Nativity marked its 100th year with a Centennial Mass on February 26 with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr serving as presider and Father Paul DeLuca concelebrating. Also participating in the Mass were priests who were formerly assigned at Nativity or were sons of the parish. In addition, sisters who were formerly assigned at Nativity or were daughters of the parish were recognized for their service.
Following the Mass, attendees continued the celebration with a complimentary catered brunch in the school. At the brunch, Father Paul honored parishioner Sister Joan DeChristopher with the “Lighting the Way” award because she has been “lighting the way” to Christ throughout her lifetime in outstanding and significant ways. Sister Joan has been a religious Sister of the Precious Blood for 63 years. She has taught in schools, been a chaplain and companion to many people as they journey through the pain of sickness and ultimately from life through death to everlasting life. She has been a good neighbor, a good friend and a spiritual guide to countless numbers of Christ’s followers.
Reflecting on Nativity’s centennial, Father Paul commented, “These occasions give us a time to reflect on the past with gratitude, to assess our current opportunities, and process toward a future of faith, hope and love. Nativity is a vibrant parish and a major anchor for the secular community. We continue working humbly in service to the Lord. On the occasion of our centennial, the pastoral staff and people of Nativity are grateful for our first 100 years and are abundantly blessed to begin a new century of life in Christ. How good is the good God!”