WEST TERRE HAUTE -- A busy day of festive seasonal activities is planned for Sunday at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
All gatherings are open to the public without charge.
To begin the day, Eucharistic Liturgy for the Second Sunday of Advent will be offered at 11 a.m., in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
The "Light Up for Christmas" sale in The Gift Shop at Providence Center offers patrons an opportunity for significant discounts on merchandise. Sunday's hours at 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, will host an open house from 1-3 p.m. Visitors can enjoy weaving, spinning and needle felting demonstration and delicious homemade treats.
Handmade items such as alpaca scarves, hats, gloves, socks, ornaments, pins and teddy bears are available for purchase.
An alpaca afghan ($300 value) and a teddy bear will be raffled Dec. 12. Tickets may be purchased at the open house for $2 each, or six for $10.
Also available are alpaca and bee hive adoptions that may be used as gifts. And, the two youngest alpacas will make an appearance at the open house.
At 3 p.m., St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Chorale and Madrigals will offer a Christmas Concert in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
To complete the day, Advent Vespers will be at 4:30 p.m., in St. Joseph Chapel in Owens Hall.
The vesper service is the evening prayer of the Church. It is an opportunity to pray the psalms in song in an ecumenical spirit and to reflect on the Advent season's scripture readings.
Sunday Brunch is also available in O'Shaughnessy Dining Room from 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.