DIOCESE OF GRAND RAPIDS
Office of the Bishop
December 22, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
The Nativity of the Lord and the Christmas season is a time when many Catholics come back to Mass. Our
priests look forward to seeing you!
In light of rising COVID case numbers and increased attendance at Mass during this season, I am once again
strongly encouraging you to wear a mask while attending Mass. Your cooperation in this regard will ensure
that we can welcome as many as possible to our upcoming liturgical celebrations.
Our health care providers are pleading for help in fighting this pandemic. Wearing a mask while attending
Mass and getting vaccinated are two ways in which we can explicitly show our respect for human life and our
commitment to the common good.
The pandemic has changed and challenged us. Its impact continues to be felt. But we are reminded in a special way this week that God is with us and always will be. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids
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