The next Caregiver Mass is November 20, 2022, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. Reverend Tom DiFolco, Catholic Charities Chaplain, will preside at the Mass this year and it begins at 11:00am. This special recognition is held each year in November, which is National Caregiver's Month. Please join us as we pray for and honor caregivers at our 18th annual White Mass.
The Caregiver Mass was first celebrated at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in 2004.
Caregiver Masses honor all those who work in health care - from nurses and physicians to dietary staff and lab workers. These Masses aren't just for Catholics. Healthcare workers from all faiths are welcome. The Mass also honors caregivers - this could be someone who cares for a sick or elderly friend or relative, or those who volunteer at healthcare facilities, retirement communities or parishes.
They are honored first and foremost by being nominated as an "Outstanding Caregiver". Each nominee receives a certificate and a white sash so that they can be recognized in the crowd. During Mass, the names of the caregivers are read aloud and each person comes up to the front of the church and is given a white rose. After all the names are read and all of the caregivers are standing together, the congregation applauds. Additionally, each year we invite back every caregiver who has been nominated since 2004 asking them to join as we celebrate the current class of caregivers.
The Cathedral sends out nomination forms each year to over 300 healthcare facilities and retirement communities. We also send out nomination forms to every parish in the Archdiocese and publicize that the nomination form can be found here on our website, so anyone can nominate an Outstanding Caregiver.