Father D. Brian Horgan, pastor of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Highland Beach, dedicated the parish’s new life-size nativity on Dec. 13, the feast day of St. Lucy. Funded by the generosity of parishioners, the beautiful nativity sits on top of the berm in front of the church on South Ocean Boulevard, prominently displayed for passersby.
Following the nativity’s dedication and blessing, there was a “welcome home dinner” to celebrate the return of St. Lucy Parish’s winter parishioners. There were 180 people in attendance, including the Honorable Rhoda Zelniker, Mayor of Highland Beach, and Town of Highland Beach commissioners. “This is awe inspiring,” said Mayor Zelniker. “I have been to the nativity in Bethlehem and sat under the olive tree,” said Zelniker, a practicing Jew who found the nativity “awe-inspiring.” “I am Jewish but can appreciate that the nativity is for everyone to enjoy.”
Father Brian Horgan, pastor, expressed that the life-size nativity was a wonderful way to bring the real meaning of Christmas to the public. “As a parish community, we recognized that we had to do something more to bear witness to our faith in a world that’s filled with darkness,” said Father Horgan. “We look to St. Lucy who, by her example, her faith and her devotion, bore the light of Christ in a world of darkness. We too are called to be light bearers. We must always look for opportunities to evangelize.”
Msgr. Stephen C. Bosso, visiting from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, said, “The creche is beautiful. It’s a great public demonstration of our faith.”
Therese Tavino, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the parish, said, “This celebration was tear-jerking for me. The creche is just so beautiful and I have to thank Father Horgan for being a wonderful pastor to this community.”
To see the life-size nativity, visit St. Lucy Catholic Church, located at 3510 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, Florida 33487. For more information about the parish, visit stlucycommunity.com or call (561) 278-1280.
By Aleen Stanton, Florida Catholic correspondent