Saint Mary Cathedral Celebrates Christmas Eve Without Power

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

No heat, no electricity, no problem one Lansing church Tuesday night.

Saint Mary Cathedral is celebrating 100 years of worship this Christmas and parishioners weren't going to let a power outage dim their spirits.

"Many people said 'Father, it'd be nice if we did this more often," Monsignor Bernard Reilly said with a chuckle. "But I'm not sure if we'd get that kind of acceptance from everybody."

Though the parish is celebrating 100 years of the cathedral, mass had to be moved to the parish hall where there was more light and a bit more heat still, Monsignor Reilly said.

"We were blessed to have the building to be able to turn to as a resource," he said.

The church had a much bigger turnout than expected Tuesday afternoon, it was standing room only as staff had to bring in extra chairs.

Cancelling mass, however, was just not an option.

"I don't know where we would've found the light to go in the church, but we'll always go," Reilly said.

"This is a good indication to take stock of all the things we so often take for granted... the comforts we sometimes think nothing of, so this has really caused us to think again."

The church will still hold Midnight Mass as planned Tuesday night and hopes to have power restored in time to have Christmas Day mass in the cathedral. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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