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Diocese of Green Bay Prepares for Christmas Celebrations

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 21, 2015) -- Bishop David L. Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay will be the principal celebrant at Christmas Eve Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay at 9 p.m. WFRV (Ch. 5) will again provide the live broadcast of the Christmas Eve Mass. Local hospitals, nursing homes and other ministries serving the homebound are encouraged to invite individuals to tune into this broadcast.

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Bishop Ricken will also celebrate Christmas Day Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 9 a.m.

Christmas, which celebrates God becoming flesh, is second only to Easter in importance in the Church year. The Church celebrates Christmas from Christmas Eve through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 10 in 2016). At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him, including the fact that he was born to die for us.

Recorded Christmas Blessing from Bishop Ricken

A recorded Christmas blessing from Bishop Ricken will be available on the homepage of the diocesan website,, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

Mass Times Available

Mass times will be available on the diocesan website for Christmas Eve and Day, Feast of the Holy Family (Dec. 27) and Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation, Jan. 1). To view Mass times, please visit:



Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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