One of many nativities from around the world at A Franciscan Christmas at the Christian Moerlein Event Center.

May the Advent Season be a time of joyful anticipation & hope
—Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

prayer booklet with roseEnrich your prayer life this Advent by starting your day with a simple reflection from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.”

The Franciscan friars invite you to join them in prayer and reflection this Advent season with the pocket booklet, Advent with St. Thérèse of Lisieux, by Susan Hines-Brigger of Franciscan Media.

“After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”
–St. Thérèse

For your free copy, click here. This offer is only available in the United States. For International requests, please email


Franciscan Monastery to the Holy Land
1400 Quincy Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017
November 28 to January 6 – Nativities of the World Display
Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve – Lighting of the Luminaria at 1:00 pm.
Christmas Vigil Masses – 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and Midnight
Christmas Day Masses – 8:00 am, 10:00 am, and Noon

Holy Family Parish
3027 Pearl St., Oldenburg, IN 47036
Saturday, December 7 – Holiday Under the Spires – Breakfast with Santa 8:00-11:00 am, Roast Beef Dinner noon – 7:00 pm
Christmas Vigil Masses – Children’s Mass at 4:00 pm, and Mass at Midnight
Christmas Day Mass – 9:00 am

St. Mary of the Angels
3501 N. Miro St., New Orleans, LA 70177
Saturday, December 14 – Annual Christmas Social and Dance, 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Christmas Vigil Mass – 7:00 pm
Christmas Day Mass – 10:00 am

Church of the Transfiguration
25231 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033
December 1 – Taize Prayer Service at 6:00 pm
Christmas Eve – Children’s Nativity Re-enactment and Mass at 4:30 pm;
Christmas Choral Music and Mass at 9:30 pm with Adult Choir and Brass
Christmas Day – Christmas Choral Music and Mass at 9:30 am with Adult Choir and Brass

St. Anthony Shrine
5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Wednesdays, December 4, 11 & 18 – Advent series: “Longing for Light” at 7:00 PM
Christmas Vigil – St. Francis and the Crib at 9:30 pm, Mass at 10:00 pm
Christmas Day Mass – 10:00 am

St. Clement Church
4536 Vine St, St. Bernard, OH 45217
December 8 – Parish Choir Advent Concert: “A Franciscan Advent Concert,” at 7:00 PM
December 11 – St. Clement Elementary School Program (grades K-3) at Roger Bacon Fine Arts Center at 7:00 pm
December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass (Spanish) and celebration, music begins at 4:00 am Mass follows at 5:00 am.
Christmas Eve – Family Christmas Mass at 4:00 pm, Carols at 10:00 pm, Solemn (Midnight) Mass at 10:30 pm
Christmas Day Mass – 10:30 am

St. Francis Seraph Church
1615 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
December 6 & 7 – Saengerfest! Choral Festival from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
A Franciscan Christmas:
November 29 – January 1, 2020 – Live Outdoor Nativity
November 29 – December 29 – International Christmas Display at Christian Moerlein, 1621 Moore Street.
December 27 – Open House at Christian Moerlein from 6:00 – Midnight. Appetizers and cash bar.
Click here for more information about A Franciscan Christmas

St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center
328 W. McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Tuesday, December 3 – Advent Evening of Reflection for Women, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Tickets $15, call parish office: 513-381-6400
Christmas Eve Mass – 4:30 and 10:30 pm
Christmas Day Mass – 9:30 am

St. Francis Retreat House
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA 18045
Monday, December 16 – A Franciscan Christmas, Mini-Retreat, Dinner 6:00 pm, Presentation 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Register by December 9, Donation $30)