Sophia Garden activities 3/15/07 – 3/24/07

March 15th (7:30PM): Go Green! – Spiritual Connections to the Earth

AT: the Rectory of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Massapequa 

Featuring Sr. Jeanne Clark and Beth Fiteny (from Neighborhood Network). Jeanne will be discussing the importance of coming home to the Earth to help us embrace the human and natural world as one sacred community. Beth will be speaking on the topic of Global Climate Change and offering suggestions as to what we can do about it.

St. Rose of Lima Parish Roman Catholic Church
2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, NY  11758

(516) 798-4992

March 18, 25, April 1 (2-5PM): Clay as a Spiritual Practice

At: The Motherhouse of the Srs. of St. Dominic,

555 Albany Ave. Amityville, NY 11710

As our lives become increasingly busy, most of us rarely make the time to play and nourish our souls. Yet ironically, when we are overwhelmed is the time when we need that experience the most. Art is a joyful and healing way to let ourselves play, to rediscover our creativity and to find the inspiration that reconnects us with our true self. Come join us as we sculpt with clay for 3 Sunday afternoons. Attendees will hand build forms that will be fired and glazed. For more information: email MaryBeth at If attending, please send in your registration and payment of $75.00 as soon as possible.

March 24th (2PM): Spring Equinox

At: Sophia Garden, 555 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY

Join us as we celebrate Spring and welcome longer days of sunshine which gives us the energizing light that nourishes our garden and lifts our spirits.

More information about the Spring Equinox from

An equinox in astronomy is the event when the Sun can be observed to be directly above the equator. The event occurs twice a year, around March 20 and September 23. More technically, the equinox happens when the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator and ecliptic intersect. In a wider sense, the equinoxes are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night).

In practice, at the equinox, the day is longer than the night. Commonly the day is defined as the period that sunlight reaches the ground in the absence of local obstacles. The Sun is a disc and not a single point of light, so when the center of the Sun is below the horizon, the upper edge is visible. Furthermore, the atmosphere refracts light, so even when the upper limb of the Sun is below the visible horizon, its rays reach over the horizon to the ground. In practice, when the upper limb of Sun is on the visible horizon, this limb is in reality 1 degree below it. These effects together make the day about 14 minutes longer than the night at the equator, and longer still at sites toward the poles. The real equality of day and night happens a few days towards the winter side of each equinox

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