Churches throughout the world this weekend celebrated the first Sunday of Advent, the liturgical season during which Christians prepare for the commemoration of Christ’s birth on Dec. 25. At Our Lady of Grace Church, West Babylon, following the 10 a.m. Mass Dec. 1, more than 50 families gathered to participate in the parish’s fifth annual Advent wreath-making event. Children, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents used metal rings, greenery and colored candles to assemble the traditional symbol of Advent. Members of the parish children’s choir sang seasonal hymns while participants worked on their craft. Afterwards, parishioners were treated to hot chocolate, cakes, cookies and other sweet snacks. The event was sponsored by Our Lady of Grace’s family life ministry.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz.