Dear Parishioners, 

The Easter season continues on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, but we start to turn our attention to the upcoming Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord in two weeks, followed by Pentecost. On Ascension we will recall our Risen Lord ascending to His Throne in Heaven, and on Pentecost we recall the Holy Spirit then descending upon the Apostles.

We are also looking forward to progress on the secular side of things, as the State of North Carolina looks forward to (possibly) easing pandemicrelated restrictions in June. We are monitoring guidance, but we hope to be able to start moving toward restoring some of our practices.

Look for information on expanding the availability of daily Mass, the restoration of our 7:00am Mass on Sunday, and for greater seating capacity at Sunday Masses. While we do not have date-certain for those events, I feel confident that we will starts rolling those things out soon.

A new day in coming, both in our liturgical calendar and in our hopes for an end to this pandemic. Let us all focus on practicing the virtues of faith, of being charitable to one another, and especially let us improve on the virtue of patience. Let us continue to pray for one another, as we continue to recognize the Risen Lord in our midst.

In Christ, through Mary Immaculate,
Fr. Cook