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  • Faith Formation
    • Adult Faith Formation
    • Adult Faith Formation

      Religious Education for adults addresses the diversity of age, family circumstances, interests and needs by providing a variety of educational opportunities and experiences. Scripture studies, the Eucharistic Liturgy, and current issues in the Catholic Church are among the topics discussed. Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons. For more information and a calendar and schedule contact Joyce Wagner at 715-362-3169.
    • Baptism Preparation
    • Baptism Preparation

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 The Baptism Preparation Ministry involves teams of confirmed Catholics who are interested in facilitating at classes in which parents and godparents are prepared for the reception of Baptism of their infant or young child. A formal class, which is held on the second Tuesday of each month, is led by volunteers who give parents and godparents the opportunity to understand the importance of God in their own lives, along with encouragement to help their child grow in the love of God. Volunteers facilitate at approximately two classes per year.
    • Bible Study-At Home with the Word
    • Bible Study-At Home with the Word

      “At Home with the Word,” a program that studies the weekly Sunday Scriptures is used on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the Schiek Library at Nativity South. Each week a group meets for prayer and discussion for spiritual enrichment and appreciation of the Sunday Liturgy. Come and join the group and nourish your faith.
    • Childrens Liturgy of the Word
    • Childrens Liturgy of the Word

      Liturgy of the Word for Children is held on Sunday mornings during the 9:00 am Mass. Prior to the readings children age 4 through grade 2 are led from Mass by an adult leader and hear the Gospel in age appropriate language and participate in corresponding activities. Children return to Mass before the Liturgy of the Eucharist where they continue the Mass with their families. For more information on sharing the Word of God with our parish young people on Sunday mornings, contact Patti Shepard at 715-362-3169.
    • FOCCUS
    • FOCCUS

      Marriage preparation for engaged couples who are planning to be married at Nativity, or for engaged couples that will be married in another Catholic church, consists of the FOCCUS program, and an engaged couples weekend.  The FOCCUS program is used to Facilitate Open Caring Communication Understanding, and Study.  Leaders coordinate the assignment of facilitators for the FOCCUS program.  Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169
    • Ministry for Developmentally Disabled Adults
    • Ministry for Developmentally Disabled Adults

      Nativity of Our Lord offers a program for the religious education of adults with special needs. This program is suited to the particular circumstances and capacities of the individuals involved. Non-denominational participants from our parish and the community of Rhinelander meet once a month during non-summer months. Volunteers help with prayer services, biblical themed lessons, music, crafts, and snacks. For more information or to volunteer call MaryEllen Benson at 715-362-3169
    • Nativity Youth Ministry
    • Nativity Youth Ministry

      Once a month during the school year teens are invited to participate in a Teen Mass where they have the opportunity to take on ministry roles as greeters, servers, readers, gift bearers, and musicians. Following the Mass the teens participate in different educational, spiritual, service, and social activities. Opportunities to participate in events and activities during the year are also offered. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and organizing of events, trips, and activities. For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura Fenzl at the Parish Office at 715-362-3169.
    • Pre-Marriage Retreat
    • Pre-Marriage Retreat

      Each year a pre-marriage retreat is held for engaged couples planning to be married in the near future. At Nativity of Our Lord, the retreat typically takes place on the second Sunday in February. Volunteers are needed for speaking to the couples on specific topics, cooking and serving dinner, and clean up at the end of the day.
    • RCIA
    • RCIA

      Contact: Trish & John LeClair at 715-362-3169 RCIA is a period of formation, instruction, prayer, and reflection in which interested adults are introduced to the Catholic Faith. Anyone who is thinking of joining the Catholic Church or who has been baptized in the Catholic Church and have not received the sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist will follow a process for faith development, beginning where they are now. Often sponsors are needed for individuals, a ministry in which faith-filled confirmed participants help to lay a solid foundation for catechumens and candidates. Classes meet Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at Nativity South.
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Education

      Nativity of Our Lord Parish offers catechetical formation for children and youth in accord with diocesan policy. Youth in grades K-11 attend classes on Wednesday evenings which are rooted in doctrine, sacraments, tradition, scripture, and practice. Volunteer catechists are needed to team teach in the K-8 level and lead discussion groups in the 9-11 classes. Training and support is offered to all volunteers. A background check and safe environment training is required for all volunteers who work with minors. To register a student or to volunteer as a catechist, contact Joyce Wagner or Laura Fenzl at 715-362-3169.
    • Spiritual Awakening Retreats and Pilgrimages
    • Spiritual Awakening Retreats and Pilgrimages

