We actively seek ways to nurture the liturgical life of the entire College Community and foster opportunities for spiritual development through prayer experiences. Our college liturgies provide a viable witness to the Catholic identity and sacramental life of the College Community. The Mission and Ministry Center strives to support the full, conscious, and active participation of all members of the community in our liturgical worship.
Roman Catholic Mass Schedule (during the Traditional Undergraduate Year)
Saint Mary's College Chapel
Monday - Thursday, 5:15pm (SMC Brother's Chapel)
Friday, 7:00am (SMC Brother's Chapel)
The active role of the College Community in the sacramental and liturgical life of the campus is very important. Our liturgical ministries include: Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Hospitality Ministers, Acolytes, MCs, and Eucharistic Bread Bakers. If you are interested in learning more about our liturgical ministries or joining one, please contact Vince Nims at 925.631.4814.
The Chapel Music Ministry provides liturgical music for many of the liturgies on campus, especially the 8:00pm Sunday Mass. The College Community is invited and encouraged to be a part of this very important ministry. The choir and musicians gather in the Chapel on Sundays at 7:00pm to practice for the evening Mass. Musicians and singers interested in knowing more about music ministry or joining should contact Anthony Arteaga at 925.631.4801.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated by appointment.
Evening Prayer Opportunities
Various opportunities for prayer (Taize Prayer, Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Penitential Services, Seasonal/Themed Prayer Services, etc.) are offered throughout the year.
Welcome Mass Thursday, August 28th, 4:30pm
The Mission and Ministry Center and Saint Mary's College welcome new students and their families to our community in a spirit of faith at the annual Welcome Mass. The 2014 Welcome Mass will take place during the Weekend of Welcome on Thursday, August 28th at 4:30pm in McKeon Pavillion.
Mass of the Holy Spirit, Wednesday, September 10th, 1:00pm
In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, Saint Mary's College of California celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During this Eucharistic Liturgy, we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire College community. We begin with invocations representing some of our diverse faith traditions, and we end with a blessing as we rededicate ourselves to the Saint Mary's mission, renew friendships, and welcome new members of our college community
The College Community will celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, September 10th, at 1:00pm. This first Shared Mission Community Time of the 2014-2015 academic year affords the College the opportunity to gather in a spirit of faith and community in the Chapel and to call forth blessings on the beginning of the academic year.
All Saints Day Mass
This service will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 (Time TBD) in the Chapel. All are welcome!
Liturgy of Lights
This annual Sunday Mass brings together students, faculty, staff, Christian Brothers, and alumni of Saint Mary's College. This year, the Liturgy of Lights will take place in the Chapel on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 8:00pm. Celebrate the Advent Season with a beautiful candlelight eucharistic celebration.
Ash Wednesday liturgies will take place on Wednesday, February 18th at 1:00pm (Community Time), 5:15pm, and 8pm.
Initiation and Confirmation Sunday, April 12th, 5:00 pm
An SMC Community Mass celebrated with those receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.
Commencement Mass, Friday, May 22nd, 5:00pm
The Commencement Mass is celebrated each year on the day preceding the Undergraduate Commencement. Students of all faiths, their families and friends, are cordially invited to participate in this celebration of the Mass. It is a time for giving thanks and praise for gifts given and received while at Saint Mary’s College, and for asking a blessing on the graduates and their future lives.
Ethnic and Cultural Masses
The students at Saint Mary’s College are a rich and vibrant mosaic of ethnicities and cultures. Students enrich the campus prayer and faith experiences with masses celebrated in the specific language and cultural traditions. Students are encouraged and welcomed to share their worship traditions with the college community.
Our Lady of Guadalupe/La Virgen de Guadalupe
We gather as a faith community in the first week of December to recognize the Patroness of the Americas with a traditional bi-lingual Mass and celebration. This year Saint Mary's will celebrate in the chapel on Friday, December 5th at 7:00 pm. Join us for a reception and fellowship to follow in Dryden Hall. Share your gifts and talents with the community! Be a part of this campus-wide recognition of the miracle in Mexico! See photos of the celebration here.