Update Center

Welcome to the Nativity Update Center, a dedicated space on our website designed to keep parents, staff, and the entire Nativity community informed about the effect of the Coronavirus on our community.

This Update Center serves as an ongoing reliable resource for the entire Nativity community, demonstrating proactive and transparent access to critical information. We will continue to update this with news and information as it becomes available. It is our mission to keep you informed on how we are preparing to cope with Coronavirus and any other potential health-related or time-critical topics. We hope you’ll find it useful.

Update – Spring Travel Protocols

Dear Nativity Families,

We want to thank everyone who shared their thoughts with us on the Travel Policy we issued yesterday.

From the start of the pandemic, Nativity has closely followed CDC guidelines and has at times taken a more proactive approach to help protect the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. After careful consideration and discussion, the COVID team based our guidelines on the most current information from the CDC published on Feb. 2, 2021. 

Travel During COVID-19
Updated Feb. 2, 2021

COVID-19 Alert: Cases are Extremely High. Avoid Travel

Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are extremely high across the United States. Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet/2 meters apart, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often. The more steps you take, the more you and others around you are protected against COVID-19. View cases in the U.S. and cases by state on CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.

You and your travel companions (including children) may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and the community during and after travel. Check your state, territorial, or local health department for information about local quarantine requirements.

Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don’t travel with someone who is sick.

You can read the full CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

In an effort to address your concerns while still remaining true to the intent to keep our students, staff, families, and the greater community at large safe, we have made the following modifications to our travel protocols.

The Ohio Department of Health advises that those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. Using the CDC Options to Reduce quarantine we are suggesting a 10-day self-quarantine after return from travel while monitoring for symptoms for 14 days. Students who quarantine after such travel would attend their classes remotely during this time.

There are many “normal” routines that we take for granted that actually create more risk in regards to Covid. Here is a list of many such activities https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/personal-social-activities.html

If you do anything high risk, including local activities,  we recommend you quarantine 10 days after and watch for symptoms for 14 days.

We are still asking families to complete the following form if you are traveling or if you decide to quarantine after a break (https://forms.gle/kT79UkBGPHF8Fdwv7) this will help us better understand who will be in quarantine when they will be returning and allow the teachers to better plan for the remote learner. 

We have communicated this information to all faculty and staff and are holding them to the same standards as our families in regards to travel and keeping everyone safe and healthy. 

Our efforts to remain in-person have been very successful.  Thank you for your help in making this possible!  We are hoping to keep this status as we move forward, and are anticipating the challenges to maintain this in light of the upcoming holiday travel season.  Therefore, we feel that these guidelines will help us to ensure that we can continue to remain fully in person for the rest of the school year.  Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.  Together, and with God’s grace, we can make this possible! 

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation with the guidelines and COVID protocols and look forward to finishing the year out with in-person education.  


The Nativity School COVID Team

Dave Arbogast – Principal
Rudy Gruenke IV – Director of Systems & Special Projects
Sarah Crane – School Nurse
Claudia Kimura – School Secretary
Barb Meirose – Office Support Staff

Spring Travel Protocols

Dear Nativity Families –

We want to thank all of you for helping us keep Nativity School open during the pandemic! We would not be able to do it without the help of families taking the guidelines and protocols seriously and reporting information to the school when students are exposed.

With the upcoming time off of Presidents Day, Spring Break, and Easter we wanted to take a minute and remind everyone of the protocols related to out-of-state overnight travel. As we all know,  the safest thing to do for your family and for the Nativity community is to stay home, but if you do decide to travel here are the protocols for returning to school.

  • Complete the online travel plans form (https://forms.gle/kT79UkBGPHF8Fdwv7) if your family plans an out-of-state overnight trip at any point this spring so that we can notify the teachers and track if and when your student will be out of school for quarantine.
    • Additional days taken off specifically for travel are considered unexcused absences regardless of if the student is online remotely or not.
  • Make sure your student takes everything with them from school before you leave for your trip.
  • Students will be able to do remote learning while they are in quarantine due to travel.
  • Quarantine will be 10 days starting on the day you return home and begin quarantining from others.
  • There is an option to have a COIVD test 5 days after you return home, however even with a negative test, our school policy is that the student must stay home and quarantine for the full 10 days.
  • If anyone in the household tests is positive, you should isolate to protect others from getting infected.
  • Monitor for symptoms and avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days after returning.

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation with the guidelines and COVID protocols and look forward to finishing the year out with in-person education.

If you have any questions please contact Barb Meirose at (513) 458-6767 or barb.meirose@nativity-cincinnati.org.


The Nativity School COVID Team

Dave Arbogast – Principal
Rudy Gruenke IV – Director of Systems & Special Projects
Sarah Crane – School Nurse
Claudia Kimura – School Secretary
Barb Meirose – Office Support Staff

Live Streaming Nativity Mass

Dear Nativity Community:

We are excited to announce that we are now able to live stream Masses at Nativity Church! You can access the live stream from the parish homepage or by going to https://live.nativity-cincinnati.org.

