On December 18th, at 6 p.m., the students of St. Pius X Faith Formation Program will present a gift to the parish. This gift is the Annual Faith Formation Nativity Play which this year celebrates its 10th Anniversary. It is a small group of students who put on the play each year, but the energy, enthusiasm, and dedication they have to bringing the story of Christmas to life is tremendous.
Each year when we gather for the first play practice, we read together the story of Christ’s birth and we ask the question, “why are we here” “why is it important to tell the story of Christmas?” After all, everyone already knows the story, why the need for the play? One child’s response, “Because without Jesus there wouldn’t even BE a Christmas. Duh.” From the mouths of babes, truly! Amen, dear child. Without Jesus there wouldn’t even be a Christmas. So, we gather together twice a week to practice telling the story in order to offer it as gift to the parish. The students work hard, and they are so proud to offer their gift to you. In recent years, the play has become even more student led.
In 2017, a group of high school students asked if they could help to direct the play. The help they offered evolved into high school and middle school students directing the play almost entirely on their own with adults present only to supervise and offer advice when needed. It is a true joy to see students who were in the play as elementary school students growing up to run the play as middle and high school students.
The Nativity Play offers the parish an opportunity to reflect on the birth of our Savior as well as support the efforts of our young people and enjoy fellowship with friends and family. We hope you will take the opportunity to join us for this beautiful tradition. The play is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18th. It is followed by a reception with food and games. All are welcome to attend; please spread the word!
Erin Riley Buchholtz, Faith Formation Coordinator Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Coordinator