For the past several decades, each year on Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, children (and adults) bring their Christ-child figures from the crèche at their homes to St. Peter’s Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. 

This year we will celebrate “Bambinelli Sunday” at our 4:00 PM Vigil Mass on Saturday, December 14 and all Masses on Sunday, December 15. All are invited to bring the Christ-child figure from their homes to Mass that morning to be blessed. Families can even make their own “bambinelli” if they want.

A suggestion is, following the blessing, take your “bambinelli” home and place it in a gift box, wrap it, and save it for Christmas. Let this be the first gift your family opens on Christmas, when together you place the Christchild figure in your crèche, and have a home blessing of your crèche!