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Page 6 December 16, 1995 Five themed Christmas trees fill the rectory at St. Theresa. Priests his interest in elaborate holiday decora- Continued from page 1 tions. During the liturgical Christmas season, Much of Father Connell's collecting the vestibule of the church will be trans- takes place immediately after Christmas formed into a forest, filled with trees to and during the summer months, set the holiday mood. On Nov. 1 the transformation of the "I try to bring a little bit of Christmas rectory begins. Outside in the foyer, to every church I am associated with," said elaborate Christmas villages with electric Father Connell. "During this time of year, trains are erected. Five Christmas trees many of my friends call me Father Christ- are decorated with bows, balls and lights, mas." Each tree has its own color scheme and For Father Marczuk, the Christmas theme, season brings artistic inspiration and the In the living room area, shelves are chance to share his talents with his parish filled with Christmas villages, including community -- especially with St. Mary's one in which plump, smiling monks play youngest members, in the snow. Curio cabinets are filled with On the last day of school before the ceramic figurines of St. Nicholas in his holiday break, children from the school many forms, Santa Claus, Father Christ- tour the rectory. Upon entering they first mas, etc. Many of the figurines remain see a tree decorated with apples, symbol- in the cabinets year round reminding visi- izing Adam and Eve and the fall of Man; tars that the Christmas spirit does not doves, symbolizing the Holy Spirit and have to be limited to only a small par- candy canes, symbolizing the crozier of tion of the year. St. Nicholas. As they continue their tour Father Connell the children pass ceramic churches and plans to hold an open see elaborate Nativity sets, one of which house so that St. contains almost 100 pieces. The Theresa parishionersFontanini creche, imported from Italy, is can tour his home and set within Roman ruins. Father Marczuk see the fruits of his began his collection when he was in the labors. Father seminary and studied in Rome. Connell's collection of 'The children especially enjoy trying villages spills out into to count all of the pieces" which include the vestibule of theelephants and camels, Father Marczuk church. Tables are said. filled with ceramic This year St. Francis of Assisi, who is houses, cottages, and credited with creating the first creche, stores. Father Connell will be added to the collection. The chil- tries to alternate the dren end their journey in the kitchen villages from year to where they receive a treat and a holy card. year storing many with Intertwined with the schoolchildren's his mother, whom he credits with peaking One of Father Marczuk's creations is a Nativity scene set in a hillside cave. ARKANSAS .9 CATHOLIC ~ grand tour of the rectory, are items which Father Marczuk himself constructed. Under a glass dome is a creche featur~g Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus in a moss-covered cave. Father Marczuk re- ceived his inspiration from the Nativity scenes that he saw in Europe that had their settings in different environmentS other than the wooden stable. In recent years Father Marczuk haS concentrated on group-oriented projectS. This Christmas is the second year in which a life-sized Santa has been present at St. Mary. Parishioners Carl and Ruth Noll, John Hodge and school secretary Mary Kay Neumeier helped Father Marczuk in the design of the Santa who this year wears the hooded garb of Father Christ" mas, the European verslon of Santa. During the Children s Mass Dec. 24, children reenact the Christmas story. Father Marczuk, principal Denise Troutman and Neumeier created the cos- tumes including the three kings comple~ with royal robes, jeweled crowns and golden rings. During the Mass, baby Jesus is enter" tained and kept warm by a tiny ceramic mouse. Placing the mouse in the manger has been a tradition for many years since a real one crawled out of the manger during Mass several years ago causing a large commotion. Much of Father Marczuk s ChristmaS preparation is centered around the chil" dren of the parish. , As Betty Huddleston s pre-kindergar" ten class recently gathered around the life-sized Santa, their smiles and wide reflected the success of Father Marczuk s mission to bring the spirituality, the magic and the joy of the season to the litde ones of his community. J II IIII "The music you've been asking for is here." "All new recording ... over 50 minutes of beautiful music ... ... exquisite performance by recording artist Keith Wells ..." Here I am, Lord Be Not Afraid Prayer of St. Francis Mail check or money order with the Cut On Dotted Line Make check payable to: Golden Lyre Records Compact Disc P.O. Box 1100 Cassette Tape West Aeton, MA 01720 Shipping/Handling Total Enclosed Hosea and many more!! Not Sold in Stores form below, iillllllllll Qty. Price Total $15.95 $12.95 Please print Name Address City State Zip LAR Mt. 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