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 Tuesday 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 Piet?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 healthcare venue anywhere in the world.

The public is invited to personally experience the sculpture starting Wednesday, Nov. 10, until the end of the year in the main lobby at St. Mark's Hospital.

Holiday boutique at Blessed Sacrament

The 23rd annual "Holiday Blessings Boutique" will be Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church's gymnasium, 9800 S. 17000 East, Sandy.

There will be more than 50 booths, a raffle, food and more.

The public is invited.

Funeral workshop offered for Catholics

A Catholic Funeral Workshop will be Saturday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Pastoral Center, 27 "C" Street.

There is a $7 workshop fee.

Although this is geared for ministers, it is open to any Catholic who wishes to learn more.

Call 801-328-8641, ext. 363.

Parish handbell choir seeks new members

St. Ann Catholic Parish, 450 E. 2100 South, is seeking members for its handbell choir.

No musical skills are required, but participants must be over age 10 and rehearsals are held weekly.

For more details, call 801-487-1000.

Parish to hold boutique and lunch

The 26th annual Holiday Boutique by the Ladies of Saint Thomas More Parish will be Friday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.

They will also sponsor a luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.

For more information, call Dona at 801-942-1413.

Talk is scheduledat First Unitarian

"Religion in the Void" will be presented by the Rev. Tom Goldsmith at the Sunday services at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake, 569 S. 1300 East.

Services will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Church to hold Thanksgiving feast

First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake, 12 "C" Street, invites all members, their extended families and anyone else to a Thanksgiving feast at the church building on Thursday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m., shortly after the 2 p.m. worship service.

The church will have turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and drinks. Each family should bring one side dish, vegetable, salad, or dessert (your favorite homemade recipe, if possible) to share with 8-10 people.

Please bring one can of food to donate to Crossroads Urban Center.

RSVP or for more information, calf 801-363-3889.

Cathedral announces upcoming concerts

Upcoming concerts at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, include:

— Salt Lake City Performance Tour Concert Performance, Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., the music of Palestrinia, Back, Bruckner and Tavener.

— "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., the Music of William Byrd, Anton Bruckner and Herbert Howells

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Avoid religion, game developers urged

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, made a recent statement last month stressing that religion is one of the most complex and powerful force of human life, so people must take religion seriously.

"Video-games should not attempt to trivialize the highly revered concepts and symbols of religion just for mercantile greed," Zed stated.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that freedom of expression was important, but faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees.

He said video game developers should be more sensitive while handling faith-related subjects, as these games leave a lasting impact on the minds of impressionable children and teens.

Rajan Zed pointed out that unless the developers could accurately and authentically deliver religious imagery and symbolism, they should not unnecessarily poke into religion.

Entertainment, escapism, etc., being the purposes of video games, it is tough for developers to do justice to religion and treat it fairly or provide it with the real depth it needs, he said.

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.

Winners in each category will be awarded $100.

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'Holiday Bells!' to ring on Temple Square

Ring in the holiday season with the Bells on Temple Square as they present their "Holiday Bells!" concert on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.

This year's program features the 28-member Bells on Temple Square bell choir conducted by Tom Waldron. Leanna Willmore, assistant conductor for the bell choir will also lead the ensemble for several songs on the program.

The evening will also include performances by instrumental ensembles comprised of members of the Orchestra at Temple Square and Temple Square organists, Bonnie Goodliffe and Linda Margetts. With a touch of Bach and Holst, a dollop of American folksong, and a dose of holiday standards, "Holiday Bells!" will combine music from around the world to enchant delighted audience members and welcome in the Christmas season.

Free tickets can be obtained at or by calling 801-570-0080 or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). There is a limit of four tickets per person.

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.

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LDS Church to hold Christmas Devotional

The First Presidency Christmas Devotional for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. at the Conference Center.

Members of the First Presidency will be the speakers.

Free tickets are required for the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. Due to the very high demand, tickets have been distributed through a random selection process.

Archuleta to perform with Tabernacle Choir

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David Archuleta will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Christmas concerts on Temple Square, Dec. 16-18.

The concerts will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. (dress rehearsal) and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17–18, 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, the choir's weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast will also feature Archuleta with a mini-concert immediately following.

All the concerts will be held in the Conference Center.

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