I rejoiced when they said to me. "Let us go to the house of the Lord." - Psalm 122:1

Parish History

The Annual Festival in August, 1959 was held in the new parking lot/playground. On November 1, 1959, the ground breaking ceremony was held for the new church and school. Dedication of the new church and school took place October 22, 1960. Bishop John J. Wright officiated at the first Mass on November 27, 1960.

FounadtionBishop Wright invited the Sisters of Divine Providence to be the teachers in the new school. Two sisters were assigned to Nativity School and they were to register students for the first and second grades only. School opened September 5, 1961 for these two grades. The first Principal was Sister M.I Pius and the teachers were Sister Martha, Sister M. Aniceta and Mrs. Geraldine Smith.

FounadtionAs there was no convent, the nuns lived temporarily at Saint Sylvester and commuted daily to the school. Plans were developed to convert the rectory into a convent. In order to do this, property was purchased in 1962 at 5637 Brownsville Road to be used as a temporary rectory. Renovating this building for use as a rectory was completed early in 1963 and the priests moved into this location. After the renovation of the existing rectory, the nuns had a convent of their own.

Hugo MassIn 1962, the property located directly across from the church and school on Brownsville Road was purchased for additional parking. Also in 1962, third grade was added to the school and it was decided that the students would wear uniforms.

In September, 1965, Father Joseph E. Drumm became Pastor of Nativity. At a Church Committee meeting on March 27, 1966, the decision was made to tear down the old brick church that had been used as the school cafeteria and plans were approved for a new activities building and cafeteria. The Church Committee was composed of the following men: William Griffith, Howard Kiefer, John J. Bruce, Henry Gitnik, Harold Holsinger, Frank Zupancic and Dr. Charles Martin.

FounadtionThis second phase of the building project began in January 1967. By September of that year, all grades of the school were in place. The new building was completed late in 1968. Blessing of the activities building and cafeteria took place December 29, 1968.

Father John D. Brennan began his assignment as assistant pastor at Nativity in 1970 and was here until 1975 at which time Father Stan M. Gregorek became the assistant pastor.