Fr. Bob Showers will be away March 10-25 on vacation. Fr. Jim Halloway will hear confessions the next two Saturdays at 4:00 and celebrate Mass with us on March 15-16 and 22-23. Fr. Wilfrid Logsdon will celebrate Mass at FLETC on March 16 and 23.
In case of any emergency, please call the Nativity parish office at (912) 437-4750.
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 -
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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 final ministry schedule for July, August and September 2013 has been mailed to all our ministers. The schedule is also posted here on the parish web site. There is a button on the page Ministries & Activities | Liturgical Ministries, as well as a link on the front page (Home) under the FAQs. Or just click here! The schedule will pop up as a PDF file.
The schedule includes Greeters/Ushers, Readers, Collectors, Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers ans Jesus' Housekeepers.
Please find your own replacement if you cannot serve as scheduled. You received a list with phone numbers and e-mail addresses in the mail, but you can always pick up another list from the parish office.
Be a Pilgrim of Charity - Support Peter's Pence
Next week parishes in the diocese of Savannah will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Your gift makes you a pilgrim of charity around the globe.
Peter's Pence is the oldest of the Church's "special collections", going all the way back to the 9th century. You can read more about it on the U.S. Bishops' webpage: link
As I prepare for our liturgical workshops, and as Lisa and Gloria prepare the ministry schedules, I can see that the place where we have fewest people is ON THE LIST OF LECTORS. We have fewer than 10.
WE NEED MORE LECTORS!
I know that reading in front of a congregation can be scary, and that not everyone has the gift to read well in public. But please consider serving the People of God as a lector (that is, reader) at Mass. Call (912) 437-4750 or click the button to sign up for the Lector Workshop on June 16.
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