FAIRFIELD – “Now, I’m finally ready for Christmas because of what I saw here,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said to the more than 250 in attendance at the Saint Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant this morning.

“That was the most authentic and moving expressions of what Christmas is that I have ever seen,” he said, with the cast of “The Christmas Message” on the stage behind him and family and friends in the audience. “The children have given us a great gift that shows how much our God loves every one of us, and that we need never be alone,” the Bishop said before joining the cast for a picture taking moment.

Helen Burland, President of Saint Catherine Academy said the annual Christmas Pageant is an opportunity to show off the talents of the students who preformed, sang and narrated the play written by Sister Eileen Boffa, RSM and directed by Sister Cheryl Driscoll, RSM. The entire school staff also assisted in the production.
Jonathan Teixeira narrated the pageant and read Nativity accounts from the Gospel of Luke. James Barry played Joseph and Mina Deorio represented Mary.

With dramatic lighting and a bright star provided by the Quick Center of Fairfield University, the cast sang a number of songs including “Joy to the World,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and the Prayer to St. Francis, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” During the Pageant, the children told the audience that the meaning of Christmas is that a loving, gentle and peaceful Jesus has come into their lives and will always be with them.

“This is my favorite time of year,” said Burland, “because we get to give back to those of you who have been so generous in their support throughout the year. This is a labor of love and a chance for the children to star.”

Reprinted from Fairfield Count Catholic www.bridgeportdiocese.com