ST. MARK Virtual Creche Exhibit


Sharing of Nativities at ST. MARK began in the 1980s with a homemade Crèche that Peg Brumstead’s son had created. Peg wanted to share with the ST. MARK community and put it on display. Peg along with Kate Woods founded the Nativity Project to expand the story of Christmas for ST. MARK families. Kathy MacNabb joined and emphasized the importance of Epiphany and teaching children with Nativities from around the world as well as Nativities made in the home.


“Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 in order to cultivate the worship of Christ. He himself had recently been inspired by his visit to the Holy Land, where he’d been shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace,” as noted by Peter Mazar and Evelyn Grala in To Crown the Year: Decorating the Church Through the Year (Liturgy Training, 1995). Thomas of Celano, Francis’ first biographer, wrote…”If you desire to celebrate the coming to the Lord….hurry before me and….enact the memory of the babe born in Bethlehem: to see as much as is possible….how He lay in a manger, and how with an ox and a donkey (sic), He rested on hay.”

ST. MARK Family Creches
The MacNabb Family
The Althoff Family
The Ellrod Family
The O'Harren Family
The Novelly Family
The Horner Family
Monsignor Tom Cassidy
Connie Henry
The Celio Family
The Purdy Family
The Dollard Family
The Kelly Family
The Kelmelis Family
Pauline Hartnett
The Kerrigan Family
The Belt Family

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