Thanks to the donors who’ve made this possible. Gifts to the 2020-2021 “Building Our Community” Annual Fund will help offset the cost of installing this equipment. If you have not yet made your donation, you may do so at https://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/giving/annual-fund

Why has it taken so long to be able to live stream Mass? Planning for live streaming started back in March of this year as the pandemic first hit. However, as planning started several obstacles came up as we tried to get things up and running.

The first obstacle was the lack of internet in the back of the church. A few years ago internet was added in the sacristy to accommodate phones in case of emergency, but we had not yet gotten internet in the back of the church. To get internet from the basement to the back of the church without running a wire through the middle of the church required boring a fiber line on the Woodford side of the church at a cost of roughly $20,000. We were able to utilize the Broadband Ohio grant to cover this cost by adding an outdoor Wireless AP to the church building to provide public WiFi in the parking lot.

Secondly, we wanted to be strategic about what we purchased. We wanted a system that allowed us the most flexibility both in church and in other venues like St. Sebastian Hall for when we return to having school assemblies like the Friendship Journey and Advent Concerts. We also wanted a system that would be easy for end-users and volunteers to run so that it didn’t rely on staff to be at all Masses or events. This took time to research our options and work with our technology partners to make sure we were getting the best system for Nativity without breaking the bank.

The final hurdle was equipment availability, installation, and setup issues. Once we determined what we wanted to install, things needed to be ordered and like most high-demand items during the pandemic, not everything was readily available. Once everything was in we worked as quickly as possible to get everything installed and worked out the kinks before officially going live.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with making sure things are running smoothly on the weekends, at holiday Masses, baptisms, or other special events. Helping others participate remotely in Mass is a great way to show that the Eucharist is truly the heart of our parish community. Please contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-0209 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org and he will help get you trained. Thank you for your continued service to our parish community.

Father Eric

COVID Announcement from Fr. Eric

August 6, 2020
Feast of the Transfiguration

Dear Friends in Christ,

During my vacation I was informed that someone I was with while away from the parishes had tested positive for COVID-19. The good news is that since my contact with this individual occurred while I had absolutely no contact with staff or parishioners, no one in the Holy Trinity/Nativity pastoral region has been potentially exposed due to contact with me. As of my writing this letter, I am asymptomatic and have not yet been tested.

However, this does mean that I will self-quarantine for two weeks as a precaution. The office staffs will coordinate to locate priests for weekend Masses for the next two weekends. We will move forward with the new weekend Mass schedule beginning August 15/16. Implementing the new weekday Mass schedule will be delayed until I can safely return. The special 7:45am Mass for the feast of the Assumption on August 15 is cancelled. Please take the opportunity during this time to attend daily Mass at the Holy Spirit Center or at neighboring parishes.

More information about COVID-19 may be obtained at the websites of the Ohio Department of Health (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/) or the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).

Please continue to pray for an end to this pandemic and intercede for all who have been affected. Let us remain united by our Catholic faith in solidarity with others, especially those at risk and most vulnerable.

Thank you again for your continued prayers and  support.

In Christ through Mary and Joseph,

Father Eric
Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region

New Mass Schedule for the Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region

With the implementation of the Holy Trinity/Nativity pastoral region, the Mass schedule is changing. Following the Mass times survey and having consulted with the Pastoral Councils at both parishes, the new schedule will begin the weekend of August 15/16 when I return from a much needed vacation.  

The survey results on Mass times for both Holy Trinity and Nativity showed that the majority of respondents at both parishes would prefer Sunday Mass at 9:00am. This, of course, is not possible. Though in the short term some extra clergy help is available (Fr. Benjamin, Fr. Bob Goebel, Fr. Dale Peterka), it is not possible to guarantee every week and thus not a long-term solution. Masses cannot be scheduled on the same day and at the same time at both parishes. 

The Archdiocese provides guidelines for parishes discerning changes to weekend Mass schedules that are oriented to the health of not only the parishes but also its priests. In brief:

  • Where a pastoral region shares a pastor, the Mass schedules for all parishes in the region should be reviewed collectively. In as much as possible, each weekend, there is to be at least one obligation Mass in every parish.
  • A parish/pastoral region should not schedule more than one Saturday afternoon/evening Mass.
  • All weekend Masses if possible should be celebrated in a church that is at least 50% “full.” (this is currently complicated by COVID social distancing protocols, but under normal conditions neither Holy Trinity nor Nativity at any time are at capacity). It is important to note here social psychologists “80% rule”; people can perceive a church to be “full” when it is only 80% of capacity.
  • Fuller churches lead to more effective use of ministers (lay and ordained). The hope is that it will be a smoother process to schedule servers, lectors, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.

So, given these factors and the survey results, the new weekend Mass times in the Holy Trinity/Nativity pastoral region are as follows: 

  • Saturday, 4:30pm – Nativity (confessions 3-4pm)
  • Sunday, 9:00am – Holy Trinity
  • Sunday, 11:00am – Nativity

The new weekday Mass schedule (which coincides with my office hours for each parish) will be as follows:

  • Monday, 7:45am – Holy Trinity
  • Tuesday, 8:15am – Nativity (school Mass)
  • Thursday, 7:45am – Holy Trinity
  • Friday, 8:15am – Nativity
  • First Saturday, 7:45am – Holy Trinity (rosary follows then confessions)
  • Opportunity for confession will also remain available by appointment.

