplifting service will be at 8:30 p.m. for those who have lost a loved one or are alone during the holidays.
St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 830-779-3131, will hold a Children’s Mass at 4 p.m. and a bilingual midnight Mass. Christmas Day will be celebrated with Mass at 9:30 a.m. On New Year’s Eve, Mass will be held at 7 p.m. and at 9:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
The Immanuel Lutheran Church, 830-253-8121, will hold a service on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m. Additionally, a 10 a.m. service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30.
The Life Church of La Vernia, 830-534-6640, will hold a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.
The Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek, 830-303-4669, will have a service of carols and communion at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 830-780-2748, will hold the annual Pasterka, or Polish Shepherd’s Mass, at 5 p.m. Caroling featuring members of the St. Mary’s Polish Choir of Karnes and Wilson counties at 4:30 p.m. along with a midnight Mass. Mass will be held at 5 p.m. in St. Helena’s Mission Church. Christmas Day Mass will be at 9 a.m.
The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 830-484-3302, will have Mass at 6 p.m. with a Children’s Play and another Mass at midnight. On Christmas Day, Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m.
On Dec. 31, Mass will be held at 6 p.m. and on New Year’s Day at 9:30 a.m.
The St. John Lutheran Church, 830-484-3691, will hold a candlelight service at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m.
The Resurrection United Methodist Church, 210-649-2636, the Chancel Choir invites all to come celebrate the season with their Christmas Cantata, “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. with refreshments to follow. A Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be held at 6 p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 210-635-8539, will hold a Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m. as well as a New Year’s Mass at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1.
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 210-667-1232, will have a 5 p.m. and midnight Mass. Mass will also be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 25.
A Vigil Mass will be held at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.
The Christ United Methodist Church, 830-996-3007, will have a Children’s Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m. followed by Candles and Carols on Monday, Dec. 23. Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 830-996-3415, will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and midnight. Christmas Day Mass will be at 10 a.m. Caroling will begin 30 minutes prior to each service.
New Year’s Eve Mass will be at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. followed by New Year’s Day Mass at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The First Baptist Church, 830-947-3333, will hold a candlelight service at 6 p.m.