Welcome to Nativity’s Education Commission Page!

2018-19 Fees: $35 per child age 3 through 8th grade, additional $15 for First Reconciliation/Holy Communion.  $100 max per family.

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Parish Life Night Update for October 10

PLN opening covered the Gloria and discussed the two NEW saints!


  • GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal) 53.  The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other.  It is intoned by the Priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone.  If not sung, it is to be recited either by everybody together or by two choirs responding one to the other.  It is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent, and also on Solemnities and Feasts, and at particular celebrations of a more solemn character.  

    Gloria – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will” (Luke 2:14) is an ancient hymn of praise, echoing the song of the angels at Bethlehem proclaiming Jesus’ birth.  Having asked for God’s forgiveness (during the Penitential Act), now we praise Him for His goodness.  We can think of this as being meant to cheer us up in case we get down about our sins.  The Gloria is omitted during Advent as a reminder we are waiting for Jesus to come, so we hold off doing anything joyful until His birth; and it is also omitted during Lent because we are suffering with Christ for our sins until the joy of His resurrection.

    The text elaborates on this message of the angels, recognizing the goodness and mercy of the Lord God through his Son, Jesus Christ.  This prayer dates back to the sixth century and began to be used only at Masses when a bishop was the celebrant, and then only on solemn feasts.  However, the beauty of this prayer captivated the priests and faithful.  Slowly, permission was granted for priests to use it, but at first only for Easter.  By the 12th century, the Glory to God reached its current level of use within the Mass.  Today, the Glory to God is sung or said at all Sunday Masses, solemnities, and feasts except during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Whether sung or said, this prayer is one of praise, and our voices should be lifted in praise as we say it!

This week give glory to God through your prayers, your words, and your actions.  

Our Newest Saints

Saint  Paul VI: was born in Italy and ordained a priest at the age of 22. He became Pope in 1963 at the age of 66. A quote form B. Pope Paul VI “holiness is within everyone’s reach” and that w only need two elements in order to become saints: “The grace of God and good will”.

This year is the 50th anniversary of his writing of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) It is a letter written by the Pope and explains the teachings about our life especially of the unborn.

He has two miracles attributed to him which was the healing of two unborn children.

He was a pope for 15 years and died in 1978.

Saint  Oscar Romero: His father trained him as a carpenter and Oscar later entered the seminary to become a priest. He served in San Miguel, Mexico. After he was named an Archbishop of San Salvador, Mexico, he was shot while celebrating Mass at a hospital in 1980.

The Cleveland, Ohio Mission to El Salvador has a special relationship to the Diocese of Cleveland because it includes hundreds of people from across the Diocese.

He died for his faith because he defended human rights. His attributed miracles were healings.

Along with Archbishop Romero and Paul VI, Pope Francis also canonized two diocesan priests, Francesco Spinelli and Vincenzo Romano; Maria Katharina Kasper and Nazaria of Saint Teresa of Jesus, two women who founded religious congregations; and Nunzio Sulprizio, an Italian man who died at 19 and who is often cited as an example of piety for young people.


Why do we have an education commission? 

Take a look at what two of our Popes have to say.

“Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity.  She exists to evangelize.”  (Evangelii Nuntiandi, no. 14, Pope Paul VI, December 8, 1975)

“Jesus continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Moved by the Spirit, Mary welcomed the Word of life and may our Virgin Mother obtain for us renewed zeal in bringing to everyone, the Good News of the life that is victorious over death.  May she intercede for us so that we can acquire the holy audacity needed to discover new ways to bring the gift of salvation to every man and woman.”  (Pope Francis from the Vatican, 4 June 2017, Solemnity of Pentecost)

There are so many ways to bring the Gospel to every man and woman in our parish and beyond.  Each one of us, by virtue of our Baptism, is called to this existence in the Church.

How can you be a part?  The first way is to continue to participate in your own evangelization through study, prayer, and works.  The second way is to participate in the evangelization of others through study, prayer, and works.  We all continue for a lifetime – until we rest with our Heavenly Father.

Check back as this page develops opportunity for you as an evangelizer for yourself and for others.


Ada Honeck                                                                                                                                                                                                      Director of Religious Education

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Anointing of the Sick

October 27, 2018

For all those who are seriously impared by sickness or old age, or undergoing surgery. Saturday, October 27th, after the 4:30PM Mass, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered.

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