December 24: 12:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00pm
December 25: 8:30am, 10:30am
For your health and safety, we will cap attendance in the buildings for all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses.
Because of attendance limitations, Bishop Olmsted has given us special permission to begin celebrating Christmas at 12:00 Noon on December 24, to accommodate more people.
The following Sign-Up Genius was created to help our regular parish attendees spread out over the 6 Masses being celebrated for Christmas. Our desire is do our best to not turn anyone away! We have allowed for overflow seating after the indoor capacities are met.
Important: This sign-up is only a tool to help even out attendance across all Masses, and does not guarantee seating at any Mass, due to the unpredictable nature of guests and visitors at Christmas. It also helps us to know how many parishioners will be participating online, so we can plan for Eucharistic distribution.
This tool only works if all parishioners use it, so please do. If you have any questions, please call the parish office!
Also Important: Please arrive and sit together with your family, as we are unable to save seats this year! If you arrive early, but your family arrives after we have reached maximum capacity, they will be seated elsewhere, or asked to come back for another Mass.
Seating will be limited to 200 people in the Main Church and 100 in the Parish Center. There will be additional seating outside in the courtyard.
In the Parish Center the Mass will be projected on the big screen, while people in the courtyard will simply listen to the Mass on the outside speakers.
Please arrive no more than 30 minutes prior to Mass times. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to Mass times.
All of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses will be live streamed! However, distribution of Holy Communion will only happen twice: from 7:30-8:00pm on Christmas Eve (after the 6:00pm Mass) and 12:00-12:30pm on Christmas Day (after the 10:30am Mass).
Cloth Face Masks (covering your nose and mouth) are REQUIRED of all those attending Mass in person at this time (both inside and in the courtyard).
If you are unable to wear a mask, we invite you to continue following the live stream and come for Holy Communion distribution in the parking lot (from 7:30-8:00pm on Christmas Eve and from 12:00-12:30pm on Christmas day).
In the Diocese of Phoenix, the preferred method to receive Holy Communion during this time is in the hand. It is safer for you, for the priests, and for everyone receiving Holy Communion. At Corpus Christi, only our priest and deacons can currently distribute communion on the tongue. We ask those who choose to receive on the tongue to allow those who receive in the hand to go first.
COVID-19 Cases at Corpus Christi
This past week, several parishioners have made the Parish Office aware that they have tested positive for COVID-19. As cases continue to surge throughout the state, and especially within our county, we ask for everyone to help do your part to limit the spread of the virus. Out of love for thy neighbor, if you have any signs of illness or if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID in the past 2 weeks, please stay home. Exposure has been defined has being within 6 ft. of a person for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period or if they sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Those of us on staff here are doing our best to avoid exposure, while still doing what we can to minister to our parish community and provide the sacraments. We have already seen other parishes in our diocese having to suspend Mass and Confessions due to staff members and priests contracting COVID-19 or being exposed to someone with the virus. With Christmas less than two weeks away, it is up to all of us to be extra diligent.
Let us view our actions as charitable sacrifices so that we give the best gift to each other this Christmas — the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.