      Nativity of our Lord Parish is taking an active role in facilitating one or two-day pilgrimages or retreats in Wisconsin and adjacent locations to strengthen fellowship and foster spiritual awakening in our parish. You are invited to participate or take an active role in planning and implementing future pilgrimages.
    • Vacation Bible School
    • Vacation Bible School

      A weeklong event of Bible stories with theme related games, music, crafts, and snacks is held during summer vacation. Volunteers are needed to lead groups od students throughout this fast paced high energy event. Students entering Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to participate. Please contact Joyce Wagner at 715-362-3169 if you are interested in helping out.
  • Parish Support
    • Buildings and Grounds
    • Buildings and Grounds

      This committee is responsible for assessing the needs, both short and long-term, of the building and grounds in our church, school, rectory, and thrift store buildings. We work closely with our maintenance staff to prioritize the needs and support projects that can be managed through volunteers. For more information contact Daryl Dean at 715-362-0941 or Mike DeBay at 715-362-3169.
    • Finance Committee
    • Finance Committee

      The mission of the Parish Finance Committee is to help support the effective administration of the ecclesiastical good and properties in harmony with the overall mission of giving witness to the Gospel values of love, peace and justice (Cannon 537). The Parish Finance Committee advises and assists the pastor in the administration of the ecclesiastical goods in a spirit of service of God and people. In legal matters the pastor and the trustees represent the parish with the direction of the Bishop. One of the trustees is an ex-officio member of the finance committee. The staff can act as a resource to the finance committee at the direction of the pastor. The pastor appoints the finance committee members based on their skillfulness in finance management and good standing in the community. The finance committee consists of 8-12 members. The finance committee meets monthly at the parish office to review the financial statements, help prepare the annual budget and plan for a sustainable financial future of the parish. Any parishioners who has the interest and skillfulness in financial management and administration may contact Ken Heck (715-362-3403) or Mike Debay, (715-362-3169) Business Manager at the parish office.
    • Parish Council
    • Parish Council

      The parish council is a consultative body within the parish that is convened by the pastor and from whom the pastor seeks advice and counsel in planning for parish vitality. A pastoral council is not a legislative body. It is advisory to the pastor and charged with prayerfully discerning parish needs, setting pastoral priorities and empowering people to participate in the mission of Christ. The parish council helps to articulate vision; builds consensus, planning and goal setting; coordinates various ministries within and beyond the parish boundaries. The Parish council consists of 8-12 members representing various sections of the demographics of the parish. Members who are endowed with leadership skills, are service minded and in good standing can become part of the parish council. The term of service for each member is 4 years. The council meets once a month, preferably on first Tuesday, at 6.30 pm in the school library. Two youth representatives (female and male) serve two years each. The members are selected to the parish council either by nomination or election by the parish. The pastor can determine the appropriate means of forming the council following the diocesan directives. If you would like to be part of the parish council, please contact the parish council Chair, Joe Sturzl at the Parish Office at 715-362-3169.
    • Trustees
    • Trustees

      Contact: Fr. Tom Thakadipuram at 715-362-3169 Parishes in the Diocese of Superior are incorporated under Wisconsin statutes and are corporate bodies created for legal purposes. Trustees, along with the pastor, are members of this legal corporation. They have the same responsibilities as parish council members, i.e., giving counsel to the pastor in making best decisions. The trustees know the parish well and are involved in parish life in order to take on the responsibility. They must be practicing Catholics and at least 25 years of age. Lynne Trochlil and John Powers are the current trustees of Nativity of Our Lord Parish. They are asked to keep records, documents, and corporate reports as prescribed by federal, state, local, and diocesan authorities.
  • Pastoral Care Ministry
    • First Friday Flower Group
    • First Friday Flower Group

      First Friday Flowers is a hospitality ministry where once a month small bouquets are made to be given to shut-ins. The group meets on the Wednesday before the first Friday of the month at 10:30 am in the Parish Office. The bouquets are then distributed to individuals by members of the group. If you would like to be a part of this ministry you may contact Jane Kuehn at 715-482-0719 or Janine Samz at 715-369-4514.
    • Homebound - Eucharistic Ministry Prayer team
    • Homebound - Eucharistic Ministry Prayer team

