Nativity Catholic Church is continuing to follow the updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


Nativity Catholic Church & School is actively monitoring the updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health authorities concerning the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) respiratory illness. The health and safety of the parish & school community is of high importance.

As a parish & school team we are meeting every day to assess the current status of COVID-19 and are frequently consulting with the Florida Department of Health and other experts. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep our community safe.

In addition to monitoring this site for important Parish & School updates, please continue to educate yourself about the virus and take precautions to protect yourself and others. Reliable and current information can be found on the following websites:




January 17, 2021 UPDATE 

Dear Nativity Family,

It is with great joy that we inform you that Fr. Brad’s second test was negative for COVID-19. Since his doctor diagnosed him with something else and the COVID-19 tests were simply precautionary, Fr. Belisario and Fr. Anthony have resumed ministry, and Fr. Brad will resume ministry in the coming day(s) when he is 100%. Thank you very much for your prayers and support.


Nativity Parish Family,


Fr. Brad Reed, our newest priest at Nativity, has fallen ill. As some of his symptoms do coincide with COVID-19 symptoms, he received a rapid antigen COVID-19 test today. Fr. Brad’s result was negative for COVID-19. However, doctors recommended that he still receive the PCR molecular COVID-19 test (results take roughly 48-hours). Fr. Brad received this test today and he is resting in isolation from his fellow priests. If you have had prolonged contact (within 6 feet for over 15 minutes) with Fr. Brad at any time since Sunday, we invite you to simply monitor your symptoms.

No other Nativity priests are showing symptoms, but in an abundance of caution for you our parishioners, Fr. Anthony and Fr. Belisario will also isolate this weekend while we await Fr. Brad’s test results. Since Fr. Tapp was away from the parish this week while on vacation, he will be celebrating some of the Masses this weekend.

We will have our regularly scheduled Masses this weekend.
Saturday Vigil Masses:
4pm – Church (English)
4pm – Gym (Spanish)

Sunday Masses:
8:30am – Church (English)
8:30am – Gym (English)
10:30am – Church (English)
10:30am – Gym (English)
12:30pm – Church (Spanish)
12:30pm – Gym (Spanish)
6:00pm – Church (English)

Unfortunately, due to this, there will be no confessions available this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We continue to believe the risk of exposure to COVID-19 at our Parish is minimal because of the many health and safety protocols we have put in place. Please continue to monitor your health for any symptoms and contact your medical professional if symptoms develop or if you have any medical questions.

Thank you for continuing to make the health and safety of our parish community a top priority. We will let you know if any additional information needs to be communicated. We remain united in faith and prayer.

God Bless,
Your Nativity Priests

UPDATES November 22, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp -

Advent / Penance Service / Individual Confessions – In a normal year, we usually celebrate a communal Penance Service at Nativity during the season of Advent. Over 400 people usually participate and about 16 priests from our area celebrate the Sacrament of Penance with those who gather. Because of COVID, we will not hold a communal Penance Service this year. However, we will offer additional times for the Sacrament of Penance in the weeks to come. Listed below are those times when two of our Nativity priests will be available to hear confessions. Please note that we will restrict confessions to those times. Finally, we are asking that you don’t wait until the last session to go to confession. Our parish priests will not be able to accommodate a last minute, pre-Christmas “rush” if many of our parishioners wait until December 16th to go to confession.

  • Saturdays                                           2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Saturdays                                           5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Monday, November 30th                     8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, December 2nd                 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, December 7th                               8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, December 9th                  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Monday, December 14th                     8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Wednesday, December 16th                6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    UPDATES October 1, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp - Protocols as Florida moves into Phase 3 of Reopening (Blingual)

UPDATES August 12, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp - Novemberfest 2020 Announcement

UPDATES August 4, 2020 - Pam Emery, Director of Faith Formation - Faith Formation Classes 2020-2021

UPDATES May 25, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp - Returning to Weekend Public Celebrations of Sunday Mass at Nativity During the COVID-19 Pandemic |En Español

UPDATES May 6, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp - Returning to Public Celebrations of the Mass During The COVID-19 Pandemic | En Español

Fr. John Tapp - Re-engaging with Nativity Parish During the COVID-19 Pandemic | En Español

UPDATES April 30, 2020 - Fr. John Tapp - Some Thoughts on Resuming Public Celebrations of the Mass

UPDATES April 20, 2020 - Nativity Catholic School Closed through end of 2020 Schoolyear - Read Letter from Mrs. Ringley HERE.

