Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Thrift stores to feel good about — If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for the family, staff or school, feel free to check out: Lupe’s Thrift, Maggie’s Thrift, St. Gerard’s Treasures, or St. Vincent de Paul. Your purchase will benefit others in need and the recipient. St. Vincent de Paul’s Mesa store is half off through Nov. 30.

Year of Faith: Advent event — 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. and Dec. 2 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Chandler. “You Shall Believe. Science tests faith” features Tim Francis who will talk about and show how various scientific tests proved what believers already know. Info.

Holiday lighting event — 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at McCormick Entrance Lake (NEC of Scottsdale and McCormick Ranch Pkwy) in Scottsdale. Event features OLPH students singing at 6:45 p.m. plus Santa, fireworks, food, wreath kids and snow. Event flyer.

Deadline for Advent retreat — Register online by Nov. 30. The Crosier Community of Phoenix is hosting an Advent Day of Reflection 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Mount Claret Retreat Center in Phoenix. Includes Mass (for the feast of the Immaculate Conception). Cost: $35 includes lunch. Info: (602) 224-0434 or

Christmas craft fair — 7am-4pm at St. Pius X Hall in Flagstaff. Hosted by San Francisco de Asis Woman’s Club.

Mens spirituality — 7-9:45 a.m. Dec. 1 at Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. Map. The Casa’s Mens Spirituality Group is hosting a talk, “Developing Healthy Spiritual Relationships” presented by Charles Atkinson, a retired professor, professional psychotherapist and volunteer counselor at The Casa.
Mass is at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast and 7:30 a.m. and the talk at 8:45 a.m. Breakfast is by donation and the talk is free.

Apache spirit — 3-7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale. The Faith in Action Ministry will help guests discover Apache spirituality through story, song and dance. Info.