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Celebrating Christmas

Image: Nativity scene“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And the government will be upon his shoulder; and his name will be called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)
 
The message of Christ's birth goes out to all the world bringing peace and hope to all people. Between Christ’s birth and his second coming, he is with us now: when two or more are gathered in his name; when we hear the word of God proclaimed; when we turn to him in prayer; when we receive his body and blood in holy Communion.
 
Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Grand Rapids (Christmas schedule)  

Midnight Mass with Bishop Walkowiak

Bishop Walkowiak celebrated midnight Mass at the cathedral on Dec. 25. Mass was preceded by a prelude of carols that began at 11 p.m. 
(Watch the prelude & midnight Mass video | View photos from the Mass)
Midnight Mass was replayed on WXMI Fox17 on Christmas Day at 6:30 a.m.
 
Our Lord could have chosen to come to earth “spectacularly, or as a warrior, an emperor,” (Pope Francis) but instead he came quietly and humbly, an infant born in a stable in Bethlehem, as a member of a family. 
 
During our celebration of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord and the Christmas season, let us welcome Jesus, making room for him in our hearts, our homes and in our days, just as his parents, the shepherds and the magi did. 

Celebrating Christmas

 

 Bishop Walkowiak's Homily - Christmas midnight Mass

 
 

 Bishop Walkowiak's Christmas message

 
 
Pope Francis' Christmas message Urbi et Orbi to the world (Read)

Do Catholics have to attend Mass twice this Christmas (Sunday and Monday)?

The U.S. Bishops saw this question coming at the beginning of the year and addressed it in a newsletter released in February. The short answer?
 
"When consecutive obligations occur on Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday, the faithful must attend Mass twice to fulfill two separate obligations," the committee said. Read more on the America website or visit our Facebook page for details.
 
Mass Times & Locations
Find a parish near you for Mass times
Mass Times website (Find a church by city, state or zip)
 

Christmas is a season, not just a day

Learn more about:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 

Spiritual enrichment

Programs in our parishes

Winter programs at the:
Catholic Information Center | Dominican Center | Franciscan Life Process Center |
Saint Benedict Institute
  

Prayers

Creighton University's Online Ministries (Celebrating Christmas 

Recipes & activities

 
Photo credit: Flickr image, NC Wyeth's "The Nativity" by Plum Leaves, Dec. 2010