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The Coming War Against Online Church

Everyone is excited about the prospect of getting back to church. Here at Nativity, we are reintroducing live streaming this weekend and inviting our staff to join us physically for Mass. If all goes well, we can begin welcoming back parishioners after a few more weeks of testing of our safety measures. But we do […]

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Evangelization | Making Church Matter

A “Mobile-First’ Church

In a recent homily, Pope Francis offered a caution for parishes turning to digital means of communication to do ministry.  He said clearly that a church which exclusively operates online, without physical presence and celebration of the sacraments, would be at risk of becoming individualistic, insular, and detached from a living faith. This caution comes […]

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Evangelization | Leadership

Never Waste a Crisis

Sudden crises have a way of clarifying long-running debates.  The essential nature of whatever is at stake tends to become obvious when we are forced to confront it without the haze of extraneous distractions or details.  This moment in time is no different.  As the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus sweeps across the country, […]

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Discipleship | What's new at Nativity

Ashes To-Go

A church here in our community (not pictured above) advertises “Ashes To-Go,” a drive-thru exercise in minimalism when it comes to approaching Lent. I am not criticizing our neighbors in the least, they are observing the season according to their own custom. I just won’t be emulating them. Lent is an ancient tradition observed throughout […]

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Communication | Evangelization | Scripture

Habits

We just started a new series for this new year about something that shapes a huge portion of our behavior and identity – though we don’t always know it.  Our habits operate below the surface, quietly automating our lives, sometimes unbeknownst to us. It’s an especially timely series, given the multitude of resolutions we make […]

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Stewardship

Giving and Thanks

Let us come before the LORD with thanksgiving. Psalm 95 This week we celebrated Stewardship Sunday, reflecting on the blessing our parish is to our members and in the life of the community. As part of the celebration, we invited members and “regulars” to make a financial commitment to the parish for 2020. And I […]

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Making Church Matter | Vision

Stewardship Weekend

We usually say that “Kick-Off” weekend is the best weekend of the year, but “Stewardship” Weekend is a close second.  That’s right, one of our staff’s (and our parishioner’s) favorite weekends of the year is the weekend when we ask for money.  This coming weekend is Stewardship Weekend, the only weekend of the year that […]

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