      Contact: Nats Obey at 715-369-5582 The Mission of the Homebound Eucharistic Ministry team is to reach out to the homebound, by going out each Wednesday morning, two by two, following Mass and intercessory prayer. We visit in homes of those who can no longer comfortably come to church to share in the Mass. We bring the Body of Christ in Scripture and Eucharist to His people. If you are seeking a ministry to show God’s loving presence to others, you can do this by offering service within this ministry.
    • Homebound Card Ministry
    • Homebound Card Ministry

      Each month, a greeting card is sent to those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass for an extended time. It is to let them know that their parish is praying for them. Your help would be appreciated.
    • Ministry of Comfort
    • Ministry of Comfort

      When a family experiences the loss of a loved one the Church offers comfort in the prayers and ritual of the funeral liturgy. The spirit of the service is one of celebrating the person’s life and their moving to their new life with the Lord. A very part of this celebration is to be able to extend to families the offer of a lunch after the service. This requires the generous efforts of a few good cooks, serves and dish washer. For more information contact Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169.
    • Parish Nurses
    • Parish Nurses

      Trained Parish Nurse Coordinators lead nurse volunteers in providing holistic health care to parishioners. This ministry provides programs which enhance well-being, including: blood pressure and diabetic screening, wellness classes, and home visits, while offering presence and prayer. Parish Nurses also assist at Mass at nursing homes and occasionally provide meals at the homeless shelter. All RN’s in the parish are invited to participate. Contact Dorothy Johnson at 715-369-3784.
    • Prayer Chain Ministry
    • Prayer Chain Ministry

      This ministry supports parishioners, their families and friends with prayer during times of special needs. The Prayer Network operates like a chain.  Each person is a link in that chain, as each link calls the next person on the chain to pass the prayer request along.
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry
    • Prayer Shawl Ministry

      Prayer shawls are knitted/crocheted by individuals at home while prayers are said for the recipients. The shawls are given to those who are ill, grieving, or for other needs of comfort and prayer. The group meets about four times a year when shawls are completed. At that time the shawls are wrapped with a card of blessing and prayer and distributed as needed. New members are always welcome in the ministry. For more information contact Dorothy Johnson at 715-369-3784.
  • School Support
    • Committee of Education
    • Committee of Education

      Contact: Chair, Jeff Wagner at 715-499-2473 Principal, Shirley Heise at 715-362-5588  The role of the Committee of Education (COE) is to act as an advisory committee to the Pastor and Principal regarding all areas of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School. The COE meets the second Tuesday of each month (except in July) and as needed and directed by the pastor. There are regular standing committees within the COE. Meetings are at 6:30 pm in the IMC at Nativity South (St. Mary's). Members who serve should have an interest in the education of the entire youth population in our community and beyond.
    • Endowment
    • Endowment

      Nativity Catholic School Endowment was established in 1988 by parishioners with the guidance of Fr. Jim Jackson and Fr. Dean Buttrick. The Fund is managed by Heck Capital Advisors with a 70% stock/30% bond split. The goal of the committee by approving this asset allocation is to grow the fund while lowering the risk in a down market. Each year the Endowment supports the school with a donation equal to 6% of the value of the fund as of June 30. The financial assistance provided to the school by the Endowment Fund allows the continued viability of our school while limiting some of the financial burden of the parish and parents. Through the generosity of our donors the value of the Fund is $700,000. Donations can be made with monetary donations, life insurance policies, stocks/bonds and real estate. An Endowmnet Dinner is held annually with an Alumnus guest speaker to further the support of the school. For more information contact Tammy Kuski at 715-362-1855.
    • Nativity Connections
    • Nativity Connections

      Nativity Family Connections supports the school staff by maintaining successful communication between home and school, as well as, promote school and parish spirit through its sponsored activities. Nativity Family Connections sponsors small fundraising events, such as the Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree and the Mother’s Day Plant Sale. The monies that are raised from these events have been used to pay for (or contribute to). Such events as “Math Counts” and “Math League”, the Spelling Bee and National Geography Bee, as well as, provide money for the teachers to use at the Diocesan Fall Conference or to make purchases for their classrooms. To be a volunteer or to be on our email list please contact Amy Spencer at amyretired@hotmail.com
    • School Auctions
    • School Auctions

