Dear Nativity Community –

This is a challenging time and I hope you are taking time to take care of you and your family. I encourage you to check on neighbors, and other parishioners to help make sure everyone is doing well. I am currently working my way through the parish directory making phone calls and checking in on people and have greatly enjoyed the chance to connect with people on the phone since we can’t in person.

On Friday, April 17, 2020, I directed all parish leaders that there be no more fundraising efforts made at Nativity for special events or organizations.  At the same time, we need to continue our support of the Sunday collection, Annual Fund, Tuition and St. Vincent de Paul. Many of our benefactors are carrying heavy burdens at this time in order to keep their businesses afloat and active.  I believe it would be inappropriate at this time to add another burden to their already heavy load. The full text of this directive can be found in the Update Center online. 

Yesterday Governor DeWine announced that school will remain online for the rest of the school year. The school and parish staff have been working for the last few weeks on plans for if we do not return to school, we will be finalizing those plans this week and will share them as soon as they are ready. At this time we have not received information from the Archdiocese about Mass but will update you when we know more.  

This weeks Weekly Encounter with the Risen Christ is The Myrrh-Bearers at the Tomb from Mark 16:1-8. The Weekly Encounters are intended for use in your Domestic Church during the Fifty Days of Easter.  The order of prayer provided is the same week to week, with a different Gospel account of the Risen Lord’s appearance to his disciples, and to us.  Each week, now through Pentecost, a new encounter will be proclaimed and prayed.  It can be found on the website at https://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates/weekly-encounters/

We are continuing to post updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus in the Update Center on our website at www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates you can also contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org if you have any questions about our response to the coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Fr. Paul