Service and Social
Service & Social is a group of ministries dedicated to the practical application of the Gospel in society and are dedicated to fostering a sense of community within our parish. The individual ministries provide opportunities for Nativity parishioners to offer their time, talents and treasures to interact with and help others.
Youth and adults have many opportunities to participate in team sports at Nativity. Contact Otto Misso or Karen Molitor at 716-632-8838 Ext. 4 regarding available time slots for volleyball, basketball, etc.
The annual parish auction is organized through this committee. Many volunteers are needed in several areas to support the parish’s major fundraiser. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or contact Nicole Richard at 716-633-7441 ext. 317 to become a sponsor.
Ministry which reaches out to individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one or other significant loss. The group provides emotional and spiritual support as requested. Contact Amy Vukelic at 716-632-8838, ext. 9.
Nativity currently has two book clubs which meet regularly to discuss books related to personal enrichment. Contact Msgr. Fred Leising at 716-632-8838, ext. 307.
Catholic Charities Committee
The Nativity Catholic Charities Committee promotes the participation of every parishioner in achieving the diocesan goals for funding charities and counseling services. Contact Dave Rogers at 716-741-8386.
There are a dedicated group of men and women who devote some of their spare time to planting, weeding, watering, and just generally sprucing up the many flower beds that now grace the grounds of Nativity. They are always looking for new "green thumbs". You don't have to be a master gardener to join in the fun. Call Amy Vukelic at 716-632-8838 ext. 9 with questions, comments or suggestions.
Girl Scout troops are available through Nativity School. The groups strive to teach girls Christian faith and the Girl Scout Law through social interaction and community service projects. Contact Patricia Downing at 716-633-7441 for referral to the various troop leaders.
Habitat for Humanity
Nativity is a Partner Church with Habitat for Humanity. As such, Nativity’s group works to mobilize the parish resources by offering prayer, financial and manpower support to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and Habitat for Humanity International. Contact Kathy Visciano at 716-631-3690.
Home School Association
Nativity’s Home School Association provides the means for mutual cooperation of its members to best ensure the educational and spiritual growth and development of Nativity students. The group also secures and allocates resources to support the goals of Catholic education. Contact Paula Del Regno and Robert Cox, the current HSA president, at 716-685-2646.
Ladies Guild -Currently Inactive/Undergoing Reorganization
This organization offers women an opportunity to socialize, enjoy a planned program and promote service to the Church. Contact Janet Vito at 716-632-9001.
The Nativity Men’s Group is a ministry designed to meet the spiritual needs of the adult men of the parish through various functions, projects, prayer and retreats. Contact Norbert Wrobel at 716-633-9999.
The outreach staff (pastoral associates) and trained volunteers respond to the needs and welfare of all parishioners, as well as diocesan and community groups. Contact Amy Vukelic at 716-632-8838, ext. 9. Current outreach activites include: Bissonette House, Hearts and Hands, Family Promise, St. Lawrence Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul and Habit for Humanity. Look for more information about these activities under News.
The Giving Tree Committee
As part of parish outreach, this group works with the youth of the parish to provide Christmas presents for children and families living in poverty in the Buffalo area. Contact Dave and Joan Rogers at 716-741-8386 or the youth ministry department at 716-634-3130.
A group of volunteers plan, organizes and coordinates an annual parish picnic for all parishioners. Coming in 2015.
Rosary/Prayer Shawl Service
Called -"Praying Needles & Beads", this ministry is an informal group of women and men that meet once a month to knit (or crochet) prayer shawls and/or make rosaries. Shawls are distributed to individuals who are in need of prayerful support. The rosaries are for local and mission use. Contact Annette Youngs at 716-633-8639.
Normal shopping provides funds for Nativity’s school through the purchase of SCRIP cards that are redeemable at a variety of participating vendors. Contact Mary Beth Cucinotta at 716-630-1677 or Nativity School at 716-633-7441.
The Social Justice Ministry strives to learn the Catholic position on matters of social justice and advocate for the victims of unjust treatment. Contact Amy Vukelic, 716-632-8838, ext. 9 for more information.
The Respect Life Committee
As part of the Social Justice Ministry, it is an organization focused on promoting and protecting the value and dignity of human life. Contact Gene and Arlene Mendryza at 716-634-8997.
St. Vincent DePaul
Nativity’s St. Vincent DePaul group works to provide for the needs of the poor both locally and overseas. The group also ministers to residents of nursing homes through visits and gifts. Contact Karen Molitor, the Parish Secretary, at 716-632-8838 ext. 4 for a referral.