      The Nativity School Auction is a night of fun and the largest fundraiser for our school each year. Last year we were able to raise nearly $71,000 to support our school and to purchase Smart boards for some of the classrooms. Parish members and school families are invited to join us on Saturday, November 3, for a delicious dinner and the opportunity to bid on a huge selection of items in the silent and live auctions. Please volunteer or attend to help provide our students with a quality Catholic education.
    • School Volunteers
    • School Volunteers

      Contact: School Office at 715-362-3366 or 715-362-5588 Nativity Catholic School offers many different opportunities for volunteer involvement.  Any individual interested in volunteering is required to be Safe Environment trained prior to his/her volunteer experience.  (There are opportunities throughout the school year to attend the Safe Environment training necessary for volunteering within the school.) From the much loved Mother’s Day Plant Sale to enthusiastic classroom helpers and our supportive Committee of Education, there is likely a welcoming position for each person considering volunteering within Nativity Catholic School.
    • Scrip
    • Scrip

      SCRIP is a nationally recognized fundraising program which allows non-profit organizations, like Nativity Catholic School, to benefit from the generosity of many major retailers and local merchants. Through SCRIP, our school buys shopping cards at a discount and sells them at face value. The difference between the price the school pays for the shopping cards and the face value is the profit. For example, a $100 shopping card from Home Depot costs the school $96, thus a profit of $4. In the 2011-2012 school year, the SCRIP program generated approximately $41,000! A large portion of this is returned to school families in the form of a tuition credit, as well as benefiting the parish. Your everyday activities, such as buying gas, repairing your car/truck, buying clothes, going to a beauty salon, or even having your furnace repaired, can earn money for our school and parish. Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to see the many national retailers that participate in the SCRIP program! Scrip Hours ~ You may purchase SCRIP after weekend Masses and at the Parish Office weekdays Monday 12:00-5:00, Tuesday-Thursday 8:00-5:00 and Friday 8:00-3:00. During the school year, you can also purchase SCRIP at the South Building on Wednesday following the 9:15 a.m. Mass or at the North Building on Thursday 7:45-8:15 a.m. SCRIP is available 24/7 online at www.shopwithscrip.com! For more information contact Jacki Quinn at 715-362-3169.
  • Service and Outreach
    • Boy Scouts
    • Boy Scouts

      The Boy Scouts is an organization that assists in the physical, mental and spiritual development of boys, ages 11 to 18, through community service and outdoor activities while providing a solid set of values. There are regularly scheduled meetings and various levels of activity depending on the age group. Currently we have near-home outings (within 50 miles of home) for younger scouts and more extensive outings (canoe trips, dog mushing, etc. ) outside the state for older scouts. The boys are taught to plan and develop their own activities through a model that emphasizes leadership through action. This ministry has been active at Nativity since 1948 and is celebrating its 64th year. Contact Person: John Hagen at 715 282-7190
    • Catholics Come Home
    • Catholics Come Home

      We deeply believe that ALL Catholics need to be excited about their faith. When we are excited about our faith we want to learn more about the Church, to actively participate in our parish, and to share our faith with others. As a group, we want to create this excitement in every member of the Catholic Church: those who are already active in the Church, those who aren’t as involved as they would like to be, and especially those who have fallen away from the faith.There are many different ways we can help others become excited about their faith: *Creating an open and welcoming environment for visiting Catholics and those considering coming back to the Church. *Increase people’s awareness of www.CatholicsComeHome.org, especially at Christmas and Easter. *Make Catholic media and books readily available to those who want to learn more about our faith *Increase promotion of Bible studies, prayer meetings, and other parish-wide events so parishioners are able to volunteer and participate. For more information contact Paula Schneider at 715-369-8886.
    • Church Cleaners
    • Church Cleaners

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 Cleanliness is next to Godliness! Church cleaners work behind the scenes to make sure the body of the church and sacristies are clean and in proper order. If sufficient numbers of volunteers come forward we will establish teams so that the work may be shared.
    • Faith in Action
    • Faith in Action

      This ministry provides helping hands volunteers to assist parishioners and our neighbors who are in need of home and yard maintenance or minor home repairs. Faith in Action volunteers will also provide transportation and emergency meals. We would like to develop a pool of 50 skilled and unskilled volunteers to be on call to respond to requests for assistance. Adults and teens are encouraged to join the Faith in Action Team. For more information, contact Deacon Dick Meier at 715-369-3393 or 715-771-9697.
    • Jail Ministry
    • Jail Ministry

