Brooklyn Diocese holds in-person Christmas Eve Mass


NEW YORK — Joy and togetherness were in the air on Christmas Eve as the faithful gathered for Friday night Mass.

“You do get a special feeling, having the community around you and being able to celebrate with family and actually being able to participate,” said Bobby Shoule, who attended services with his family.

What You Need To Know

  • Mask wearing and other “common sense safety protocols” were enforced at American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve
  • St. John the Divine moved Christmas services online for the second year in a row
  • This Mass marked Bishop Robert J. Brennan’s first Christmas at the helm of the Brooklyn Diocese

It was a feeling shared by dozens of parishioners at American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Bayside, Queens.

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