I will dedicate our new pastoral region to the Blessed Virgin Mary at Saturday morning Mass at Holy Trinity on the Solemnity of the Assumption (Saturday, August 15) then begin the new weekend obligation Masses at 4:30pm that day, Saturday, August 15 at Nativity. 

I know these changes may cause concern, especially given the ongoing pandemic. We trust that God in His providence will continue to care for us and, as we hear from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, “all things work to the good for those who love God, who have been called according to His purpose.”

In Christ through Mary and Joseph,

Father Eric Roush
Holy Trinity/Nativity Pastoral Region

School Reopening Plan

Dear Parents,

We are happy to announce Nativity School’s Reopening Plan for the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.

Nativity has once again proven what a strong and caring community that we are. This plan is, of course, subject to change as it pertains to announcements from the Ohio Board of Health and local health agencies.

Peace and good health,

Dave Arbogast

Mass – Sunday, July 5, 2020

This Weeks Readings

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 100

Reading 1 – ZEC 9:9-10
Thus says the LORD:
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior’s bow shall be banished,
and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.


Reading 2 – ROM 8:9, 11-13
Brothers and sisters:
You are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Consequently, brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.


Gospel – MT 11:25-30
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

USCCB Bible Readings

Happy Father’s Day

Sons and daughters, please don’t forget to honor and give thanks to your Father on Father’s Day. Whatever way you choose to honor him, please let him know how much he means to you and how important he has been to you throughout your life.  The following prayer may be used prior to the Grace Before Meals or at the conclusion of dinner, or you might have a prayer that you prefer. 


God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.


O most holy heart of Jesus,
fountain of every blessing,
I adore you, I love you,
and with lively sorrow for my sins
I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure
and wholly obedient to your will.
Grant, Good Jesus,
that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger.
Comfort me in my afflictions.
Give me health of body,
assistance in my temporal needs,
your blessing on all that I do,
and the grace of a holy death.

Reopening for Public Mass

Nativity will reopen for public Mass this Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 10 am.

We appreciate your patience as we completed the restroom upgrades in church. The new Men’s Room and ADA Family Bathroom were delayed due to issues getting materials related to COVID-19 but are now complete and are a much-needed enhancement to our church.

Before you attend Mass please note that Mass will be limited to 100 people on Sunday. You do not need a reservation, everyone who attends Mass must wear a mask and follow the guidelines listed below.

We will continue to post Mass online on Sundays as we have the last few weeks for those who can not attend.

If you have any questions please contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems and Special Projects at rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org or (513) 531-0209.


The Catholic faithful who reside in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and all other Catholics in the archdiocese continue to be dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. Those who are at risk or fearful that they or their family might become sick are encouraged to stay home and join the Church by viewing live-streamed Masses.


Check your temperature: if you have one, please do not come to church.


Stay home if you are ill.


Make sure you have a face covering to bring and wear.


Bring hand sanitizer with you if available. We will have some for use as well.


Enter only in marked doorways at the main entrance.


Please stop by the greeter for any necessary directions.


Keep your face covering or mask on at all times except for receiving Communion.


Sanitize your hands as directed by greeter.


Observe social distancing at all times (look for marks on
the floor).


Ushers will direct you to pews , starting in the front and working towards the back of church.


Since there will be no passing of baskets for your offering please mail your contribution or submit it online.


Do not change seats during a service.


There will be no passing of offering baskets.


No physical sign of peace will be exchanged during Mass.


Follow instructions for Communion:

• Leave your seat only when directed by usher or greeter.
• Maintain six feet social distancing in the Communion line – look for marks on the floor.
• When 12 feet or two people away from the priest/distributor, sanitize your hands using the sanitizer from the usher. After sanitizing do not touch any surfaces.
• Approach the priest/distributor only after you are called forward. DO NOT remove your face covering.
• Extend a single hand to receive the Host.
• After moving six feet to the right or left, remove your mask and consume the Host.
• Replace your face covering or mask.
• Follow instructions to return to your pew.


Worship aids you may have brought with you.


You will be dismissed by pew or seating area.


Follow the instructions of the greeter or usher.
Use only the designated exit doors.


Do not congregate outside the church doors.


Continue to wear your face covering or mask until you leave the area where worshipers are.

Mass – Sunday, June 14, 2020

Due to audio issues in church Fr. Paul is hard to hear at times. We have identified the issue and it will be resolved for next week. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

This Weeks Readings

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – Lectionary: 167

Reading 1 Dt 8:2-3, 14b-16a

Moses said to the people:
“Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.

“Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers.”

Reading 2 1 Cor 10:16-17

Brothers and sisters:
The cup of blessing that we bless,
is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?
The bread that we break,
is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
Because the loaf of bread is one,
we, though many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one loaf.

Gospel Jn 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world.”

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

USCCB Bible Readings

Concern or question?

Safety is one of our top priorities at Nativity. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please contact Rudy Gruenke IV, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 513-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org.


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Additional Resources

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