Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners, 

It is with great joy and excitement that I welcome Ms. Margaret Beale as the new Principal of our beloved Immaculata Catholic School! Ms. Beale comes to Immaculata after eight years at Asheville Catholic School, during which time she was an integral part of taking a struggling school, and helping to transform it into a growing and vibrant Catholic institution. The Principal Search Committee was very impressed with Ms. Beale’s accomplishments, her positive and uplifting attitude, and her strong work ethic.

Ms. Beale lives her life on a strong foundation in the Catholic faith, and is focused on promoting and maintaining positive, constructive relationships with parents, teachers, alumni, and our parish, to help build a strong school and parish community.

Ms. Beale has high expectations of herself, and her students and teachers, but guides students towards those high goals with a disposition of encouragement and love. I have every confidence that she will teach solid Catholic moral ideals to our children, instill leadership skills, and prepare our students academically, to live their lives in the fullness to which God calls them.

As your Pastor, I am looking forward to Ms. Beale bringing a new energy and enthusiasm to Immaculata Catholic School, but she needs your prayers, and your energy and enthusiasm, too. Now is a great time to get involved at Immaculata, so I encourage you to see me or Ms. Beale about energizing our PTO and parent involvement, and in sharing the value of a Catholic education with our community.

I also encourage you to enroll your children at Immaculata, if you have not done so yet. At the very soul of an Immaculata education is the education of the soul. Welcome, Ms. Margaret Beale, as our new Principal!

Fr. Cook

I want to thank you all for the warm welcome you have extended to me, as your new Pastor, and to our new Parochial Vicar, Father Britt Taylor. As you can imagine, the pace has been rather hectic since I became Pastor of Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

I have shaken a lot of hands, I have heard a lot of opinions, and have not had time to unpack much of anything at the rectory! Change is a challenge for most of us, because we become set in our ways and comfortable with the environment in which we have become accustomed to living. So, during these times of change, we all must turn to the words of the Lord: “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (Mt 8:20).

Christ is telling us that to truly follow Him, we must not become too attached to our comforts, whatever they may be. We must be ready to pick up our Cross, and follow Him wherever He leads us. Jesus was uncompromisingly honest; He never allows us the illusion that the Christian life is easy. And so we must not come to think that we can settle into our comfortable dens and nests; following Christ, then, always involves change.

To be followers of Christ means to be prepared to deny ourselves of our own will, and embrace His. We come to His Church on Jesus’ terms, not our own. But that does not mean our enthusiasm should be diminished; just that it should be directed by God’s will, and not one’s own agenda.

We have a lot to be excited about here at Immaculate Conception, and Immaculata Catholic School! Indeed, change is in the air; and yet, God is guiding us in very positive directions. And, as your Pastor, I ask everyone to discern what God may be asking you to do, in following Him. I am certain He is asking all of us to stretch ourselves beyond the comforts of our nest, and get involved in His saving Mission through the Parish and School.Be assured of my prayers for all of you.

Father Cook

We realize that change can be a bit unsettling for everyone and, in this time
of transition, we want to minimize any disruptions. However, some
changes have to be made now, while others can wait. After consultation
with the Diocese regarding our parish dropping from three priests to two,
a new daily Mass schedule has been developed, such that it can be
managed by two priests, while also allowing for one day off per week for
each priest. While it may be the case that the Weekend Mass schedule
could be fine-tuned for similar reasons, we will study that possibility over
a longer period of evaluation.
Beginning on Monday, July 15, 2019
Monday Masses 8:30 am and 12:10 pm
Tuesday Mass 12:10 pm
Wednesday Masses 8:30 am and 12:10 pm
Thursday Mass 12:10 pm (no adoration)
Friday Masses 8:30 am and 12:10 pm
(all these events in main church) Adoration 9 am – 3 pm
Benediction at 3 pm
Confession 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(every Friday)
Saturday Mass 9:00 am (no morning prayer)
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time of
Fr. Christian Cook

Fr. Britt Taylor
Pastor Parochial Vicar