CHAMPION, Wis. Christmas is a day to spend with family and friends, but for some it's a chance to connect with their spiritual side and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Christmas Day Mass at The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
Hundreds attended the midnight mass and the Christmas day mass at The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. Churchgoers say attending mass during Christmas day is a tradition.
"Christmas is the most important day of our season, the word made flesh and it all starts right here and the birthday of our savior," said Bob Borchert, a faithful churchgoer.
"We celebrate Jesus because he brings light to the darkness and so that's why we celebrate his birth and welcome him into our homes, and our families and our hearts," said Crystal Ebeling, who attended midnight mass.
A series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary were seen by Sister Adele in 1859 near the church, making it special for many celebrating the birth of Jesus.
"The Blessed Mother appeared here and it's a proven apparition and there's just so many graces here and the peace here is just overwhelming," said Borchert.
"I went to midnight mass, it's a good time of the year to reflect and be joyful and if you're a night owl it's perfect, so yeah it was a good celebration," added Ebeling.
Churchgoers say after attending the midnight mass and Christmas day mass they're leaving church with an overwhelming sense of peace.
"I'm just going to sit here for a while and thank God, praise the lord and just be filled with his peace," Borchert says.
"I definitely feel a sense of peace, and a sense of community and family," said Ebeling.