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Salisbury children learn about Advent from St. Nick

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SALISBURY, Md. — St. Nicholas helped religious education students at St. Francis de Sales Parish learn about Advent while providing them an example of how they can prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day by following his example.

St. Nicholas, portrayed by Mike Hooks, gave a brief account of his life to about 100 people, most of them students from pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade. He moved throughout the parish hall to various stations where students learned more about Advent; colored church liturgical calendars with the colors for each season — Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, etc. — constructed pipe-stem-cleaner Advent wreaths for their bedrooms; made St. Nicholas popsicle-stick ornaments; and developed artwork for a Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” contest. Read more »

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A parish gathers together: Members of Salisbury’s St. Francis de Sales build community with a new outdoor space

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SALISBURY, Md. — The value of a new, outdoor gathering space for St. Francis de Sales parishioners became apparent quickly after Father Ed Aigner blessed the circular area on June 1.

“May this space bring us closer together as we come together as a community of Christ,” Father Aigner prayed during the blessing. “Pray that this space will build community among us.”

“We’re showing that it’s doing what they hoped it would,” Helen Darmetka said later as she sat on a bench with fellow parishioners Jim and CC Rosenfelder.

“We didn’t even know each other” before meeting on the bench, said Jim Rosenfelder. Read more »

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