UPDATES April 14, 2020 - Church Office Hours

Parish Office Hours: Effective April 14, 2020 - Due to budgetary constraints as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our weekly office hours are as follows: If you need assistance in person, we are accepting visitors between the hours of 8:30am-12pm Mondaythrough Friday. Phones will be answered at the hours listed above as well as from 1pm-4pm Monday - Thursday.

Horario de la Oficina Parroquial: Efectivo 14 de abril de 2020 - Debido a los recortes de presupueste como resultado de la pandemia COVID-19, nuestro nuevo horario de oficina ha cambiado. Si necesitas asistencia en persona, estamos aceptando visitantes entre las horas de 8:30am-12pm de lunes a viernes. Estaremos respondiendo sus llamadas dentro el horario mencionado, así también como de 1pm-4pm de lunes a jueves.

UPDATES March 31, 2020 from Nativity Catholic School CLICK HERE

UPDATES March 25 & 26 from Faith Formation CLICK HERE 

UPDATES March 19, 2020 - Letter from Fr. Tapp to our Nativity Community

UPDATES March 18, 2020 - Suspension of Public Masses in DOSP

After discussion, prayer, and discernment, the Bishops of Florida have made the decision to suspend the celebration of Masses throughout the Province. Read full letter from Bishop Parkes to the Catholic Faithful HERE.

We are working as a staff to ensure that we will be able to live stream Masses at Nativity.
At this time, all on-campus events/programming have been cancelled or postponed through the end of March. This includes: Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, Ministry Meetings, Penance Service, Stations of the Cross, Fish Frys, etc. A parish-wide update from Fr. Tapp is coming March 19, 2020. 

Updates from the Diocesan Office of Schools -March 18, 2020 - ENGLISH SPANISH

UPDATES March 16, 2020 - Maureen Ringley, NCS Principal

Letter to Nativity Catholic School Families (March 16, 2020)

Dear Nativity Catholic School Parents and Guardians,
The health and safety of our families is our top priority. We are continuing to follow the guidance from the CDC and public health organizations as we make decisions about how best to move forward with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19). After prayerful consideration, Bishop Gregory Parkes has directed that all Catholic schools and Early Childhood center buildings will be closed to students from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
Please read this letter for full details.
We ask for your patience and assistance during this unprecedented situation. We understand the difficulty these actions will have for many families, particularly changes in the school calendar. Let's continue to pray for one another and remember that while we are separated by quarantines, self-isolation and social distancing, Pope Francis reminds us that, united in Christ we are never alone.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Maureen Ringley, M.Ed.
Nativity Catholic School 

The Maintenance staff at Nativity Catholic Church & School has been hard at work this week to spray down all classrooms and areas in the school with a sanitizing spray solution. 

