The next Caregiver Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. This special recognition is held each year in November, which is National Caregiver's Month. Please join us, virtually, as we pray for and honor caregivers at our 16th 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. Sadly, this year, due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we will not be able to invite back the inductees from years past.
The Cathedral sends out nomination forms in August to over 300 healthcare facilities and retirement communities. This year we will be forced to limit the number of nominations for each facility, and the Outstanding Caregivers will only be allowed to bring a limited number of guests. Normally, we would 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. Again, due to the concerns and restrictions surrounding the pandemic we are unable to gather the crowd that we like to see for this special occasion.
Please check back in August 2021 for a nomination form for the 17th Annual Caregiver Mass and let's pray that we will once again be able to gather together physically to honor these brave and compassionate people who take care of some of the most vulnerable in our midst.