We are offering a series of workshops during the Christmas Market. While we would love to have everyone attend every workshop, space is limited. So to guarantee a spot, you must register in advance.
WHAT IS ADVENT?
Saturday, December 7th at 1:30 p.m. in the Upper Room
Advent is the four week period preceeding Christmas. It is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Christ. Sign up for this workshop to learn more about this important season, and to discover traditions that you can start with your family. Following the presentation, families are invited to decorate their very own Advent wreath.
This 60 minutes English workshop is limited to 15 families. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of the craft materials. Click here to register.
BISHOP'S CHRISTMAS TALK
Saturday, December 7th at 1:30 p.m. in the Don Bosco Room
Bishop Marcel Damphousse will give a talk about the Spirituality of Christmas.
This talk is geared to adults. It will be offered in French on Sunday, December 8th at 1:30 p.m. in the Don Bosco Room. This 45 minute talk is limited to 60 people. There is no charge. Click here to regiser.
THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 7th at 3:15 p.m. in the Don Bosco Room
Did you know that December 25th is just the first day of Christmas? Christmas begins on December 25th with the birth of Jesus and runs through January 6th with the visit of the 3 Wisemen.
This workshop will explain the 12 days, including the numerous feast days that fall during this period. Following the talk, families will be invited to create a calendar of activities they will do as a family to mark this special time. This 60 minute workshop is limited to 15 families. There is no charge for this English workshop. Click here to register.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the Upper Room
Although all Christians are celebrating the birth of Jesus, different countries have different traditions for marking this most special of holidays. For instance, the Christians in China light their homes with beautiful paper lanterns during Advent. The Czechs traditionally set a place at the table for the Christ. And in Italy, nearly every town and village have contests for the best nativity scene. Come and learn more about these traditions. Following the presentation, families will be able to decorate their own gingerbread house.
This 60 minute English workshop is limited to 15 families. (It will be offered in French on Saturday, December 7th at 3:30.) There is a $15 charge to cover the cost of the house and candy. Click here to register.
CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING
Sunday, December 8th at 1:30 p.m. in the Emmaus Room
The custom of sending Christmas cards began in Great Britain in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole came up with the idea in an effort to have ordinary people make greater use of the new 'Public Post Office'. By 1860, Christmas cards became much more popular because improved printing methods allowed for large production runs.
Learn how to make your own Christmas cards. Participants will have the opportunity to make 3 cards for 3 special people. This 90 minute workshop is limited to 15 participants. There is a $15 charge to cover the cost of the materials.