Each year the District Superior for North America offers a special Mass on Christmas morning for the intentions of those enrolled. The card for the Christmas Day Mass includes the Christmas Novena, which begins on the feast of St. Andrew (November 30), and can be downloaded here.
The following is the letter for 2016, by Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP:
Dear Friends of the Fraternity,
Did you ever notice that the first question God asks of man occurs moments after the first sin was committed by Adam and Eve: Man, where art thou? The imagery that Sacred Scripture presents of God walking through the garden in the evening, searching for man, depicts the reality of a relationship that was valued by God to have been suddenly broken. Man hid while God searched. God’s question drew Adam out of his hiding – though in fear and trembling – to admit what he had done. And although a punishment would need to be levied for the transgression, a Redeemer was promised at the same time.
We seemingly hear that same question when Christ is born in Bethlehem, but this time the question is posed in order to draw man out without fear or trembling. There is no punishment to be levied – only love to be accepted, along with the proof of the value God places upon a relationship with us and the lengths He is willing to go to restore it. He emptied Himself, taking on the form of a slave, only so He could fill us with His own life, provided we have the courage to answer His question: Here I am, O Lord, I come to do Thy will.
Our Lord’s birth will be celebrated on Christmas morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary with a special Mass for the intentions of all our faithful and generous supporters. Please share in the spiritual benefits of this Mass by enrolling your loved ones and friends! There is a form included for this purpose. No gift is necessary, but any donation will help support the formation of our seminarians – your future priests!
And as Christmas also makes us more mindful of our blessings, I further wish to extend my heartfelt thanks for all the continued prayers and support you give to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. I pray that the peace of the Christ Child be among you all and your families, and let us also keep in our prayers those who may be alone this Christmas season.
Sincerely in our newborn Savior,
Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP
North American District Superior