- Written by John F. Murphy
- Published: 12 December 2012
During a staff meeting last fall, Father Bob Deehan of Duxbury’s Holy Family Parish commented that the church’s Nativity set was becoming a little tired and worn. After a brief discussion of what could be done to improve the dated and rather small setting, he asked if anybody had a suggestion. Without hesitation, an energetic staff member, who shall remain nameless, stood up and said “my husband can do that, no problem.”She immediately volunteered her husband to replace both the crèche and figures, a rather significant undertaking. Being nobody’s fool, the husband quickly reached out to a friend who is a member of the Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council 15210 and asked if the Knights may be able to provide a “little help.” Seeing the undertaking as an excellent service opportunity to serve the parish and promote the true spirit of Christmas within the community, the Knights in cooperation with the husband took the project on in late October.
With the goal of creating a Nativity scene of which the parish could be proud, the council’s strong-willed members exchanged ideas and opinions of what would be a fitting creation. It was “eventually” decided that the crèche would be a 12’ x 6’ custom-built structure. With council member skill sets that include architecture, engineering, construction, electrical and organizational management the construction of the crèche was started in late November and finished within a week. The quality of the construction is unmatched. A sincere thanks goes out to the family who allowed the council to use their large heated Pembroke garage as the construction site.
The near life-size Nativity figures were ordered from a New York Christmas decoration retailer. Due to their somewhat fragile construction and having endured a long journey that started in China, the first shipment of figures was delivered with extensive damage including an angel with a broken wing and a Wise Man who had lost his head. The replacement order came through with a little less damage but there was still an angel with a broken wing and a Wise Man who had lost his head, once again. On a wing and a prayer, the third angel should arrive undamaged and the Wise Man has been referred to anger management classes.
To recoup the significant cost of the scene, which did not include the Knights’ donated labor, the Parish and Knights organized a successful sponsorship program through which parishioners contributed towards the cost of the figures in memory of deceased loved ones. Other donations were collected to cover the cost of building materials.
Holy Family Parish and the Knights of Columbus invite the community to drop by the Church’s main parking lot on Tremont Street to view the Nativity Scene and share in the True Spirit of Christmas here in Duxbury. While there, remember to never underestimate what the will of a strong woman can accomplish once she sets her mind to it.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Holy Family Parish and the Knights of Columbus!