Pastor's Message

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

On this feast of Pentecost, may the gift of the Holy Spirit fill you all with His grace and blessings!

 

Monday Fr. Roberto will be leaving for Italy as part of a special Franciscan program. Then next Sunday, May 27th, Fr. Praveen and I will be leaving for our yearly Province retreat after the 11:30 Mass. Fr. John Pagel will be with you all week while we are gone. Pray for us as we will pray for you.

 

Have you ever submitted prayer intentions into the school pray box? If so, join us Friday for the 8:30 Mass. Immediately after Mass we will have a burning of the petitions. As scripture says, as incense goes up, so our prayers fill the temple.

 

One final reminder that today will be our last 4:30 Mass until further notice.

 

On the lighter side: God loves everyone, but probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over 'religious nuts!'

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Happy Mother’s Day! Today we pray for joy, for grace, for wisdom, for great peace...for all moms, for moms to be, and for women who nurture and lead. Thank you and God bless you.

 

Next weekend is Pentecost. Be sure to wear RED or other vibrant colors to Mass. 5:00 Saturday will be bilingual followed by our Taste of our Heritages dinner in the gym. No fee, just come and taste the many flavors of food from many countries.
When you see one of our first communicants in their communion dress or suit, be sure to congratulate them.

 

Did you know: Mothers are indispensable to society and the church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.

 

On the lighter side: God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.  Have a blessed week!

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Congratulations to our 82 teens who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Wednesday.

 

May 12th and 19th we have our First Communion celebrations! Please keep them all in your prayers.

 

Our last 4:30 Sunday Mass will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th. Details about when it will begin again will come later.

 

Did you know: With due consideration for the culture and ability of each liturgical assembly, great importance should be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass. Although it is not always necessary to sing all the texts that are of themselves meant to be sung (e.g., in weekday Masses), nevertheless, the complete absence of all singing by ministers and people - which by law accompanies celebrations which take place on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation - should be particularly guarded against.

 

On the lighter side: God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead.  So why should you?

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Wednesday evening, May 2nd at 6:00, Bishop Peter Jugis will be with us to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with 82 of our teens. Please join us.

 

Saturday evening the 5th of May is our Fiesta for the Future. This event is a key fundraiser for Immaculata School. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, please do so. Live and silent auction and dinner included.

 

Did you know: Liturgical worship is given a more noble form when it is celebrated in song, with the ministers of each degree fulfilling their ministry and the people participating in it. Indeed, through this form, prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the liturgy is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem.

 

On the lighter side: Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

The process continues to move along with acquiring BIZ-611. The Diocese of Charlotte is very supportive of this much needed addition to our parish. Will keep you posted as we learn more.

 

Next Sunday Lincoln Ford of Asheville will once again host Drive for Education. All are invited over to the school parking lot, fill out a short questionnaire, and if you wish, drive a new Lincoln. NO cost to you but Immaculata School gets a reward for each one who participates. All money collected this year will go to the new playground in memory of Malachi. Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

 

Did you know? Pope Francis states that “music makes the liturgy more ‘noble’ and a more adequate expression and experience of the heavenly liturgy.”

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin