Posadas is a time when our Parish celebrates Christmas in a very special way… in the streets of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Lighted torches guided our children and families through the streets of the neighborhood in a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph seeking a place where the Savior will be born. Read the special report of our Posadas on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio (Click here).
The atmosphere is one of fiesta and Christmas hope in the streets of the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Dealing with hardship is not uncommon in the neighborhood, but what is a miracle is how we remember and celebrate the lives of our families and children. After walking for an hour in the streets, knocking on the door of various inn keepers along the way, and considering how we treat one another in the home, school and neighborhood… the procession finally arrives at a hall, where finally Mary and Joseph enter to celebrate the coming of the light, Jesus. Piñatas are broken, and a small meal of tamales or posole is shared. Often, the marimba band, a music group or some form of entertainment add to the festivity.
The procession and celebration touch upon as many aspects of the life of people as possible. On the night we prayed for SOS Children’s Villages, all the children were invited to practice the social skill of “greeting others.” Two nights later, we prayed for college students, we gave thanks for all those with a dream to graduate and we prayed for those who help tutor, serve others and seek out financial support for higher studies. Always, the procession encourages, removes doubts and fears, and provides hope! What a wonderful experience of church!
“En nombre del Cielo, os pido posada…..”
If you are considering a Christmas gift to the parish this year, consider a donation to the Kid’s Café. We are currently running a $30 for 30 years (anniversary of the Parish) campaign to support this valuable ministry in our neighborhood. The campaign ends December 31st. Thank you and God bless you!
Fr. Bruce Wellems, CMF