Singing the Story

Whitfield United Methodist Church, 1319 W. Fifth St., will hold its candlelight service at 9 p.m. Sunday. The theme is Singing the Story. You will hear Scripture, sing familiar carols, and partake in a sung Holy Communion offered by Rev. Liz Tucker. Special music by Kris Meiske.

Christmas Pageant

Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1013 River Drive in North Sioux City, will present a Christmas Pageant at 6 p.m. Friday. Learn more about the wonderful gift of the birth of Jesus as told by the children of the church. For more information call 712-252-8290.

Christmas Mass schedules for Catholics

Siouxland Catholic parishes will celebrate Christmas with Masses at different times from their regular schedules.

Christmas – for Catholics – is a holy day of obligation and Catholics are obligated to attend either a vigil or Christmas Day Mass. However, only attending Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day will not fulfill both the holy day obligation and the Sunday obligation of Dec. 24, according to Father Brad Pelzel, vicar general of the Diocese of Sioux City.

“They are two separate days of precept, and to properly honor our Lord, we must attend separate, proper Masses for the separate days,” he said. “What that means is that we need to attend a Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning to fulfill our Sunday obligation and then Sunday evening or Monday morning for our Christmas obligation. One Mass cannot fulfill both obligations.”

Here are the Mass times for Siouxland Catholic churches and institutions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Cathedral of the Epiphany Parish, 1000 Douglas St.: Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. (celebrated by Bishop Walker Nickless) and 6 p.m. (Spanish) and Christmas Day at 8:30 a.m. (Latin), 10 a.m. and noon (Spanish).

Cathedral Parish, St. Boniface, 703 W. Fifth St.: Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m. (Spanish).

Cathedral Parish, St. Joseph, 1112 Eighth St.: Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. and Christmas Day at 12:30 p.m. (Vietnamese).

Holy Cross Parish, Blessed Sacrament, 3012 Jackson St.: Christmas Eve at 4:30 and 9 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10 a.m.

Holy Cross Parish, St. Michael, 2223 Indian Hills Drive: Christmas Eve at 4:30 and 10 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9 a.m.

Mater Dei, Immaculate Conception, 1212 Morningside Ave.: Christmas Eve at 5 and 9 p.m. and Christmas Day at 8 and 10 a.m.

Mater Dei, Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 4242 Natalia Way: Christmas Eve at 5 and 8 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9 and 11 a.m.

Sacred Heart, 5000 Military Road: Christmas Eve at 5 and 9 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9 a.m.

Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca St., will be closed for the holiday break.

Carmelite Monastery, 2901 S. Cecelia St.: Christmas Eve at 8:30 p.m. and Christmas Day at 8:30 a.m. (celebrated by Bishop Nickless).

Holy Spirit Retirement Home, 1701 W. 25th St., Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m.

Mercy Medical Center, 801 Fifth St., Christmas Day at noon.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, 995 N. Sioux Point Road, North Sioux City: Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9 a.m.

St. Michael, 1405 First Ave., South Sioux City: Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. (English), and midnight (bilingual) and Christmas Day at 9 (English) and 10:30 a.m. (Spanish).

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

Christmas Eve services at Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Ave., will begin with a 3 p.m. “Las Posadas” worship around the tables in Fellowship Hall. Families with younger children will take a trip around the world as the Holy Family seeks shelter. At 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. traditional candlelight services will be held featuring Scriptures, a message by Rev. Jim Shirbroun, carols, and special music by Shannon Salyards Burton and the Chancel Choir.

St. Mark Lutheran Church ELCA, 5200 Glenn Avenue, welcomes all to Christmas Eve worship. Worship times are 9:30 a.m., 5 p.m. Family Christmas, and 10 p.m. Candlelight Christmas service.

Peace Reformed Church, 4100 Outer Drive North, choir will be presenting the musical, "Season of Rejoicing!" at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday. This musical features singing, narrators, and actors with several familiar carols. A candlelight Christmas Eve service, "Christmas Carols, Readings, and Stories" will be held at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For additional information, please call the church office at 712-258-0486.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3204 S. Lakeport, invites the public to Christmas Eve morning services, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Contemporary Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at 5 p.m.; traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight services are at 7 and 11 p.m. Traditional Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion at 9 a.m.

Bethany Lutheran Church, 1201 Dubuque Street in Sioux City, will be having a single special Holy Communion Christmas Eve service Sunday at 10 a.m. The Bethany Choir will be presenting six anthems and there will again be bags of salted-in-the-shell peanuts, candy bars and fruit for worshipers.

Service times for First Lutheran Church, 3939 Cheyenne Blvd., in Sioux City, will be Christmas Eve morning worship at 10 a.m., Christmas Eve evening worship at 7 p.m., and Christmas Day morning worship at 10 a.m. All are welcome. If you have questions please contact the church at 712-239-3942.

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