The Franciscan Sisters celebrated Christmas first and foremost by praying their Liturgy of the Hours and attending Mass. The Franciscan Sisters pray the Liturgy of the Hours, which is also known as the Prayer of the Church. They pray selected psalms, New Testament or Old Testament canticles and sing hymns each morning and evening as a community.
Sister Elizabeth and the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Youth Choir provided the music for the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Sister Joy, Sister Barbara and Sister Elizabeth Ann attended the midnight Christmas Mass at St. Mary’s.
On Christmas day, Sister Renee Mirkes who resides in Omaha, Nebraska joined the Sisters for dinner and their gift exchange. Each Sister prepared a part of their Christmas dinner. Following their gift exchange the Sisters watched a Hallmark movie entitled, “Mrs. Miracle.” In all of their celebrating the Franciscan Sisters recalled the greatest gift of all, Jesus the Word made flesh!