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St. Mary’s has new nativity set for Christmas

Ladies Society purchases 15-piece display

December 6, 2008
By ROBERT WOLF, Messenger correspondent

HUMBOLDT - St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humboldt has a new outdoor nativity set this year.

About a year ago members of the Ladies Society of St. Mary's approached their pastor, the Rev. Bill Schreiver, about a new nativity set, said society member Kathy Nokleby, who also helps plan special events in the parish.

About six months ago they purchased a 15-piece nearly life-size fiberglass nativity through Fitzgibbon Co. of Sioux City. The pieces were made in New York.

Families were invited to put up the new scene the weekend following Thanksgiving, and it will remain up until the second week of January, Nokleby said. The holy family figures also were part of a float the church had in Humboldt's Thanksgiving Day parade.

The group discovered that the entire set fits nicely in a new garage near the church. About 30 people donated money toward the purchase - some in memory of loved ones - said Ladies Society Secretary Marilyn Barnes.

It is all about Jesus and the holy family, Nokleby said. And the Church wants to share that with the community. "We have a lot of buses come to see all the holiday sights in Humboldt, and St. Mary's is one of them."

Fact Box

If you go:

WHAT: New nearly life size Nativity scene.

WHERE: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 305 Fourth St. N., Humboldt.

WHEN: Through the second week of January.

The previous Nativity scene, a handmade silhouette, has been sold to the Zion Lutheran Church. Society members said they are happy it will still be seen in the community.

St. Mary's, which puts on a popular spring gala celebration every spring, is an active church in the community. It has a prekindergarten through sixth-grade elementary school with 186 students. The school's enrollment continues to grow every year, Nokleby said, and includes students from several denominations.

"The students very much enjoy this," she said. "They love to see the Nativity scene every day."

Contact Robert Wolf at (515) 573-2141 or at



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