Christmas at Sacred Heart 2022/23

Advent and Christmas Season 2022/23 Masses and Programs:

— Advent Evening Prayer —
Monday, Dec. 19 | 6:30 p.m. | In the church

— Christmas Eve —
Saturday, Dec. 24 | Vigil Masses Only
4 p.m. | Children’s Christmas Pageant at 3:30 p.m.
6 p.m. | 8 p.m.
Mass During the Night | 11 p.m. | Music at 10:30 p.m.

— Christmas Day —
Sunday, Dec. 25 | 7:30 a.m. | 9 a.m. | 10:30 a.m. | Noon

— Holiday Docent Tour of the Church —
Monday, Dec. 26 | 3 p.m. | Reception to follow

— Daily Mass & Confessions | December 26-30 —
12:10 p.m. Mass | 11:30 a.m. Confessions
No 7 a.m. Mass during this week
No Mass or Confessions on 12/26

 — The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God —
New Year’s Day | Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 | 7:30 a.m. | 9 a.m. |10:30 a.m. | Noon | 5:30 pm

— The Epiphany of The Lord — 
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 | 7:30 a.m. | 9 a.m. |10:30 a.m. | Noon | 5:30 pm

*Parishioners and visitors are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of any event or Mass on Christmas Eve.

Parish Office and Daily Mass Schedule During the Christmas Season

Please note that our parish office will be closed on Friday, December 23 with the celebration of the 7 a.m. Mass only, and no 12:10 p.m. Mass or confessions on this day. The office will also be closed on Monday, December 26.

UPDATED 12/20: During Christmas week, we will celebrate Masses at 12:10 p.m., with Confessions available at 11:30 a.m. from December 27-30. There is no 7 a.m. Mass during this week of December 27-30. There will be no Masses or Confessions on Monday, December 26.

Christmas Eve and Day Parking Update

Madison Building Garage: Parking in the adjacent Madison Building Garage will be free during all Mass times on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Parishioners and visitors are asked to NOT take a parking ticket when entering the garage, contrary to our normal procedures for weekend Masses. We would like to thank our friends at the Madison Building for their gift of convenience and accessibility for our parishioners and visitors this Christmas. *Be advised that attendants will charge any vehicle remaining in the garage after 1:45 p.m. on Christmas Day.

On Street Parking (Christmas Day Only): During Mass times on Sunday, parishioners are invited to park in The City of Tampa’s Church Zone free of charge. The City recently made an adjustment to the hours of operation for on-street parking throughout downtown. Spaces are now enforced from the hours of 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday-Saturday, and Sunday’s from 2 p.m.-midnight. These spaces are enforced on nights, weekends, and holidays.

For general parking information, click here.

Live Streaming

Whether you are unable to be with us in person, or you don’t want to miss our Christmas pageant and night-time musical offerings, three Masses will be streamed live this Christmas.

Click Here for the 2022 Christmas Live Stream Page

Both the 4 p.m. Family – and – 11 p.m. Night Mass will be streamed on Christmas Eve. These broadcasts will begin 30 minutes prior to each Mass, to include festive offerings from our musicians and choirs. On Christmas Day, our 10:30 a.m. Mass will be streamed.

If you can’t join at these specific times, the livestream videos will be available to view 15-30 minutes following the conclusion of each Mass.

Christmas Poinsettias | Online Memorial

A long-standing Sacred Heart tradition, parishioners and visitors alike donate the poinsettias that you see adorning our altar in honor of loved ones they wish to remember during the Christmas season.

We would like to thank all who donated in memory of their loved ones, as those donations help create the beautiful atmosphere within our church during the Christmas season.

As part of that tradition, we memorialize their loved ones in a digital book, found here.

Sing Out Epiphany | 1/8/23 | 3 p.m.

On Sunday, January 8 at 3 p.m., you’re invited to gather in the church for a festival of carols to celebrate the close of the Christmas season.

We all love to sing Christmas carols, but it may be that your particular favorites will not find a place in the liturgies of the Christmas season. Alongside a few of those liturgical standards, we will sing seasonal favorites that may have been missed. Our director of music, Philip Jakob, may also introduce some carols with amusing alternative lyrics! Festive costumes and attire are encouraged, with the most festive ensemble receiving a funny prize! All are welcome!

2022 Past Events

A Day of Christmas Shopping | 12/2/22 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Join us for our annual day of Christmas shopping at the Sacred Heart Gift & Book Store on Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

In addition to having deals on amazing gifts for the Christmas season, our team at the gift store will serve spirits and snacks, and give away door prizes throughout the day.

What a great time to get your Christmas shopping done, pick up a little something for yourself, and enjoy Christmas cheer with fellow parishioners and the gift store team.

Blessing of the Creche | 12/2/22 | 6 p.m.

Join the Friars of Sacred Heart at The Franciscan Center (3010 N. Perry Ave. Tampa, 33603) on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-7 p.m. for a very special tradition, the annual Blessing of The Creche.

This blessing is a yearly tradition at the Franciscan Center, and holds deep roots within the Franciscan order. Guests are invited to bring a figurine from their own Nativity scenes to be blessed. Christmas caroling, baked goods, and refreshments will be provided by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.

Toy, individually wrapped candy, and non-perishable food donations benefitting will be collected prior to the blessing. Educational and developmental toys and games, as well as culturally diverse toys for ages ranging from 5 to 13 years are of the greatest need. For more information, contact Mary Beth Sabo at or 813-229-2695.

Cookies with St. Nicholas | 12/4/22 | 11:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart is hosting its annual Cookies with St. Nicholas event on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the North Campus Auditorium.

Children can decorate cookies, play games, make crafts, and take pictures with jolly old St. Nicholas himself. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering, baking cookies or helping in general, contact us via email.

Advent Evening Prayer | 12/19/22 | 6:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart will celebrate a liturgy of sung evening prayer for Advent on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the church.

Following the traditional pattern of evening prayer of the Church, the liturgy will start with the singing of “O come, O come Emmanuel,” followed by the singing of psalms and the reading of scripture. The high point will include a singing of the Magnificat, with the burning of incense as our praise rises to God.

The liturgy will conclude with a song which prays the blessing of God for a safe passage through the night. All are welcome!

Historic Christmas Tour of Sacred Heart Church | 12/26/22 | 3 p.m.

Join the Docents of Sacred Heart on Monday, Dec. 26 at 3pm for an historic Christmas tour of our Church. Decorated splendidly for the Christmas season, including the historic “creche”, the tour of the church will include multiple stations featuring our docents, in period dress, and special guests explaining extraordinary features of the church including:

— the motivation behind the significant donation of the altar and altar rail
— unique architecture and design elements
— original relics that were obtained for the dedication of the church in 1905
— memorial stained glass windows
— renovations to improve and sustain our church

Learn about these and so many more interesting aspects of this ecclesiastical jewel of downtown Tampa. As always, docent-led lecture and tours are free, and open to the public.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the tour in St. Francis Hall.

Donations are gratefully accepted and used to continue the renovation and restoration of the church.