A Celebration of St. Nicholas Friday – Saturday December 15 & 16

Hosted by the Diocese of Greensburg in cooperation with artist Pipka Ulvilden, all of these events will take place at Christ Our Shepherd Center, 2900 Seminary Drive, Greensburg.

These events were inspired by the Christkindlmarkt in Door County, Wisconsin, one of the most popular winter cultural attractions in the region. There, Bishop Kulick met artist Pipka Ulvilden and learned about her family’s escape from war-torn Europe during the fall of communism. Her moving story and her love of St. Nicholas is coming this December to the Diocese of Greensburg. Dozens of her pieces will be on display throughout the event.

Friday, December 15
St. Nicholas the Gift Giver and the Gift of the Eucharist

Free Immersive Experience
10:00 AM Session and 2:oo PM Session

A bishop from the early church became an international icon, whose story and likeness have been woven into the fabric of Christmas tradition around the world. St. Nicholas’ love for children and gift giving in the spirit of Christ transformed a man into a legend known by many names. Learn about the gift of the Eucharist, watch how artist Pipka Ulvilden creates St. Nicholas-inspired collectibles, experience the cultural versions of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, Christkindl, Papa Noel and Babbo Natale, and enjoy the theology behind some of your favorite carols. Cookies and vendors inside St. Nick’s workshop are also a part of this immersive experience.

Register for the 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM session here.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas
Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 AM

Enjoy a faith-focused event for children and families this Christmas that puts Jesus at the center of the season! Breakfast with St. Nicholas will include a delicious buffet and a visit from many cultural versions of St. Nick. Bishop Kulick will lead a prayer and children will make a craft with St. Nicholas inspired artist Pipka Ulvilden. Families can enjoy the St. Nicholas workshop filled with St. Nick goodies and gifts.
$25/adults, $15/children 12 and under.
Register for the St. Nicholas Breakfast here.

Mass with Bishop Kulick
4:00 PM with a Keynote Address from Artist Pipka Ulvilden

Christmas Night Market
Saturday, December 16,  3:00 – 8:00 PM
See all of the scheduled events here


Christmas Wine Tastings!
Our Spiritual Drink: The History of Wine and The Catholic Church is hosted by sommelier Joe Bello. The 45-minute tasting includes five samples of wine paired with Christmas cookies. The Catholic connection to winemaking has its foundations in Scripture. Testaments old and new are filled with references to vineyards, grapes and wines.

Must be 21 or older, $25 per person. Three sessions available.
Click here to register

Christmas Beer Tastings!

Blessings & Beer: The History of Brewing and The Catholic Church is hosted by Vincent Reilly. The 45-minute tasting includes five samples paired with snacks. Historically, the Catholic Church has a long and tasty relationship with beer. In fact, monasteries around the world have been welcoming guests for hundreds of years with their very own home brewed beer. Monks have taught today’s brewing companies a thing or two about advances to brewing techniques and technology.

Must be 21 or older, $25 per person. Three sessions available.
Register here for beer tastings

Family Craft Session!

Help Santa guide his sleigh to your home this Christmas by creating a Red Nose Reindeer craft! Hosted by Chrys Johnson-Sebula, Owner of the Curious Cat & Painted Dog in Irwin, this hour-long family crafting event is a great way to slow down before the rush of the season and create a memorable project together. Each participant will make a pair of Red Nose Reindeer decorations. Seating is l472847 The Catholic Accent Fall23 imited, so register today! $25 per person. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
One session available at 3:00 p.m. – register here.


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