Mandatory Reporting

Liturgical Ministers


Our cantors provide leadership for congregational singing at our Sunday Masses and special liturgies. They assist in helping the congregation to learn new hymns and they are responsible for preparing the Responsorial Psalm each week. The cantor works in collaboration with the music director. A good cantor will have knowledge of hymns, an interest in liturgy, a pleasant voice, and a friendly disposition. Ability to read music is desired, but not required. Training is provided. Call Michael Klenk at 267-625-1888 or


Our choir is made up of women and men of high school age and older. No auditions required. Some members read music; most do not. Rehearsals are every Sunday evening from seven o’clock to nine o’clock in the church from September to May. We sing each Sunday at rotating Masses and for special parish celebrations. Contact Michael Klenk, 267-625-1888 or

Extraordinary Ministers

EM schedule June-August 2017





Sunday lectors

1st Suzanne Blunt and Amy Fesmire

2nd Carol McGrath annd Christine Cawley

3rd Debbie Jester and Justin Hewitt

4th Joe and Rosemary Velten

5th Joe and Rosemary Velten

8:00 AM

1st George Johnson and Debbie Jaster

2nd Jim Townsend and Margaret Sykes

3rd Jim Townsend and Richard Betit

4th Joe Tucker and Pat Stockford

5th Joe Tucker and Pat Stockford

10:00 AM

1st John & Joy Capozzi

2nd Cheryl Kelleher and Mary Ellen Christ

3rd Teen Mass

4th Roselee Madddaloni and Mary Ellen Christ

5th Veronica Connelly and Stephanie Holtz

12:00 AM

1st Patricia Baxter and Richard Betit

2nd Sue Holly and Mary Jane Rudi

3rd Mark Ksiazek and Stephanie Holz

4th Bob and Landa Housenick

5th Bob and Landa Housenick

If you have any questions, please call Rosemary:
(H) 215-674-2238 or (W) 215-481-7552


Ushers assist in the orderly execution of the Church functions and celebrations. They also help by distributing the announcements after each Mass.

Bible Study Group

Info on our Bible study Group
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Summer evening Bible study on The Song of Songs

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Grief Support Group

When we lose a loved one by death, we are wounded. Just as a wound does, we need to heal from within, to express our thoughts and feelings, even when they seem crazy. We need to recognize that “crazy is normal.”


Health Care Ministry

The Health Care Ministry is a group of registered nurses and allied health professionals dedicated to serving God by serving others. The Health Care Ministry seeks to develop creative ways of addressing the needs of the parish and identifying resources to nurture health, wellness and healing. All RN’s and other health care professionals and volunteers are invited to join our ministry to serve in a variety of roles. For further information, contact the Parish Center.





Legion of Mary

With millions of members world wide, the Legion of Mary is open to men, women and children seeking to become closer to Christ through a balanced program of prayer and service. Works of service include mainly visiting the sick and aged at home, in hospitals and nursing facilities, and in many other ways serving the spiritual needs of the parish community. Members meet once a week for prayer, planning and discussion. The work is done in pairs under the guidance of their spiritual director. Adult members meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 in the Parish Conference Center kitchen. Please refer to the Sunday bulletin for the Jr. Legion of Mary’s schedule.

Contact Eileen Ziebis at 215-442-7380 for further information.

Light of the World Prayer Group

We gather each Wednesday night at 7:30pm in the Parish Conference Center to experience our Lord’s great love for us. We sing praises to God and we listen to His Word. The Holy Spirit, by virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation, has given all of His people charisms* for the building up of His Church.

We have a weekly teaching which is usually part of a series; i.e. “The Sacraments,” “Dealing with Difficult Emotions,” “Developing a Prayer Life,” and “Crisis of Faith.” People come from many surrounding parishes to be nourished by the Lord at Nativity’s Prayer Group.

There are special graces, also called Charisms, after the Greek term “favor,” gratuitious gift.” Whatever their character – sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tounges – charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church [Catechism of the Catholic Church (Paragraph 2003)]

Ministry of Consolation

In the “Order of Christian Funerals” it states the responsibility for the ministry of consolation rests with the believing community, which heeds the words and example of the Lord Jesus: “Blessed are they who mourn; they shall be consoled” (Matthew 5:3). Each Christian shares in this ministry according to the various gifts and offices in the Church. The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body – priest, deacon, layperson – to participate in the ministry of consolation: to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn.

The community’s principal involvement in the ministry of consolation is expressed in its active participation in the celebration of the funeral rites, particularly the vigil for the deceased, the funeral liturgy, and the rite of committal.

Priests, as teachers of faith and ministers of comfort, preside at the funeral rites, especially the Mass; the celebration of the funeral liturgy is especially entrusted to pastors and associate pastors. When no priest is available, deacons, as ministers of the word, of the altar, and of charity, preside at funeral rites. When no priest or deacon is available for the vigil and related rites or the rite of committal, a layperson presides.

Because of the number of funerals here at Nativity and not knowing what the future holds for the number of priests that will be assigned here, I have invited members of the parish to participate in our Ministry of Consolation. They have been prepared for this important role and they will represent our entire parish community in this ministry. These men and women will help us by presiding over Vigils for Deceased at funeral homes and Rites of Committal at cemeteries. I am very appreciative of their prayerful acceptance.

The formation of the Ministry of Consolation allows for a beautiful opportunity for instruction for our community of not only their role in the ministry of consolation but the role of the entire Body of Christ. The faith of the Christian community in the resurrection of the dead brings support and strength to those who suffer the loss of those whom they love.

