Advent Calendar 2021

Friday, November 26 – Saturday, December 25

Franciscan Christmas 2021

St. Francis Seraph Courtyard, Liberty & Vine Sts., Cincinnati 45202

This year the displays of A Franciscan Christmas are coming back to the church and friary. The nativities from around the world will be displayed in church in the alcoves on either side of the main altar. The Dicken’s village will be in the refectory. The Santa display will be in the first floor suite. There will be decorated trees on the lower first floor corridor leading from the church to the refectory.


The displays will be open to the general public starting the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas. On Friday the time is from 4:00 PM—8:00 PM. The time on Saturday is Noon—8:00 PM. The displays are open on Sunday from 1:00 PM—5:00 PM.

Our live nativity scene will occur in the courtyard as usual! Hours, 1pm to 7pm daily

Nativities Around the World

Maria Stein Shrine, 2291 St. Johns Rd., Maria Stein 45860

This collection, donated by Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh, will feature over seventy-five nativities from around the world. It is a reminder of how the story of Christ has united people from across cultures over the years and of the peace that came to earth by the birth of Jesus. We invite all families to the Shrine to experience this annual celebration of Christmas.

Beginning Saturday November 27th

Christmas Tree Sale

St. Albert the Great at Stag Field, 3033 Far Hills Ave., Kettering 45429

PTO Christmas Tree Sales

Wed/Thur/Friday 6-8:30pm

Saturday Hours: Noon-8pm

Sunday Hours: Noon-6pm

Saturday November 27th

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Craft Show

St. Philip, 944 E. US 22 & 3, Morrow 45152

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m..

Gorgeous crafts await you in Morrow at St. Philip!

Sunday November 28th

Advent Lessons & Carols

Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, 8th & Plum Sts., Cincinnati 45202

3:00 p.m.

Outstanding Music in a Sacred Space, A must do during Advent is to listen to the great music filling St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Craft Show

St. Philip, 944 E. US 22 & 3, Morrow 45152

10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Gorgeous crafts await you in Morrow at St. Philip!

Pancake Breakfast after 9:00 a.m. Mass $8.00 adult, $4.00 child or $25.00 per family

Advent Vespers

Church of the Transfiguration, 972 S. Miami St., West Milton 45383

7:00 p.m.

Advent Wreath Making

Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, 3801 Saint Francis Xavier Way, Cincinnati

All are welcome at this intergenerational event! Join us on Sunday, November 28 at 12:45 p.m. to make an Advent wreath to begin the season. We will gather in the Armory, located across Victory Parkway off of Dana. The event will conclude with a blessing of the wreaths. This year we will not be serving lunch and ask everyone to keep masks on throughout the event. Feel free to eat before you come or stop in to say hello and take supplies home with you. Each wreath kit will Cost $10, which can be paid for at the event. We will provide a wreath form, fresh greens, candle holders, and candles. If you saved your wreath form from last year, feel free to bring it to repurpose. RSVP to join us.

Monday November 28th – January 7, 2022

At the Manger World Nativity Traditions

University of Dayton, 300 College Park Dr, Dayton

Free and open to the public; To take in the full exhibit, which begins in the Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery on the first floor of Roesch Library and moves to Marian Library’s Crèche Museum on the seventh floor, please plan your visit during these open hours.

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, Nov. 29–Jan. 7

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4–5

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11–12

(Closed Dec. 8; Dec. 23–Jan. 2, 2022)

Face coverings are required in the library to protect the health of our community

Since 1995, the University of Dayton’s Marian Library has presented a selection of its over 3,600 Nativity scenes from more than 100 countries, celebrating how people around the world ponder and picture the birth of Christ through many different cultural lenses.This year’s exhibit begins in the Stuart and Mimi Rose Gallery located on the first floor of Roesch Library. This space features Nativities from Peru, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Brazil in media that include wood, paper, clay and mixed media. The pieces on display explore the ways artisans employ regional artistic media and techniques to represent the Nativity tradition. Next, visit the Marian Library Crèche Museum on the seventh floor to learn more about “Mirror of Hope,” a large-scale installation by artist Kevin Hanna. Also on display is “Of Fragile Beauty,” a recently restored wax Nativity from Mexico, plus additional Nativities from Mexico, Brazil and the United States.

