Parishioners of Nativity took up a collection on the weekend of May 25/26 to aide the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma. In all we collected $1,175.00 (including the students at FLETC). The money has already been sent to Catholic Charities in Oklahoma City at the request of the bishop of Oklahoma City. A warm thanks to all who donated!
The Pastoral Council met Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Nativity Hall.
The Parish Finance Council has prepared an update on how we are doing with our BAA drive. As of Mar. 28:
We have raised $7340 of our $8341 goal. That is 88% of goal. We only need $1001 more!
Of our 76 households (official), 50 have pledged or donated. That is 66%.
Besides the 50 so far, we know that several have donated after that date.
The full report can be read here.
Parish Finance Council (Jane Heying, Oscar Brinckmann, Jean Hawkins, Jeydon Lilliston)
Nativity's pastoral council met on January 17th, 2013. Here are some highlights:
The Finance Council hopes to start working on the 2013-2014 budget at its next meeting. A short form of the half year financial report (July-December 2012) will be published online in February.
The Liturgy Commission is ready for its first meeting on January 31. Three of those invited have not yet responded.
We evaluated the events of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. We hope to repeat many of the successful elements next year: extra help to the food pantry, the angel tree, the Advent Fair, carols before midnight Mass and the Epiphany pot luck.
Some figures from our Christmas crib need repair. We will announce this in the bulletin. Many of the pieces are well worth repairing and preserving, especially the statues from Fontanini. (link)
About donations for church events:
Parishioners are encouraged to celebrate life's big events in church, and non-parishioners are welcome to use the church as well. However, building maintenance, cleaning, heating, cooling, water etc. all cost money. It is therefore appropriate to ask people to contribute to the upkeep of the church. As a guide, we suggest the following donations. We emphasize that this is just a guideline. Individuals are welcome to give more, and we will never turn anyone away or deny them a ceremony because of money.
Blessing of the Fleet
Darien's blessing of the fleet festival is April 12-14. The Catholic Church wants to take active, visible part. We will participate in the three liturgies, and we will have a food booth at the festival. This will be a fund raiser toward our general parish operating fund. Doll Gale. Georg Trexler, Meg Ponce and Bryan Feeney will call in to a first general planning meeting on Saturday, January 26th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass.
Revision of our parish roster
Nativity of Our Lady parish in Darien and St. Francis Xavier parish in Brunswick are appointing a "joint task force" this spring to update and correct our parish registers.You'll be hearing a lot more about that in the coming months. Task force members from Nativity are: Gloria Whatley, Doll Gale, Jan Seavey and Fr. Bob Showers.
Special Easter Edition of the Bulletin
We will make a special, enlarged edition of our parish bulletin with lots of information about the parish, the faith and the community. This permanent information then does not need to be repeated in each weekly bulletin. The "Annual Easter Edition" will be available year round as a handy guidebook, an introduction for new members, a way to reach out to less active members and an informative booklet for guests. The work group is: Dr. Oscar Brinkmann, Jan Seavey, Fr. Bob Showers, Isabel Strafford, Georg Trexler, Gloria Whatley
Theology for Young Catholics
The pastoral council congratulates the youth group and the catechists for launching an exciting program for young people aged 15 to 29. The council reminds the group that there must be at least 2 adults besides the priest at any youth event, by church policy. No adult will be allowed in the room if he/she is not on the diocesan VIRTUS list.
We pray for our dead in public as well as in private. Here at Nativity, we mention the deceased in the bulletin announcements, in the petitions at Mass and on All Souls day. We establish the following policy guidelines:
Parishes in the diocese of Savannah will take up a collection for Black and Indian Missions in the U.S. at all Masses on February 12-13. This is the oldest of the national special collections in the Catholic Church in the United States, mandated by the III Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1884. The collection supports evangelization efforts among black, Indian and indigenous communities throughout the country.
Please make any checks payable to Nativity of Our Lady Church. 100% of the proceeds will be sent to the Black and Indian Mission Office (http://www.blackandindianmission.org/).
Nativity's Finance Council
The second collection at our Christmas masses will be for the support of our Catholic schools.
Bishop Gregory says:
"The Council of Priests has recommended to me that the second collection on Christmas Day should be earmarked for the support of our Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Savannah. I have accepted their recommendation and pray that the entire diocese will see that Catholic education is a Mission of the Church. Benedict XVI has asked that we promote Catholic education especially during this Year of Faith. I commend the pastors and principals and the Department of Catholic Schools for the dedication and commitment that is so necessary for successful Catholic schools.
The ‘Catholic School Climate’ is something that you can feel the minute you walk into the building. I have been impressed with the dedication of the faculty and staff and the parents’ support organizations. Many of our schools have school boards which, I believe, are essential for the continued growth and excellence of our Catholic schools. Our schools must be first and foremost ‘Catholic’. We have ‘schools of excellence’ for which we can be very proud. We have some schools that are struggling financially. We have schools that are the best kept secret in the local community. We must share the ‘good news’ about our Catholic schools."
This weekend the Catholic Church in the United States holds its annual Campaign for Human Development, as announced in last week's bulletin. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) seeks to address the root causes of poverty and oppression here at home, in keeping with Jesus' command to wash one another's feet, to love neighbor, to do unto others. The popes have repeatedly called closing the growing gap between rich and poor "the greatest challenge facing North America." 
Recently, several parishioners have received e-mail concerning a group who call themselves "Reform CCHD Now" or "RCN". They level serious accusations against the bishops, calling them Marxists and abortionists, even saying that they promote prostitution. The RCN urges Catholics to boycott the coming CCHD collection.
Please know that the groups behind "RCN" are fringe groups. There is no substance to their accusations. They cannot be taken seriously. I urge Catholics to support the Campaign for Human Development and I thank you for your generosity. If you would like more information about the RCN, ask me and I'll be happy to share what I know.
Peace and all good things,
 For example, in Pope John Paul II's Message to the Special Assembly for America, 1 Dec. 1997: "In the North, we look with dismay and alarm as the gap widens year by year between those who have an abundance and those who have only the barest of resources." See: http://www.vatican.va/jubilee_2000/magazine/documents/ju_mag_01121997_p-32_en.html
At the meeting of Nov. 8, 2012:
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS:
Our Advent Fair is December 1., 2012. Coordinators -
The parish will again have an angel tree for needy families in McIntosh county.
"Diocesan Internal Controls: A Framework" (a document of the U.S. Catholic Bishops) as well as the "Parish Finance Policies, Regulations & Guidelines of the Diocese of Savannah" will form the basis of a new Parish Finance and Accounting Handbook. The council also began a review of insurance policies and premiums. They also looked at the parish balance sheet and other reports, preparing proposed improvements to the accounting procedures.
The Mission of the Nativity of Our Lady has a pastoral and administrative relationship with St. Francis Xavier parish in Brunswick. Although the two economies are seperate and are audited seperately by the diocese, the administrative office of St. Francis Xavier does our day to day bookkeeping and administers payments.
The Finance Council consists of Jane Heying (chairperson), Oscar Brinckmann, Jean Hawkins and Jeydon Lilliston, with Fr. Bob Showers as a non-voting member and Gloria Whatley as secretary.
The online parish bulletin and message board of Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, Darien, Georgia, USA