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.

Information About the Resumption of Mass at Nativity

Dear Nativity Parishioners,

These have been trying times for all. There has been, and will continue to be, much illness, suffering and death due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. May no such suffering be in vain. As citizens, and conscientious members of society – taking seriously our call to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world – we have been asked to disrupt our lives, alter our routines, and make sacrifices. May it also be true that our sacrifices have been offered – and continue to be offered – in union with the One Sacrifice of Christ, for the healing of the nations.

As we all know, in the Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/worship/resumption-of-public-worship-covid-19/, permission to resume public Masses, as early as Monday, May 25th has been given. Simultaneous with the possibility of resumption of public Masses, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been extended UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This, I believe, is recognition that the present health crisis will continue for some time, and that there is insufficient objective medical and scientific data to suggest we are returning to normal in the near future.

“All who are vulnerable to infection (due to age or underlying medical condition) as well as those who may be agents of transmission of coronavirus, should exercise all reasonable precaution with any public gathering and avail themselves of the dispensation.” If the home is in truth the “Domestic Church,” stay at home and be Church. Keep Sunday holy in your homes.

For our Parish, I take our cue from the approach adopted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening. “We must be honest,” Blaise Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, writes. “We expect this situation to continue for some weeks, and any plan for reopening our churches for public worship must include every precaution to ensure public gatherings do not create a second wave of contagion, thus squandering the gains made through our sacrifice in these days.”

 I am asking the same of you. Plans for reopening church MUST include every reasonable precaution. In the past few weeks, we have been blessed with the generosity of several parishioners who have come together as a COVID-19 Response Team, and have assisted me in determining what to do. The team includes Dr. Jeanne Corwin, Dr. Ted Gossard, Julie Kulhanek – Nurse, Kathy Michel – Nurse, Dr. Darcey Thornton. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and common sense from their areas of expertise in the medical and corporate worlds; a wealth without which I would have no real ability to make an informed decision. I wish to thank them all and I hope you are grateful for their service of us, as well. They are examples of what Church is called to be.

This team will continue to monitor the situation, convene regularly, and review and update our next steps as our community moves through phases of reopening during the next several weeks and months. I think this is something worth emphasizing. The response is not a matter of a one-time “fix,” but an ongoing, intelligent and responsible, phase-by-phase resumption of public worship for us. Again, our Response Team and I are referring to, and developing our response, following the logic and guidance provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago, as well as holding ourselves to the same standards of responsibility. We need time to do this as responsibly as possible. We know you understand and will cooperate with our plan, and prayerfully support it.

Together, let us live our Eucharistic faith, by seeking to protect and uphold the dignity of all human life, from first moment of conception through natural death, by moving forward responsibly and carefully. May Christ, the Physician of our Souls, assure our spiritual health that we may always know and do what is right for all.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 Paul F. DeLuca, Pastor

NATIVITY PARISH PLAN FOR PHASED REOPENING

Phase One – Church open for personal prayer, Currently Available

  • Please check Parish Social Media for days and times
  • All current standards of social distancing and sanitation must be followed
  • No groups or gatherings

Phase Two – Access to Sacraments, Currently Available

  • By Appointment with the Pastor
  • Controlled Gatherings: Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Baptism, Marriage, Funeral
  • All current standards of social distancing and sanitation
  • Maximum gatherings determined by social distancing standard of six feet

Phase Three – Streaming Live Mass, Beginning Pentecost, as early as May 30th-31st

  • Limited to Ministers/Technicians of the Liturgy
  • Sunday Masses & Special Church Feasts

Phase Three.1 – Bread In The Wilderness (BIW) – Evangelization and Formation Offerings
(To be developed at this time, but continuing as ongoing parish efforts.)

Possible offerings include:

  • Live Video Feed of Sanctuary 24/7
  • Messages from The Pastor
  • Curator’s Clips: The Art of Church
  • Scripture Study
  • Parishioner Faith-Sharing Forums
  • Story Time for Kids

Phase Four – Resumption of Public Masses, TO BE DETERMINED

  • Satisfy all standards of safety, sanitation, social distancing
  • Development of Worship Protocol to be followed by participants
  • Ability to Implement, Maintain, and Evaluate Protocols
  • “Trained” non-at-risk volunteers to implement, at each public liturgy
  • Start with Sunday (Weekend); expand to Weekdays
  • Response Team meets every two weeks to evaluate & adjust plan

PLEASE NOTE: PHASE FOUR REQUIRES ADDITIONAL WORK TO BE READY TO RESUME PUBLIC WORSHIP; THAT WORK CONTINUES WITH THE HIGHEST PRIORITY.  PHASE FOUR ALSO REQUIRES REGULAR AND FREQUENT EVALUATION OF A VERY QUICKLY CHANGING PANDEMIC REALITY; THE PARISH RESPONSE TEAM IS COMMITTED TO THIS REQUIREMENT.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Resumption of Mass at Nativity

Who is on the response team and how were they selected?

