On Saturday morning, December 22nd – following the conclusion of the 11am Mass, a host of wonderful parishioners came together to decorate St. Anselm Church for Christmas. Over the previous week preparation had begun with the hanging of wreathes and the setting up of un-lit Christmas trees in the sanctuary on either side of the high altar. The church’s Nativity sets – both inside and outside – had been positioned (without the statuettes of the Baby Jesus) – all thanks to our devoted priests and custodial staff. And, the exterior of the church was festive with the beautiful 7th annual array of lighted Advent Trees.
But still there was much work to do. Garland and banners needed to be hung and scores of poinsettias needed loving attention. Each plant had to be removed from its plastic sleeve and watered before being carefully placed around the altar, the shrines, and the baptismal font. The Decorating Committee volunteers scurried around, like little elves, placing each plant by height and color to create a beautiful arrangement to express the joy of the Feast of Christmas.
Thanks to our priests, the parish custodial staff, the volunteers of the the St. Anselm Decorating Committee: Fr. Anthony, Fr. Fred, Anne, Bob, Cono, Dan, Danielle, Daniella, Delilah, Donna, Eileen, Elizabeth, Florence, Linda, Patrick, and our wonderful parishioners, whose generous support makes all of this beauty possible, the church was ready for the celebration of Christmas.
A special “Thank you” to all the St. Anselm parishioners for your gifts and service to the parish at Christmas and throughout the year.
All the Merry Best,
The St. Anselm Publicity Committee