The members of the Ministry of Consolation are: Anne Billas, Mary Ellen Christ, Marshall Coakley, Charlie Cunningham, Bob Gillis, Mayrene Kilker, Cathy Krzywicki, Frank Salamone, Cathy Tiley and Jim Tiley. I ask your prayers for them trusting that God will bless all that we do in His Name.

Neumann Library

Neumannlibrary-books2016-2017 Hours: The first Sunday of each month after the 8 A.M. Mass, approximately 8:30 A.M. – until 12:00 P.M. Library Committee members will be there to welcome you. Also, the Bookmobile will be available any time you are visiting the Church. We’d like to thank everyone for borrowing material from the cart and for making this service a success. Check the Bulletin for our faithful Committee Members’ reviews of “Books of Interest”.


Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is a major consultative body in the parish which advises the pastor who presides over the council.  It is composed of the priests, representative parish staff members who assist with the pastoral functions of the parish, and lay persons who are representatives of the membership of the parish.  The pastor appoints some of the lay representatives, and some are elected by the faithful of the parish.  The Parish Pastoral Council strives to foster full participation of the entire parish in the life and mission of the Church, which, in turn will reflect the mission of Christ.

Members of the Pastoral Council:

Father Watson

Fr. Mekonnen
Jen Boag (
Roselee Maddaloni
Ann Marie Gervino (
Frank Drummond
Mary Ellen Christ
Brian Foedisch
Peg Gregoire
Tom Wanner 

If you would like to speak to one of the council members, please email Ann Marie Gervino:

Pre-Cana Team

Who, What, When, Where and How

Who is Pre-Cana? (Who joins the Pre-Cana Team?)

Pre-Cana is a team of married couples that enjoy sharing their life experiences with each other as friends and with the engaged couples intending to receive the sacrament of marriage. No one on the team is a professional speaker.

What is Pre-Cana? (What is Pre-Cana about?)

Pre-Cana has many meanings. This is how our team defines it:

Pre-Cana, also referred to as Marriage Preparation, is an interactive discussion between married couples, who make up the Pre-Cana Team, and the engaged couples, who register for the program, and our priest moderator. Engaged couples listen to personal experiences of the Team, receive advice on many topics, and are challenged to discover something new about themselves as individuals and as a couple. Pre-Cana is one way the Church strives to help couples succeed in marriage.

It is support for the church. It is added strength to your marriage. It is more time together with God.

When is Pre-Cana? (What type of commitment is it to join Pre-Cana?)

Pre-Cana currently occurs twice a year, usually occurring in the spring and the fall. Each Pre-Cana session is 1-1/2 days (a Saturday evening and Sunday morning and afternoon). The team meets to discuss each session approx. 3-4 times in the two months prior to each session (Each meeting is about 2 hrs and includes some great desserts).

Where is Pre-Cana presented?

Pre-Cana sessions are held in the parish community center. The meetings prior to the Pre-Cana sessions are held in the homes of the Team.

How is Pre-Cana taught? (Content and lesson styles)

Pre-Cana has a historic background, current ideological format and our local influence. If you are a speaker, you will have a mentor couple. You can review the talks that other couples have done on the topic and have access to a marriage preparation textbook to help you share your own stories. As a married couple you have the ability and with God at your side, you’ll have the strength.

If you are interested in being a member of the Pre-Cana team, please contact the rectory who will inform our pastor and a member couple on the team. You will be contacted and invited to observe a Pre-Cana session and our meetings. (We can’t see how you wouldn’t want to join the fun),

The Mothers’ Group


The Saint Gianna’s Mother’s Club is a group of mothers who gather together in God’s presence to seek support, information and fellowship as we strive to model Saint Gianna, our patroness. We meet the first Tuesday of each month (September through May) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Conference Center (located in the building behind the church). Babysitting is also provided for the toddlers and preschoolers, and you are welcome to bring your babies to the meetings with you. For more information, call the Parish Center at 215-675-1925.<br>

Women of Nativity

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The Women of Nativity is an organization formed to provide new opportunities for women to experience and deepen their faith through fellowship and service to God’s people, especially women and children.

The Women of Nativity held a number of organizational meetings over the summer and elected the following officers:

President: Dolores Amerman Vice President: Barbara Boron

Treasurer: Sandy Panuccio Secretary: Barbara McGorry

Mary Ellen Christ and Barbara Teufel ~ Members at Large

Various projects were discussed, and some being considered for next year are an Evening of Reflection in conjunction with our outreach partner, Our Lady of Confidence School at St. David’s in Willow Grove, the Traveling Pilgrim Statue of Mary to visit as many homes in the parish as possible, and undertaking a parish-wide project of “Lighting the Way for the Coming of Jesus” on Christmas Eve (2012) through the selling and positioning of luminaries in front of every home within the boundaries of Nativity of Our Lord Parish.

Any woman who would be interested in joining us in these endeavors would be most welcome to come to the next organizational meeting Tuesday evening, January 17, 2012 in the Parish Conference Center. If you plan to attend, please call the Parish Office Center (215-675-1925).

Saint Gianna

St. Gianna Beretta Molla was a physician, a working mom, professional women, and a loving wife. She has now been raised to the alter in heaven and provides particular inspiration to all those who experience the constant demands and confusing signals that our current culture places on us. She represents all mothers… ” A mother has finally arrived.” The Society of St. Gianna Berretta Molla asked that you explore this site and learn more about St. Gianna. She can be a wonderful friend to have and she may be able to help and inspire you.
Click here for the Saint Gianna website


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