Fr. Paul reached out to members of the parish with medical backgrounds to work with parish staff to look at the  recommendations issued by the Archbishop  and implement guidelines to safely resume Mass at Nativity. The members of the response team are: Fr. Paul DeLuca, Sr. Janet Schneider, Rudy Gruenke, Dr. Jeanne Corwin, Dr. Ted  Gossard, Julie Kulhanek – Nurse, Kathy Michel – Nurse and Dr. Darcy Thornton.

What is the delay in resuming Mass? Other parishes are having Mass on May 25. Didn’t the Archbishop require churches to start having Mass on May 25th?

The Archbishop released a statement that public Mass could begin on Monday May 25th. The statement provided 5 pages of guidelines for parishes to individualize to their church space to resume Mass in the safest way.  This requires the work of many and takes time. Additionally, the science and data on Covid-19 transmission changes almost daily. We appreciate your patience because we know people are very much looking forward to worshiping together.  Also, the bathrooms are not functional right now as the long-awaited remodeling  to make them handicapped accessible is almost finished. Hopefully that will stay on schedule and be completed by June 8th. To view the recommendations:

https://www.thecatholictelegraph.com/archdiocese-of-cincinnati-public-masses-begin-memorial-day-may-25/66050

Why couldn’t we use St. Sebastian Hall until the renovations to the bathrooms are completed?

This is something we considered. The setup requires a lot of physical work by staff in close proximity to each other, putting them at risk and safety precautions need to be implemented in any space for worship. The gym floors, however, are scheduled for the yearly refinishing the 2nd week of June, right about when the bathrooms will be finished in the church. It makes more sense to wait until then.

Could Mass at Nativity be live streamed?

We have not had the equipment necessary to live stream Mass. We are working to secure all of the equipment and should be able to start that soon. Even when Mass is resumed, people at high risk and others may not feel safe coming  and would be able to use this service.

What about First Communion, Confirmation, and the RCIA Elect?

First consideration will be given these groups. We feel extra caution should be taken in any Mass where children would be attending in large numbers based on new data regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome being  seen in children. This is going to take compromises for the participants as getting the entire group of First Communicants or Confirmation Candidates together seems unwise.

Why is Nativity being so cautious?

The Catholic Church has a moral theology to preserve life, thus a moral mandate to preserve our own health and the health of others. No one wants parishioners getting sick from attending Mass and taking the virus to others. The Mass you attend in the weeks ahead will look and feel quick differently from the Mass you remember from two months ago. It is imperative for all of us to work together during these times.  The pandemic is not over, and  safety precautions must be followed to promote the continued health and safety of our community.

Who can we contact if we have additional questions?

Please email any questions to Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org.

Spirit Day 2020

Thank you all for your eager participation.  The day you have been waiting for is finally here.  We are excited to see everyone’s Nativity School Spirit tomorrow at the 2020 Nativity Virtual Spirit Day!!   

A google meet for your team meetings has been sent out by your teacher leader. If you haven’t received your invite, please email your teacher leader, as soon as possible.  
 
Students and families participate in activities between 9-11:15 am
 
 
Don’t forget:  HAVE FUN
 
Thank you:)  
Your 2020 Spirit Day Team 

Pre Team Meeting Videos

Instructional Videos

A Letter from the COVID Response Team

On Friday, May 8, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati issued a press release announcing the possible resumption of public Masses to begin as early as May 25, 2020.  At that time the Archdiocese issued guidelines for the resumption of public worship. In response to this announcement and these guidelines, a parish response team has been convened. This response team consists of physicians, nurses, and other parishioners and staff, working with Fr. Paul to formulate a parish approach to reopening. 

It is impossible to know how long it will be until we return to normal. With that in mind, our working group is in agreement that significant and sustainable modifications will be required in order to celebrate Mass in a manner that does not jeopardize the health of anyone in our Nativity Community. All protocols implemented will be made erring on the side of the protection of life and the health of our community.  

