Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cows, Sheep, Goats And Donkeys, Oh My!

Several Catholic elementary schools throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia will celebrate the Holy Season of Advent with events including Live Nativities, choral and band concerts, fundraisers, and plays among other activities.
Advent and Christmas Events Scheduled at Catholic Elementary Schools are listed below.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School: 3033 Levick Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School in the Mayfair Section of Philadelphia will hold its third annual live manger in front of the school convent on Levick Street. The manger will feature a live miniature cow, sheep, alpacas, goats, and a large donkey. In addition, school students will depict the scene of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger. Father Michael Olivere, Pastor of Saint Timothy Parish, will greet those in attendance and lead the crowd in an opening prayer. Approximately 25 student ambassadors and choir members will sing Christmas carols and perform a nativity scene with school parents acting as Mary and Joseph. A newborn parishioner will play baby Jesus.
Blessed Trinity Regional Catholic School was formed by the merger of Saint Timothy Parish School and Pope John Paul II Regional School in 2012.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Saint Isidore Catholic School: 603 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951 (Bucks County)
6:30 p.m.
Saint Isidore students perform each year at an annual Christmas concert event. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” Inspired by students’ family heritage, children in grades 1st through 8th will take the audience with them as they “travel around the world” and perform Christmas customs from countries such as: Thailand, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Philippines.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Saint Stanislaus Parish Church: 51 Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale, PA 19446 (Montgomery County)
2:00 p.m.
Mater Dei Catholic School will celebrate the meaning of Christmas, featuring its eighth grade students who will re-enact the story of the birth of our Lord during its annual Christmas Pageant, which will take place in Saint Stanislaus Parish Church. Additionally, the school choirs will lead all in attendance in singing traditional Christmas hymns.
In addition to the Christmas pageant on Monday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Mater Dei’s school gymnasium a Christmas Holiday Concert will be feature the “Mater Dei Catholic Bands” including: beginner band, junior band, and advanced band, The Jubilate Choir and Mater Dei Singers, as well as the beginner chimes and Chime Time Players groups. The music presented will celebrate the season.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Offices of Doctor Christian Subbio: Routes 252 and 3, Newtown Square, PA 19073 (Delaware County)
7:15 p.m.
Assumption Academy in Strafford (Chester County) Pre-K and Kindergarten students have been invited to join in a very special act of community service this year. They will take part in a Christmas fundraiser for children suffering with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Assumption Academy students are scheduled to lead all in attendance in the singing of three Christmas songs at the fundraiser, to be held in Newtown Square,
In addition, Mr. Jack McFadden, a 65 year parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Strafford and a long-time supporter of Assumption Academy will be showcased as the Crooner of the evening. Mr. McFadden has supported Assumption Academy through donations and tuition assistance in addition to offering support for special programs at the school.

Friday, December 23, 2016
Saint Andrew Catholic School: 51 Wrights Road, Newtown, PA 18940 (Bucks County)
9:15 a.m.

Saint Andrew Catholic School and Preschool will present its annual Living Nativity on Friday, December 23rd. In its fifteenth year, the eighth grade students portray the Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, the Angel Gabriel, the three kings, the shepherds, and the inn keepers. First grade students will serve as sheep. The show will feature a live “baby Jesus.” Each year an infant is chosen to portray the Son of God. One of the school’s original “babies” is currently an eighth grade student at Saint Andrew. Eighth grade students portray the choir of angels and lead the entire student body, grades Pre-K through eighth, in the singing of traditional Christmas hymns.

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