LINCOLN (SNR) – Christmas Mass and confession times for parishes of the Diocese of Lincoln are available on the diocesan website.
This year, the fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve, which may be confusing for some Catholics. As usual, Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on a Sunday – which Dec. 24 is this year. Catholics are also obliged to attend Mass on Christmas, a holy day of obligation.
Masses to fill the Sunday obligation for Dec. 24 would be celebrated at 4 p.m. or later Saturday, Dec. 23 through 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Masses that meet the holy day obligation for Christmas would be celebrated at 4 p.m. or later on Dec. 24, through the day Dec. 25.
Father Gary Coulter, webmaster for the diocesan site, said the Mass times listings are one of the most frequently used items on the website. The directory page for each of the diocese’s 134 parishes—sorted by town, since the diocese spans nearly 24,000 square miles— lists each church’s regular weekend Mass and confession times.
Additional documents list all daily and weekend Masses in the city of Lincoln, and Father Coulter said the weekend Mass list has been downloaded from the website more than 115,000 times.
“I continue to be amazed how tens of thousands of people visit lincolndiocese.org every month,” he said, “and thus the diocesan website is able to be a resource for both our parishes and faithful. It provides not only basic information like addresses, phone numbers, weekend Mass and confession times, but more resources like the Calendar of Diocesan Events and the Southern Nebraska Register.
“It has accomplished so much more,” he continued, “than just be a host for our Diocesan Offices and Ministries, which are still a key component of the website, especially our Education, Evangelization, Family Life and Youth Ministry offices.”
“I am grateful that the diocese of Lincoln has such an excellent website that, among many of its features, allows Catholics throughout the Diocese to access information about our many parishes, especially their Mass and confession schedules,” Bishop James Conley said.