Come celebrate the Holy Week Triduum with us... one big liturgy celebrated over three days
- Holy Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM: Mass of the Lord's Supper. We gather to celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the "Last Supper" and as Jesus did for his disciples, we wash one another's feet in an act of humility.
- Good Friday, March 30 at noon: Celebration of the Lord's Passion. We gather to hear the story of our Lord's passion and death as recounted in the Gospel of John. We kneel before the cross and lay our burdens at the foot of Jesus. We remember that "he was wounded for our transgressions..." (Isaiah 53:5). Although this is the one day of the year when no Mass is celebrated, Communion will be served.
- Holy Saturday, March 31 at 8 PM: The Great Easter Vigil. We gather at night around a fire. We hear the stories from Hebrew Scriptures of how our ancestors met the One, True God and how they, and we have been called and delivered to be God's own people. We light up the darkness with a new pascal candle. We celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We witness the baptism of the Elect in a giant pool of water. They are anointed and sealed in the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and they share for the first time in the Holy Eucharist. It is the most wonderful of liturgies with light, music, water and oil. It is the Mother of all Vigils!
Join us for a Lenten meal of soup and bread in our church hall at 6 PM, followed by a Taize-style station of the cross in the church at 7 PM. We will sing the songs of Taize and make our way along the journey Jesus walked on his way to Calvary, the tomb and the resurrection.
9 AM Mass followed by 10 AM Reflection
7 PM Evening of Reflection
Come to either one or both!
Fr. Larry Gosselin, OFM is a Franciscan Friar of the Province of Saint Barbara and is the author of two books of religious poetry: "Hidden Sweetness" and "Unshadowed Light." Fr. Larry invites you to share his deep passion and love for poetry and a loving appreciation for the beauty of the inspired Word. He hopes that these written words may help to illuminate the light of Christ in your soul and senses and to "Taste the hidden sweetness that lies within your heart."
Note: March 7 is the revised date for this event.
Book Club: Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Gregory Boyle
Join us for discussion of the book and a lively discussion of this incredible story of hope.
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Come at either 10:00 AM (after the 9 AM Mass) or at 7:00 PM.
"Joy to the World!" ... Come celebrate Christmas day with us at this joyful Mass for the whole family. Plenty of seating and plenty of parking, great music and a heart-warming Christmas homily to remind you why you got out of bed to come to church in the first place!
Note: this is our only Mass on Christmas Day.
This is the "midnight style" Mass... peaceful and prayerful, only not at midnight. This Mass is wonderful, time to usher in the Christmas season with the Christmas gospel, Christmas hymns and the Eucharist. Plenty of seating and plenty of parking!
This is the Christmas family Mass...perfect for families with children. We reenact the Christmas story with children who play the part of angels, Mary and Joseph and even some animals. Christmas carols that everyone knows are sung. Come early to get a seat. Plenty of parking is available!
Dear Nativity Parents - Enjoy a peaceful night out or at home alone, while the children are cared for in a safe and enriching environment. Children will have the opportunity to participate in Christmas themed activities, enjoy a movie with popcorn and have fun with friends! DINNER IS INCLUDED! This event is open to all parish families with children age 3 - 13. All children must be signed in and out by a parent/guardian. Event is free of charge, donations encouraged. If you have questions, please contact Angela Schroeter at email@example.com.
Parish adult education: The Sacraments. Join Father Matt for this exciting talk on why we have sacraments and what they do. No RSVP needed.
Thanksgiving Day Mass is a wonderful time of celebration and thanksgiving for all that God has given to us. What a great way to start a beautiful day, gathering with friends and family in giving thanks to the Creator and Giver of all that is good!
Bring with you to Mass something for the Thanksgiving table to have blessed before you return home.
On Thursday, Nov 2, the Feast of All Souls, we remember those who have gone before us to be with the Lord in heaven. This feast dates back to 988 in our church history. I invite you to come to our special Mass of All Souls on Thursday, November 2 at 7 PM. Bring with you a photo, image or symbol of someone you love who has passed into the next life. This is a way we can communally honor our deceased friends and family. It’s also a time to finally put to rest conflicts that have gone unresolved. Let the Holy Spirit release you and bring you comfort and healing.
Come gather with us in the church on Sunday, October 15 at 9:30 AM as we pray for peace and healing for world and for all those affected by violence and destruction. We'll pray the rosary together and form a human chain of beads as we stand together for peace. All are invited! No need for you to speak any parts...just come and pray with us!
Interested in becoming a Catholic? Or maybe completing the sacraments of Confirmation or Holy Communion as an adult? Then this process might be for you.
Come by the church on Thursdays at 7 PM, beginning September 14. We meet in Room 8. There's no commitment, just come and learn more, ask questions, and make some new friends.
If you want to know more about RCIA, contact Deacon Tom at the church office: 805-544-2357 or email him at tom.obrien@NativitySLO.org
Each year Nativity of Our Lady celebrates our feast day -- the Nativity of Our Lady -- in early September. On that weekend, we have only one Mass. Come Sunday at 11:00 AM and join us under the big tent for wonderful liturgy, music and prayer, followed by a fantastic BBQ, raffles and games for children.
BBQ and raffle tickets are available in advance by coming to the office from 9:30 to 1 PM Tuesday thru Friday, or at the event.
We hope to see you there!
Come join us for a three day Lenten parish retreat with Professor William Dohar from Monday, March 20 thru March 22, 2017. Each day will feature a morning and evening component, each of which stands on its own.
Mornings: Monday - Wed each morning, March 20 - 22, 2017
- 9 AM Mass
- Refreshments after Mass
- 10:00 AM Breaking Open the Word
Evenings: Monday - Wed each evening, March 20 - 22, 2017
- 7 PM, Monday March 20: Evening Prayer with Ritual
- 7 PM, Tuesday March 21: Evening Prayer with Ritual
- 7 PM, Wednesday March 22: Reconciliation Service with Individual Confession
Rediscovering Beauty: Poems to Inspire Prayer & Contemplation During Lent
Please join us for a reading by our speaker, English professor and writer Rebecca Board Liljenstolpe. After the 9:00 AM Mass, we will enjoy a light snack in the hall, followed by a brief talk on the poetry in The Book of Psalms and a reading of beloved mystic and contemporary poems from the likes of St Teresa of Avila, Rumi and Hafiz, Mary Oliver and more. Come rediscover how the beauty of language can nourish us in times of uncertainty, drawing us closer to God and one another.
Father Matt will be giving the second part of his very informative and entertaining talk on the Mass at RCIA on Thursday, Feb 9. We are opening up this talk to the entire parish and will meet in the church from 7 to 9 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to increase your knowledge of your Catholic roots and to get to know some of the members of this year's RCIA group.
This will be a 2-part talk, focusing on:
- The Jewish traditions in the Mass
- How the Mass was celebrated in the very early church
- How architecture affected the Liturgy of the Mass
- Why we do certain actions and responses in the Mass: posture, music, greeting one another, etc.
- Some of the theology regarding the Mass.
Everyone is welcome to come. Light refreshments will follow in the hall.
Join us on Friday, February 3 for Mass at nativity at 9 AM followed by a light brunch and presentation by Mary Pat Lynch, RN, RD. She will be sharing her knowledge of the Integrative and Functional Nutritional (IFN) approach to good health. Mary Pat has been a Registered Dietitian for 32 years, and a Registered Nurse for 7 years.