Briefs

Advent evening
FAYETTEVILLE — Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs St., hosts an Advent Evening of Reflection at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Father Mike Carmola, a former pastor of the church, will offer the reflection, which will be suitable for the whole family. Call (315) 637-9846 for more information.

A question for Advent
MEXICO — St. Anne, Mother of Mary Parish offers this challenge for Advent:
During Advent, we also remember and celebrate that one day will will see God face to face. The joy of this “second coming” is anticipated as much as the great event of his first coming in history is remembered. What can I do this Advent to show I am as concerned about my encounter with Christ as I am about my retirement benefits and mortgage payments?

Flood the Southern Tier with music
BINGHAMTON — Kick off the holiday season in the Southern Tier with a community event to aid flood relief efforts. The Church of the Holy Family in Endwell invites parishioners and others to attend the seasonal benefit from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Broome County Arena. Music, crafts, food and information will part of the afternoon’s events. Proceeds will go to Broome County Council of Churches to benefit those affected by the flooding.

Eucharistic rally
UTICA —An Advent Eucharistic rally will take place at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Church, 702 Columbia Street in Utica, on Dec. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Music will begin at 1:30 p.m. Prepare yourself for a truly extraordinary day devoted to Jesus, Our Eucharistic Lord and King! He will be with us! Under the direction of Father Richard Dellos, Barbara Martin will present the teaching  “Understanding the Eucharist: The Greatest Need in the Church Today.” This teaching will be combined with beautiful music, personal testimony and worship of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” on CD will also be available free. All are invited.

Calling all bakers
CANASTOTA — St. Agatha’s famous Cookie Sale returns the weekend of Dec. 17 and 18. Workers are needed to bake, make phone calls or work boxing cookies and at the sale. Call (315) 697-3987 for more information.

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