Monday, November 29th

Journey to Bethlehem

St. Remy, 108 E. Main St., Russia 45363

Our annual Journey to Bethlehem event to kick off Advent will be held this Monday, November 29 from 6:158:00 p.m. at St. Remy Hall. This popular event is or pre-schoolers and elementary school children, as well as their parents and grandparents. Come and make a monstrance and Nativity stick puppets, create your own memory verse prayer cards, and go on a journey through town searching for a place to stay, just like Mary and Joseph did on their way to Bethlehem!

Tuesday November 30th

Taize Prayer

St. John the Baptist Dry Ridge, 5361 Dry Ridge Rd., Cincinnati

7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1st

Lunch with the Lord

Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, 8th & Plum Sts., Cincinnati 45202

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Advent Lessons and Carols

St. Christopher, 435 E. National Rd., Vandalia 45377

Christmas … truly it is a wonderful time of the year, but it’s easy to get caught up in everything but its true meaning and the spectacular mission Jesus accomplishes for each and every one of us for all of eternity. There is a dynamic backstory to the birth of Christ. A beautiful prequal that we are invited to reflect on as we journey through this season of Advent. Join us on December 1 at 7pm for Advent Lessons & Carols, a beautiful service listening to eight scripture readings which recount the Fall, promise a Messiah, and call us to prepare room in our hearts for Christ. Each lesson is followed by a carol/hymn and a brief prayer.

Taizè Prayer Service

St. Veronica Church, 4473 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd.,Cincinnati, OH 45244

6:30 p.m.

Taizé is a beautiful prayer experience that includes simple meditative songs, Scripture, candles, and periods of silence. Taizé was founded in France in 1940, and has since nurtured the hearts of Christians throughout the world and across denominations.

Christmas Concert

St. Ursula Academy Chapel, 1339 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati 45206

7:00 p.m.

Thursday December 2nd

Tidings of Comfort and Joy Concert

Gate of Heaven Cemetery 11000 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday December 3rd

Rorate Candlelight Mass

St. Remy, 108 E. Main St., Russia 45363

7:00 a.m.

Seven Saints Relics of the Holy Spirit Center

St. Margaret of York, 9499 Columbia Rd., Loveland 45140

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

You will be able to venerate the relics of seven different Saints right here at SMOY. Veneration of these Saints will take place in the


Saturday December 4th

Breakfast with Santa

St. Christopher, 435 E. National Rd., Vandalia 45377

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Bring the entire family and enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa! After your bellies are full, continue in the Christmas fun with plenty of crafts, games, face painting, a picture with Santa, and more!

Admission $6.00 Children 3-11 $12.00 Children 12+

For tickets, click here

Christmas Craft Show

St. John the Evangelist, 7121 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati 45236

9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy three buildings full of beautiful crafts and delicious baked goods! Join us on December 4 from 9:00am to 3:00pm for our Annual Christmas Craft Show. Booths with 90+ creative local vendors will be split between the Parish Center, Pavilion and Favret Hall. Lunch will also be available for purchase.

Rorate Candlelight Mass

St. Susanna, 616 Reading Rd., Mason 45040

A special Mass in honor of the Blessed Mother will take place on Saturday, December 4th at 7:00am.  Confession will be at 9:00am.

This Mass is done by candlelight in the pre-dawn hour, to symbolize Mary the pre-dawn of the Rising Sun, her Son Jesus Christ, who comes to us as the light of the world at Christmas.

Christmas Bazaar

Immaculate Conception, 228 W. Anthony St., Celina 45822

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, December 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the PAC. A variety of items will be for sale including holiday gifts, baked goods, SCRIP cards, and K of C waffles!

