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The Church of the Nativity is a Christian community within the family of the Roman Catholic Church that creates the spiritual, educational, and social environments for all to experience the presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in our daily lives as we worship God, celebrate Sacraments and proclaim the Good News to all by our faith expressed in Christ-like actions.

To achieve our mission statement, we have many ministries responding to the needs of all our members and neighbors.  A meaningful relationship with another human being is the most valuable thing we can have in our lives.  It is based on shared experiences communicated by word or action.  It can also open the door to a richer spiritual experience, helping us express the teachings of Jesus Christ in our own life. 

At Nativity, each ministry offers a different path to a closer relationship with God. Please take a moment to read these descriptions to see what ministry may be of interest to you. 


Basic Needs Committee
Kitty Dorsey

(732) 741-1714 x44
The mandate of the Basic Needs Committee is to do as Jesus did; to reach out and serve our brothers and sisters in need.  Through this committee, our parish community is asked to help provide for the needs of those in our region who are less fortunate.  Food items are collected weekly in support of the food bank at St. Anthony’s parish in Red Bank, Christ The King in Long Branch and St. Dorothea's in Eatontown.  Special projects at Christmas and Easter provide food baskets for families who might not otherwise be able to celebrate these Holy Days. For more information on how you can help see our web page

Divorce Ministry
Michele Coppola-Wilson healfromdivorcetoday@gmail.com
The Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven is pleased to announce that since 2015 it has been offering a wonderfully healing program for people dealing with marriage separation and/or divorce.  The facilitator of this program, Michele Coppola Wilson, has been trained at the Diocesan level out of the Archdiocese of Newark to run a Catholic-based ministry called, "Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family".  She has also been personally trained by the author of the program, Rose Sweet, to train facilitators to run this program in their parishes.  With her team, Michele has been offering this program every Fall and every Spring since 2010.  For more information about the actual program, visit: www.catholicsdivorce.com. Rose Sweet has developed a program that has helped Nativity to reach hundreds of people thus far. Our goal is to help guide people through the uncertain waters of separation and divorce through faith and love.  Our mission is to meet people where they are and guide them, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, to a place where they can reclaim their lives and start over again.  The program is fully attended and has gained popularity in recent years as the need for this ministry grows.  If you need healing, please email Michele and her team at: healfromdivorcetoday@gmail.com for more information and program dates/times. Take the first step towards healing today!

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
(formerly called Eucharistic Ministers)
Art & Jane Lynch (732) 758-8077 or art.lynch@ultrachem.com
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion accept the responsibility of assisting the presider in distributing communion at Mass.  They may also bring communion to the home bound of Nativity parish, a local hospital and a local rehab center.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are scheduled to serve on a regular and rotating basis according to their availability and personal considerations.

Finance Committee
Sue Hodgkiss 732-741-1714 x20 
The Finance Committee provides financial leadership to the Pastor by ensuring that all funds are spent appropriately.  It approves the annual budget, all building and grounds improvement projects, staffing levels and salary increase recommendations and is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance of Nativity’s assets and prudent management of investments. During the fiscal year, the committee tracks budget progress and reviews revenues and expenses.

Flower Committee 
Diane Bollerman(732) 530-6319 or jbollerman@verizon.net
The Nativity Flower Committee’s mission is to beautify the interior spaces of the house of the Church. Members are responsible for choosing and maintaining floral arrangements, as well as announcing floral donations in the bulletin. In addition, members work with the Liturgy Committee to design and implement decorations for feast days in the liturgical calendar. If you like to arrange flowers or use your creativity to plan decorations for special church holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc.), you will enjoy becoming a member of this group. 

Fundraising Committee 
Ann Friel nativitybooks@msn.com 
Bill Gesell (732) 758-8012 or billgesell1@gmail.com
Nativity’s Fundraising Committee organizes and coordinates events to raise money for specific parish needs.  One of which is an annual 50/50 Raffle held in the fall.  

Jeanne Silvestri
Jeanne's Blankets Outreach Ministry
Sue Hodgkiss (732) 741-1714 x20 or
This Ministry is being created in honor of Jeanne Silvestri, an amazing woman who lived a faith-filled life with kindness & love and had a unique ability to make everyone she met feel special & cared for.

