Last Saturday, November 22, the St. Francis Xavier social committee hosted a fun-filled family event: Advent wreathmaking!
Between 3:00 and 5:00pm, twenty-six families gathered in the church hall, excited to create their own wreaths. While Christmas music played, the families gathered their evergreens and candles. They then sat together to artfully arrange their supplies. The wreaths were beautiful!
During the event, the families learned some of the symbolism of the Advent wreath: why it is made of evergreens, what the candles represent… These families really knew their stuff, but in the end, even the youngest among the group, came away with a better understanding that the advent wreath symbolizes Christ’s coming into the world. And that we light a candle on each of the 4 Sundays during Advent, as we wait in joyful anticipation of the coming of Christ into our world and into our lives.
To fortify our group, hot chocolate, cookies, donuts, and many other delicious snack items were donated by generous volunteers. From the looks of it, the treats were very helpful in keeping those creative juices flowing! A big thank you to all who contributed refreshments, it was very much appreciated!!
During the event, beautiful hand-crafted ornaments were sold, by EDGE students, to support our local soup kitchen. All of the ornaments were created by our Edge students earlier in the week. All proceeds will be donated to “loaves and fishes”. Just one more way the youth of St. Francis are reaching out to help others in our community!
At the end of the afternoon, the newly created Advent wreaths were brought into the sanctuary, and blessed by Fr. Larry during the 5:00pm Mass. A wonderful way to prepare for the coming of Christ: family, fellowship, Mass, Eucharist, and blessing!
Thank you, to all who attended, and to all who made this event possible. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful community at St. Francis!