A Saint Nicholas Eve Celebration

Sixty-five children (and about one hundred of their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends) were visited by Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker on Sunday, December 5, 2010.  The celebration event was planned by the Holy Name Society men with the hope and belief that Saint Nicholas would visit and not disappoint his believers.  All guests were treated to a buffet breakfast of fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and cake prepared by the men.  While the crowd anxiously awaited the arrival of Saint Nicholas they were treated to the piano playing of Anna Lawrence.  

Finally, Saint Nicholas did arrive to distribute gifts to all children.  As the stage was revealed, the scene of a lit Christmas tree, fireplace, and dozens of wrapped gifts just added to the excitement.  From the youngest, five-month-old Olesia Horbatyuk, to the two oldest, sixteen-year-old Michael Grausam and Andriy Tabaka, all received a gift from this patron saint of children.  Some were hesitant and cautious as they approached Saint Nicholas while others showed no signs of bashfulness.  All were delighted.

The men of the Holy Name Society are to be commended for their commitment to the children of the parish.  From the holiday tablecloths to the delicious food to the generous offerings, their Christmas spirit is shining through.