St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Christmas Party will be Dec. 8. Caroling at Parson's House at 4 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party will follow at 1527 N. 123rd St. at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and drinks provided; bring dessert or Christmas treat to share. Prize will be given for the ugliest/silliest sweater. E-mail email@example.com for more information.
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Widowed, Divorced and Separated of Norfolk Dance will be Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Hall, 316 W. Brasch Ave. Music by The Calhouns. Contact Vern at (402) 649-5907 for more information.
Advent series of speakers will end Dec. 17, 9:30-11 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church's Suneg Center, Omaha. Babysitting provided. Call Martie at 558-4709 with any questions.
Advent Evening of Reflection with Dr. Susan Calef, a New Testament scholar from Creighton University, will be held Dec. 3, 7 p.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church's Hanneman Hall, Omaha. Dr. Calef will use stories from the Gospels to reflect on our present longings and what it means to wait in this season of Advent. Limited childcare available.
"Birthing Jesus in Our Lives", an Advent bilingual (English-Spanish) retreat, is set for Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4510 S. 32nd St., Omaha. Free event will include medieval scriptural imaginative meditations inspired by Francis of Assisi. Bring own Bibles. Contact Sister Elizabeth Furn, OSF, 731-2910, or Sister Mary Ann Schmieding, OSF, 505-3973, for more information.
Roncalli Catholic High School's Elizabethan Christmasse Feaste will be Dec. 8-9, 6 p.m. at the school, 6401 Sorensen Parkway, Omaha. Includes a three-course meal and entertainment by the Roncalli Catholic Madrigal Syngers, all in the style of an Elizabethan Feast. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for students. Reservations required. Contact Noelle Kunkel at 571-7670 for reservations.
St. John Vianney Church's 4th Annual Living Nativity scene will take place Dec. 8-9, 7-9 p.m. at 5801 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha. Stop inside afterward for hot chocolate, hot apple cider and goodies.
Open house celebration of Holy Family Shrine will take place Dec. 15, noon to 4 p.m. at the shrine, located off Interstate 80, exit 432. Event marks fifth anniversary of shrine's dedication. Parking in upper and lower lots is limited, and some walking may be required. For more information, contact Vicki Sempek at 445-0084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas in the Forest is set for Dec. 14-15, 5-8 p.m. at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center, Waterloo. Event includes the telling of the nativity story, caroling and holiday treats. Call 359-4288 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot.
In honor of his 50th anniversary as a priest, Father James Ryberg will celebrate a Mass Dec. 2 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2210 S. 32nd Ave., in Omaha.
The public is invited to attend the 1:30 p.m. Mass for the retired priest. A reception will follow.
Father Ryberg was born in Chicago in 1932 and attended Holy Name Grade School in Omaha. He studied for the priesthood at St. Columban's Minor and Major Seminaries in Bellevue before his ordination in 1957.