Jeanne's Blanket ministry will be making lap-sized fleece blankets that will be given to adults and children who are sick or are going through extremely difficult times. These prayer blankets will be made, prayed over and blessed for healing and blessings upon the recipients. We pray that this ministry will bring all those who receive these prayer blankets comfort, peace and hope so they will know they are not alone, that God is with them and that there are people who care for them and are praying for God's healing hand to bless them.

We would like to form 2 separate groups. An adult group that will meet during the week and a Student group (6th grade and up) that will meet after school or on Saturday. No skill is necessary, just a prayerful and willing heart! 

Interested? Please contact Sue H. above

Please watch future bulletins for details on how to request a prayer blanket or if you would like to make a donation in honor of someone to help offset the cost of the blankets.

Lazarus Group 
Joan Wood
The Lazarus Group reaches out to those who have experienced the death of a loved one by assisting with the funeral arrangements, planning the vigil (wake) and funeral liturgies in accordance with the Rite of Christian Funerals. Members of this ministry provide support and follow-up contact at this difficult moment for the family and friends of the deceased.

Joe DiLustro
(732) 747-6049 or therapeutics101@verizon.net
Lectors fulfill an important liturgical role when they proclaim the Word of God to the community at Mass. They also participate in special liturgies throughout the year. Men and women who would like to consider this ministry are encouraged to share their talents with the parishioners of the House of the Church of the Nativity. Training is provided for new lectors and coaching sessions are conducted periodically for all lectors. Lectors are scheduled to serve on a regular basis according to their availability and other personal considerations.


Annie DiDomenico 
The Library is an important resource for the entire parish community. There are videos for children and adults, and hundreds of books. Members of this ministry catalog new items received by the library and replace returned items on the shelves.

Liturgy Committee
Linda Gesell
(732) 758-8012 or lhd121@hotmail.com
Members evaluate and make suggestions for improving the liturgical life of the parish in order to further the work of the Holy Spirit in building community, worship and prayer. The committee discusses Sunday and weekday liturgies, sacramental celebrations, liturgical space, liturgical decorations, liturgical music, parish retreats/ missions, parish faith sharing groups, seasonal prayer services, and other items requested by the pastor. The committee typically meets once per liturgical season. Visit our web page.

Marian Prayer Group
Ann Friel
The Marian Prayer Group is open to all, to pray the rosary, read scripture, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick and dying with special attention given to our families and friends.  Members consecrate themselves and our parish to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  The group meets Tuesday 7:15 PM.

Ministers of Hospitality 
(formerly called Ushers)
John Hendrick jhendrick71@gmail.com

Ministers of Hospitality are parishioners whose ministry calls them to share themselves in hospitality with the people, to make people welcome and to offer help and assistance when needed at mass or other services. They greet and seat people, assign those who will bear the Offertory gifts, distribute the bulletin after Mass and provide assistance to the disabled. They also render assistance during special events and work closely with the pastor in whatever capacity is needed. Individuals are scheduled on a semi-permanent basis to specific liturgies in accordance with some flexibility.

Music Ministry 
Contemporary Music Ensemble:
Annie DiDomenico
Children's Choir:
Gabriella Vidal
Cantors & Organists:
Peter Isherwood musicministry@nativitychurchnj.org
Music fulfills a very important role in the spiritual and prayer life of Nativity Parish by means of the adult choir, youth choir, folk group and cantors. Experienced singers are invited to share their talent with our parish. Cantors proclaim the Word of God in song during the Mass and in other liturgies. Training and practice sessions are led by the parish music director.  Visit our web page.

Nativity Women’s Group 
Mavel Tiratto
 (732) 842-6350 or tiratto3@comcast.net 
The main function of this group is to inspire women to get involved in the parish through different activities that are fun, socially oriented and spiritual. The group also has events that support the church financially. 

Anne Gentile (732) 741-3419
The Nifty Fifties is a social group whose members meet at 1pm the second Wednesday of each month in the Parish Hall.  Diverse programs are presented and refreshments are served.  New members are always welcome to meet and socialize with their fellow senior parishioners.  Three luncheons are held every year for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day and in June.  

Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation 
Fred & Terry Horney
Pre-Cana is a team effort by a group of happily married couples, committed to a Christian marriage, who are willing to minister to engaged couples. This group meets with engaged couples to discuss the many aspects of a good marriage. Meetings include a large and a small group dynamic. Pre Cana is a one-day session, which is offered one Saturday in March and October at Nativity parish. They are open to all couples in the area. Training for team members is provided at Nativity parish by the team. Activities and responsibilities are multi-faceted and opportunities exist within the team for anyone willing to help in any way 

RCIA (Adults)
Sue Hodgkiss (732) 741-1714 x20 or Sueh@nativitychurchnj.org
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. 

Religious Education 
Sue Hodgkiss (732) 741-1714 x20 or
Parish members, adult and teenagers, contribute their time and skills to the religious education program at the Church of the Nativity.  Catechists training, in accordance with diocesan guidelines, is provided to all who take part in the program.  Catechists must pass a background check prior to participating in the program.  For more information, see the Religious Education, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group web pages.

Renew (Why Catholic)
Tom Babcock
 (732) 530-9282 or tomndebbie@verizon.net 
Renew is a parish-based adult faith development program that uses small group meetings to foster learning and discussion among the participants. 

Respect Life
Deacon Paul Lang (732) 741-1714 x22 or PaulL@nativitychurchnj.org
The committee works with other parish groups and the surrounding communities to encourage an atmosphere of respect and dignity for all human life along the continuum from conception to natural death.  The committee functions under the guidance of our pastor and follows the guidelines of the US Catholic Conference and NJ Catholic Conference.  The Diocesan Pastoral Plan “Led by the Spirit” and the USCCB “The Life and Dignity of the Human Person” plan serve as the guiding documents.  

Barbara Lunz (732) 842-2556
Members change the linens for the liturgical season and wash the altar cloths.  

Sarah Maris
 (732) 747-6922 or webmaster@nativitychurchnj.org
The website committee works with the Parish staff to design and maintain an attractive and welcoming presence for the Church of the Nativity on the worldwide web.  


Altar Servers
Fr. Jim Grogan (732) 741-1714 x25 or Frjim@nativitychurchnj.org
Altar servers are youth whose ministry enables them to assist the presider at the altar during liturgy, especially during the Sunday liturgy and also at weddings, funerals and other liturgical events. Altar servers must be at least nine years old to begin serving at Mass. Training sessions are conducted as needed for new servers. Altar servers are scheduled to serve on a regular and rotating basis according to their availability and other personal considerations. 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word 
Annie DiDomenico
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is offered at the 9:30 AM Mass during the Religious Education Calendar year. The children go to the Chapel after the opening prayer and participate in the Liturgy of the Word at their level. Children in grades Pre-School through 6th are invited and do (age appropriate) readings and songs. With an adult leader they are guided through a reflection of the Gospel, which is usually a lively and insightful discussion! High School students and adults are invited to volunteer as leaders, musicians or time keepers. Materials and guidelines are provided.  

RCIA (Children)
Sue Hodgkiss (732) 741-1714 x20 or sueh@nativitychurchnj.org 
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) is a process for anyone who is unbaptized or baptized and desires to receive or complete the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism,Eucharist and/or Confirmation). Here at the Church of the Nativity, the Religious Education (RE) program has developed a process specifically for children and their  families who want to be prepared for these Sacraments. 

Vacation Bible School
Annie DiDomenico
Children of the parish (age four through fifth grade) participate in a unique biblical exploration for one week in the summer. Children sixth through high school are invited to help as leaders. Through storytelling, music, crafts, drama and recreation, the children enjoying learning selected bible stories. See our web page

Youth Lectors
Joe DiLustro (732) 747-6049 or therapeutics101@verizon.net 
Youth Lectors help bring the Word of God to our parish in a different voice. They are an important part of our faith community. Members of this ministry often sign up after Confirmation and are usually high school students. Regular practice and coaching sessions are conducted by the coordinators of this ministry. They serve on a regular basis throughout the school year. 

Youth Group
Karen Ann Lenahan (732) 996-6394 or peacepassiton@nativitychurchnj.org   
High school teens gather to develop positive values through exploring our faith, serving our community, and having fun. Our activities include meetings, service projects, fund raisers, and other great stuff. We welcome adults who have a sincere desire to help teens fulfill their mission. See our web page