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New Years Day

Posted on December 23, 2019 in: General News

New Years Day
The parish offices will be closed at noon on Tuesday, December 31, and also all day Wednesday, January 1. An anticipatory Mass will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm. Mass times for the Solemnity of Mary (New Years Day) are 10:30am and 6:30pm.

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Christmas Mass & Parish Office Schedule
Christmas Mass Christmas Eve, Tuesday afternoon, December 24, 4 & 10 pm Christmas Day, Wednesday morning, December 25, 8:30 and 10:30AM Parish Office Schedule The Parish Offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday.

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Domestic Church: The Real Presence of Christ in Our Homes
Women are invited to join Dr Kate Walsh Soucheray on January 25 for a morning of reflection and prayer. The event takes place at the Cathedral of St Paul, and includes Mass at 8 am, followed by a catered hot breakfast, seminar, prayer and fellowship. Cost is $30. Registration online at domesticchurch.eventbrite.com.

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Outdoor Adventures Infused with Theology of the Body Insight
Outdoor Adventures Infused with Theology of the Body Insight, Into the Deep is a Catholic organization that offers retreats in state and national parks for both adults and youth. Dive into the big questions of life through a combination of talks, hiking or canoeing, daily Mass, and space to pray! Feb. 7-9: Young Adult Retreat at Cascade Lodge & Lutsen Mountains, register by Jan 13. (Early-bird Dec. 13) Aug. 25 - Sept. 1, TURIN, ITALY: Adult Hiking Pilgrimage, in the footsteps of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati For full details and registration, go to www.idretreats.org/202...

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Help Needed

Posted on December 16, 2019 in: General News

Help Needed
We need volunteer assistants to help in the atrium for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Several slots are available. Please contact Cathie Baier at cbaier@nativitybloomington.org or 952-881-8671 X8069.

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Lunch & Learn December 19, 11:30am

Posted on December 16, 2019 in: General News

Lunch & Learn December 19, 11:30am
Join Deacon Thom Winniger on a Journey to Bethlehem! Who will you be when you meet Jesus? Discover God’s Gift within you! Find clarity in the opportunities God sends into your path so that you can recognize His Hand in your daily life. Identify your life purpose, your call, and your vocation. Sense the direction of the Holy Spirit lighting your path to Jesus. Apply a daily pattern of prayer and reflection that make his voice more clear. Bring your lunch, coffee & water will be provided.

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Joyfully Gifted Charism Retreat for Youth
Charisms are instruments that reveal Jesus to others and serve as the primary means Christ is revealed through you to others. Besides the fruits of what they do in the life of other people, they represent a call for you. Your charisms serve as a major clue to your vocation, serving as tools given to you so you could accomplish your unique mission for God. All high school aged youth are invited to attend a Joyfully Gifted Charism Retreat for Youth on Saturday, January 11 from Noon - 3:30. Cost is $10 per participant, including lunch. There is no charge for Core Team membe...

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Show Choir Vocal Sparks

Posted on December 16, 2019 in: General News

Show Choir Vocal Sparks
Show choir Vocal Sparks, formerly known as the Methodaires, will be giving a concert at Nativity Church this Sunday, December 15, at 2:00pm. There will be a free will offering taken at the event. Proceeds from our year are donated to the Frauenshuh Cancer Center at Methodist Hospital. Several members of Nativity Music Ministry perform in this choir, including Vocal Sparks director, Melissa Warhol who was raised in Nativity of Mary parish. Plan to attend to hear beautiful seasonal songs and a wee bit of a caroling sing-along to end the concert.

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Vocal Sparks (Methodaires) Concert - Dec 15 2pm
Mark your calendar, Show choir Vocal Sparks, formerly known as the Methodaires, will be giving a concert in Nativity Church. Sunday, December 15 2:00pm. There will be a free-will offering taken at the event. Proceeds from our year are donated to the Frauenshuh Cancer Center at Methodist Hospital. Several members of the Nativity Music Ministry perform in this choir, including Vocal Sparks director, Melissa Warhol who was raised in Nativity of Mary parish. Plan to attend to hear beautiful seasonal songs and a wee bit of a caroling sing-along to end the c...

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Advent Parish Reconciliation - Wed Dec. 11th - 6:30pm
Prepare your heart for the coming of the Christ child with an encounter with the Mercy of the Father in Reconciliation. Come to this special additional time for Confession, from 6:30pm -8:00pm. We will have several priests available. St Edwards Church will also be having Reconciliations on Thursday, December 12, at 7 pm, if that date and time works better for you.

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Congratulations to John Howard Bauch - Ordained a Deacon
Congratulations to John Howard Bauch, who is a parishioner at St Bonaventure. He has been studying for five years and was ordained a deacon on December 7, at the Cathedral in St Paul. He is the son of Nativity parishioner, Judy Lyzenga.

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Time to Get Signed Up!

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: General News

Time to Get Signed Up!
The sign-up list for Nativity volunteers at Heritage Days (Sept 21) is at the Welcome Desk. There are lots of things to do and fun to be had! Sign up for a shift to sit in the History tent, talk with visitors about Nativity of Mary parish history, encourage folks to play Box Hockey or try out vintage typewriters. Give a warm Nativity welcome at the festival kiosk, share maps and entertainment schedules. Parking lot attendants are needed at our north lot to reserve it for Mass attendees, and let authorized vehicles in & out. There are a couple slots left to sell Nativity...

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Pastor’s Note

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: General News

Pastor’s Note
Our Spiritual Home Recently a friend of mine sent me an awesome article written by Claire Dwyer, a freelance columnist for the National Catholic Register. In this article, entitled “My Father’s House,” Claire speaks about the importance of mankind’s constant search for a place in this world to set roots down and encounter God. I found her articulation of this spiritual seeking for a place to rest to be something that resonated deeply within my own heart. Her article reminded me of how important it has been for me, over my many years of formatio...

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New Youth Minister

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: General News

New Youth Minister
St. Bonaventure and Nativity of Mary are happy to announce that we have hired a new Youth Minister who will work with both parishes. My name is Izabella Frederiksen. I am originally from California and graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota with a degree in Communications and minor in Theology. I had the privilege to serve with NET Ministries back in 2014-2015. That year of service taught me the beauty of community and prayer. I am humbled and honored to be joining your team. Thank you for your warm welcome and I look forward to being of service ...

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