Dear Nativity Parishioners,
What a difficult time for the Church and all of us. I am sure that isolation and fear, are rearing a deluge of negativity. I urge you to take care of yourselves. Families sheltered together have their own issues as do those who live alone.
Be assured that you are in my prayers. Some of our Masses were indicated for specific offerings, but most are being celebrated for the welfare of those who live in Nativity Parish.
Bishop Spalding has just released a new directive extending the ban on public Masses until April 24th. This, unfortunately will include the great celebrations of Easter and the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil.
Along with this censure also comes the reality that those who have prepared to enter the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will be delayed to be in full communion with us. The date for the entry into full communion will be provided at a later date. That date is allocated to the pastor of each community. As soon as possible, we will bring in our RCIA participants.
Palm Sunday Mass will be streamed as the last two weeks; at 10:00 Sunday morning via Facebook. (Look for a link on the Nativity webpage by 9:45 or on my page.) As to palms, they will be blessed and placed in the narthex of the church beginning Friday. Included will be a yellow ribbon with an attached prayer. Please place this ribbon in a prominent place for your neighbors to see. There will be a yellow ribbon placed on church property also.
The automatic opening of our front doors cannot secure a private celebration and I want to leave those doors available for entrance throughout this time. The Bishop has relaxed the condition of concelebrating with other priests. To that end, I will be concelebrating Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil with my brother priests at Holy Family. These services will be live streamed.
There will be adjustments to the celebrations due to the lack of the laity. No foot washing, no Easter fire blessing, etc...
I will celebrate the Easter Sunday liturgy at 9:00 Easter Sunday morning, which will be streamed on Facebook as usual. The Bishop invites all of us to view his Eucharist at 11:00 streamed from the Cathedral of the Incarnation. That post will be available on the diocesan website.
Beginning this Friday, if you wish to procure Faith Formation books for your children, grades 1-8, they will be in the narthex on tables listed by grade.
Until April 24th, regular office hours will be 10:00 – 12:00, Monday through Friday or by appointment.
If you need me, call at any time for Confession and non-emergency Anointing of the Sick. Communion will be maintained only as Viaticum for the dying. appropriate. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, such as hospitalization from a trauma or disease, call. You can call the church number, or for emergencies, my personal cell phone is 615.540.7768.
All public masses are canceled until April 24.
Mass will be live streamed on our Facebook page Catholic Church of the Nativity at 10 am CST.
For all ages, adults, adolescents and children. Keep up your faith by learning and practicing the basic prayers of the Church. Pray together as a family. Learn how to say and celebrate the Rosary. Also, utilize FORMED; the on-line site for many visual and audio materials for every age group and category of faith knowledge. Our code is JEPZRG.
Mass is on Facebook everyday from someplace as well as the Stations of the Cross.
Rosary for Children https://teachingcatholickids.com/the-rosary-mysteries/
Our hearts and hands Ministry would like to pair those who are needing help with those who would like to help. Please contact Dianne Witt at [email protected]
Regular Mass Times:
Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm(Spanish) & 5:00 pm
Daily Service Times:
Monday Communion Service 9:00 am
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 pm
Adoration 5:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 pm
30 minutes prior to each weekend Mass)
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
After 9 am Daily Mass, Saturday, 3:30 to 4:30 pm for other times call Father Jerry at 615-794-4004 ext 4.
First Friday Adoration:
Begins after 9:00 am Mass and ends at 5:30 pm.