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November 29, 2010

Holiday Happenings - St. Edward's University Celebrates 31st Annual Festival of Lights


The St. Edward’s University Festival of Lights tradition celebrates the holidays with lights, music, worship and community service. Events include: a Snow-more Stress event, Las Posadas celebration,a holiday concert, a Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, an Advent Evening Prayer and the 31st Annual Festival of Lights program.

Snow-more Stress
Monday, Nov. 29, 7–9 p.m.
Holy Cross Lawn (Inclement Weather: Mabee Ballroom)
Take a break from studying and enjoy a de-stressing evening of winter festivities. Play in the snow, decorate Christmas crafts, and enter the gingerbread house decorating or tacky Christmas sweater contests!
Contact: Jessica Nortman, University Programming Board,, 448-8432

Festival of Lights Service Project
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m.
Mabee Ballroom
Join in the spirit of giving, by sharing your time with elementary and middle school students. Help create holiday cheer by preparing troop packages, decorating Christmas ornaments and cookies, and reading stories to these young visitors.
Contact: Sam Farias, Social Justice and Service Outreach,, 914-6372

Las Posadas
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Main Building Lawn
Reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph at the Tenth Annual Las Posadas Celebration in a procession from the Main Building steps to Mabee Ballroom where refreshments and entertainment will follow.
Contact: Linda Valdez,, 448-8625

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
Thursday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.
Mang House
Join in the lighting of the Menorah, learn about the meaning of Hanukkah, and eat a few potato latkes with friends.
Contact: James Puglisi, Campus Ministry,, 233-1693

Advent Evening Prayer
Thursday, Dec. 2, 9–9:30 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
Take a short study break and spend time in quiet reflection on the coming of Christ this Advent.  The candlelight prayer service will focus on Jesus as the bringer of hope and light in the midst of our troubled world.
Contact: Monica Frazier, Campus Ministry,, 448-8548

31st Annual Festival of Lights
Friday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Main Building Lawn (Inclement weather: Mabee Ballroom)
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 the Main Building.
Contact: Katrina Woolery, Student Life,, 448-8422

Holiday Concert
Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Mabee Ballroom
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,, 448-8422

Special thanks to the Festival of Lights Committee: Campus Ministry, College Assistance Migrant Program, Marketing Office, Music Program, Physical Plant, Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center, University Programming Board, Social Justice and Service Outreach, Student Government Association and Student Leadership Team.

For more information call Student Life at 512-448-8422.

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