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Published: Friday, Dec. 10 2010 4:34 p.m. MST

Christmas exhibits at history museum

SALT LAKE CITY— The Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will welcome the Christmas season with a new exhibit and two holiday celebrations.

Holiday events planned include:

 Artwork and Creche exhibit — Open now and through the holidays, the exhibit will feature "Nativity," a large mural by Brian Kershisnik. This painting illustrates a host of angels surrounding Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus. Other Christmas-themed artwork will be displayed, including paintings by LDS artists Elspeth Young and Walter Rane. The exhibit will also present cr?hes (nativity sets) from around the world.

 New Year's Celebration — Special hands-on children's activities and historical presentations featuring the Living History Pioneers will be held on Dec. 29-31. Celebration hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 29-30, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 31. Guests are also invited to enjoy the "Latin American Celebration" children's exhibit while participating in the museum's holiday events.

The Church History Museum is located at 45 N. West Temple. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.churchhistorymuseum.org.

Mass set for today at St. Olaf Parish

BOUNTIFUL — Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mass will be celebrated today at 5:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Parish, 1800 S. Orchard Drive, Bountiful.

All the music will be in Spanish.

Afterward, there will be Mexican/Latino treats in the McNamara Center.

Springville museum displays religious art

SPRINGVILLE — The 25th annual "Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah" exhibition will be on display through Dec. 28 at the Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

Since 1986, the Springville Museum of Art has hosted this annual exhibition, which focuses on art that represents myriad aspects of belief and faith.

For more information, go to smofa.org.

Holiday fair planned by Cosgriff School

SALT LAKE CITY — The annual holiday fair for J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, 2335 Redondo Ave., will be Dec. 11-12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

There will be crafts, food. ornaments and gifts.

Go to www.cosgriff.org for more details.

Benefactor loans statue to St. Mark's

SALT LAKE CITY — A benefactor wishing to express his gratitude for the exceptional care provided to a family member by St. Mark's Hospital has arranged for a generous gift — the loan of a full-sized, nearly exact replica of Michelangelo's La Pieta.

Joseph Bishop has loaned the replica to St. Mark's Hospital, 1200 E. 3900 South.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother, Mary, after the Crucifixion. The original La Pieta can be found in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

This replica is licensed by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. The marble sculpture is faithful to the original in its detail and subtlety.

Its premier unveiling occurred in January 2010 during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

This is believed to be the first time it has been displayed in a health care venue anywhere in the world. The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture through the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

Cathedral announces upcoming concerts

SALT LAKE CITY — Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

 "A Ceremony of Carols," Op. 28, by Benjamin Britten, Friday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 22, 12:15 p.m.

 The Christmas Carol Service, Monday, Dec. 20; Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m., with music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells.

For more information, go to www.saltlakecathedral.org.

LDS women urged to enter writing contest

Entry in the "Segullah: Writings by Latter-day Saint Women" annual personal essay, poetry, and fiction contest is open through Dec. 31.

Segullah welcomes unpublished entries that address any subject in harmony with its mission: to publish insightful writings that explore life's richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Entrants must be female members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Entries will be judged by Segullah editors.

For more information, visit journal.segullah.org/contests.

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