      The Nativity Jail Ministry Program is a spiritually enriching ministry to become involved with. The Sunday morning services allow inmates to be a part of our faith community through the efforts of volunteers who bring the Liturgy of the Word into the jail systems. Some Lay Leader of Prayer training and certification is necessary to become certified to perform this valuable and important role for our brothers and sisters who are in prison. Mathew 25, 31-46 promises the rewards to those who are called! We welcome any and all to become involved so we can expand our ministry to the inmates.
    • Just Faith
    • Just Faith

      JustFaith Ministries empowers ordinary people to act on the invitation of our Christian faith to become agents of God's compassion and healing in a wounded world. Through workshops and programs, JustFaith helps participants to expand their commitment to social ministry within our own faith community and beyond. JustFaith is a thirty-week committment with meeting place and time determined by participants. For more information contact Chris Sharkey or Deacon Bill Miller.
    • KC Auxiliary
    • KC Auxiliary

      The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary was organized in 1973 with the purpose of cooperating with and supporting the members of the Knights of Columbus McDonald-O'Neill Council # 2032 and to promote good fellowship among its members in a program of social and religious service. Membership is open to wives and daughters 18 years and older of members in good standing of the Knights of Columbus, to widows of K of C members, and to women who have sons or sons-in-law who are K of C members in good standing. The Auxiliary holds numerous fundraising events. For more information, contact Dorothy Rudolph at 715-362-6222.
    • Knights of Columbus
    • Knights of Columbus

      The Macdonald-O’Neill Council 2032 is a lay Catholic fraternal service organization. One of the primary missions of the Knights is to share their blessings by providing financial and volunteer support for fundraising drives to aid our Parish, other charities, and the Rhinelander area community. The Knights are a familiar sight in Rhinelander during the annual Tootsie Roll Drive to aid the intellectually disabled. Meetings are held at the K of C Hall on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm. For more information contact Tom Trochlil at 715-282-7136 or John Coyle at 715-369-3150.
    • Mission Opportunities
    • Mission Opportunities

      Serving the poor and the needy is not limited to our Parish or our Diocesan border. This is a national; and a world obligation for those who wish to “serve the least of my brethren.” Cultural Immersion and Hands-On Mission Opportunities of varied lengths are available to open the minds and hearts of participants with a desire to serve the poor. Some call mission trips “vacations with value,’ but they definitely change lives. United States mission trips can include inner-city, poor regions such as the Appalachia, Indian Reservations, or rebuilding areas devastated by natural disasters. Overseas mission trips could include Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and more. An adult Mission Planning Group is being formed. Volunteers are needed to plan, research, coordinate, and participate in missions. For more information contact Deacon Bill Miller at 715-369-9404 or Father Tom at 715-362-3169.
    • NATH Northwood Alliance for Temporary Housing
    • NATH Northwood Alliance for Temporary Housing

      The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing, Inc. (NATH) is committed toward ending and preventing homelessness. NATH exists to provide safe housing and basic needs to families and individuals who are homeless, within an atmosphere of encouragement, respect, dignity, and hope; while nurturing and promoting self-sufficiency and independent living. The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing will actively promote public awareness of homelessness by partnering with Northwood’s resource agencies and educating the community. For more information contact Deacon Bill Miller at 715-369-9404.
    • Nativity Book Store
    • Nativity Book Store

      We welcome anyone who has an interest in helping organize, reorder, and stock shelves or with bookkeeping. For further information contact Paula Schneider at 715-369-8886 or Diane Pierre at 715-362-9683. The Nativity Catholic Bookstore will be located within the Parish Office and the hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00-4:30 pm.
    • Nativity Thrift Stores
    • Nativity Thrift Stores

      Nativity’s Thrift Stores are a service offered to our community and beyond and are found at two locations – 436 N. Brown Street and 4293 River Road (previously Pine Lake School). Used items of all kinds including: children’s, women’s and men’s clothing; toys, furniture, sporting equipment and seasonal items, are available for purchase. Approximately 50 volunteers help with the Thrift Stores but more volunteers are needed. An average of 400 visitors check out our stores each week which are open: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, at Brown Street and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday and Saturday at Pine Lake. Contact: Mike DeBay at 715-362-3169
    • Northwoods Life
    • Northwoods Life

