By Janis Fontaine
On Nov. 7, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will honor the lives lost to the coronavirus with a special Mass featuring Fauré’s Requiem sung by the chancel choir and chamber orchestra under the direction of music director David Macfarlane. The service begins at 3 p.m. at the church, 188 S. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach.
Two panels of the coronavirus memorial quilt, created and compiled by ninth-grader Madeleine Fugate, will be displayed at the church during this event. Admission is free. A collection will be taken.
Upcoming concerts include “Strings and Keys,” featuring the Delray String Quartet on Nov. 21, and “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” for Christmas on Dec. 12. Visit www.musicstpauls.org or call 561-278-6003.
Saint John Paul II Academy will hold an open house from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 7 at 4001 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Middle and high school students who want to “live by the spirit of faith” are invited. Call 561-314-2128 or visit www.sjpii.net.
Yoga Mass is “three parts yoga, one part Mass,” says Father Benjamin Thomas of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, half joking. He leads the monthly service uniting body and mind at 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month.
In October, yoga Mass resumed on the beach at Red Reef Park because of ongoing construction at the church. The event starts with 20 minutes of yoga, followed by Mass.
For information about the Nov. 20 location, call the church at 561-395-8285, or visit www.stgregorysepiscopal.org or www.frbenjaminthomas.com.
Hanukkah under the stars
Hanukkah is early this year, beginning at sundown the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Community leaders and Rabbi Shmuel Biston will co-host an outdoor celebration of Hanukkah at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, from 5-9 p.m. Details are coming soon. Check the Chabad of East Delray website at www.jewisheastdelray.com.
• Holly House Gift Shoppe — 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, and beginning 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 27 through Dec. 19, at 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach. Handcrafted gifts made by Holly House Ladies, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. Crocheted baby blankets, designer and costume jewelry, tree ornaments, vintage Santas, shell designs, unique trees and wreaths, aprons, quilted place mats and runners. Visit www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/274048967908139/ to see the latest products.
• The Ecw Fall Bazaar — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13 in Harris Hall, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Treasures include jewelry, collectibles, glassware, decorative items, tableware, kitchen items, toys, holiday décor and artwork. Email Rebecca Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to volunteer. 561-395-8285; www.stgregorysepiscopal.org
Interfaith Café in 2022?
The Interfaith Café, a group that met monthly in Delray Beach pre-pandemic, hopes to resume in-person meetings in January. The group “is a vehicle to get to know people of various faiths and cultural traditions while enjoying tea/coffee and a sweet,” said Linda Prior, an organizer.
“We have free monthly meetings when a speaker introduces a topic, then we break into smaller groups for lively conversation. We are interested in partnering with other interfaith/community outreach organizations.”
New members and guests are always welcome. Email InterfaithCafe@gmail.com for more information.