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Mother Teresa Community Mass for Christmas

Once again we come to this very special time of the year. Whether you're a longtime parishioner or a visitor looking for a parish family, know that at Mother Teresa Catholic Church, you're always welcome.

Please join your Mother Teresa faith family for our Christmas celebration:
     Friday, December 24 at 2:30 p.m.
     Green Hope HS Parking Lot
     2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary
Please bring a folding chair.

Fr. Daniel will lead us in worship together under the blue sky cathedral. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many wonderful volunteers who help to transform a parking lot into a space worthy of receiving God in our midst. 

A worship guide for this Mass is provided below. We look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior with you.

Children's Christmas Pageant
We're delighted to share that our children will reenact the birth of Christ at the beginning of the Christmas Eve Mass. A favorite tradition is to see our children telling the Christmas Story accompanied by the Children's Choir. 

Matching Gift Opportunity
A generous parishioner has offered to match our Christmas collection up to $15K. Please consider contributing to the Christmas collection or in the collection basket at Mass. Through thick and thin, thank you for your continued support.

Green Hope HS Parking Lot
If you wish to remain in your vehicle, please let our traffic volunteers know and they can guide you to the special parking area. A Eucharistic Minister will bring the Communion to you during Mass.
The Introductory Rites

ENTRANCE  please rise
O Come, All Ye Faithful

PENITENTIAL ACT

GLORY TO GOD
Mass of Renewal

OPENING PRAYER (COLLECT)
 
The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING  you may be seated
Isaiah 9:1-6
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as people make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!


The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

Today Our Savior Is Born

Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13

SECOND READING
Titus 2:11-14
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus
Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.


The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.


GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  please rise

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
I proclaim to you good news of great joy: today a Savior is born for us, Christ the Lord. R/.

GOSPEL
Luke 2:1-14
The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
R. Glory to you, O Lord.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”


R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of the Lord.

HOMILY  you may be seated

PROFESSION OF FAITH  please rise

 
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
R. Lord, hear our prayer.

 
The Liturgy of the Eucharist

PRESENTATION AND PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS  you may be seated
 
Angels We Have Heard On High
 
Bread and wine are brought to the altar table, and everything is prepared for the celebration. The priest prays “…that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father,” 
 
all rise and respond:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.
 
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
The priest says the Prayer over the Offerings; following this, the people respond: 
Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER
 
Preface
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right and just.

HOLY
Mass of Renewal
 
MYSTERY OF FAITH
 
AMEN
 
The Communion Rite

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
 
Priest: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin. and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
All: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

SIGN OF PEACE

LAMB OF GOD

COMMUNION HYMN
 
O Little Town of Bethlehem



Silent Night



What Child Is This
 
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
 
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
 
The Concluding Rites

SOLEMN BLESSING

DISMISSAL

CLOSING HYMN
Joy to the World


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Year-End Giving

As you begin year-end tax planning, please consider adding Mother Teresa Catholic Church to your Christmas list and consider a variety of giving opportunities. A special year-end gift to the parish can make a significant difference to our community.

Charitable donations to be included for the current tax year must be submitted or postmarked by December 31. 

Where can I direct my gift?
  • Christmas collection to help us receive the $15K matching gift from a generous parishioner.
  • The Capital Campaign to help us build the Worship Center on 1125 Mother Teresa Drive.
  • The Sunday offertory to help offset the general operating expenses.
  • The Priest Welfare and Retirement fund to care for our retired priests.
How can I give?
  • Contribute online via WeShare before midnight on December 31.
  • Donate stock by completing and following the instructions on this stock donation form. If the gift is for the tax year 2021, then please initiate and make sure the stock is transferred to the diocese account by December 31.
  • Send Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) directly to MTCC to avoid paying taxes and reduce your adjusted gross income.
  • Mail your check to the following address by December 31 or earlier:
               Mother Teresa Catholic Church
               10030 Green Level Church Road
               Suite 802 #1092
               Cary, NC 27519

For more information on how you can help make a difference by contributing a year-end gift to our parish, please contact Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995. Thank you for your unwavering support and faithfulness to Mother Teresa Catholic Church.
Our Mission
Inspired by our patron saint, the welcoming community of Mother Teresa Catholic Church is engaged in service to Christ and committed to the evangelization of His people with great love.

Our People
Pastor – Father Daniel Oschwald
Deacon – Deacon Mike Walsh
Parish Administrator – Angela Sentosa, (919) 623-1751
Business Manager – Michelle Yeh, (972) 898-7995
Pastoral Care – Jean and Donna, (919) 600-1724
Communications – Matt Young, (919) 428-3404
Faith Formation (Love) – Nicole Swannack
Faith Formation (Grow) – Kim Wisniewski
Faith Formation (Shine) – Nicolle Pollaci
Pastoral Council – Ed Simanskis
Finance Council – Paul Wolf
Mercy Council – Mary Ann McNeill
Capital Campaign – Joe Steinlage
Teen Family Group – Amy, Nicolle, and Michele

 
Sacraments
Please contact the parish office.

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Email: mtccary.office@gmail.com

Mailing Address
10030 Green Level Church Road • Suite 802 #1092 • Cary, NC 27519

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1125 Mother Teresa Drive • Cary, NC 27519


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