Dear Fellow Parishioners and friends of Saint Margaret Shrine and BACIO:
As you may know, St. Margaret’s has made space available to BACIO (Bridgeport Area Cultural Italian Organization) in the building beneath “The Gate Of Heaven” at the rear of the shrine’s grounds. For several months we have been working on preparing that space for the creation of a Presepio. We have stripped the interior of all unusable matter; we have installed all new windows replacing the boarded up ones; we have gone to great lengths to waterproof the area; we need to install new electric service and lights for the Presepio, and much more.
We are now anticipating the artistic efforts of Armando Palumbo who will create the Presepio. And it is now that we invite you to share in the creation of the Presepio. You can do this by sponsoring the cost of one or more of the many figures needed to make our Presepio a reality. This web page has been provided to show you pictures of all of the authentic Italian figures and items that will become our Bethlehem village. You can also view a booklet of the figures as you leave Mass on Sunday. Each figure is priced so that you can choose one or more that is within your budget. When an item is spoken for, it will no longer be available to a subsequent purchaser who would have to make a second choice.
We have made our selection of the needed figures from the works of Fontanini Heirloom Nativity, created by the historic and artistic Fontanini workshop located in Bagni di Lucca, Italy. They have served the general population as well as collectors and worshippers all over the world. Rich in detail and artistic workmanship, Fontanini products are comprised of lifelike figures and historically researched structures that together present an extraordinary step back in time to biblical Bethlehem.
The present estimation of our needs is about ninety different figures. Our goal is to have this Presepio a reality for Christmas 2013. To achieve that goal we must begin this Spring. So I ask you to consider sponsoring one or more of them. All of your donations are tax deductible. You may contact me directly, or see one of our team members at church.
Leonard S. Paoletta
Saint Margaret Shrine