Frank Goloforo, Sr. 228-323-5154
Diane Cothern 228-435-9815
Kim Audo 228-365-3248
Nathan Hettinger 712-541-1619
Maggie Landry 228-432-2233
Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist:
Vicki Howard 228-697-5960
Bob Tucei 228-388-1020
Mike & Corri Gulino 228-380-1549
Liturgical & Spiritual Life:
Deacon Ben Wimberly 228-374-1717
Dennis Burke 228-435-3975
Men of St. Joseph:
Darryl Platt 228-432-7155
Helen Ross 228-374-7805
Reverend Dennis Carver 228-374-1717
St. Vincent de Paul:
Annette Luther 228-392-1315
Social Justice & Ecumenism:
John Sherman 228-396-1888
Marty Brazil 228-806-0094
Rectory Office 228-374-1717
Women of Mary:
Nanette Burke 228-435-3975
Kristy Arguelles 228-324-9934
Kim Audo 228-365-3248
Nativity B.V.M. has a vibrant lay ministry with many opportunities for involvement. We are actively seeking volunteers to participate in each of the following ministries. Please contact the committee chairman for information on meeting times and ways you can assist in these areas critical to our Cathedral Parish.
The Education Team is concerned with all areas of parish education: Nativity B.V.M. Elementary School; Pre-School, Elementary, and High School Religious Education Programs, R.C.I.A., Adult Education, Marriage Preparation, Outreach Groups, and Youth Ministry. Members of the committee provide input and assistance in planning for and initiating programs that touch all segments of the parish family.
The Finance Team monitors the financial needs of our parish, the parish budget, and maintains and plans for the future of our parish buildings and property.
LITURGICAL & SPIRITUAL LIFE
The Liturgy Team is responsible for planning the para-liturgical and liturgical services of the Parish. In addition, they concern themselves with the environment of the Cathedral and Chapel for worship. They oversee the worship aides and coordinate with the Liturgical Ministers and the Minister of Music. They also decorate the Cathedral/Chapel for Christmas and Easter. This team also seeks to provide/assist with programs that deepen the Spiritual Life of the parishioners, e.g., retreats, missions, days of recollection, parish devotions (Holy Hours, Liturgy of the Hours), and keeps people informed about the ministries within the church and/or throughout the diocese.
Nativity B.V.M. Youth Ministry is a vibrant, active ministry in our parish. The team meets on Sunday evenings following the 5:30 p.m. Mass. If you are interested in lectoring, ushering, or bearing gifts at one of our youth masses, please contact one of your youth leaders. We need your help! Please come be a part of YOUR Youth Ministry!
This team promotes outreach and hospitality to all members of the parish as well as all visitors who come to see us. They plan and execute Parish society gatherings, e.g., receptions, celebrations, and our parish picnic. They extend care to shut-ins and also ensure that families of deceased parishioners are given hospitality.
SOCIAL JUSTICE & ECUMENISM
This area of our faith community raises our awareness that all people are not treated or live equally. Through living out our faith, we can make a difference. This team assists with Loaves and Fishes, Disaster Relief, and Ecumenical Services. The monthly food drive and the St. Vincent de Paul Society are a part of this team.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Vincent dePaul team meets weekly. Food distribution and financial assistance is provided each Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Center.
Our talented Cathedral choir sings weekly and at Diocesan-sponsored Masses. The choir practices on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft. The choir does not practice or sing during the summer months.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF THE EUCHARIST
Scheduled Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist assist the Celebrant in distributing Holy Communion during weekly Mass and other Liturgical celebrations. They also bring the Eucharist to hospitalized and homebound parishioners as needed.
Scheduled lectors read the announcements prior to the start of Mass and proclaim the first and second readings. The Lector also reads the Responsorial Psalm if it is not sung, and if no deacon is present, reads the Prayers of the Faithful.
These young members of our Parish assist the Celebrant during weekly Mass and other Liturgical celebrations.
The mission of the usher at Nativity B.V.M. is that of hospitality. This service helps parishioners and guests feel welcome and comforable as we gather for our Eucharistic celebration.
The Nativity Cathedral Altar Society is a group of women from the Parish who offer their dedicated service to the Cathedral. Through combined efforts, they assist the Pastor in maintaining the Altar, Sanctuary, and Sacristy. This includes cleaning and setting of the Altar for services, caring for the vestments, altar cloths, sacred vessels, etc.
This team gathers monthly for prayer and fellowship. They support the Parish and elementary school in many areas, physically as needed and financially through fundraisers. The Men's Club meets monthly on the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Center.
WOMEN OF MARY
This prayer group meets weekly for prayer and fellowship.
MEN OF ST. JOSEPH
The Men of St. Joseph is a group of Nativity B.V.M. men who gather every Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Center for prayer and fellowship. Using the Magnificat prayer book as a starting point, the men of this group share their reflections on the coming Sunday's gospel and pray for their families, personal intentions, and other concerns.
The volunteers who gather each Tuesday welcome members of the community at large into our Bingo hall for an evening of fellowship, good food, and fun entertainment. Funds raised through Bingo are used to support Nativity B.V.M. Elementary School.
Various volunteers are needed to provide assistance as an office volunteer, handyman, gardener, seamstress, cathedral cleaner, bingo worker, or van driver.