Children's Christmas Nativity

The Nativity at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass has always been a festive, joyful occasion for Saint Clement families. The Christmas Nativity is fun for the children and gives them a sense of leadership and confidence. Most importantly it enhances their understanding of the meaning of the Christmas Scriptures and creates memories for your family and the parish community.

Acting and Speaking Roles: Open to Children in Grades 4-8

The registration and rehearsal contract is due by Tuesday, December 8. Participants must commit to attending all rehearsals (which last approximately 1 hour):

  • Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Calling all Sheep, Angels, and Shepherds: Open to Children in Grades 1-3

During the Mass, when we begin the telling of the Christmas story, we will invite children in grades 1-3 to come forward dressed as their respective parts (see below for assignments). They will sit around the altar and listen to the story as the sheep, shepherds, and angels who have gathered to hear the remarkable news of our savior’s birth.  

  • 1st graders ­— Sheep
  • 2nd graders — Angels
  • 3rd graders — Shepherds

These suggestions are a rule of thumb to have an equal distribution of parts. However, if your child has his or her heart set on dressing as something other than they have been assigned, please feel free to do so. We will not have a rehearsal for these children. Children will simply arrive in costume and sit with their parents for the Mass as usual. Older children have already volunteered for the acting and speaking parts of the Nativity proclamation. We will call the sheep, angels and shepherds up to the front of church during the Mass.

Costume suggestions

  • Sheep: white clothing or soft fuzzy fabric draped over clothes, headbands with sheep ears attached (ears can be made from cotton balls or other soft fabric)
  • Angels: white clothing or white robe, wings (homemade from cardboard, etc. or purchased), halos (can be made from garland, wire, etc.)
  • Shepherds: bathrobes or other dark clothing, towels or fabric draping head with tie (rope, twine, etc.)

The costumes do not need to be elaborate, and homemade costumes are most welcome. We do not want you to spend too much money or time worrying about what your child should wear. Also, check with parents whose children have participated in the Christmas Nativity in past years to see if you can borrow previously worn costumes.


Please contact Rachel Espinoza, Director of Children and Family Catechesis.  |  Phone: (773) 281-0371  | Fax: (773) 281-2509 | 642 W. Deming Place  Chicago, IL 60614