Special Event Masses


Welcome Mass Thursday, August 23th, 4:30pm - McKeon Pavillion

The Mission and Ministry Center and Saint Mary's College welcome new students and their families to our community. We do this in a spirit of faith at the annual Welcome Mass. The 2017 Welcome Mass will take place during the Weekend of Welcome events on Thursday, August 24th at 4:30pm in McKeon Pavillion.  This is the one large scale faith-based gathering of the week and the only one with families! All are welcome!

The Alpha Mass - Sunday, August 26th, 8 PM Mass - Main Chapel

"The 8 PM Mass" is the weekly Mass that is typically attended by over 200 Gaels!  We call the first Mass of the year "The Alpha Mass" because it begins the many Sundays we will pray, give thanks and worship together.  For many, it is also the source of faith, hope, love, community and Christ on campus!  It is a Roman Catholic Mass, but students of all faiths gather to be together and celebrate! We invite you to come on Sundays at 8 PM.

Mass of the Holy Spirit, Wednesday, September 29th, 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 13th, at 1:00pm. This first Shared Mission Community Time of the 2017-2018 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 is Wednesday, November  1, 2018

All Saints Day Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 PM Mass in the Main Chapel.  All Soul's will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov 2.

Christ the King & Rite of Acceptance Mass:  Sunday, November 26, 2017

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 3rd, 2018 at 8:00pm. Celebrate the Advent Season with a beautiful candlelight eucharistic celebration.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: Friday, December 8, 2018

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve Mass will be held at 4:30pm; Christmas Day is at 11:00am, both are in the main chapel.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday service will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at 1:00pm (Community Time) with masses at 5:15pm, and 8pm.

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, 11:00am in the Main Chapel

Initiation and Confirmation Sunday, April 28th, 2019, 5:00 pm

An SMC Community Mass celebrated with those receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.

Commencement Mass, Friday, May 24th, 2019, 5:00pm

The Commencement Mass is celebrated each year on the day preceding the Undergraduate Commencement.  Students of all faiths as well as 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.  More information on the Commencement Mass (including information on volunteering at the Mass) can be found here.

Ethnic and Cultural Masses & Celebrations

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.

Dia de los Muertos Altar:  TBD. 

Our altar of remembrance will be available in the vestibule of the Main Chapel for almost one month.  Peoople are invited to bring photos of their loved ones who have passed on and dwell eternally with God.  The altar will remain up until Thanksgiving break.  If you bring a photo, please label it and have an email or cell phone number on the back.  Photos that are not picked up by Nov , will be held in the Mission and Ministry Center.

Our Lady of Guadalupe/La Virgen de Guadalupe:  Nov 26 - Dec 1

We gather as a faith community in the first week of December to recognize the Patroness of the Americas with a traditional bilingual Mass and celebration. This year Saint Mary's will celebrate all week starting with Mass on Sunday night, Nov 26th at 8 PM and ending with Mass Friday night, Dec 1st at 7 PM.  Throughout the week various events will also take place honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Join us for Posadas, speakers, music, dancing, food and fellowship ALL WEEK LONG!  You will want to be a part of this campus-wide recognition of the miracle in Mexico! See photos of the celebration here.

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