FORT KENT---Over 220 women of all ages gathered on Wednesday, November 7, for a night of fellowship, food, and faith in Fort Kent.
St. John Vianney Parish hosted “Advent by Candlelight” at the Knights of Columbus Hall, which was lit up by uniquely decorated candlelit tables to create the perfect setting for a grace-filled evening that brought local women together for an inspiring night of community.
Cindy Costello, a graduate of the Theology of the Body Institute’s Certification Program served as the keynote speaker at the sold-out event. Her presentation, “Women and Advent Waiting,” renewed those gathered before the rush of Advent and Christmas set in, while refocusing them on the true meaning of the season: the Advent of our Savior. Costello has been a teacher, catechist, and presenter for over 12 years. She currently resides in Steubenville, Ohio, where she is pursuing a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University while serving in campus ministry.
In addition to the presentation, attendees enjoyed appetizers, a wide selection of raffle items, and desserts. There was no cost to attend thanks to the generosity of many sponsors, including the Catholic Foundation of Maine, Gene’s Electronics, Magnificat, S.W. Collins Co., and TNT Road Company.
Growing in popularity since the 1970s, “Advent by Candlelight” is celebrated at many churches throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. At most events, women sign up to host a table and decorate it themselves, from simple to elaborate. The candlelight serves as a reminder that Jesus is the “true light of the season.”