SHEPHERDSTOWN—Food, fun, and festivities await attendees of the St. Agnes Advent Festival at St. Agnes Parish in Shepherdstown Dec. 12. The festival begins after the 5 p.m. Mass (5:45 p.m.- 7 p.m.) and will be held in front of the church and in the narthex. The parish invites everyone to attend. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to gather socially. It’s time to welcome new members, renew old friendships, make new ones, and most of all, strengthen our community,” parish officials said. “We will have tables and chairs indoors and outdoors, campfire‐style warmth and light (bring lanterns etc. if you have them to add magic to the evening).” There will be COVID-safe refreshments as well as some Christmas music, and, a short opening prayer. “This is an opportunity for those who cannot serve on a regular basis to make a difference. Just show up!” parish officials said. “We’ll help provide the Christmas spirit!