Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia ushered in the Advent season through a live manger scene, adjacent to St. Timothy Convent on Levick Street, the evening of Dec. 4.
Stars of the second annual event were, of course, the Holy Family; backed up by a heavenly choir of angels, shepherds, kings and assorted animals. The ox had the night off, and the camels were represented by a distant cousin, a friendly llama; also present was a faithful donkey along with a goat and a couple varieties of sheep.
“We celebrate that fact that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son to us as our Savior,” said Father Michael Olivere, pastor of St. Timothy, at the opening blessing ceremony, before reading the traditional Birth narrative from the Gospel according to Luke.
Later, he explained, “We got this idea last year, we needed something that would publicly manifest what we believe and what we celebrate during the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Levick Street is almost like the (Roosevelt) Boulevard on Friday night, so it’s a great place to do this.”
Tiny Baby Jesus, a.k.a. Nicholas Zimmaro, in the arms of his parents Mary and Joseph, a.k.a. parishioners Katrina and Nick, was quite unperturbed despite the throng of well-wishers on hand to greet him.
As to how it feels to be the surrogate guardian of Jesus, “It feels very holy, I’m honored,” Nick said.
The celebration continued afterward in the nearby school hall with music, refreshments, entertainment and naturally a visit from another Nicholas – Santa Claus, on a Christmas practice run.
In a time to build, CatholicPhilly.com connects people and communities
As society emerges from the loss and separation of the pandemic, CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you join in our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103