Things to be considered before we restart public Mass:

  • Maintain effective social distancing (6 feet spacing) before, during and after Mass
  • Proper use of face masks
  • Vulnerable populations due to age, underlying medical conditions, family members with underlying conditions, or the inability to wear a face mask for the duration of Mass (including small children) should be considered by all.   
  • The proper and reverent distribution of Holy Communion 
  • The Music Ministry and concerns regarding the aerosolization and dispersion of viral particles via singing and all musical instrumentation  
  • Cleaning protocols as well as disinfectant, and hand sanitizer availability 
  • The need for many parishioners to assist in this implementation
  • Calculating the capacity for seating to accommodate social distancing
  • Seating in the gym would be even more limited than it is in church and the “cloth gray chairs” create an added issue of cleaning

A more comprehensive communication regarding next steps will be mailed out next week. Please note that an earlier communication on Facebook and the website states that we for sure will not have Mass at Nativity until the bathroom project is complete, possibly in mid-June. 

We thank you for your patience as we work through this multifaceted task and look forward to the time when we can once again celebrate together.

COVID-19 Response Team:  Dr. Jeanne Corwin, Dr. Ted Gossard, Julie Kulhanek – Nurse, Kathy Michel – Nurse, Dr. Susan Stegman, Dr. Darcey Thornton; Pastoral Staff:  Fr. Paul DeLuca, Rudy Gruenke, Sr. Janet Schneider

If you have any questions please contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org

Update on Reopening

Due to the renovation of the restrooms in church we will not be reopening church until construction is complete. This is tentatively set for early June. This project has been delayed due to issues getting supplies as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. When finished both the men’s and women’s restrooms will have hot water, and tile floors making it easier to clean and sanitize these restrooms. We will also have a universal ADA bathroom finally in church. If you have any questions please contact Rudy Gruenke, Director of Systems & Special Projects at (513) 531-3164 or rudy.gruenke@nativity-cincinnati.org

As the angelus rings at 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm, please pray the following prayer

Prayer for a Time of Public Health Concerns

Since the moments of our life unfold, O God,
according to your good pleasure,
receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings
by which we implore your mercy
for our brothers and sisters who are ill,
that, having been anxious for them in their danger,
we may rejoice at their recovery of health.

For scientists, health professionals, public officials,
and all who are serving the common good in this
difficult and uncertain time, may they be
filled with wisdom and understanding.

Amen.

Pray:   Our Father  –  Hail Mary  –   Glory Be

Drop Off / Pick Up Day Details – May 29

Dear Parents,

We have reserved Friday, May 29 as the day families can return textbooks, Chromebooks, and other school items to school, and pick up their personal belongings left behind, as well as awards or other items they may have earned. 

Here are the details:

  • Parents will be asked to come to school on May 29 according to the time schedule below. The schedule is set to prevent our process from blocking traffic on the street, as well as to help our staff process the materials being returned in an orderly fashion. It is important to know who has returned what so we can follow up if items are not returned, especially the high priced items like textbooks and Chromebooks. 
  • Vehicles should follow the normal car line entering from Woodford and leaving on Pandora.
  • Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles. Bringing an older student who can hand things out the window would be helpful.
  • There will be two stations for dropping items off: One for Chromebooks (and chargers)  that were borrowed, and a second one for other items. See the list below for things that should be brought to school.
  • There will be a third station where all of your children’s belongings will be brought to the vehicle. These will include things like personal items left in desks or lockers, artwork, awards and certificates, portfolios.

Schedule:

Time

Family Names

8:00 – 8:30

Acklin-Byrd – Byerly

8:30 – 9:00

Caldwell – Dwyer

9:00 – 9:30

Elliott – Friend

9:30 – 10:00

Gable – Guyer

10:00 – 10:30

Harris – Jones

10:30 – 11:00

Kaeppner – Long

11:00 – 11:30

Madaris – Mysock

11:30 – 12:00

Naberhaus – Putnam

12:30 – 1:00

Raleigh – Singer

1:00 – 1:30

Singh – Trotta

1:30 – 2:00

Uihlein – Washington

2:00 – 2:30

Webb – Zubelik

Items to bring back to school:

  1. Chromebooks & chargers
  2. Textbooks
  3. Kindergarten Readers
  4. Violins
  5. Library Books
  6. School novels (Number the Stars, Bud, Not Buddy, Goodnight Mr. Tom, etc.)

