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Straw for Jesus: Preparing for the birth of Jesus at St. Mary’s

December 20, 2018 GMT

During Advent in preparation for the birth of Jesus, St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic participates in Straw For Jesus, something that families can do together at home.

“It’s called Straw for Jesus,” a parishioner at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church asked when she saw a nun take a piece of straw and place it in empty manger that was placed for Advent in anticipation of Christmas.

The parishioner thought it was wonderful and, in 2015, approached the Rev. Gregory Wilson, pastor of St. Mary’s, and asked him to encourage the parish to do the same in their homes.

Paper mangers and straw in packages with instructions were handed out to parishioners.


Then last year, parishioners asked Father Wilson to try it as a parish activity, and he said, “Yes!”

So what is it all about?

During Advent, in preparation for the birth of Jesus, for every act of kindness that’s done, a piece of straw is placed in a manger preparing the stable for the birth of Jesus.

The more random acts of kindness done, more straw is placed, and Jesus has a nice soft bed.

The straw helps as a reminder of all good deeds done in Jesus’ name, and living by faith, in turn, produces good works.

If residents would like to participate in Straw for Jesus, they can stop by the church through Christmas Eve.