Dear Parishioners of Immaculate Conception,
As the pastor of the Parish of the Immaculate Conception my primary concern, particularly during this time of crisis, is the holiness, health and safety of our parishioners. I am praying for all who have been impacted by the current health crisis, especially the sick and their care givers. You are well aware of the impact the spread of COVID-19 has had on our parish, the beloved teachers and children at Immaculata Catholic School, and in our local community and our country. I will continue to find creative ways to communicate with you about our parish events and activities as often as possible so that you are aware of what is going on at Immaculate Conception.
Our primary role is to provide for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the faithful. And while we have had to take sweeping measures, including canceling all public Masses and functions, as followers of Christ we must continue to pray and support those most vulnerable – the poor, those with less stable employment, the elderly, sick and shut-ins who may feel isolated and lonely, and the parents and children of our school, as we continue distance-learning efforts.
I write to ask all of you to continue the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and gratitude and generosity to others. Now is not the time to be paralyzed in fear or uncertainty; it is, indeed, a time to redouble your Lenten practices, to pray, fast, and give alms to our parish offertory, and to the Diocesan Support Appeal.
Please know that I am committed to continuing the good work of our parish and the Universal Church at this time, and to keep our staff (parish and school) employed and paid. We want to thank each of you for the many ways you support our mission, and ask that you please continue to support the work of our parish church. Immaculate Conception is dependent upon your weekly financial gifts to continue its ministries in this critical time of crisis; many of our expenses do not cease, even when we are not able to go to Mass.
Please use this time to transition to online giving using this link to go to our parish website: https://www.immaculateconceptionchurch.com/ At the top-right of the page, hover your pointer over “Ways to Give” and select “Online.” Use the “Offertory and Holydays” category to start the giving process.
You may also mail your weekly offertory envelopes to the parish office: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 611 N. Church Street, Suite 101, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
We are grateful for your much-needed contributions!
Join me in prayer for the repose of the souls of those who have died from COVID-19, and for the recovery of those who are sick; also, for the strength of healthcare workers and caregivers, and for an end to this health crisis. Please be assured of my prayers for all of you, my dear parishioners, and know that we are here for you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. W. Christian Cook Pastor,
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church