      Mission Statement: Northwoods Life is an inter-denominational group welcoming and embracing all who are in need of compassionate care due to a crisis pregnancy or its aftermath, and also addressing all life issues from conception to natural death through education, referral, and action. For more information contact Nancy Scholz at 715-362-2352, Judy Roberts at 715-362-1704, or Marie Barfknecht
    • Parish Office Volunteers
    • Parish Office Volunteers

      Contact: Patti at 715-362-3169 At times the Parish Office is in need of additional help in areas where volunteers may feel comfortable. If you could give an hour or two of your time to answer phones and take messages, put inserts in the weekend bulletin, or help with bulk mailings, this may be the ministry for you. There are also openings for Money Counters on Monday mornings.
    • Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
    • Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

      The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry distributes approximately 9,000 pounds of food each and every week. Volunteers help make this possible. Individuals help unload trucks, sort food and stock shelves. For more information, please stop by 436 N. Brown Street, (or call 715-369-7237) Monday - Thursday mornings, 9 am to Noon, to speak with RAFP Manager Jane Motowski. She will be happy to explain current Food Pantry needs in greater detail
    • Secular Franciscans
    • Secular Franciscans

      The Secular Franciscan Order is a branch of the worldwide Franciscan Family. Members include single and married adults. Our purpose is to bring the Gospel to the everyday life we live at home, at work and in the wider community. We do not take religious vows but do follow the Secular Franciscan Rule as lived by St. Francis of Assisi that requires us to spend time in community at least monthly with our Franciscan brothers and sisters. If you have a desire for support in spiritual growth, see the need to promote justice, peace, Christian family values and celebrate God’s creation, perhaps you are being called to the Franciscan way of life. If you hear even a whisper of Jesus calling to you, but want more information about this way of life, please call Joanne Guzik at 715-362-4752.
    • Social Justice/Concerns Outreach Ministry
    • Social Justice/Concerns Outreach Ministry

      The Social Concerns Outreach Ministry serves as a focal point of Parish collaboration and support for active social concerns programs/human concerns within the Parish, Rhinelander, and beyond. This ministry strives to identify and address the human needs of all of God’s children.Currently, this ministry meets monthly to provide collaboration and support for social concerns activities, including 1) Parish Charity Fund, 2) Social Concerns Outreach Teams, 3) Faith in Action, 4) Thrift Shop, 5) Just Faith Adult Education, 6) Parish Mission Opportunities, and 7) collaborating with Rhinelander human concerns programs such as the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, the Hope Center, and NATH’s Frederick Place. Volunteers are needed to participate and/or support these activities which serve those in need. For more information contact Deacon Bill & Carol Miller at 715-369-9404 or Chris & Jane Sharkey at 715-369-1117.
    • Social Justice/Concerns Outreach Teams
    • Social Justice/Concerns Outreach Teams

      The Social Concerns Outreach Teams are part of the Social Concerns Ministry. The teams of two persons conduct home visits to needy individuals/families who contact the Parish for financial assistance. Team members are trained to assess financial needs, provide information about local resources, and to assist individuals to explore their opportunities for self-sufficiency. Following the home visit, team members submit a confidential report and make recommendations to the Pastor or Parish Administrator. Funds from the Parish Charity Account are made available for urgent needs.Volunteers are needed to be trained to assist with home visits. Team members meet regularly to collaborate and to share pertinent information. Confidentiality with regard to home visits is strictly maintained. Financial support for the charity fund is also needed to continue this ministry. For more information contact Deacon Bill & Carol Miller at 715-369-9404, or Chris & Jane Sharkey at 715-369-1117.
    • Welcome Committee
    • Welcome Committee

      The goal of the welcoming Committee is to foster a welcoming atmosphere for our new parishioners as well as the entire Nativity Parish Community. Our early projects include a card of "Welcome" which will include a personal message from Father Tom. We have made up a new Registration form for our "New Parishioners" to complete. For more information contact the parish office at 715-362-3169.
    • Women's Club
    • Women's Club

      The purpose of the Nativity Women’s Club is to support, empower, and educate women in spirituality, leadership, and service. Fund raising activities are done to support both the parish and school. Membership is open to any woman (Catholic or non-Catholic) belonging to a family of the parish. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month, September-April. A banquet is held each year in May. For more information contact Dorothy Rudolph at 715-362-6222.
  • Social Ministries and Fundraisers
    • Christmas Bazaar
    • Christmas Bazaar

