By Pat Loeb
Philadelphia (CBS) – Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated his first Christmas masses in Philadelphia, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Area Catholics attending Christmas morning mass welcomed a sermon that focused on service to others.
“I thought his sermon was excellent. I’m a school teacher in the Philadelphia public school system, I think it touched on the importance of idealism, sensitivity, reaching out with God’s graces to all the kids that I deal with as a teacher,” said one congregant.
“It’s a different viewpoint and I think it’s good for the times,” said another.
Cami Trinidad says she’s been attending Christmas mass at the Basilica for 35 years but found this service unique.
“I thought it was really intriguing that he used his seat as a tool for education, something that hasn’t been done over the years that we’ve been coming anyway and I think it’s new page for Philadelphia and for the area; wonderful message.”