Bishop Cunningham to Celebrate Mass at Cathedral on Christmas Eve, Day

SYRACUSE, NY – Most Reverend Bishop Robert J. Cunningham will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

On Christmas Eve, the Cathedral will open at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., youth will present the Young People’s Dramatization of the Nativity featuring Susan Stukus and Cantor Tallon Larham.

At 7:15 p.m., the Rosewood String Quartet will perform with Cantor Larham.

Mass will begin at midnight with Bishop Cunningham presiding.

Midnight Mass will feature the Finger Lakes Brass Quartet and the Cathedral Choir and Cantors.

On Christmas Day, the Cathedral will open at 9 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m., Mass will begin, featuring trumpet player Lee Turner will perform, accompanied by Cantors Lee Anzalone and Joel Barnett.

There will be no 7:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral on Christmas Day.

For the ill and home-bound unable to attend Mass, a special Mass with Bishop Cunningham will air on television throughout the seven counties of the diocese and on the Syracuse Catholic Television YouTube channel.

The Mass features students and the choir from St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse.

For a complete list of stations and air times, click

Faithful who attend Mass at the Cathedral during the Christmas season are encouraged to walk through the Holy Door, which was ceremoniously unsealed and dedicated by Bishop Cunningham in observance of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which began on December 8.

All who walk through the door, Pope Francis said, will experience God’s love and mercy.

The Holy Door is clearly marked and all are welcome to process through as they enter the Cathedral to prayerfully observe the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

A complete schedule of Christmas Masses and events may be found by visiting