The Saint Mary Mokena Church hall was full of jolliness and cheer on Friday as local Catholic young adults celebrated their second annual Christmas party.
Attendees from as far away as Indiana were at the event, which featured food, music, a gift exchange and a “Christmas Clothing Contest.”
The highlight of the evening was a Christmas gift exchange. Each person drew a number and picked a gift to open from under the tree, in that order. The trick is that the next person could either open a new gift or take someone else’s gift! It made for a wild game, but no one left empty-handed.
Of course, the evening wasn’t complete without the Christmas Clothing contest. Ugly Christmas sweaters were the norm as everyone competed for the votes of their peers.
Hosted by Saint Mary Young Adult Ministry (SMYAM), this event, and others like it, are meant to bring Catholics in their twenties and thirties together, who otherwise might not have occasion to meet each other.
By holding a variety of events–from spiritual, to more social ones like the Christmas party–SMYAM aims to strengthen young adults’ Catholic faith and make it a focal point for them as they lay the foundations for their future lives.
If you are in your twenties and thirties, or know someone who is, and want to learn about upcoming young adult events hosted by Saint Mary Mokena, please visit https://www.facebook.com/StMaryMokenaYoungAdults/