Catholic Schools Celebrate Christmas with Festive Pageants and Musical Performances

December 10, 2002

Students at Catholic elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington will celebrate the coming of Christmas with living Nativities, musical performances, plays and other events. The numerous events planned at many of the schools include the following:

Friday, December 13
Little Flower, 20410 Point Lookout Rd., Great Mills, St. Mary’s County 6:30 p.m., school gym

Students in grade 8 will perform a living Nativity while students from all grades sing Christmas carols.

Sunday, December 15
Holy Angels Sacred Heart, 21340 Colton Point Rd., Avenue, St. Mary’s County
5:00 p.m., church hall

Students from all grades (Pre-K to 8) will celebrate the birth of Jesus with a pageant, readings and songs of traditional religious and holiday Christmas music.

Monday, December 16
St. Margaret, 410 Addison Rd. South, Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County, 7:00 p.m., Omega Rm.

Students in grades K-8, including members of the Archdiocesan school band program, will perform a winter concert and Christmas program for parents.

Tuesday, December 17
Our Lady of Lourdes, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda, Montgomery County, 7:00 p.m., church

Students will present a Christmas play written by one of the teachers, as well as perform in a band concert.

Wednesday, December 18
Sacred Heart, 1625 Park Road, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:30 p.m., auditorium

Students from all grades (Pre-K to 8) will perform in the school’s Christmas show, an extravaganza celebrating traditions of both U.S. and Latino cultures.

St. Bernard, 5700 St. Bernard’s Drive, Riverdale, Prince George’s County, 7:00 p.m., church
Students in grades K-8 will perform a living Nativity in a set they assembled. Students will read a passage from Scripture, describe the symbolism of each Nativity piece and sing a Christmas carol.

Thursday, December 19
Holy Family, 2210 Callaway St., Hillcrest Heights, Prince George’s County 6:30 p.m., church

Students will perform the school Christmas show, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” in which students will “visit” countries from around the world, including Germany, France, Italy and Poland.

St. Mark the Evangelist, 7501 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, Prince George’s County, 10:00 a.m., church
The “Little Angels Christmas Pageant” will include performances by students in Pre-K, K and grade 1.

Holy Redeemer, 49th Ave. & Berwyn Rd., College Park, Prince George’s County, 7:30 p.m., Four Seasons Rm.
“Once Upon a Starry Night,” a musical performed by students in grades K-4, will feature characters such as Gen. Comet Powell, Big Glow and Little Glow telling the story of how a bright star guided wise men and shepherds to the Christ Child.

Immaculate Conception, 711 N St., NW, Washington, D.C., 1:30 p.m., auditorium
Students in Pre-K through grade 4 will perform a musical, “O My Stars, It’s Christmas!”

St. Martin, 201 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Montgomery County 10:00 a.m., church
Students will gather for a school Mass planned by grades 1 and 8, featuring a Jesse tree trimmed by grade 8 and the Nativity enacted by grade 1.

St. Columba, 7800 Livingston Rd., Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County, 7:00 p.m., auditorium
Students in grades K, 2, 3 and 4 will perform the “Unity Tree,” a story about how God’s creatures learn to live in peace and harmony, followed by grade 1’s dramatic production of “’Twas the Night Before Jesus.”

Friday, December 20
St. Pius X, 14720 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Prince George’s County 9:45 & 11:15 a.m., church

Students will perform a living Gospel depicting the Nativity. The play will include more than 100 children acting, dancing and singing.

St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda, Montgomery County, 11:15 a.m., church
At a school Mass, students from all grades will carry wrapped gifts to the altar to be presented to the baby Jesus and given to mothers and children at Mary House, which provides shelter for expectant mothers.

St. Jerome, 5300 43rd Ave., Hyattsville, Prince George’s County, 10:30 a.m., school gym
Students in all grades (Pre-K to 8) will hold a musical festival in which all classes will take turns singing Christmas songs before joining together in selections such as “Mary’s Boy Child.”

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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