Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Just a reminder that the friars will be traveling to Beacon, NY on Sunday afternoon and returning Saturday morning for our Provincial Chapter. This year is also our time for the election of new leaders for our Province. In our absence Fr. John Pagel will be here to take care of the sacraments and daily Mass. Thank you, Fr. John.

 

Congratulations to our principal, Mrs. Meredith Canning who recently received her Master of Science in Education degree from St. Bonaventure University. What a great leader for our Immaculata School!

 

Did you know? The Mass begins with the entrance song. The celebrant and other ministers enter in procession and reverence the altar with a bow and/or a kiss. The altar is a symbol of Christ at the heart of the assembly and so deserves this special reverence. All make the Sign of the Cross and the celebrant extends a greeting to the gathered people in words taken from Scripture.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Congratulations to Deacon Mark Nash! Deacon Mark has been named the new director of Catholic Charities for the Western region of the Diocese of Charlotte and will have his office in Asheville. He will be relocating to the area full time and his new position begins October 30th.

 

This past Thursday we welcomed Fr. Melchior, the Provincial Minister of the Indian Province from where our Indian friars come. He will be here for just a week and then joining the friars for their Provincial Chapter October 15th to 20th in Beacon, NY.
With that said, the friars will be traveling to Beacon next Sunday afternoon and returning Saturday morning. In our absence         Fr. John Pagel will be here to take care of the sacraments and daily Mass. Thank you, Fr. John.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

This week we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. October 3rd, we will celebrate his entry to eternal life with a Transitus service at 7:00. Then on October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, we will have our regular Masses plus, in the evening from 7:00 to 9:00, we will have Eucharistic Adoration to pray for vocations. Come for all or just some of the time to join in prayer that God continue to bless us with worthy vocations.

 

We have several baptisms coming up at Sunday Masses: October 1st at 9:00 and 11:30 and October 8th at 11:30. What a blessing to witness new life in the Church.

 

Special thanks to the Thursday Spanish men’s group (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) for coming together on Saturdays and sprucing up our grounds. Looks great! Thanks as well to those who have adopted a garden and keep them looking beautiful.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Last weekend was Catechetical Sunday. Thank you to Claudia and Emily and their team of almost 100 volunteers who work with Faith Formation, Edge and LifeTeen. You are a real blessing to our parish. Thank you all!

 

Our parish logo in the gathering area is complete. Thank you to the men who volunteered their time and talents to make this happen. The line in the middle of the M represents Immaculate and the C of course is Conception and the M for Mary. The Immaculate Conception of Mary.

 

October 3rd, we will celebrate the entry of St. Francis to eternal life with a Transitus service. Then on October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, we will have our regular Mass plus in the evening, from 7:00 to 9:00, we will have Eucharistic Adoration to pray for vocations. Come for all or just some of the time to join in prayer that God continue to bless us with worthy vocations.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Congratulations to our young people who were confirmed by Bishop Jugis on Wednesday evening. May the Holy Spirit continue to live and move in you as you grow in His love.

 

September 17th is the feast of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis. This is the feast of our Province of the Stigmata. Unfortunately, we are not able to celebrate this year because it falls on a Sunday, but, nevertheless, we ask your continued prayers for our Province, especially as we prepare for our upcoming Chapter in October. Pray in a special way for vocations.

 

Thank you to those who continue to support Samaritans Attic. We have had lots of donations of furniture and house wares the past couple of months. What a blessing to see items come in and yes, go out, just as fast. There is such a great need here in our area, more than most of us realize.

 

Next weekend we will have a special collection for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. Make checks payable to Immaculate Conception and one check will be sent to the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin