St. Edna brings Nativity story alive in drive-thru living stations

St. Edna Parish in Arlington Heights hosted its first live, drive-thru enactment of the Stations of the Nativity on Dec. 13, 2020. Guests drove through six tented stations to learn about the Holy Family’s experience in preparing for Christ’s birth. Parish families, in their household cohorts, acted out each scene along with religious education and youth ministry staff. Each family received coloring and story books with each scene’s description for families to read as they drove up to each station. As guests left the Bethlehem station, St. Nicholas greeted children from their cars. He offered each family an ornament to decorate at home that can then be placed on a designated tree outside on St. Edna’s church campus. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Lorie Crepeau, director of adult faith formation and one of the three event coordinators, hands a program book to a participant in a car as they start the drive-thru. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
From left, mother-daughter team Sara and Tracy Black portray Mary and the Angel Gabriel in the first station, which was the Annunciation. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Husband and wife team Katie and Peter Pisello portray an angel and St. Joseph in the second station where an angel appears to Joseph in a dream telling him not to divorce Mary. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cars make their way past the stations. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
From left, Mary, Daniel and Josephine Petrelis portray the Magi in the fifth station. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Nicholas Marzigliano portrays St. Nicholas and hands out clear globe ornaments to people in cars. All are encouraged to decorate the ornaments and return them to hang on the parish’s outdoor family Christmas tree. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Heather Daudelin, director of religious education, greets people in cars dressed as Mrs. Claus. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)