Advent & Christmas

Bringing Light to the Dark Days of Advent

In this season of opening to the wonder of God’s desire to be with us, we long for peace amid the darkness. We behold all that we have been given and all that we have to give. Though the “hustle and bustle” that has come to be associated with this time of year may not match the sadness or loneliness that we might be living, we remember that beyond the longest night each day lengthens toward the light.

We come together. We wait. We behold. We rejoice. Mostly, we give thanks.

As you and those you love await the birth of Hope and new beginnings, may you find peace, clarity, healing light and joy in these Advent programs and opportunities for community gathering.

Comfort for the Grieving Heart at the Holidays
Saturday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Feeling loss and the grief that follows can make the holidays a particularly difficult time. This day of reflection will include prayer, ritual, quiet and the support of community  —  all valuable resources for healing a grieving heart. 

Birthing into Peace: A Silent Advent Retreat with Meghan Don 
Friday, November 30, 7 p.m. to Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m.

During this Advent retreat, we will explore our true nature of peace, and understand it is the very essence of who we are.

Clear as Night Sky, Gaining Clarity and Vision for the New Year with Jan Blencowe 
Sunday, December 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

This retreat offers you time and space to envision your future and discover where your heart wants to take you in the new year.

Reimagining Advent as Threshold: A Day of Celtic Prayer and Reflection
Monday, December 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Join us as we prepare our hearts for our God being birthed anew this Christmas. We will share Celtic-inspired music, poetry and prayer that will lift us during this very special season.

While you are visiting, stop by the Mary C. Daly RSM Gallery to see the reflective stained glass display, "Glass...Then and Now." Artist Jayne Crowley specializes in a "painting with light" technique in which the design is dependent upon the light source and its interaction with colored glass. October 18 - December 18, 2018. Opening reception, Sunday, October 28, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.