My youngest is in the children’s choir so the 4 pm vigil mass for us - also that way my older daughter’s boyfriend can go with us because he has to be back to his ship Christmas day.
There will be overflow seating in the church basement and the school gym - I think that second one might be a separate mass. But we will have to be there by 3:15. All the Christmas and Easter Masses are standing room only. Not swearing to 7 am, though.
Here is a plea to be kind to Christmas Catholics: When I was visiting my mother, who is not Catholic, I called the church in town to ask the Christmas mass schedule. The secretary snapped at me, “The same as every week.” Not very welcoming to the visitor, and no way to bring the wandering sheep back to the fold.
That wasn’t too cool. On our church phone system we can put different messages — and one of them will be the Mass times for Christmas. It’s also in the windows of the front doors.
We always have the Mass Times as a selection on our phone system.
Be understanding of church people answering the phones. I cook at a Salvation Army meal program. Christmas season gets so hectic. Often people call with all sorts of questions when I am trying to serve 75 people supper. I probably sound pretty abrupt to the person on the phone.