A big “thank you” goes to Sodexo who generously supplied this year’s sturdy, fully iced village.
Word on the street is Father Mike was far from an expert gingerbread house artisan. For about a decade, prior to his death three years ago, he would make the most garish, treat-covered house on the gingerbread block every holiday season. Business professor Paul Olsen laughed as he said, “Mike was terrible at it. His rooftops always collapsed.”
Paul said he misses his dear friend. “This is a really nice way to remember him,” he said.
Director of Enrollment Operations Robin Astor agreed. She said the tradition began with SMC Alumna Amy Calvert who masterfully designed the exquisite gingerbread houses Father Mike so adored. “He loved decorating gingerbread houses with all of us,” she said. “He was such a kid about it. It was contagious.”
Robin said Father Mike was a pivotal part of the SMC community and that she misses his enthusiasm and warmth. “We miss his smile, his humor and the way he would check in with everyone,” she said. “He had a finger on the pulse of the college. He touched so many lives. He is irreplaceable.”
This is an Italian custom. The Pope blesses the infant figures in St. Peter’s Square during the Angelus on the third Sunday of Advent. Here we have Father David Cray blessing them at St. Jude The Apostle Parish in Hinesburg!
Mass on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, will be at 4 pm and Mass on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, will be at 11 am.
(Please note that there will be no 8:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve, and the 4:00 pm Mass is not a Children’s Mass.)
SOLEMNITY OF MARY
Mass on Jan. 1 at 11 am (back altar space)