Sunday, December 5th

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

St. Ann, 2936 Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati 45239

10:00 a.m. (Reservations required)

Continental Breakfast while enjoying the story of Saint Nicholas

Visit with St. Nicholas

Guardian Angels, 6531 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 45230

after 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Undercroft

Goodies and Refreshments for children after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Learn the story of Saint Nicholas!

Cincinnati Brass Band Concert

Corpus Christi, 2014 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati 45231

2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the music of the season

Choirs Christmas Concert

Mount Notre Dame 711 E Columbia Ave, Cincinnati

2:30 p.m.

Tuesday December 7th

Advent Lessons & Carols

The Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 45230

7:30 p.m.

A great tradition in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, an evening of wonderful music and prayer.

Wednesday December 8th

Christmas on Campus

University of Dayton, 300 College Park Dr, Dayton

The opening ceremony and tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Humanities Plaza. All are welcome.

This year will be a little different from the previous year’s. Due to the pandemic, Dayton 1st and 2nd graders will not be bussed or paired with a UD buddy for the night of Christmas on Campus. Instead, the event will be open to the campus community and the Dayton community and families to enjoy.

Thursday, December 9th

Advent Concert

St. Dominic, 4551 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati 45238

Mike Davis’ Advent Concert with Scripture and Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Concert

Carroll High School, 4524 Linden Ave., Dayton 45432

Treat your family to dinner out and a Christmas concert while supporting the Carroll Music Department! Dinner includes spaghetti with meatballs, your choice of marinara or alfredo sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and beverage. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing and six raffle baskets as well as Poinsettias and vouchers are available for purchase. Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m., free concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Concert

Lehman High School 2400 Saint Marys Ave. Sidney

7:00 p.m.

Saturday December 11th through Thursday December 30th

Nativity Experience

Comboni Missionaries, 1318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Closed Christmas Day

Nativities from around the world plus the Grand Nativity

Christmas Concert

Moeller High School and Mount Notre Dame 711 E Columbia Ave, Cincinnati

7:00 p.m.

Saturday December 11th

Christmas Concert

Seton-Elder Performing Arts, 3901 Glenway Ave Cincinnati

7:00 p.m.

Advent Healing Prayer Service

St. Susanna, 616 Reading Rd., Mason 45040

Join us on Saturday, December 11th, from 7:00-9:00pm in the Church for a special Advent Healing Prayer Service. There will be time for Eucharistic Exposition, praise and worship, the Sacrament of Confession, and time with Prayer Teams for healing

Breakfast in Bethlehem

St. John the Evangelist, 7121 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati 45236

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mary and Joseph journeyed to Bethlehem where Jesus was born in humble conditions with angels and shepherds sharing their joy at the birth of the Savior. Wise men journeyed from far lands to adore the newborn King. On Saturday, December 11, 9:00-10:30am, Favret Hall will be transformed into the city of Bethlehem and we invite you to share in this reenactment of a difficult, but special journey culminating with the birth of Jesus. To all St. John families: please check out our parish website to register for Breakfast in Bethlehem. The morning includes a simple breakfast, vendors, activities, music, and more. “Beggars” will be collecting canned or non-perishable food for Reach Out Lakota. “Roman Guards” will seat you as you arrive. The real highlight of the morning? The Nativity story presented by our young parishioners and narrated so that all in the audience can follow along Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem.

Rorate Candlelight  Mass

Old Saint Marys, 123 E 13th St., Cincinnati

6:45 am – 8:00 a.m.

Sunday December 12th

Advent Lessons and Carols

St. Margaret of York, 9499 Columbia Rd., Loveland 45140

2:00 p.m.

We remember and recall the story of our salvation history, so that it may prepare us to receive more fervently, more prayerfully, and more joyfully the Christ-child: from Adam’s great condemn, we seek the shoot from Jesse’s stem, to under the star in Bethlehem let us rejoice! Come, listen with new ears, and revitalize your soul this Advent season; come, let us sing songs to prepare the way of the Lord; come, to St. Margaret of York’s Service of Lessons and Carols.

Sounds of Christmas

Mercy McAuley High School 6000 Oakwood Ave Cincinnati

3:00 p.m.

Christmas Concert