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Dear Nativity Community,

Yesterday, it was announced that Mr. Dave Arbogast will be the new principal of Nativity School. Dave has been a part of the Nativity staff for 30 years, giving him a unique insight into where Nativity has been and where we will need to be. Dave has been an instrumental part of the Administrative Team the last few years and has a great knowledge of Nativity. I am confident that Dave will help lead us strongly into the second century of our school.

I have heard great things about online learning that has been going on the past week. Our teachers and staff have done an amazing job preparing for this and adjusting the curriculum to meet this unique and historic event. As you may have heard, Governor DeWine has extended online learning until May 1;  at this time we will plan to return to school on May 4th but will continue to monitor and update you should that change.

As this virus spreads through Ohio, please email us at should you or someone in your family test positive for COVID-19. This information will be kept confidential unless you ask us to share it. By letting us know this information, we can monitor the spread within our community and pray for those in our community inflicted with this virus.

Our reserves will help our parish weather this situation, but we still have our regular expenses of salaries and benefits, maintaining the buildings, increased technology needs, and utilities. We ask that you please continue to give to the parish. You can mail your check to the parish office or give online by going to

The SVDP Society of Nativity parish continues to serve our neighbors in need through this unprecedented time. Your donations through the twice-monthly second collections make our work possible.  We expect an increase in need in the coming months as our community is affected by job layoffs due to the coronavirus. We ask, if your circumstances allow, that you continue supporting the work of our SVDP conference by mailing your donation to the Parish Office addressed to SVDP or give online at We thank you for your continued support and prayers.

For additional updates about Nativity’s response to the Coronavirus please visit the Update Center on our website at or contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or

Please continue to pray for all those afflicted by illness and those who are working to prevent the spread. This won’t last forever; we will get through this.



Fr. Paul