Christmas Masses 2020

Ticket requests will begin on Dec. 1st
by calling the Parish Office or emailing

We are looking forward to our celebration of Christmas and, as we do so, we also need to keep everything as safe as possible. We can safely hold about 200 people in the church with social distancing (this includes the extra chairs in the Atrium). We also intend to use the Social Hall for overflow. We will stream the Mass in the hall which will be able to hold 50 people with social distancing. 

We intend to keep the same schedule for Christmas Eve:

Thursday, Dec 24 - with *4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, and 10:00pm Masses. 

Christmas Day will be *9:00am and 11:00am.


(*4:00pm and 9:00am will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and through


Color-coded tickets will be available with the time and place (Church or Social Hall) on the tickets. When all the tickets are claimed for a particular Mass, the next option will be for the Social Hall at that same time or you may opt for a different Mass time. Right now, we are averaging 450 to 475 people per weekend (this is the total for all the Masses - our church holds 800), and so I believe our Christmas schedule should be able to accommodate  those who want to attend.


A priest or deacon will come to the Social Hall for the distribution of Holy Communion. After each Mass, we will continue to go out under the carport to distribute Holy Communion to those who listen on the radio or stream the Mass at home. Remember that the Bishop's dispensation from the obligation to attend is still in place.


I know this is not the ideal Christmas scenario but I am responsible for the safety of all our parishioners. If you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms - or have any kind of sickness - please stay home for your safety and the safety of everyone else. With new vaccines on the horizon, I hope next year will be back to normal. 


The day we will start accepting requests for the Christmas Masses will be Tuesday, December 1st. 


Also, you need to know that this is what we hope to do as of right now. COVID-19 cases are surging in Pennsylvania, the United States, and around the world. We don't know if the Diocese or State will enact restrictions if the surge continues. We need to be prepared for any scenario. I thank you for your patience, cooperation, and your faith.


God bless,
Fr. Bob

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
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717-235-2156 (Parish Office)

315 N. Constitution Avenue

New Freedom, PA 17349

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