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GREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 20, 2019) – 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 provide a live broadcast of the Christmas Eve Mass, and local hospitals, nursing homes, and other ministries serving the homebound are encouraged to invite individuals to tune in to this broadcast.
 
Bishop Ricken will also celebrate Christmas Day Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 9 a.m.
 
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus into our world and our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him. “This Christmas, my sincere prayer for you is to encounter and know Jesus in a profound way. He is Emmanuel, ‘God is with us,’ and he is waiting for each of us in the manger,” said Bishop Ricken. “Just like the shepherds and the magi, coming face to face with Jesus will leave us changed, strengthened and inspired to go forth with renewed faith, sent to share this great joy with others.”
 
Recorded Christmas message from Bishop Ricken
 
Bishop Ricken’s recorded video message for Christmas will be available on www.gbdioc.org, thecompassnews.org, and through various diocesan social media channels on Christmas day.
 
Mass times available
 
Mass times are available for Christmas Eve and Day, and Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1). To view Mass times, please visit: www.gbdioc.org/christmasmass

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Who we are: As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. 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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