Dec 8th. was traditionally the day when country people came to town to bring home the Christmas.

In Listowel today we have a gala day planned with marching bands, mulled wine in The Square and the ceremonial switching on of the lights.

This nativity scene is in front of the main altar in St. Mary’s and

the Jesse tree is on St. Joseph’s altar.

While I was in the church with my camera, I took a photo of progress on the new shrine on the site of the confession box. The plinth is in place. Here it is

The church crib has been relocated outside the front door

The town is gearing up for a big shopping day. The town council is helping with the provision of 2 hours of free parking.