UPDATES March 14, 2020 -  Fr. Tapp

  • Our parish staff continues to monitor the developments relative to the Coronavirus or Covid 19. We will offer up-dated directives to our community at regular intervals based on those developments and based on the recommendations from the various government, health, education, and diocesan entities.
  • At this point and time, we continue to have public celebrations of the Mass – on weekdays and on Sundays. We will also be having weddings and funerals as scheduled.
  • As you have noticed, there are some changes we have made relative to the Mass. All have been made in order to better protect everyone and keep us healthy:
    • We removed the holy water from the fonts
    • We recommend that you do not hold hands during the Our Father or greet one another with a handshake at the Sign of Peace. Rather, we ask that you offer a verbal greeting or bow of the head at that time.
    • It is recommended that you receive Holy Communion in your hand and not on your tongue.
    • We have removed offering the Precious Blood from the cup.
    • These protocols will remain in place for at least the next few weeks.
  • Nativity Parish has canceled all meetings and get-togethers for the next week – starting today (3/15/2020) and lasting until Monday, March 23rd at 5 am. That includes Nativity School, faith formation, and youth ministry. The only exceptions have been Meals on Wheels and the Food Pantry. Our staff will make a decision about those two ministries on Monday or Tuesday.
  • Our facilities are routinely cleaned. They will undergo a sanitizing this coming week. Feel free to bring in your own sanitizing wipes to clean off surfaces around you. And liberally use hand sanitizer.
  • Please continue to use good sense as we move through this pandemic.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
    • Stay home and away from Mass and other public places if you are sick or symptomatic
    • Bishop Parkes has removed the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for those who are ill, immune-compromised, or anxious about being in public places (like church) until the end of March
    • Practice social distancing where possible
  • We are stopping Pastoral Care to Brandon Regional Hospital for the time being. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will NOT be bringing Holy Communion to the hospital for at least the next 7-14 days. 

And, as people of faith, pray. We live in hope that our God is with us – even during this time of challenge and illness. Our God’s hand is upon us – even when we are sick / suffering and making decisions about what to do during these times. We live in Christian hope that our God hears us, helps us, strengthens us, and walks with us at all times and during every challenge. Good Friday really does lead to resurrection.

Actualización COVID-19 - 14 marzo POR FAVOR DE LEER POR COMPLETO

Siguiendo las advertencias de precaución, todos los eventos y programación de Nativity** serán cancelado desde las 7 am el domingo, 15 de marzo hasta las 5am lunes, 23 de marzo

FAVOR DE NOTAR: todos los eventos litúrgicos (Misas Dominicales, Misas diarias, Bodas, Funerales y Quinceañeras) continuarán como de costumbre hasta nuevo aviso. **Aún no se ha tomado una decisión sobre la distribución de alimentos y Meals on Wheels. Comunicaremos la decisión tan pronto se decida.

Futuros eventos cancelados hasta la fecha:
- Retiro de Emaús en Ingles 20 para mujeres (28-29 de marzo de 2020).
-Conferencia de Hombres Hispanos (18 de abril de 2020)
-Sr. Clases de ejercicios (Hasta abril)

Para todas las actualizaciones, por favor visite:  "Y, como personas de fe, mantengámonos en oración. Vivimos con la esperanza de que nuestro Dios está con nosotros,  incluso en este tiempo de inseguridad y enfermedad. Que la mano de Dios este sobre nosotros, incluso cuando estamos enfermos/sufriendo y tomando decisiones sobre qué hacer durante estos tiempos. Vivimos la esperanza cristiana de que nuestro Dios nos escucha, nos fortalece y nos guía en todo momento y durante cada desafío. El Viernes Santo realmente conduce a la resurrección." P. Tapp

UPDATES March 13, 2020 - Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg
On Friday, March 13, 2020, The Diocese of St. Petersburg Issued the Following Updates (click below for more information):

UPDATES March 12, 2020 - Fr.Tapp
RE: Altar Server Appreciation Dinner (March 14, 2020) CANCELLED
The Supreme Office in Ct has advised that all Knights of Columbus activities be cancelled. That includes business meetings, etc. Due to these directives, the 2020 Altar Server Appreciation dinner has been cancelled.

RE: Spanish Parish Mission (March 19-21, 2020) CANCELLED
Out of caution due to the coronavirus our guest priest for the Spanish Parish Mission (scheduled for March 19-21, 2020) has been advised by his Bishop and doctor to not travel to the U.S. from Colombia. That being said, the Spanish Parish Mission has been cancelled.

Pastoral Care Director, Bonnie Ussery in conversation with Fr. Tapp
RE: EMHCs to Homebound, Nursing Homes & Hospitals
We will continue to take Holy Communion to the Hospital at this time. There may be some days we will not have EMHCs to do so but will do our best to have EMHCs as often as possible. We will not be going into Isolation Areas and Rooms.

