By Samantha Berkhead, '14
In celebration of the holiday season, University Ministries at St. Bonaventure University will be hosting several Christmas-themed events in advance of finals week.
On Friday, Dec. 6, there will be an Advent Overnight at Mount Irenaeus, an annual tradition at the university’s mountain retreat.
“Its overall goal is to help people prepare for the feast of the birth of Jesus,” Br. Kevin explained. “We have a nice meal, maybe some cookies, then we decorate a tree and make a wreath. It is a warm and inviting evening.”
In preparation for finals week, students will have the opportunity to attend Reading Day at Mount Irenaeus on Saturday, Dec. 7.
“People can find several types of environments, depending on their needs,” Br. Kevin said. “There can be strictly quiet studying going on in certain places, study groups in other places, a little more social atmosphere in the kitchen, time to hike outdoors to clear one's head and even couches to catch up on a little sleep.”
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the same day, the Warming House in Olean will host a Christmas canning workshop. Attendants will learn how to make and can salsa, chutney, jams and more.
That evening, at 9 p.m., the University will celebrate Christmas Mass in the University Chapel. During Mass, the traditional Blessing of the Brains will take place.
Late Night Breakfast in the Hickey Dining Hall will follow Mass; it starts at 10 p.m. and is free and open to all students.
The Advent Penance Service previously scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4, has been cancelled to accommodate the Memorial Mass at 7 p.m. for Tyler Davis. If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, please contact University Ministries.
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