From Brother Ray
I am honored to be named the Administrator of Nativity
Parish. One parishioner told me that I don’t have to fill Fr. Jerry’s
shoes as he filled them himself. Thank God because I wouldn’t be able to
do it! You had the best and we all know that. I will always
remember Jerry’s kindness to us when St. John Berchmans/St.Juliana’s
closed. When we were at our worst and feeling so distraught, he called
and just said, “We would be glad to offer support to you in any way we
can. If you want to use our church and have Mass, go right ahead.”
He supported us through an extremely difficult moment and for that I will always
be grateful. I say this because I feel that I am, in some small way,
trying to imitate his generosity by supporting Nativity at this difficult time.
Here’s a little about myself. I have been a
Capuchin friar (which means “brother”) for the last 23 years. I have been
associated with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in some way for the last 16
years. I am part of the “bakery” ministry these days and work with men
who are coming out of prison or substance abuse treatment. As most of you
know, our bakery is just a few blocks from Nativity. I also have been
pastor of St. Charles Parish since 2008.
My main agenda for this first year is not to just be
administrator and keep Nativity going, but to be your pastor. I want to
get to know you and be able to celebrate the good times and be with you in the
In order to be available, we will have to make some
adjustments. St. Charles has agreed to help in whatever way they
can. I would like to change the Mass from 10:00am to 9:45am. I
realize for those of us who are not early risers, those 15 minutes are
precious, but if we can make that adjustment I will be able to be with you most
Sundays. We will keep the 4:00pm Saturday Mass here at Nativity.
St. Charles will also be adjusting their Mass times to accommodate this new
schedule. There will be an 8:15am and 11:30am at St. Charles on Sundays.
I realize all change is difficult but I hope you will give this a try and let’s
see how it works. Let’s keep Nativity the vibrant and hopeful sign of
God’s grace on McClellan. We now have our very own St. Jerome to keep an
eye on us and help us through this year. Let’s not let him down!!