Event - Blessing of the Bambinelli

16 December 2020

Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful tradition that was started by Pope St. John Paul II. Bambinelli is Italian, the plural of bambinello, which means 'little baby'.

Bambinelli Sunday is celebrated the third Sunday of Advent. Thousands of people visit St. Peter's Square, Rome bringing the Baby Jesus figurines from their nativity scenes. Families also traditionally spend their Advent season making small sacrifices or doing good deeds for the Child Jesus, represented by adding a piece of straw to His manger for each good deed performed. When Christmas day arrives, the Baby Jesus is placed in the nativity made comfortable by these acts of charity.

Each class have created their own bambinelli’s which will be blessed by Father Mathew in church. This will ensure that Baby Jesus will be present in all our homes this Christmas.

"Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man." - Pope Francis