Loyola University Health System to Hold Holiday Mass Services
Being sick is never easy, but to be hospitalized during the holidays can be especially disheartening. Bringing holiday hope, tradition and cheer to the hospital, Loyola University Health Systemâs Pastoral Care Department will hold special noon Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Yearâs Eve and New Yearâs Day.
âHolidays are difficult times for our patients and their families. I think itâs a blessing for them to know and experience that they are surrounded by the support and prayers of the Church and people here at Loyola,â said Ron Galt, chaplain.
The services also will be broadcast on Loyolaâs internal TV channel allowing patients unable to attend the services due to medical conditions to watch them from the comfort of their room.
âItâs all about being part of a family, whether they can be physically present or not,â said Galt. âIt can be of help and support to know they are being prayed for every day and that they are an important part of our Loyola family.â
According to Galt members of Loyolaâs staff who give up their time with family and friends to care for those in need during the holidays, as well as people from the surrounding community also take part in the services.
âThis truly speaks to who we are as an institution,â said Galt. âGiven the importance of Christmas and the holidays to people and their faith, it is important to offer these services. Being here is no sacrifice; itâs a privilege.â
WHEN: Thursday, December 24, Noon Friday, December 25, Noon Thursday, December 31, Noon Friday, January 1, Noon
WHERE: Paul V. Galvin Memorial Chapel Loyola University Hospital Lower Level 2160 S. First Avenue Maywood, IL 60513