Light up blue and come home for Christmas – BC Catholic
Archbishop J. Michael Miller invites Catholics to return to church this Christmas, saying “your ward is open”.
As of last Christmas, public Masses were still suspended due to the pandemic, leaving Catholics to watch Masses live at home.
This year, the Archbishop welcomes people in a video message in which he invites the faithful to come back and invite others “to share with you this beautiful tradition” of Christmas Mass.
“We are delighted that the faithful can come together to praise the Lord for the great Christmas gift and want to invite everyone to share this blessing.”
The Archdiocese is also continuing its Blue Light campaign, claiming that blue is the color of the Blessed Virgin Mary and “therefore means trust in God, purity, virginity, innocence and birth. It is also a sign of hope and solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones and who are experiencing a “blue Christmas” this year.
Devotees are invited to visit rcav.org/christmas for more information on Mass and Confession times as well as other Advent information.
Blue lights abound around the pastoral center
The John Paul II Pastoral Center joins parishes across the Archdiocese in marking the Blue Light Campaign, which began last Christmas when churches were closed to public worship.
The park in the center is illuminated with blue fairy lights that illuminate the trees, the statue of Saint John Paul II, the cross on the roof and the Christmas tree of the building.
Bishop David Monroe’s collection of nativity scenes from around the world were also featured in a blue light display in the pastoral center.
One block away, Holy Name Church is decked out in blue.
Make sure to visit your church this Christmas to see the lights and attend mass. Send us your Blue Light photos at [email protected].