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Celebrating Christmas

Image: Nativity scene"Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds." (Ps 96:2-3)
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 or to ask for absolution from our sins; 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 for the solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord at the cathedral on Dec. 25. Mass was preceded by a concert of carols that began at 11 p.m. (Dec. 24) 
(Watch VIDEO: Prelude of carols & midnight Mass

 Watch Bishop Walkowiak's Midnight Mass Homily

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. 
Note: The diocesan offices will be closed for Christmas on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 21, and Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 24-26, and for the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Celebrating Christmas 


 Listen to a special Christmas message from Bishop Walkowiak


Pope Francis' Christmas message Urbi et Orbi to Rome and to the world (Read)
Find Mass Times & Locations
View our parish list
Visit the 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
 | Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization 


Creighton University's Online Ministries (Celebrating Christmas 

Recipes & activities

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