BANGOR---A sellout crowd of over 200 Catholic women gathered in the parish hall of St. John Church in Bangor on Saturday, November 2, for St. Paul the Apostle Parish’s Advent by Candlelight (many additional pictures below).
It marked the eighth year that the parish (St. John Church, Bangor; St. Mary Church, Bangor; St. Joseph Church, Brewer; St. Teresa Church, Brewer; St. Matthew Church, Hampden; St. Gabriel Church, Winterport) held the event.
Women signed up to host a table and decorated it themselves, from simple to elaborate. The candlelight at each table served as a reminder that Jesus is the “true light of the season.” Light hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and coffee were served by hostesses, and Megan Murphy, a dynamic Catholic speaker from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, delivered the keynote address.
“The evening helps participants prepare their hearts and homes to receive our Savior before the holidays get into full swing,” said Ruth Rogers of St. Paul the Apostle Parish. “It's truly a parish event. Some of the young women have been servers at the event all eight years.”
“Advent by Candlelight” is celebrated at many churches throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Halls are lit up by uniquely decorated candlelit tables to create the perfect setting for a grace-filled evening that brings local women together for an inspiring night of community. Much like the event in Bangor, St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent hosted an “Advent by Candlelight” gathering on November 6, drawing a sellout crowd of over 220 women. Sister Marie Veritas and Sister Avelina Joseph of the Sisters of Life from New York spoke at the event.
An additional “Advent by Candlelight” event will be held at St. Anne Parish in Gorham on December 1. To register or for more information, click here.