Discipleship | Evangelization

We Want to Be a Growing Church

Every church I am in conversation with has seen a setback in their in-person weekend attendance this past year. Typically, I’m hearing between 20% to 50% of pre-COVID attendance. Currently, here at Nativity, we are consistently seeing 35% of our previous attendance at our reduced weekend Mass schedule (three Masses down from five). In case […]

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Discipleship | Evangelization

How to Use the Summer

The season of summer can be a quieter time at many parishes. Unless you’re in a resort community, attendance inevitably drops as faith formation programs end and parishioners go on vacation (or just sleep in). While summer should be a time of rest and refreshment for pastors and parish staff, it is also an important […]

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Communication | Discipleship

Ministry Push Weekend

Every year, and only once a year, we take a whole weekend to invite parishioners to consider getting up out of the pew (or off their sofa at home) and start serving in one of our parish ministries. We call it ministry “push” weekend.  Each of our ministries serves an important function in the mission […]

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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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Discipleship | What's new at Nativity

Church is Family

Our current message series is looking at families…specifically our families and their relationship to our faith. God created the family and wants our families to be places where we come to know him and learn to love and serve him. When we refer to “family,” of course, we recognize they come in every flavor. Perhaps […]

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Discipleship

Every Member a Minister

God has prepared good works for us to do in advance, works that he is counting on us to do, that will remain undone if we fail to do them. And one of the principle places he wants us to serve in our church family: we call it ministry. In this Sunday’s Second Reading St. […]

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