This Christmas Eve, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica will be filled to capacity for the first time since December 2019.
At 5:00 p.m., the first mass was held. A third mass is set for midnight, with a second mass taking place at 8 p.m.
On Christmas Day, services will begin at St. Michael’s Cathedral at 8 a.m., and the Cathedral Vespers Choir will sing Christmas carols beginning at 9:15 a.m. There will be masses at 10 a.m. and noon as well.
Cardinal Thomas Collins is expected preside at midnight mass as well as the noon service on Christmas Day, while St. Michael’s Choir School will provide music for Christmas celebrations, including carols on Christmas Eve.
The downtown Toronto church is one of 225 Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Toronto that will be operating at full capacity this Christmas. Mandatory masking and physical distancing are also no longer required.
For the last two years, Christmas services at Catholic parishes in the Greater Toronto Area were modified due to pandemic restrictions, which limited attendance to 30 per cent capacity last year, and to no more than 10 people at any one time for Christmas services in 2020.