No Mass is a gift??
Because New Years Day is falling on a Saturday this year - we don't HAVE to go to Mass.
He described it as a gift??
In many parts of the world, in many eras, having a Mass one could get to was a gift. People risk their lives to get to a Mass. People travel long distances to get to a Mass.
Now if he'd announced that it's not required, but that the parish would be having a special Mass to celebrate The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, for those who wished to attend, fine.
But no Mass: The parish doesn't even have a Saturday Mass anyway (just the Saturday evening Mass for Sunday).
How sad that a priest would think it's good news we don't have to go to Mass.