Mr. Ritchie Self & Co. (Self Floor Service) finished sanding and refinishing the floor of Nativity of Our Lady Church at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014. The pictures above are from the afternoon of June 19.
Southeast Church Furniture delivered our refinished pews on the morning of Friday, June 20 and began reinstalling them. We will post more pics soon.
The Bishop's Annual Appeal is an ordinary - and important - part of the financing of the Diocese of Savannah. Many of the basic ministries of the diocese depend on the Appeal, for example:
Nativity Church's goal for 2014 is: $9,587.00.
About 55 parishioners attended the Nativity Town Hall Meeting on Saturday evening, February 15, 2014. There was a positive attitude in the hall as we worked through an ambitious agenda.
All committee reports for tomorrow's Annual Meeting were submitted as MS PowerPoint presentations. Here is the combined report, including reports submitted by
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 Diocese of Savannah is trying to improve its stewardship of resources. As part of this, several parishes and Catholic schools will be audited each year. Nativity of Our Lady was one of the first to be looked at by the new diocesan team, together with St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Brunswick.
The auditing team spent three days in August in Darien, looking over everything. They spent several weeks in Brunswick, where most of Nativity's records are stored. This was a "structural and procedural audit", looking at how we do things. The Draft Report was sent to the Finance Council on December 18. The Council held an initial meeting on December 19 with Mr. Jon Bokina, Diocesan Audit Manager. We have held several meetings since.
Here are some highlights from the report.
Among our strengths:
Among our weaknesses:
The audit made many concrete suggestions. The diocese suggests, among other things, that:
In the coming weeks, the Finance Council volunteers will be working extra hard to digest the audit report, write our response and implement any improvements. We will present a much better picture of things at the Nativity Town Hall Meeting on February 15.
The Finance Council
At today's Finance Council meeting, we:
The Finance Council
There's lots of things going on! Here is an overview of this week's events at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church:
Saturday, December 7, 2013 -
Sunday, December 8, 2013 -
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 -
Friday, December 13, 2013 -
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Sunday, December 15, 2013 -
The online parish bulletin and message board of Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, Darien, Georgia, USA