Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.
(No Services Thursday & Friday at this time.)
Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
We now have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the chapel every Thursday. Come for the whole hour or just part of the hour but please answer Jesus’s invitation to come and spend some quiet time with Him. This will be a weekly event.
Don’t know what Adoration is? Look for materials on what it’s all about and ideas on how to observe in the coming weeks.
Join us every Friday during Lent for Stations of the Cross at 7:00PM!
Reminder: You have until Friday March 15 to place your brick order if you would like to be a part of our dedication ceremony! The personalized bricks will be blessed and placed in Sr. Carol’s garden during a dedication ceremony Sunday May 5 after the 10:00 am Mass. You can place your order for your brick by filling out a form located in the front of church or online at this link: https://polarengraving.com/stchristophers.
St. Valentine | February 14
Everyone has heard about Saint Valentine. He’s the patron saint of lovers, and on his day people send anonymous cards or presents to the one they love.
But who was Saint Valentine?
Well, there was a priest named Valentine who lived in Rome in the third century. He was put in prison because he helped some Christians who were going to be executed by a cruel emperor named Claudius. While Valentine was in prison, he healed the chief warder’s daughter, who was blind, and the warder and all his family became Christians.
When Emperor Claudius heard this, he said that Valentine should be executed. And so, on February 14 in the year 269, Valentine was clubbed to death. Then his head was chopped off, just to make sure he was dead.
In the same year, another man named Valentine, who was the bishop of Terni (about sixty miles from Rome), was also put to death by Emperor Claudius for being a Christian.
Neither saint seems to have anything to do with young lovers. So where do the traditions come from? Some say it is because on this day of the year (in the northern hemisphere) birds pair up and start mating.
Others say the day is special for lovers because at that time of year there had been a pagan Roman festival named Lupercalia, when young men took part in a kind of lottery to find a partner. But Lupercalia has nothing to do with either Saint Valentine!