If you have questions about items that should be returned, please contact your teacher.

If you have any other questions, please contact me. I’ll send a text message reminder the day before this event, because we all need reminders!

Nancy

HOMILY REFLECTION for Sunday, May 10, 2020

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2: 4-9

At this time in the course of human life, it is frightening and challenging. It is easy to feel small and unimportant, even forgotten. However, St. Peter reminds us that it is not true if we come to Jesus. He is the living stone, rejected by humans, but chosen and precious in the sight of God. We must let ourselves be built into a spiritual house upon Jesus the cornerstone. We, the baptized are a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. If we believe in him, we shall not be put to shame. If we believe in him, we have great value. Some who do not believe in Jesus, the cornerstone, will stumble and fall. If they neglect the earth they shall walk in darkness. If they neglect any of our brothers or sisters of humankind, they shall be put to shame. We who believe may neglect no one. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people he has chosen to announce the praises of him, who has walked through the darkness; we stand in his wonderful light.

 

 ~  Fr. Paul

A Prayer for Mothers Day

Catholics have long considered May to be a special month to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

All are invited to cut flowers from their garden, bring them to church and put them on the available stands in front of the statue of Mary.  Take time to pray a special Marian prayer like the Memorare, Hail Holy Queen or the Rosary.

MEMORARE PRAYER

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

HAIL HOLY QUEEN

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us Oh Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

MOTHER’S DAY – Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sons and daughters, please don’t forget to honor and give thanks to your mothers on Mother’s Day. Whatever way you choose to honor her, please let her know how much she means to you and how important she 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. 

MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER

Loving God,
as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
so you watch over your Church.
Bless our mother.
Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, her family, may honor her always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Amen.

JUST A COUPLE OF NOTES:

  • We hope you will continue to drop off or mail to us your prayer intention sheets that were mailed to you last week for the celebration of St. Joseph the Worker; and if you choose, spend some time in prayer with St. Joseph before the Blessed Sacrament in church.
  • As we continue to celebrate the Easter Season, the parish continues to offer an Easter candle for your prayer at home. (Home Easter candles are available on the tables in the back of church). If you would like to have one, but cannot get to church to pick it up, please give us a call or email us and we will be sure to get one delivered to you. (513) 531-3164    parish@nativity-cincinnati.org

A Letter from the Pastor – May 5, 2020

Dear Nativity Community –

As our state starts the process of reopening, the parish staff and I are looking at what that will mean for Nativity. When we reopen, things will not return to the way they were prior to March 13. While we don’t know exactly what will change, but we know things will. This virus though has given us the opportunity to find new ways to be the church.

I hope you have taken time to give your prayers and intentions to St. Joseph. To help us in opening our hearts to St. Joseph the following are offered:

  • Fill out the enclosed prayer intention sheet and place in the enclosed envelope. You may either mail the envelope back to us or bring your intention sheet to church and place it in the basket in front of St. Joseph. Spend time in prayer with St. Joseph before the Blessed Sacrament in church.
  • As you leave church, please take an Easter candle for your prayer at home. (Home Easter candles are available on the tables in the back of church). If you would like to have one, but cannot get to church to pick it up, please give us a call or email us and we will be sure to get one delivered to you. (513) 531-3164    parish@nativity-cincinnati.org
  • Pray the Prayer of St. Joseph
  • Pray the Litany of St. Joseph

This weeks Weekly Encounter with the Risen Christ is Mary Magdalene Encounters the Risen Lord John 20:11-18, and can be found on the website at https://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates/weekly-encounters/.

Finally today is a special #givingTuesday, while our parish is blessed with reserves that have allowed us to continue paying all staff, not needing to furlough any employees, and move forward on maintenance on our buildings, I encourage you to continue to support the parish and setup automatic giving on our website if you have not.

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

As the angelus rings at 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm, please pray the following prayer

Prayer for a Time of Public Health Concerns

Since the moments of our life unfold, O God,
according to your good pleasure,
receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings
by which we implore your mercy
for our brothers and sisters who are ill,
that, having been anxious for them in their danger,
we may rejoice at their recovery of health.

For scientists, health professionals, public officials,
and all who are serving the common good in this
difficult and uncertain time, may they be
filled with wisdom and understanding.

Amen.

Pray:   Our Father  –  Hail Mary  –   Glory Be

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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