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The Franciscan Spirituality Center invites women to leave behind their responsibilities for a few hours to enjoy the companionship of others during the third annual Women’s Christmas: An Epiphany Celebration for Wise Women from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center is located at 920 Market St., and women of all faith backgrounds are welcome.

Women’s Christmas is rooted in an Irish tradition. On the Feast of Epiphany, Irish women left the care of their households to the men for a few hours so they could enjoy each other’s company away from their domestic responsibilities, especially after the busyness of Christmas preparations. Epiphany is also the day many Christians celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.

Each year’s event the at the Spirituality Center features a new theme. This year’s program will begin with a simple meal, and then participants will reflect on and receive the gifts of three Irish saints: St. Gobnait and her healing honey, St. Ita and her three stones for dreams and vision, and St. Brigid and her fire of protection for the coming year.

Cost is $30, which include the meal and Wise Women gifts. To register, call 608-791-5295 or go to www.fscenter.org.

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