Into Our Second Century

Updating our Church and School facilities

With the celebration of our Centennial complete, it’s time t o look to Nativity’s second century and we are kicking it off with some major improvements to the campus!

The first, a much-needed update to the church, will enhance the look of the church as well as prepare us for the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church in May of 2019.

The second project will complete Phase I as well as part of Phase II of the school master plan. During this phase, we will renovate the old gym, create a world language classroom and move the offices to space currently occupied by the library.

Both of these projects will kick off this spring and continue through the summer.

Church Renovation

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Replace the pews which were installed in 1969. New pews will have a new darker stain color and the layout will be slightly adjusted to allow for additional handicap seating, and make the aisles and spacing between pews wider to meet code.

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Restain all woodwork (doors, frames, around the cry room) to match the new pew color.

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Repair the floor to reduce the visibility of the gray spots and cracks. Strip the wax and polish to a high mirror finish.

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Install flooring in the sanctuary, cry room, confessional and choir area.

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Update Servers Table, Gifts Table and other small furnishings.

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Update shrines for Mary and Joseph with new wall coverings and lighting.

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Create a new shrine for the Sacred Heart and a donor acknowledgement space where the current lost and found closets are located.

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Update lighting to LED to reduce electric expenses and allow for dimmers.

Renovation Timeline

  • 5/7/2018—Work starts on the shrines and cry room.
  • 5/27/2018—Pews will be available to parishioners.
  • 5/29/2018—Daily Mass moves to the Parish Office Chapel.
  • 6/2/2018—Weekend Mass moves to St. Sebastian Hall.
  • Target completion date is late-August.

How the Project is Funded

  • $210,000 from the 2009 Capital Campaign and other parishioner contributions.
  • $50,000 from the 2017 Annual Fund.

Want a Nativity Pew?

As part of the renovation, we are replacing all of the pews in church. Unfortunately, due to the condition of many of our pews and the very tight timeline for the renovation, it was not realistic to offer the pews for sale to others. Parishioners who wish to take a Nativity pew home must do so on Sunday May 27th between 1 and 5pm or Monday, May 28th between 11am and 3pm. All pews must be removed on those days. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold pews beyond those dates. Please make sure you bring adequate help to move the pews as staff will not be available to assist you.

For more information or for questions, please contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems and Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org

School Renovation

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A World Language Room—A new dedicated classroom for our world language teachers in the space currently occupied by the administrative offices & the old main entrance.

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New Learning Commons—A new multipurpose space in the current Old Gym that will house tutoring rooms, the library, new STEAM & Tech lab & open flex space.

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Relocated Administrative Offices—The administrative offices will move into the space currently occupied by the library. This will change the main entry of the school to the courtyard from the Woodford entrance resulting in a much safer and secure entry.

Renovation Timeline

  • February 2018—Construction documents created.
  • March—Bidding process for general contractor.
  • April—Construction preparation.
  • May—Construction begins.
  • Target completion is mid-August before school starts.

How the Project is Funded

  • $200,000 from foundations and still seeking additional support.
  • $79,500 in parishioner contributions to One Faith, One Hope, One Love Campaign.
  • $66,000 in alumni donations.
  • $35,000 anticipated from the 2017 Annual Fund.
  • Required remaining funding taken from Parish reserves.

Other Projects

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Parish Electrical Conduit

Replace the main electrical conduit from the school to the parish office which has been leaking water into the parish basement. New conduit for the electric as well as 2 future conduits will be added to the trench.

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New Carpet in Parish Office

Replace the carpet in the basement of the parish office. The meeting room has been completed and now work will start on the atrium room this summer.

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Mary Garden

A new garden specifically dedicated to Mary will be created just south of the sacristy entrance. More details will be coming soon.

Project Updates

Renovation Update June 8

It has been a very busy few weeks of renovation at Nativity! Below is an update of where each of the major renovation projects are at this point. Be sure to visit Facebook and our Flickr page for updates and photos. Church All of the old pews have been removed Work on...

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Renovation Update – May 7, 2018

This week (Monday, May 7, 2018) demolition work will start in church on the Shrines, closets and cry room to ensure that everything is complete by mid-August. As a result, these areas will be closed until after the renovation is complete in August. Due to this work...

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How You Can Help

Contribute to the Annual Fund

85% of the 2017 Annual Fund contributions are allocated to the renovations. If you’ve not yet contributed, please consider making a donation today.

Contribute to the Second Century Fund

Already contributed to the Annual Fund but want to give more? You can make a donation to the Second Century Fund to continue our efforts to find these projects.

Help with the Grant Committee

We are still seeking grant support to help pay for some of the STEAM related equipment and expenses. If you know of a foundation we should contact, please contact Julie Abraham at julie.abraham@nativity-cincinnati.org with details.

Volunteer to help set up church this summer

To allow for the use of the gym during the week we will need some help getting the gym set up each week during the summer. If you can help volunteer to set things up, just let us know using the Signup Genius below.