Welcome to Nativity of the Lord

Lent

LENT starts this Wednesday, February 10. From Apostolic times, the Church has imitated the 40 day fast of Jesus in the desert. Lent is the springtime of the Church, moving from ashes to Easter. It is a time of spring cleaning; the spiritual cleaning agents are fasting, prayer, and alms-giving. Masses on Ash Wednesday are at 7:00AM and 7:00PM.

Here are some things you can do:
 Go to daily Mass or use the daily Mass readings for meditation and prayer.
 Pray the Stations of the Cross, each Friday, February 12 to March 11 at 7:00PM in our church; Living Stations will be on Friday, March 18 at 7:30PM. You can also pray the Stations privately along our outdoor Stations path.
 Use the Rice Bowls, a hunger alleviation program from Catholic Relief Services. Bowls are in the Narthex, with instructions printed on them.
 Use The Word Among Us, a daily Lenten meditation booklet; copies are in the Narthex.
 Use the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus’ gift to help us repent and reform.
 Attend our parish’s Lenten Mission, February 15, 16, 17, presented by Father Gerard Goda, O.S.B.
 There are many other spiritual exercises. Find something which will help you to grow in love of God and neighbor.

And don’t forget to fast and abstain: Catholics all over the world observe this as a community penance. All from 14 years of age and up abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent. Catholics between the ages of 21 and 59 fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, meaning that we eat one meatless main meal and two small meatless meals with no food between meals.

Parish Lenten Mission

The Lenten Mission will take place February 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00-8:00PM in the sanctuary. The theme is: God Uses Ordinary People To Do Extraordinary Things. Each evening we will consider a different means by which God may call us to act in our everyday lives for a purpose greater than we realize - through our spoken words, through our personal prayer, and through our actions and example. We will reflect on examples from scripture and the lives of the saints. The mission will be joined to a different liturgical experience each night: vespers (evening prayer), Mass, and Eucharistic adoration. The program will be lead by Fr. Gerard Gonda, OSB. Fr. Gerard is a Benedictine monk of St. Andrew’s Abbey in Cleveland. He was ordained in 1980 and earned graduate degrees in liturgy and educational administration. He has taught English and theology at Benedictine High School in Cleveland and also served as principal. Since 2005 he has been the president of Benedictine. He has given retreats and missions to parishes and religious orders locally and across the country.

Living Stations

Lights! Camera! Resurrection! Calling all youth 1st Communion age to high school! We are casting for Living Stations! No speaking roles for actors! Cast members needed are: Jesus, Mary, Veronica, Soldiers, Simon, Weeping Women, St. John, Maid Servant, and Pontius Pilate, as well as reader(s) for the devotion. Come and immerse yourself in this story to help prepare the congregation for the Resurrection. If interested email Katie Grismer at katiegrismer@gmail.com or Melina Lushbaugh at mlushbau1@walsh.edu. If you have a part you want to play please include it in the email. For practice schedule please see inserted flyer. See you all soon!

Church Expansion

The expansion of the Hall and Kitchen is in progress; work will start soon on the staff offices and weekday visitor entrance; work on the elevator has started; that elevator work effects the lower level; the second exit from the lower level is thru the Bethlehem Chapel and out the North door. Please be careful around construction zones.

Servers Needed

Nativity is in the need for Alter Servers for all Masses, particularly 4:30 and 8:30. If you have received first communion and are a parishoner at Nativity, please consider becoming an Alter Server and help serve the Church. If interested, please contact the Church Office.

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Parish Registration Form

A Parish Registration form as been added to the Forms tab. This can be filled out and emailed to the parish.

RCIA

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church?
Are you baptized Catholic or baptized into another Christian religion but never received any formal religious education?
Are you married to a Catholic and attend Mass but just don't know what the next step is to become one of the Catholic faithful?
Are you yearning for something more in your life?
Please consider joining the RCIA. It meets as a group on Wednesday evenings beginning September 2nd. Participation does not imply a commitment to join the Catholic faith. You are very welcome to come and learn and in the process decide if you are being called to become a Catholic. Sessions are relaxed and informative. If you are interested, please call the Parish Office at 330-699-5086 or email me NATIVITYDEACONBOB@NEOHIO.TWCBC.COM. If you would like to learn more about RCIA before deciding to try it, please be in touch, as well. I would be very happy to speak with you further.

Faith Direct

Please consider joining the parish's electronic giving program, Faith Direct. Our "to-do" lists get lengthy at times
but Faith Direct's E-Giving will give you one less thing to remember each week -- no more envelopes to find or checks to write
before you go to Mass. Enroll to day at Faith Direct using our church code OH380.

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