The first nativity scene dates back to 1223. In Pope Francis' apostolic letter on the subject, he stated, “Fifteen days before Christmas, Francis (St. Francis of Assisi) asked a local man named John to help him realize his desire to, ‘Bring to life the memory of that babe born in Bethlehem, to see as much as possible with my own bodily eyes the discomfort of His infant needs, how He lay in a manger, and how, with an ox and an ass standing by, He was laid upon a bed of hay’.”
In today's secular society, Trent Horn stated the nativity helps ties us back to the birth of Christ. The nativity invites conversations and engagement between those focused on Santa and the love of Christ.
Siouxland Catholic Radio presents several Christmas nativity videos created and copyrighted by photographer, Jerry L. Mennenga, from 2014-2018/9. We hope they will bring you closer to Christ.
2014/2015 - Fr. Michael Erpelding
The Christmas Story
2017 - St. Mary, St. Anthony, and St. Joseph NATIVITIES (Alton, hospers, and Granville) accompanied by Spalding Elementary
2015 - Carmelite monastery nativity ACCOMPANIED BY 2014 GEHLEN cATHOLIC ALL-STATERS
2018 - HOLY SPIRIT AND MERCYONE SIOUXLAND NATIVITIES accompanied by DIOCESE OF SIOUX CITY'S SEMINARIANs
2019 - VARIOUS NATIVITIES accompanied by BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY'S SISTER MARY DAY