Nativity Pageant

Advent/Christmas

Dear Parents,

Each year the children of our parish act out the Gospel reading at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. It is done in a simple, beautiful fashion so as not to add to the list of “one more thing to do” for parents but rather focusing on the real event that takes place each Christmas.

The costumes are provided by the parish and are given out at the practice to be held on Sat, Dec 23 at 8:00-9:30am in the church. As everyone arrives the children will put their names into a bag to be drawn for the various parts.
You must be present at the practice to participate.

Most of the parts are assigned by grade level:

  • Pre-K – Kindergarten: are bell ringers and will process into the Church before Mass begins. They will wear their own Christmas church clothes.
  • Grades 1, 2 and 3: are shepherds or angels (whichever they choose- not designated by boy/girl) and
    will receive costumes and directions at the rehearsal on Dec 23.
  • Grade 3: Children in this grade will put their names into a draw to be the Angel Gabriel,Mary, Joseph, and the Centurion. If they are not chosen can be a shepherd or angel.
  • Grade 4: Names are drawn for the 3 Wisemen who will bear the Eucharistic gifts to the altar. If your child is not chosen for the part, we do not have an alternate position. Costumes and specific directions will be given at practice.
  • Grades 5-6: Two names are drawn to read the prayers of intercession.
  • Grades 7-8: Three names are drawn to read the scriptures and the introductory proclamation.

On Christmas Eve at 3:20pm all participants will meet in the school library already dressed in their costumes. Please make sure your child uses the restroom (particularly bell-ringers) before leaving them with the parents in charge. The children who participate in the Mass will have reserved seating. Parents will go to that location to pick them up after Mass. There will be people collecting the children’s costumes into plastic bags as soon as Mass is over so be sure to have your children wear their own clothes underneath the costumes.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the practice, feel free to call Bridget Martin at 602-909-2520 or contact her at bridget.martin@sfxphx.org.

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