- The 2014 Bishop's Annual Appeal (BAA) begins in a few weeks! We talked about how we can run that campaign.
- First Communions will be celebrated on Mother's Day, May 11, 2014. This will involve our catechists, our Liturgy Commission, and many other people. The Pastoral Council will handle the reception as well as the recognition of the mothers of the parish.
- Confirmation will be on Thursday, May 29, 2014 (Ascension Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. This celebration will also involve the whole parish. We encourage as many parishioners as possible to participate together with our confirmands and our bishop. The Pastoral Council will plan the day's events before and after the liturgy itself, as well as coordinate the meeting with the bishop.
- Pentecost is on June 8. We propose an OUTDOOR MASS followed by a PARISH PICNIC. The Liturgical Commission will continue the planning.
- The Building & Maintenance Committee presented its plans for redoing the floor of the church. It's a big project and will require the we celebrate Mass elsewhere for several Sundays. After some discussion, we decided to begin the project in June of this year. This gives the B&M Committee, the Finance Council, the Liturgy Commission and the Parish Office time to prepare. (There will be more about this at the Town Hall Meeting)
- We also began planning our participation at this year's Blessing of the Fleet. Our proposal will be given at the Town Hall Meeting.
Nativity's Pastoral Council met on January 9, 2014. We hereby invoke a Nativity Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. - that is, after the 5:00 Mass - in the Parish Hall. This will serve as our general assembly or annual meeting.
The Parish Town Hall Meeting is a chance for the whole parish to hear what's going on, to contribute ideas, to make constructive criticism and to ask critical questions. The 5 central committees of the parish (Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Liturgical Commission, Building Committee and Catechist Group) will account for their stewardship in 2013. Future plans will be revealed and several big proposals will be laid on the table. You definitely do not want to miss this! (The agenda will be published at this link)
Here are some other highlights from the January meeting:
The parish community of Nativity of Our Lady,
together with the Conventual Franciscans of St. Francis Xavier Friary
wish you all a
happy, blessed and merry Christmas!
There's lots of things going on! Here is an overview of this week's events at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church:
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Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Blessed Thanksgiving!
Advent begins on Saturday evening, November 30th with the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
The Catholic Church throughout the world is mobilizing to help the victims of Hurricane Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray and to help - and led the way by ordering the Vatican to make an initial donation of app. $150,000 to Caritas Filipina. The Filipino Bishops' Conference has called for a Novena of Prayer and Fund Raising from Nov. 11-19.
Caritas Internationalis is the Roman Catholic Church's world wide relief and help organization. They are coordinating efforts in many countries to help our sisters and brothers in need. The American branch of Caritas Internationalis is called Catholic Relief Services (CRS = CaRitaS).
Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church in Darien will support the efforts of Caritas and the parishes of the Philippines with a special collection on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. Donations can be in the form of cash or check. You will also have the opportunity to make an IMMEDIATE donation by phone text (SMS). Phone donations will go to the American Red Cross, cash and check donations to Catholic Relief Services.
You can give right now - you do not have to wait. You can use your credit card online.
To donate online by bank card to Catholic Relief Services, click on this link.
To donate online to the American Red Cross, click on this link.
To send $10 right now to the American Red Cross, text REDCROSS to 90999. $10 will be donated immediately to the Red Cross's disaster relief fund, which helps not only the Philippines but also victims of disasters throughout the world.
Thank you very much for your generosity.
Fr. Bob & The Finance Council
On Tuesday, the building committee replaced the wooden door covering the church's outdoor cellar entrance. The old door was rotting, and when the young people removed it to reveal the "dungeon grating" for the Haunted Sanctuary, the old door fell apart.
Thank you to Kieran McMullen and the building committee for a job well done!
Kieran McMullen builds a new cellar door. Nativity of Our Lady, Darien, GA.
November 5, 2013.
The Culture of Life Group from Nativity of Our Lady and St. Francis Xavier participated in Coastal Care Net Pregnancy Center's three fundraising banquets in October of this year. About 1100 people attended the banquets, which are a primary source of support for CareNet. Well over a quarter of a million dollars was raised.
With facilities in Brunswick, Jesup and Kingsland, the CareNet Pregnancy Centers of Coastal Georgia offer support to young people facing unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. The centers offer pregnancy testing, STD and other medical screenings, ultrasound evaluations, pre-natal care and education, parenting classes, help with adoption services, help with general education, scholarships, counselling, post-abortion care, and general love and support in a spirit of Christian generosity.
The Culture of Life Group of the two parishes has chosen CareNet as one of our most important partners in building up a general human culture based on repect for all human life. The C-o-L Group hopes to support CareNet in a variety of ways.
The Nifty Knitters is an important part of this work. The Knitters will be making shawls, hats, baby clothes and other items both for the people of CareNet and their babies, and for residents of the Hospice of the Golden Isles.
The C-o-L group also works with other groups and organizations in the area, such as Five Loaves and Three Fishes Food Pantry, Manna House, the Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Xavier School, as well as with individuals inside and outside the Church who believe in a consistent ethic of life embracing respect for the human person from a natural birth through a natural death.
The next meeting of the Culture of Life Group will be on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Xavier Hall, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Brunswick.
We congratulate parishioner John Lilliston on the successful completion of his Eagle Scout Service Project. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, John directed a group of volunteers who installed a fountain in the garden of the Hospice of the Golden Isles. They also did additional landscaping work.
The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of his community. This is the culmination of the Eagle Scout candidate's leadership training, and it requires a significant effort on his part.
The Catholic Church is proud of its long tradition of collaboration with Scouting programs for girls and boys, and Nativity parish is especially proud of John.
National Catholic Committee on Scouting Pope Pius XII Scouting Award Scholarship opportunities Catholic Scouts helping refugees
$5.00 prize each day for the best pic of our Haunted Sanctuary
The online parish bulletin and message board of Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, Darien, Georgia, USA