Sites of Interest
Catholic Charities – http://ccswoh.org/
For almost 100 years, Catholic Charities has served the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Our programs have changed over the years, but our commitment to serve the poor, vulnerable and stranger has not wavered. The Catholic Charities Mission is to Enlighten, Serve, and Empower:
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. http://www.cgsusa.org/
The St. Joseph Table is sometimes celebrated at Nativity Parish on March 19 the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary. Learn about the rich tradition of the Joseph Table at this website. www.initaly.com/regions/sicily/joetabl.htm
Lily of the Mohawks: www.lily-of-the-mohawks.com
Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks, was born in Ossernenon in the year 1656. She was born into this world a child of mixed ancestry, her mother was an Algonquin and her father a Mohawk. It is believed that Kateri has performed many miracles since her death on April 17, 1680, curing the sick and helping those in need through their prayers to Kateri. Kateri Tekakwitha will be canonized on October 21, 2012.
St. Isaac of Syria Skete: www.skete.com
Affordable icons of patron saints and of the life and mysteries of the Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary. These make great First Communion, First Reconciliation, Confirmation and patron saint feast day gifts. Many patron saints available. Very affordable.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/
The official website of the Bishops of the United States. There are many fine links on this website, especially concerning respect for life in all its phases.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati: www.catholiccincinnati.org
We feature the official webpage of our Archdiocese. See what’s happening over the nineteen counties of southwest Ohio. This site contains many important links.
St. Francis Blessing of Pets:http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/francis/blessing.asp
Every year on the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4), over 100 pets bring their owners to Nativity for a special blessing. This site, from St. Anthony Messenger, explains in more detail what this popular rite is all about. And be sure to join us next Oct. 4 at 7pm in the courtyard.
St. Vincent dePaul Society: www.svdpusa.org
SVDS has been a hallmark of Nativity for many decades and has assisted thousands of people since 1917. Here’s SVDS’s official national webpage.
Sr. Mary Grace Thul, O.P.: http://sistermarygrace.artspan.com
Sr. Mary Grace is a popular nationally (and internationally) known artist. She was our featured artist for Leatare Sunday in 2007 (Friday evening, March 16 at 7pm in the school gymnasium) with an art show that also featured art works from our 7th graders who are preparing for Confirmation. Sister made her work available for sale at very reasonable prices. She was with us from the Bronx, NYC, and St. Ursula (her alma mater) performed choral pieces at this year’s Leatare art series. Over 300 people attended the art show. 2/3 of what Sister brought for display was sold. This was the second best show she has ever had. Murals of The Prodigal Son and Ambassadors for Christ (the Nativity) may be viewed in the parish office building chapel.
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral: www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org
Tour the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Private tours are available. Check it out. St. Peter in Chains is one of the hidden treasures of the city of Cincinnati. It is a cathedral because the archbishop’s chair is there (his cathedra).
Monastery Icons: www.monasteryicons.com/
Like St. Isaac’s website found earlier on our webpage, monastery icons features affordable iconography, including many patron saints as well as the life and mystery of Our Lord and Our Lady. These make great and appropriate gifts for the celebration of sacraments and for patron saints feast days or the anniversary of baptism.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm
Have a question? Check out the official catechism of the Catholic Church, approved by the Vatican.
The Catholic Worker: www.catholicworker.org
The Catholic Worker movement was founded in the 20th century by New Yorker Dorothy Day. Dorothy Day’s cause for canonization is before the Vatican. She was and remains a prod to the whole Church to devote ourselves to social justice and to change unjust systems within our society. Despite her many frustrations with the hierarchy, New Yorker Dorothy Day, as a convert to Catholicism, remained always loyal and faithful to the Catholic Church, although she was known to play hardball with some bishops.
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish: www.bellarminechapel.org
See what’s happening with our neighbors in Evanston. (Many excellent links are found here.)
The Saint of the Day: www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay
We don’t keep the Church’s liturgical calendar, it keeps us. See what saint is featured today from St. Anthony Messenger Press. Let’s allow our heavenly patrons to interceed for us. Saints are important in the life of Nativity Parish and School. . In 2009 we will feature St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Agatha, and St. Patrick among others. All you saints of heaven, pray for us!
From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, their official pro-life page.
The Catholic Calendar: www.easterbrooks.com
We don’t keep the liturgical year, it keeps us! See what the readings of the day are for Mass. These make for a wonderful way to pray through our day from the comfort of your own home computer! May we be formed and molded by the Word of God!
The Liturgical Press: www.litpress.org
An excellent resource for up-to-date resources on the most important thing we do at Nativity— celebrate the liturgies of the Church, including all the sacraments (did you know that all sacraments are liturgy?) Liturgy is a Greek word for “the people’s work”.
St. Anthony Messenger: www.americancatholic.org
Nationally known and respected monthly St. Anthony Messenger, publishes more than the excellent magazine. Books, dvds, and cds are all available at reasonable prices. An excellent local resource and still located in Over the Rhine.
St. Nicholas Center: www.stnicholascenter.org
If it’s December 5, you-know-who will be visiting Nativity for evening prayer at 7pm in Church and with treats for good boys and girls. December 5 is the vigil of St. Nicholas. This is an excellent site to learn more about one of our popular saints.
The Athenaeum of Ohio: www.mtsm.org
Founded in 1831 by the first Bishop of Cincinnati, the Most Reverend Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P. (apostle of Ohio), the off shoots of the Athenaeum are the Mt. St. Mary Seminary of the West as well as Lay Pastoral Ministry and the deacon training program. St. Xavier High School and Xavier University were also originally part of the oldest active seminary west of the Alleganies. Excellent classes are available for audit or full credit. The Eugene H. Maly library is a hidden gem in the city of Cincinnati.
All Saints Episcopal Church: www.allsaintscincinnati.org
For decades (since the days of Archbishop Bernardin) the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord and All Saints Episcopal Church have shared common ministries together and were both instrumental in the founding of the Caring Place at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church. In the 1960s, both parishes worked together to stem the “white flight” that was happening in neighborhoods surrounding our parish, and we worked hard to keep Pleasant Ride and Kennedy Heights integrated. We value our historic covenant with All Saints Episcopal Church.
Sacred Space Daily Prayer: www.sacredspace.ie
A link for daily prayer with the Irish Jesuits. Enjoy their beautiful prayer in the comfort of your own home. It only takes 10 minutes a day.
The Holy See: http://www.vatican.va
The official Vatican website available to us in English.
Institute for Christian Formation: www.instituteforchristianformation.or
This organization assists parishes and other Catholic institutions in the keeping of the Catholic calendar, the liturgical year. The Institute has helped us to organize the St. Francis of Assisi blessing of Pets and they have supplied us with various inserts for our bulletin. An excellent and educational resource. Dr. Sandra Chakeres is president and Timothy Cronin vice-president.
Sisters of Mercy, Cincinnati: www.sistersofmercy.org
After the Ursulines discontinued their fine service to Nativity, the Sisters of Mercy became “our” religious community here at Nativity. We continue to identify ourselves as a mercy parish and promote the spirit of mercy as envisioned by Catherine McAuley of Dublin, Ireland.
Holy Trinity Parish: www.holytrinitynorwood.org
See what’s happening with our neighbors to the south, just down the pike. Holy Trinity was established when all three Norwood parishes—Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Elizabeth, and St. Matthew combined together in 1994 at the former Sts. Peter and Paul site.