Nativity Catholic Cluster: Nativity of our Lord and St. Johns Parishes

Adult Programming

Faith Formation Opportunity for all!

Explore life's mysteries with "The  Search" a new video based program that explores life's big questions.

In person on Tuesday April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 and 11 at 1:00 PM at "The Pines Event Center, 5840 Forest Lane, Rhinelander
Virtually via zoom on Thursday's April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, and 13 at 7:00 PM
Note: Do you attend St. John's and would like a session on Monday's contact Barbara Eretto at 715-499-1265 or via email at [email protected]

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or via email to [email protected] 


The Feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of Easter (the Sunday following Easter Sunday). 
The Feast of Divine Mercy celebrates the fact that even now, Jesus calls us to immerse ourselves in his mercy and love. This feast focuses on God’s continuing merciful action throughout salvation history to this day! After his Resurrection, Jesus took great care to show his apostles his hands and side, pointing to the wounds of the Passion, especially the wound in his heart, the source from which flows the great wave of mercy poured out on humanity.
Come experience the mercy and healing of our Lord on Sunday, April 11 at 3pm. The Divine Mercy devotion has grown greatly in popularity. Pope John Paul II declared the Second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday when he canonized the Polish saint, Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000. St. Faustina’s revelations put a great emphasis on this day as a “day of mercy”. The familiar image of the Divine Mercy pictures two beams of light radiating from the heart of Christ, imaging the “water and blood” we hear about in 1 John 5:6. The Divine Mercy chaplet is prayed using rosary beads with special texts emphasizing the saving Passion of Christ.
The Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday – Novena pamphlets are available from Barbara Eretto as you exit Mass. They will also be available in the parish office throughout the week. 




Parish Lenten Challenge for 2nd Week of Lent:

Last week we drank water instead of our vice... How did you do? Try this one this week as we enter into the second sunday of lent! 

Think about what you usually spend your money on. Do you buy too many clothes? Spend too much on dinner out? Pick one type of expenditure that you’ll “fast” from during this week, and then give the money you would have spent to a local charity.


Watch for our email next Friday with our challenge for the Third Week of Lent!

This week on Formed! 


S E C O N D  W E E K  O F  L E N T

The Case for Jesus

In nine sessions, Dr. Brant Pitre answers the key question of faith: Who is Jesus? Dr. Pitre presents evidence from early Christian and non-Christian writings that attest to the authenticity of the Gospels.



Lenten Challenge

Each Friday during lent we will offer a parish challenge. Today, Christians strive to "give up" something during Lent in the categories of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. To reflect on Lent this year, we’re going to send you an email each Friday. Each email will contain a suggested activity you can do during lent to bring you closer to God as we journey together to the Easter Sacraments. 


This week I will just have water. 

Are you more of a coffee person, or tea?  What about soda and energy drinks?  Some of us prefer iced tea or lemonade.  Whatever your vice, give it up today. It may be tough, but each time you crave a sip of something sweet stop and say a prayer to God and have a sip of water instead. 




Dr. Tim Gray Five Steps to Transforming Your Prayer Life-Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina for 13th Week in Ordinary Time: June 28, 2020

Opening Prayer (Collect) O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you inthe unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 

Reading (Lectio)

Read the following Scripture two or three times

Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles: "Whoever loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and whoever  loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And whoever does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 

Whoever receives you receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives the one who sent Me. “Whoever receives a prophet because he is a  prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. “And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these  little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple--amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward." 

Meditation (Meditatio)

After the reading take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions. 

  • What word or words in this passage cuaght your attention/
  • What in this passage comforted you?
  • What in this passage challenged you? 

(If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group, after the reflection time, invite the participants to share their responses.

Prayer (Oratio)

Read the Scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition , or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you. 

(Taken from Lectio Divina of the Gospels for the Liturgical Year 2019-2020 by the USCCB)

The Scriptural Model for Adult Faith Formation can be found in:

  • Luke 24:13-15: The Road to Emmaus
  • Human Experience: Two people on the road to Emmaus tell their faith story
  • Message: Jesus helps them understand the events
  • Discovery: Eating the bread helped them understand the meaning of their experience
  • Response: Their hearts were on fire, they spread the message to others


Interested in a specific program? Contact the Director of Religious Education, Barbara Eretto 

We are currently planning for additional programing to begin soon. For additional informatin please contact Barbara Eretto at [email protected]