Welcome to the Church of the Nativity family. Since its dedication on October 21, 1989, our community has faithfully committed to our mission: We are a praying, learning and caring community fulfilling the mission God gives us in baptism by our worship in faith, by our witness in hope, and by our service in love. We invite you to journey with our community in Christ, thus will be said, “Day by Day the Lord added to their number” (Acts 2:47). Our Nativity School is led by faith-filled, loving professional staff who provide not only excellence in academics for our children so that they may excel in life, but help cultivate and form our children to come to know, love and serve God through the gifts God has blessed each of them. We are a Dynamic Parish and look forward to walking with you and your family to pray, worship, and give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. In joy and in sorrow, we will live out together the witness of faith, hope and charity. At the Church of the Nativity, there will always be room “in the inn” (Luke 2,7).
“We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Cor 5:6-10
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this Sunday’s message focuses on our journey of faith. Christ uses the parable of the mustard seed to demonstrate that the
Kingdom of God is not something that we can control or handle. It is a gift from God, and we can participate, through grace, in the ushering of the Kingdom of God through words and deeds.
How it grows and yields fruit depends entirely on God’s Will. All of us who belong to Nativity have the opportunity to partake in sowing the seed and working the vineyard with which God has blessed us. This means participating and sharing our time, talents, and treasures.
Regarding the last point, I would like to share some
information with you. Last year our Annual Catholic Appeal assessment was $115K. By May 22, 2020, we had
contributed $156,535 in donations from 133 parishioners (10.9%). By December 31, 2020, we contributed $168,685 of the required $115K of which $53,685 was returned to the parish. This was due to only less than 15% of the families registered here at Nativity. I wonder what happened to the 85% who did not participate. I, too, am a parishioner and have had to lead by example by contributing $500 to the ACA. This year, 2021, I also contributed the same amount as last year ($500). I know this is not a lot
compared to what you may be able to contribute, but it was a sacrifice in my situation. God only asks us to do what we are able to do. As you know, 25% of the ACA for the Diocese goes to educate seminarians to become priests like me. I did everything I could do to bring Christ to you these past two years, so I hope you will consider helping us meet our assessment goal.
This year, our 2021 ACA assessment is also $115K. So far, as of April 30th, 2021, (last report on the Diocese site) $18,743.68 has been collected. I am asking that everyone, who at least has supported me in my ministry here, help us meet this goal. We need more vocations in our Diocese. How God will use your generosity and kindness (We just need to offer it up.), is determined according to His Divine Providence which supersedes
everything. I am grateful for all those who have already contributed, and thank everyone who is considering to help us in this effort.
If you are unable to contribute at this time, please consider praying for our Church in this most difficult time. Pray that, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Church, the
Terror of Demons and the Protector of Families, the Church may always be faithful to Jesus Christ.
May God continue to bless you and your family.
Fr. Minh Do