Tree Lighting and Carol Sing

DSC_2765DSC_2776Saturday evening, December 6th, St. Francis held it’s annual Tree lighting.

 

Following the 5:00 pm Mass, parishioners gathered in the church hall to meet, greet, and raise voices together in song. Though raining outside, all were warm and filled with joy and fellowship inside.

 

DSC_2793DSC_2769DSC_2773 DSC_2766aMembers of the Choir led the group in Christmas carols while the Women’s Guild treated everyone to hot chocolate and cookies. Saint Nicholas made a surprise appearance and gifted all with candy canes.

 

DSC_2785DSC_2779The official tree lighting came at the end of the evening. We gathered together, tightly packed at the entrance to the church; protected from the rain by the roof and each other. Carmen was chosen to flip the switch, lighting our tree.

 

This year our tree has been topped with a beautiful star, to shine in the darkness, reminding us on the One shining for each of us, guiding us as we journey Home. Have a Blessed Advent, everyone, as we wait in Joyful Hope for the One who is to come, for the One who is always coming!