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Celebrate the Christmas Season

Gingerbread ThrowdownGingerbread Throwdown

December 1, 5-6:30 p.m., Patriot Dining Hall

The sweetest competition in town, the annual Gingerbread Throwdown gives  teams an opportunity to create the most elaborate gingerbread "houses" with cookies, candies, frosting and whatever else it takes to win some major bragging rights.

Join the competition for $5 or just come to see all of the confectionary creations.
Contact Campus Ministry for more details at (301) 447-5223.

Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale ConcertUniversity Chorale Concert

December 3, 7–8 p.m. at the Seton Basilica at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Join the Mount St. Mary’s University Chorale as they perform the end of the semester concert under the direction of Dr. Andrew Rosenfeld in the beautiful setting of Seton Basilica.

Concert admission is free. For more information call (301) 447-5308.

Mount St. Mary's Seminary Open HouseSeminary Open House

December 4, 2–4 p.m. McSweeny Hall, patio entrance
Mount Seminarians decorate McSweeny Hall in this annual competition to create the most festive space. Tours every 20 minutes.

Holy Hour 3–4 p.m.
Advent Readings and Carols 4:30–5:15 p.m.
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Contact Mount St. Mary's Seminary for more details at (301) 447-5295.

Christmas Sweater FridayChristmas Sweater Friday

December 9, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Patriot Dining Hall

Mount students and community members don their most festive Christmas sweaters and accessories for a chance to grab a quick selfie in front of the tree with a few friends (including Emmit) before finals week begins.

Can't make it to all of the Christmas events at the Mount?
Check out our Flickr Gallery for photos throughout the whole Christmas season.

Events at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Advent Concert Advent Concert featuring the group A Cappella Cattolica
December 11, 4 p.m. St. Mary’s Chapel

Worship Opportunities
All Masses Held at noon.
December 3 & 4, Weekend Mass
December 8, Mass of the Immaculate Conception
December 10 & 11, Weekend Mass
December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass
December 17 & 18, Weekend Mass
December 31, Weekend Mass
January 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass

Snow at the GrottoPlease Note:
December 24: Chapels, Miller Family Visitors Center and St. Bernadette’s Shoppe will close 1:30 p.m.

December 25: Grotto grounds are open; Chapels, Miller Family Visitors Center and St. Bernadette’s Shoppe are closed.

Plan your visit to the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315