EVERETT – A few evergreen branches, a bit of floral foam and some odds and ends helped families get ready for Advent at Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes in Everett.
“It gives us a chance to teach children what Advent is about,” said Cathy Aldrich, a volunteer with the religious education program at the two parishes, about the recent family Advent craft night on Nov. 18.
About 100 families attended the event at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Holiday spirits were high as parents helped their children construct a wreath of fresh branches (donated by a parishioner), accented with berries, pine cones and ribbon. The religious education program provided floral foam, which allows the branches to be watered so they don’t dry out during the four-week Advent season.
Families from Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishes in Everett spent an evening creating Advent wreaths to mark the beginning of the church year. Photo: Courtesy Beth Rosales
“We feel it’s a really good community-builder,” Aldrich said of the event. “It’s a really fun night too,” said Beth Rosales, religious education director at the north Everett parish.
Families also received a printout of prayers they can pray as they light the wreath’s candles throughout Advent.
Besides wreaths, children made Christmas ornaments and cards during the event. They also were able to visit Santa and have photos taken, with parents making donations to benefit Pregnancy Aid in Everett.
The parishes have been doing the Santa photos as a fundraiser for three years “and we usually make quite a bit of money for this ministry,” Rosales said in an email.