More than 280 members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) in the diocese gathered on Dec. 2 for the annual “Top Hat” dinner to reflect on the Vincentians’ accomplishments during 2017. Vincentians from throughout the Sacramento Diocesan Council came together to recognize 29 of their members for outstanding work with the society.
There is no more well-known work of the English author, Charles Dickens, than A Christmas Carol. It was published on Dec. 19, 1843. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. There are innumerable editions in circulation today as well as a plethora of stage and movie adaptations. The story had such an impact on popular imagination that the images of a wintry Victorian Christmas in London are now icons of the season.
The full title of Dickens’ story is “A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.” This was an innovative approach for a story about Christmas, a ghost story. Such an idea is more easily expected from someone like Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne or Stephen King.
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Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will participate in the State Capitol Nativity opening ceremony. The public is invited to attend. Attendees will gather on the north side steps of the state Capitol in downtown Sacramento at 2:30 p.m. Bishop Cotta will arrive at 2:45 p.m.
Join the Deaf Catholic Ministry for a Christmas gathering with Father Paul Zirimenya. The sacrament of reconciliation begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. After Mass, join in the Christmas party, with food and fellowship from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.