Lifelong Faith Formation
The Lifelong Faith Formation ministries focus on providing opportunities for individuals to grow in their relationship with God on a path to becoming Disciples of Jesus! Included are descriptions of Nativity’s school (Pre-K – 8) and formal preparation programs for adults and youth planning to receive initial sacraments. Also provided are enrichment programs to further all parishioners’ appreciation and understanding of their faith.
Adult Education Programs
We offer Adult Education programs which explore Catholic Teaching, sacramental life, and various issues which affect our lives as Christians. We invite in speakers who are active in various ministries and who offer a level of expertise that enhances our understanding of the issues and provides us with the means and methods of advocacy to hopefully make a difference in our world. Please contact John Wilde at 716-634-3130 ext. 322 with questions and suggestions.
Adult Sacrament Preparation
Pre-Baptism classes are offered for parents expecting their first child. Information is given on the rite of Baptism, the history and theology of the sacrament, and parental responsibilities. Contact Deacon Tom Freidman at 716-632-8838 ext. 2. To register for the Pre-Baptismal class, please call Karen, the Parish Secretary, at 716-632-8838 ext. 4.
Catholic Scripture Study
The Catholic Scripture Study program is a Steubenville University program that strives for Bible literacy for all Catholics. Participants nationwide use standardized study materials, focusing on a particular book of the Bible. The material is supplemented with on-line information and enhanced by local discussion groups. Nativity’s group meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th (when there is one) Wednesdays in the Paa center. Contact Dave Schabel at 716-741-6940.
Couples planning to be married at Nativity must attend a Pre-Cana program. Couples may choose from a parish-based “Couple to Couple” program or the diocesan-run Journey into Love program at the St. Columban Retreat Center. Both programs are run by married couples and offer insights into the Church teachings on the sacrament, along with all aspects of married life. For the Couple to Couple program contact Bruce and Kathy Zgoda at (716) 759-6007. For diocesan programs go to www.buffalodiocese.org. All engaged couples begin their marriage preparation with a scheduled meeting with one of our parish priests.
Participants in Mission embark on a week-long Lenten retreat. A series of nightly events are designed to deepen and enrich their faith and strengthen their sense of belonging to their Parish community.
Nativity School (Pre-K – 8)
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School dedicates itself to education in the Catholic tradition, which places emphasis upon moral and spiritual formation and seeks excellence in academics, personal development, the building of the spirit of the community, and service to others. For more information, call the school at 716-633-7441.
See Marriage Preparation.
The RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) prepares adults to become members of the Catholic Church. The process provides instruction on Catholic doctrine, liturgical practices and sacramental life. Adults receive the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation as needed at the Easter Vigil. Contact John Wilde at 634-3130 ext. 322
Lifelong Faith Formation
Nativity’s Lifelong Faith Formation department offers a formal, classroom-based curriculum for teaching the Catholic faith to students in grades 1 through 11. The program includes sacrament preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. Qualified adults are welcome to volunteer as Catechists. Call 716-634-3130
Vacation Bible School
Nativity’s Vacation Bible School is a 1-week summer program that teaches Christian concepts in a relaxed setting. Children entering grades K through 4 participate in daily prayer, scripture readings, craft projects, musical games and outdoor play, all centering around a Biblical theme. Adults and teens are welcome to volunteer to help organize or teach.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
The Youth & Young Adult Ministry department reaches out to middle school, high school and college students as well as young adults. They offer spiritual, social & service events throughout the year that focus on helping youth of all ages grow closer to God in non-classroom settings. Qualified adult volunteers are always welcome. Contact Lydia Zielinski our MS & HS Youth Minister at 716-634-3130 ext. 329 or Meghan Rogers Pastoral Associate at 716-634-3130 ext. 312 .