CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral provides the perfect setting for the most joyous time of the year. Like the angels who heralded glad tidings to the shepherds, we proclaim Christmas in word and song. Readings from scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all herald the birth of Jesus.
MESSAGE FROM MONSIGNOR RUPERT
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so indeed we are. -1John 3.1
On behalf of Bishop Joseph Bambera, Monsignor Thomas Muldowney, Father Jeffrey Walsh, and Father Jeffrey Tudgay, I extend sincere gratitude to all those who were so generous and thoughtful with cards, baked goods, and gifts that were sent to us the past few weeks. We are so very grateful for and humbled by your generosity!
On your behalf, I extend my most heartfelt thanks to William Manley, who, along with Kathy Geiger so generously gave of their time and talent to decorate the Cathedral Church and rectory. As always, both spaces are beautifully appointed!
I also extend my thanks to Linda Orseck, choir members, instrumentalists, cantors and other liturgical ministers—seminarians, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, ushers, ministers of hospitality, and sacristans—for sharing their time and talents during the Christmas season, especially as we welcome many visitors to our Cathedral Church. Also, my sincere thanks to our dedicated and caring Parish Staff, who, each day ensure the smooth operation of our Cathedral. Our parish life is so greatly enhanced by the faithful and generous service of so many!
Finally, my thanks to you - our faithful parishioners and friends - who share so generously the gifts given to you by our Lord. You are living witnesses of our Catholic faith in action and I am joyfully humbled to have the honor of serving as your pastor. As we celebrate the birth of Christ this Christmas, God’s greatest gift to us, let joy be born in our hearts and in our lives. Let us inspire our world, that can seem lost in darkness, with the light of Christ and the light of our joy. Let us welcome strangers and travelers in our midst who come to celebrate the Eucharist. Greet with a welcome smile and gracious hospitality those, like Mary and Joseph, who are seeking room in the inn.
May you and your loved ones be blessed with love and peace this Christmas Season and every day of the New Year!
Monsignor Dale R. Rupert
PONTIFICAL MASS OF CHRISTMAS EVE
Readings from sacred scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and seasonal choral and instrumental music all herald the birth of Jesus. This Mass is celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton and is broadcast live on CTV, Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton.
Monday, December 24 | 4 pm
MASS OF CHRISTMAS
Readings from sacred scripture, favorite congregational hymns, and instrumental music proclaim the birth of the Christ Child. This Mass is celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton.
Tuesday, December 25 | Midnight
MASS OF CHRISTMAS DAY
Readings from sacred scripture and favorite congregational hymns proclaim the birth of the Christ Child.
Tuesday, December 25 | 6:30 am, 10:00am, and 12:15 pm
There is no 5:00 pm Mass on Christmas Day