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.

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

A Letter From the Pastor – April 28, 2020

Dear Nativity Community –

As another week of the Stay at Home, order passes us, we look forward to the days when we can gather again and see each other. When things do reopen there will be a new normal for us all. From wearing masks in public to fewer people allowed to gather we must do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. This week staff in the school and parish office are working to finalize the plans for all the end of year events. We are trying to keep these events as “normal” as possible in this highly unusual time.

While our campus is closed work around the campus has continued. A new roof was installed on the school building, work in the cafeteria and the handicap bathroom in the church are well underway. Several outside projects have been started as well as regular summer maintenance. These projects were committed too long before the Coronavirus outbreak and by doing them now we are able to keep our maintenance staff as well as some contractors working. This work also puts our facilities in excellent shape and resolves some of the ongoing issues we have had. More information about these projects can be found on our Facebook pages.

This weeks Weekly Encounter with the Risen Christ is Peter and John Reach the Tomb John 20:1-10, and can be found on the website at https://www.nativity-cincinnati.org/updates/weekly-encounters/. Today we received word from the Archdiocese and updated about Masses/liturgies which are now suspended through May 29. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate Pentecost together on May 30/31.

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

Feast of St. Joseph Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The COVID-19 Virus continues to shadow our lives. We pray for those who are sick to recover, for our children to learn and be healthy, for those who produce our food, and labor in our grocery stores and pharmacies.

We pray for the scientists and healthcare workers, doctors, nurses, those who clean and maintain our hospitals, nursing homes, we pray for all who work in the ministry of healthcare. We pray for our police, our firefighters, our EMT’s and first responders. We pray for our businesses big and small, for employers and employees, for all who are out of work. The Corona shadow is dark and large and seems to overwhelm us.

We are an Easter people who see the light of Christ still burning brightly. In that light we know all the saints are gathered around the altar in heaven praying for us, taking our prayers to the Father, through Jesus the Son, in the Holy Spirit.

I take comfort in knowing that  Mary, the mother of Jesus and Joseph her husband, place our prayers and intentions into the arms of Jesus. All this is in mind and heart as we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1st.

Joseph, the husband of Mary is the Patron of all Workers. I hope you will take time to give your prayers and intentions to him. 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

With the prayers of Mary and Joseph and all the saints, be assured of God’s total and complete love for each of us.

Be well and God bless you,

Fr. Paul

P.S.  May is the month dedicated to Mary. Customs encourage us to build May altars in our homes that remind us of our mother Mary’s care for us all. It may also help us focus on our prayer. We encourage you to bring flowers to church and place them before the image of Mary throughout the month of May.

Thoughts on Journey by Fr. Paul

Often when we talk about life, we use the image of a journey.  To journey is to move.  We journey from somewhere to somewhere.  When we journey, we walk away from the familiar and well known to that which is unfamiliar, perhaps uncertain, often frightening.  Frequently our fears keep us from taking even the first step on our journey.  However, we can only get to our goals if we move.

Our life journey regularly calls us to change our values, attitudes, preconceived opinions and judgements.  If we embrace the journey God offers to us, we must move forward.  We either grow or something in us dies.

In Sunday’s Gospel, the two disciples are disappointed and disillusioned.  As they journey someone walks with them.  They talk, yet he does not seem to understand.  Nearly in despair they tell the man: “We were hoping.”  They hoped Jesus was the one who would redeem.  Now they must leave behind misunderstandings and open themselves anew. 

Suddenly Jesus reveals himself to the travelers and they become aware of growth, truth and new life.

We too are travelers just like Cleopas and his companion.  Our life is not what we had planned.  Much has been changed or mixed up.  Instead of gathering for Sunday Masses, graduations, weddings, baseball games and so much more, we are staying at home practicing social distancing and washing our hands often and scrupulously. 

We, like the disciples in the Gospel are disappointed, disillusioned.  We too like them must recognize the companionship of Jesus on our journey.  Through the light of Jesus, we realize our disappointments mean very little.  We know that no journey can be a failure if we walk with Jesus and we end up far from where we expected to be when we first set out.

Obviously, life seems burdensome as we keep the social distancing and practice staying home.  It is a challenge, it is difficult, but let us make this sacrifice so that living sacrificially will help others to simply live.  Let us practice social distancing and stay home.  It appears to be the best way to combat this virus.

May God bless us and keep us.

Fr. Paul

P.S. 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

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

COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.
Amen.

 

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.

 

Church Access

The church building will be open each day for private prayer. Please practice proper social distancing of 6 feet per person in all directions.

  • Monday-Friday 7:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am to Noon

 

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