Saint Coleman Church Podcast

A podcast from your parish, Saint Coleman in Pompano Beach


The Meaning of the Nativity Scene

In this episode, we preview St Coleman’s upcoming Grief Seminar by chatting with John Reininger, LMHC, who will lead 2 sessions in January. Then, we reflect on the meaning of the Nativity Scene by sharing highlights of Pope Francis’ Apostlic Letter on the Nativity.


  • Holiday Mass Time in the bulletin and on the website
  • Preview of St Coleman Grief Seminar in Jan 2024 with John Reininger, LMHC
  • Keep Focused on Spiritual Matters During Advent
  • The Meaning of the Nativity
  • The History of the Christmas Creche


  • The Nativity scene is a beloved Catholic tradition during Advent and Christmas.
  • Pope Francis wrote a beautiful apostolic letter in 2019 highlighting its meaning and significance.
  • Pope Francis' admiration for the Nativity scene: He describes it as a "tender and evocative image" that captures the essence of the Christmas story.
  • Symbolism of the Nativity scene elements: The stable represents humility, Mary and Joseph are the first witnesses, and the figures remind us of God's love and compassion.
  • The Nativity scene as a tool for evangelization: By having one in your home, you share the Gospel message with visitors. Its simplicity makes it accessible to all ages and backgrounds.
  • Promoting peace and justice: The Nativity scene reminds us to care for the vulnerable and work towards a more just society. It can be a tool for dialogue and fraternity, fostering understanding and harmony.
  • St. Francis of Assisi started the Creche tradition in 1223 after visiting the Holy Land. He wanted people to experience Christ's birth in a personal way.
  • The Nativity scene is more than just decoration; it's a reminder of faith, hope, and God's love.
  • Setting up a Nativity scene is a form of evangelization, sharing the story of Christ's birth with the world.