SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Morning Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in South Hadley was filled with over 100 people.
During Sunday’s sermon, Father James Nolte spoke about honoring the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrating the gift of God. For many, there’s no place they’d rather be on a day that holds such religious significance and meaning.
Diane Daigle, who attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Church said, “It’s been my life for 48 years it’s been amazing, this is home,” while Kathreen Tessier said, “I joined the choir this year and I sang at two masses and it has really put the merry in Christmas for me.”
Father Nolte emphasized the importance of giving back during the holiday season. “We have to make sure even though we are enjoying all the gifts and presents and toys all the laughter and joy we also gave to be aware of those around the world who are Suffering and struggling and we need to be with them in prayer and action.”
22News spoke with many people in attendance who say they look forward to the Christmas season all year long, and for them, it’s all about peace, joy and harmony.
Eileen Sullivan, a Reader at St. Patrick’s Church said, “When we gather with friends and family we’re reminded of god’s love for all of us and our love with each other.”
Daigle said, “Just to celebrate life and love, that’s what Christmas means to me.”
Approximately 2 billion people worldwide celebrate Christmas every year.