But, as of today, none of our ministries to the Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities will continue to go to those facilities until this crisis has pasted.

Homebound Parishioners will continue to receive Holy Communion, unless their EMHC does not feel comfortable to go to them.

UPDATES March 11, 2020 -  Bishop Parkes Issues New Temporary Directives in Response to Coronavirus Concerns (FIND THEM HERE) (ESPAÑOL)

UPDATES March 9, 2020 - From Fr. Tapp, Pastor

Parish & School staff are meeting daily to assess the situation and make further adjustments and plans as needed. Additional cleaning and sanitizing measures have been put in place by our Facilities Department in order to ensure our campus is clean. In addition, hand-washing instruction signs have been placed in the bathrooms.

- Out of an abundance of caution, I (Fr. Tapp) am asking that we stop offering the Precious Blood at our daily and Sunday Masses starting tomorrow (3/10/2020). We haven’t received any directive from the Diocese to that effect. But with our crowds and the number of elderly in our community, I think this will be in everyone’s best interest. We will eventually resume that practice. I will let you know when.
- The Church cleaners on Thursday morning are sanitizing the church.
- People are welcome to bring sanitized wipes to clean the area where they sit in church (pew top, song book) if you would like.
- We will continue to offer updates as they become available to us.

UPDATES March 6, 2020 - From Fr. Tapp, Pastor

The information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so far suggests that most coronavirus (COVID-19) illness is mild; however, a risk of more serious illness is possible. Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example, appear to be at greater risk of serious illness.

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the parish & school community, we are asking for parishioners, students, faculty, and staff to carefully consider both their personal and professional travel plans and take note of CDC recommendations about COVID-19.

For those who develop an illness while away, please return to your permanent home and alert the Parish and/or School Office so we may make class and other accommodations. In addition, if you are traveling to a country that is a CDC Level 2 or 3 risk ( or if your travel destination is declared a CDC Level 2 or 3 risk while you are away, we ask that you return to your permanent home for a 14-day self-quarantine even if you are symptom-free.

For employees, please notify your supervisor if you are ill. Students or employees should not return until after the self-quarantine period has passed. 

UPDATES March 4, 2020 - From Fr. Tapp, Pastor

- A group will be doing extra sanitizing of the various surfaces in the church once a week.
- And, regarding the Sign of Peace: “People are still free to exchange the Sign of Peace without physical contact if concerned about a handshake. Be respectful when other people prefer not to shake hands.” (Office of Worship Update)

UPDATES March 1, 2020 - From Fr. Tapp, Pastor

We have had multiple inquiries regarding the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and how it might affect some of our liturgical practices during Mass. As you know, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to monitor the situation and offers regular updates about protocol, especially when gathering in public places and for public events. Our parish will continue to monitor the latest CDC recommendations and implement those recommendations as needed.

As of this weekend:
- The CDC has NOT recommended that we withdraw the use of the common cup for Holy Communion. EMHCs are instructed to wipe the cup after a communicant consumes the precious blood and turn the cup for the next person who will receive. That practice is known to lessen the transmission of germs.
- If you are uncomfortable receiving the Precious Blood from the cup, then feel free to refrain from doing so. Simply offer a simple bow of the head to the Precious Blood as you pass by the EMHC.
- The CDC recommends that you should not be out in public, and that means you should not be attending Mass, if you have a fever. You should not go out in public again until you are free of that fever for at least 24 hours.
- If you suspect you have the flu, DO NOT ATTEND MASS. If you have the flu, it is recommended that you seek medical attention from your doctor and follow your doctor’s advice regarding recovery and attending or re-engaging in public events.
- Frequent and thorough hand-washing is always recommended, even if you are free of the flu, colds, or other ailments.
- As someone who distributes Holy Communion, it is my opinion that receiving Holy Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue is a much more hygienic way of participating in the Eucharistic Meal. But that is simply my opinion.

Again, we will continue to keep you informed as we receive more updates from the CDC and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Let us keep those who are sick in our prayers. And let us engage in common-sense behaviors when it comes to normal hygiene and when experiencing various illnesses.



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