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A Virtual Spin on a Christmas Tradition

December 30, 2020

For more than 15 years, families at St. Viator Catholic Community in Las Vegas displayed their nativity sets after all Masses for one weekend in December. Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, Pastor, would bless the images, before children of the parish combined to present a living nativity.

Members of the youth ministry group, led by Associate Rosy Hartz, organized the parish-wide event, but they credit a local family — the Rosenbergers — with conceiving the idea and supporting it each year.

The idea lasted until 2016, when they tried hosting an ornament open house instead. This year, with all the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Hartz and her youth ministry teens wanted to cheer up the parish, consequently they returned to the nativity scenes, virtually. They asked parishioners to submit photos of their nativity sets and more than 90 families took them up on it. The video below features their entries and showcases the many cultures within the parish. They saved a tribute to the Rosenberger family, until the end.