      Each year on the Saturday of opening weekend of deer hunting, our parish gears up for the up-coming Christmas season. Join in on the famous cookie walk, crafts, children’s shopping room, fresh wreaths and balsam roping, raffles, cinnamon rolls and lunch. Come and see the new “Holiday Spectacle of Trees.” Volunteers are needed to hold this event. Bakers, crafters, kitchen help, set-up and clean-up volunteers are needed. For more information call the Parish Office at 715-362-3169.
    • Fish Fry
    • Fish Fry

      The Lenten Fish Fry is held the first Friday of Lent. This successful social event and fundraiser includes beer battered fish, hot boiled shrimp, a great salad bar and our delicious pies. We serve more than 800 hundred dinners with the convenience of dining in or taking meals to go. Many volunteers are needed to run this event. Chair/Co-chairs and workers are needed in a variety of areas: set-up, food prep, serve, make and serve pies, and clean-up. If you would like to give your time to enjoy a great fellowship please contact the Parish Office at 715-362-3169.
    • Hodag Country Fest
    • Hodag Country Fest

      Every year in July, country music fans come from all around to enjoy the Hodag Country Fest. Our parish has a food stand on the festival grounds where a full breakfast, breakfast sandwiches, lunch and dinner items are sold. This is a great fundraiser for the parish, but we need the help of many volunteers to make this event successful. Volunteers are needed for food prep, set-up, serving at the booth and clean-up. Time commitment varies depending on the area, but come with your cowboy hats and boots for a stomping good time. For more information call the Parish Office at 715-362-3169.
    • Indian Dinner
    • Indian Dinner

      Contact: Fr. Tom Thakadipuram at 715-362-3169 The Syro Malabar Eastern Rite Mass originates from the subcontinent of India which was evangelized by St. Thomas the Apostle in the year 52 A.D. Join us for our annual Mass and Indian Dinner, held each summer. Experience the rich tradition of the Eastern Rite Liturgy and dinner with Indian cuisine.
    • Smelt Fry
    • Smelt Fry

      The Knights of Columbus host an Annual Smelt Fry which takes place on a Friday during Lent. Smelt, cole slaw, potato salad, rye bread, and cheese pizza are served. During the meal, many raffle opportunities exist including a paddle wheel, 50/50, and other drawings. All proceeds are donated to Nativity School for tuition assistance. You do not have to be a Knight to volunteer. For more information contact Scott Meier at 715-282-6803
  • Worship
    • Adoration Chapel
    • Adoration Chapel

      A small Chapel facility is available for personal adoration and spending quiet time with the Eucharistic Lord. The Chapel is located at the back of the Nativity South site. Please contact the Parish Office for more information at 715-362-3169.
    • Altar Servers
    • Altar Servers

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 Altar Servers assist the priest and other ministers during Holy Mass. They take part in the procession by carrying the Cross, hold the book for prayer, and help prepare the altar for Mass. Boys and girls in the third grade and older may serve. There are two regular meetings a year: one to train new servers and refresh and update current servers, and a special ice-cream social gathering in the summer. Servers must be willing to serve on the dates assigned to them.
    • Church Decorators
    • Church Decorators

      A church decorator is a person who has an artistic and creative eye and would like to help enhance the beauty of the liturgy as it is celebrated in our parish. Working within the guidelines of church the church environment will be planned to reflect the season of the church year. If you are either a planner or a doer please consider helping this ministry. For more information contact Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169.
    • Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion
    • Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 The administration of Holy Communion entails bringing the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of God. It is also the ministry of witnessing to faith in the real presence of Christ. This ministry must, therefore, be regarded with the utmost dignity and reverence. Baptized and Confirmed Catholics, 16 years and older are eligible for this ministry. They should be persons who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in their communal and individual lives. They should faithfully participate in the Sunday Eucharist and with God’s grace strive to live their faith in every aspect of their lives. If married, their marriages must be recognized by the church as sacramental. Candidates for the ministry of Holy Communion will be properly trained before they are commissioned for service. Once training is completed the name of the candidate will be submitted to the bishop and the office of worship for certification. Some Ministers of Communion also bring Communion to those who are homebound, in nursing homes, or in the hospital. Communion ministers wash and arrange plates and cups and other vessels in the proper place following Mass.
    • Hospitality Ministers - Greeters
    • Hospitality Ministers - Greeters

