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November 25, 2009

Holiday Happenings St. Edward's University Celebrates 30th Annual Festival of Lights

<emtpy>The St. Edward’s University annual Festival of Lights tradition will celebrate the holidays with lights, music, worship and community service. Events will include: a film showing of Elf, the Las Posadas celebration, a holiday concert and Sacred Spaces on the Hill, a multi faith gathering at certain sacred spaces on the Hill. This celebration will focus prayers on faith, community, intellect, and the environment.

Film Showing of Elf
Monday, Nov. 30
7 p.m., Holy Cross Lawn (Rain Location Mabee Ballrooms)

Bring your friends and a blanket to enjoy an outdoor showing of Elf under the stars. Take a break from your busy week with hot chocolate and cookies. Contact: Sara Hoover, University Programming Board,, 448-8432

Las Posadas
Tuesday, Dec. 1
5:45 p.m., Main Building

Reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph at the Ninth Annual Las Posadas Celebration in a procession from the Main Building steps to Mabee Ballroom where refreshments and entertainment will follow.

In Mexico, “las posadas” are celebrated on each of the nine days before Christmas to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, in search of room at the inn (la posada). After dark, a procession is formed and everyone, including the smallest of children, takes part. Contact: Linda Valdez,, 448-8625

Festival of Lights Service Project
Wednesday, Dec. 2
10 a.m.–noon, 1–3 p.m., Mabee Ballrooms B & C

Join in the spirit of giving by sharing your time with elementary school students from St. Ignatius Martyr School and Capitol School of Austin. Help create fun holiday cheer decorating ornaments and cookies, playing games, and reading stories to these young visitors. Contact: Goldie DaCosta, Student Service Council,, 428-1307

Sacred Spaces on the Hill
Thursday, Dec. 3
12:30–1:30 p.m., Residential Village

Join in a multi-faith procession to some of the sacred spaces on the Hill with experiences of prayer focusing on faith, community, intellect and the environment. Contact: Liza Manjarrez, Campus Ministry,, 448-8534

30th Annual Festival of Lights (Rain Location Mabee Ballrooms)
Friday, Dec. 4
6:30 p.m., Main Building Lawn

Join the St. Edward’s community as we celebrate and reflect upon the Advent Season through prayer, readings, and song under the brilliant illumination of Main Building. Contact: Katrina Woolery, Student Life,, 464-8822

Holiday Concert
Friday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m., Mabee Ballroom, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center

Listen as the air is filled with sounds of holidays during a performance from the St. Edward’s University Music program. Contact: Katrina Woolery, Student Life,, 464-8822

These events are sponsored by Student Life with special thanks to the Festival of Lights Committee, Campus Ministry, College Assistance Migrant Program, Dean of Students Office, Music Program, Career Planning, Center for Academic Progress, Physical Plant, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, University Programming Board, Student Government Association, Student Leadership Team, Student Service Council, St. Ignatius Martyr School, Capitol School of Austin and Velocity Credit Union. For more information call 448-8432.

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