• on December 22, 2021

Christmas 2021

From the Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown

First time experiences are always special. These historic moments have a way of lasting forever. Every year at Christmas we as a Church, after much preparation and long-awaited anticipation, celebrate with joy and hope. We rejoice not only over the lasting memory of that first Christmas, but also over the glorious reality of our present experience rooted in the Good News of the Word made flesh that dwells among us. . . .

What is more, the sacredness and depth of this Christmas mystery cannot be confined to one day, and so we traditionally celebrate the Christmas Octave (or eight-day week), which in fact signals one long day that transitions into a season. Indeed, first time experiences are rich and forever!

. . . As I celebrate my first Christmas with you as Bishop of Youngstown, please know how grateful I am for the light and gift that you all are to this local Church and to me. I wish you many blessings and lots of light. Together as we continue our journey let us resolve to testify to the light and never stop praying: That All May Be One. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Video reflections and online liturgies for the homebound will be added to this page, and on our diocesan social media, as we continue through the Christmas Season.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1)

Feast of the Holy Family (December 26)

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