      Greeters share in the ministry of hospitality by welcoming all who come into the church for liturgy and prayer. They are expected to be present at least 30 minutes prior to Mass and to remain after Mass until most people have left the church. They provide information and assistance regarding locations in the facility. They will be available to hand out the weekly bulletins at the end of Mass as people leave our church. Families or couples are welcome to serve as greeters together. A training session is provided. Contact Dorita Dolezal at715-362-3169.
    • Hospitality Ministers - Ushers
    • Hospitality Ministers - Ushers

      Church ushers, both male and female, are member of the worship team. They share in the Ministry of hospitality by creating an atmosphere of welcome and comfort. Ushers’ tasks are varied and critical to the flow of the service. They help worshippers find seating, usher during processions such as communion, and collect and secure the money . Families or couples are welcome to serve as ushers together. A training session is provided. Contact Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169.
    • Hospitality Ministers-Lectors
    • Hospitality Ministers-Lectors

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 Readers of the Word are men and women who are skilled in public reading, have knowledge of the principles of liturgy, and have an understanding and love of Scripture. They also read the Prayers of the Faithful at the weekend liturgies, and also join the entrance procession at the beginning of Mass. They must be willing to prayerfully prepare the scheduled Scripture reading. Readers must be baptized, practicing Catholics whose lives witness to the Word which they proclaim. If married, their marriages must be recognized by the church. Materials are provided for proper preparation. A training session will be provided before beginning this ministry, and periodic enrichment programs will be provided.
    • Hospitality Ministers-Sacristans
    • Hospitality Ministers-Sacristans

      Contact: Dorita Dolezal at 715-362-3169 What is a sacristan? A sacristan, always under the general direction of the priest, is a person who is responsible for the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations. He or she lays out the items needed for Mass i.e., cruets, chalice ,ciboria, and linens. This would require that you be at church at least thirty minutes before Mass and remain after to ensure the items are properly put back in place.
    • Intercessory Prayer Group
    • Intercessory Prayer Group

      This group meets on Wednesdays immediately following the morning Mass. Their mission is to bring communion to those who are not able to attend Mass. They visit the county jail, nursing homes, independent living facilities and home-bound parishioners. They conduct informal prayer for our parish families, and their own personal needs as they seek individual growth in the knowledge of God.
    • Music Ministries
    • Music Ministries

      Nativity of Our Lord Parish boasts an active and diverse Music Ministry that is open to all members of the community regardless of denomination. We have opportunities for participation in the sacred liturgy through the ministry for our little ones beginning at age four and have groups for every age after. The following are our current active music ministry options: Women’s Schola, Guitar Group, Nativity Youth Choir, Nativity Cherub Choir, Teen Schola, Cantors, Instrumentalists and Accompanists. We have also built opportunities for our music ministers to get together on a social level to continue to build camaraderie and strengthen our ties as a ministry. Adults and teens are invited to participate in our Sing ‘N Social, a potluck-style get together where we meet engaged assembly as we share together scripture, prayer and text through song. to visit, eat and enjoy a sing -along or a specific musical topic or discussion. The younger groups also have opportunities for celebrations to recognize their gift of time, talent and stewardship at the end of each choral year. We are all called to participation in the liturgy through acclamations and song as One Body in Christ as Church. Come and be blessed to witness the beauty of our engaged assembly as we share together scripture, prayer and text through song. Share your talent and time and come and be a part of this engaging, and exciting ministry.
    • Rosary Group
    • Rosary Group

      Those involved in the Rosary Group make rosaries on their own time at home and then meet once a month for supplies and prayer. The completed rosaries are typically sent to Fr. Paul Fagan at Old Maswa Parish in Tanzania. Rosaries have also been given to children of the parish at the time of their First Communion, and to other missions. For more information and details on how to make a rosary and become involved in this ministry you may contact Amy Eckardt or Debbie Lochte at 715-362-6750.
    • St. Monica Prayer guild
    • St. Monica Prayer guild

      The Saint Monica Prayer Guild, formed 3 years ago, meets following Mass each Thursday, at the Nativity North. We pray for St. Monica’s intercession as we say the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary for our children, grandchildren, the children of the Church and of the world. Please join us if you are able, or pray with us in your own home. We honor St. Monica’s perseverance as she prayed so many years for her son’s conversion. St. Monica’s feast is August 27, the feast of her son, St. Augustine is on August 28.
 


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