Children’s Liturgy of the Word
When we hear the readings at the Mass, it can be a challenge for youngsters to understand the readings and how to apply them to their lives. While parents play the primary role in helping their children learn the Gospel, we assist parents by providing a special Liturgy of the Word for children at the 11:00 AM Mass throughout the school year.
Here’s how it works: children sit with their parents as they normally would at Mass. Then once the opening prayer is concluded, Father Matt will invite children ages 3 – 5 and 6-9 to come forward for dismissal. This is of course voluntary; additionally, some parents may need to come forward with their children for a few weeks to help them be comfortable with the process.
Children are led to 2 different classrooms where adult volunteers will read an age-appropriate version of the Gospel reading and give the children time to interact with the Gospel message in some creative way. Children return during the offertory time and join their family for the rest of the Mass.
To make all this work, we need many adult volunteers who are willing to be trained and be cleared by the Diocese to help with children. Adult Group Leaders and older children as Leader Assistants are needed to begin this ministry. Teenagers are welcome and can receive service hours for their time. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer see Deacon Tom or email him at tom.obrien@NativitySLO.org or call the office at 805-544-2357 ext. 103.
Senior Outreach Ministry
Our Senior Outreach Ministry provides support and outreach efforts to the senior members of our parish with an objective of keeping them closely connected. Support includes companionship through phone calls, visits, greeting cards, resource connections, and help with other senior-related parish ministries. For more information, please contact (805) 544-2357, ext. 202.
This is a ministry of consolation and support for those who have lost close family members. The parish offers periodic grief support groups – From Grief to Grace – to those experiencing grief after death. Bereavement ministers may also assist with liturgical support at funeral masses, and help with receptions following the funerals including set-up, decorating, service, and clean-up. Please contact Susan Lindstrom at (805) 544-2357, ext. 202 for more information.
Companions of Our Lady, Widows Fellowship
Companions of Our Lady is comprised of women in our Catholic Faith Community who have experienced the loss of a spouse. These women come together to foster among themselves a platform of fellowship, social interactions, emotional and spiritual support, and purposeful activities. Quarterly luncheons are provided in the parish hall. Please contact Susan Lindstrom (805) 544-2357, x202 for more information.
Music is at the heart of Catholic worship and a major component of the liturgical life of our parish. We offer a variety of opportunities for participation and leadership at all of our weekend, holy day and special celebrations. Our ministry includes children, youth, young adults and adults serving as as cantors, instrumentalists and choir members. We provide training, supervision, inservice and workshops to support parishioners who serve our community as music ministers. Please contact Deacon Tom O'Brien, Music Director, at the church office for more information. Contact Deacon Tom at (805) 544-2357 ext. 103.
A creative ministry devoted to enhancing the beauty and prayerfulness of sacred environments for all of the liturgies and celebrations throughout the liturgical year. Contact Helen Magee at (805) 544-2357 ext. 102.
Serve for a month, washing, drying and ironing the linens used for our liturgical celebrations. Contact Helen Magee at (805) 544-2357 ext. 102.
Includes Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Gift Bearers, Ushers/Greeters and Lectors. Training, spiritual formation and on-going support is provided for all who participate in these ministries. Contact the office at (805) 544-2357.
Altar Server Ministry
Opportunities for serving at parish liturgies are available for adults and mature young people. Training offered by Karen O'Brien. Contact the parish office at (805) 544-2357.
Parishioners who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are welcome and encouraged to serve as minister of the Body and Blood at parish liturgies. Training offered by Karen O'Brien. Contact the parish office at (805) 544-2357.
Opportunities for families and individuals to present the gifts during parish liturgies. Let an usher know you would like to help when you arrive early at Mass.
Lectors are called to proclaim the Word of God for parish liturgies throughout the Church year. New lectors receive a short training session to review current guidelines and procedures before serving. Training offered by Julianna Winninghoff and Deacon Tom. Contact Deacon Tom at (805) 544-2357 ext. 103.
Ushers/Greeters create and maintain a climate of hospitality at parish liturgies throughout the church year. Greeters/Ushers assist people with seating and distribution of collection baskets. If you would like to be an usher, please contact Deacon Tom at (805) 544-2357 ext. 103
Home & Hospital Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Parishioners who feel called by compassion to be the presence of Christ to the sick and homebound are encouraged to join in this ministry. Extraordinary Ministers visit and/or bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients who are confined in their homes, or in a hospital or care facility. Through administering the Eucharist, sharing prayers, listening attentively and offering reassurance, these ministers fulfill the call of compassion from Christ. This is a rewarding ministry and training is provided. Contact Susan Lindstrom at (805) 544-2357, ext. 202.