Living Nativity

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2015 Advent Carol Service and Living Nativity:  Sunday, December 13 at 5 p.m. in church

Parents, please sign up your children to be a part of the Living Nativity here!

In partnership with our parish ministries, St. Francis is offering the Living Nativity and Advent service of scripture and carols on Sunday, December 13 at 5 p.m. in church.  The scripture narratives are arranged by Fr. James and the concert music, features many of our talented parish and school music groups.  Following the scripture and carol service, you are invited to visit in prayerful contemplation the recreated setting of our Lord’s birth in a stable in church and to visit the animals outside near the church.  Afterwards, refreshments and friendship are offered in the Parish Activities Center (PAC).

This Jubilee Year of Mercy, Come Experience with Joyful Anticipation:

+the Scripture Narratives of the Coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ
+Live Animals to Honor the Birth of the Christ Child
+Resplendent Music to Glorify the Lord
+the Peaceful Wonder of the Nativity
+All ages, from the youngest to the eldest are most welcome
+Join us for Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Activities Center (PAC)

    The patron of our parish, Saint Francis of Assisi began for us the tradition of the Nativity creche displayed in our homes.  St. Bonaventure, a contemporary of St. Francis (1182-1226) describes the first scene: “Francis prepared a manger, and brought hay, and an ox and an ass to the place appointed. The brethren were summoned, the people ran together, the forest resounded with their voices, and that venerable night was made glorious by many and brilliant lights and sonorous psalms of praise. The man of God (St. Francis) stood before the manger, full of devotion and....preached to the people around the nativity of the poor King...the Babe of Bethlehem.”  Our service will last about an hour and half. There will not be a 5 p.m. Sunday Mass on December  13. Please attend one of our other Masses and please join us for this unique Advent Service and Living Nativity. For questions about this delightful event, please contact Ellen Ward at or 734-821-2132.



2014 Living Nativity Acknowledgment and Thanks

Welcome and Prayer:  Fr. James Conlon

Narrators:  Kathy Ignatoski and John Paul Stando

Nativity Ensemble:  David Beaulieu, Patricia Cabuena, Shin Choo, Ann Clinger, Vania Dominica, Kevin Harvey (soloist), Magaly Nagpal, Olivia Nienhouse (soloist).

Children’s Nativity Choir:  Jasmine Bolton, Joslyn Contreras-Olarte, Alexandra Daniels, Rosemarie Emch, Kiersten Ferris, Annabel Hollenshead, Isabella Jacob, Mara Kaji, Nathan Kaji, Olivia Kaji, Cecilia Kempton, Miriam Kempton, Gabrielle Kouza, Joey Laucius, Julie Marshall, Ana Marquis, Diego Morales, Harmony Morales, Madelyne Page, Carmen Pangilinan, Caroline Pangilinan, Vanessa Roche, Lauren Sprauer, Rachel Sprauer, Gabriel Weintraub, Ian Weintraub, Maggie Williams.

Choir Director:  Carol Fedewa

Assistant Choir Director:  Kelly Hernandez

Accompanist:  Kelsey Carpenter (flute), Ted Emch (organ), Carol Fedewa (piano), Bill Forgacs (saxophone), Tim Smith (drums/percussion).

Angel Gabriel:  Kathy Waugh

Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus:  Steve, Amparo and Patrick Herbert

Angel Coordinators:  Amy Burghardt, Kele Carnell, Carol Creech, Julie Kim, Katie Williams, Sylvia Otero

Angel Prayer in Motion Instructor:  Janene Ternes

Adult Inn Keeper:  Lynn Sohacki

Donkey Herder:  Tom Ciesicki

Sheep Caretaker:  Joe and Erica Cherney & Family

Camel (llama) Caretaker:  Ginger Burns & Family

Kings:  Jack Bryan, Henry Decker, Daniel DeKeyzer

Sojourner:  Roberto Talampas, Rhodora Talampas, Joshua Talampas, Kayla Talampas, Angelina Talampas.

Thank you to all the children who played the roles of angels, shepherds, inn keepers, and gift bearers for the kings!

Thank you to the Family RE children who made cutouts for the 150 luminaries that surrounded the church with prayer!

Thank you to Catherine Anderson, Andrew Kanitz, Carl Larkins, Victoria Emch, Jan Robb, and Anne Stemmerich, and the middle school youth, and the Knights of Columbus Council #8989 for the Children’s Christmas Festival.

Thank you to Glen Feak, Ric Foeller, Felipe Ronquillo and crew, Reynaldo and Max Ronquillo, and Paul Ward for the stable/manger lighting, scene set-up and take down, and clean-up. 

Thank you to Courtney Aymen, RE secretary for the care and extra commitment she gives in assisting with all the details involved in putting together the procession.

Thank you to the parents and teachers who assisted with the children, ushered for the program, or provided refreshments for the Children’s Festival following the procession.

Thank you to all those who supported this event either by active deed or by their prayers.  May the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family with peace, happiness, and love this Christmas and always! --Ellen Ward, Director

In 1224 Saint Francis of Assisi, best known as the founder of the Franciscan Order of Friars, created the first living nativity scene as a way to bring the Christmas spirit to the local villagers.  Just as Saint Francis had real people dressed in robes and real animals, so does our Parish Living Nativity.  

The Nativity Procession is a re-telling of the Christmas story with live animals, song, light acting, narration, and a candlelit walk.

For more information, please contact Ellen Ward at ward [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 734-821-2132



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