Next Saturday we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. It is in the United States a Holy Day of Obligation. Because it falls on a Saturday, we are only able to have one Mass at 9:00 in the morning but two vigil Masses on Friday. The Saturday evening Mass at 5:00 does not count for the Holy Day. It will be the Mass for the second Sunday of Advent.
Next weekend we will also be celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Mass at 1:30 in Spanish will be preceded by a procession with the statue of Our Lady beginning at Martin Luther King Park on Grove Street. If you cannot make the Mass, please try to stand along the procession route as Our Lady works Her way to church. All are invited to the Agricultural Center across from the Asheville Airport for a reception after the Mass. Great food and entertainment. On this first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year. In our Gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples to be vigilant so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes in glory.
Thank you for your continued support of our Capital Campaign. We are grateful for the many who stepped forward on Pledge Sunday. Remember, even giving up a cup of coffee a week and sharing that money with our campaign will help. This is preparing for your future.
Last Sunday at the 9:00 Mass we were pleased to welcome 4 new members into the Catholic Church. This weekend we will welcome 7 at the 1:30 Mass. Congratulations to: Ian Bell, Lindsey Bell, Sarah Bell, and Jill Raab at 9:00 Mass. And to Clarita A. Cortez Chávez, Gerardo Rodríguez Ibarra, Víctor Manuel Méndez Castañeda, Víctoria Espinoza Nieto, Sergio Espinoza, Vanessa González, and Adriana Álvarez at the 1:30 Mass.
The feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is observed on the last Sunday of the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. It causes us to ponder what sort of authority, kingdom and dominion are truly lasting, and what judgment will be truly final.
Congratulations are extended to our parish from Henderson County and the Blue Ridge Times. In a recent poll taken in their daily newspaper and/or online, our parish was voted the friendliest parish in the county. A banquet was held on November 9th where the winners in each category were announced and we received a first place plaque for Best of the Blue Ridge – Place to Worship. Thanks to all you who voted for us. Let’s keep that reputation alive!
Thanksgiving Day Mass will be at 10:00. We invite you to bring nonperishable foods for IAM and if you wish, something from your own Thanksgiving meal that will be blessed near the end of Mass.
Thank you for your continued support of our Capital Campaign. Special thanks to all of you who submitted reflections for our 28-day devotional book. It was a real blessing for all of us.
Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never-ending love for us.
As we continue our Capital Campaign I must say thank you to all who have supported us thus far, bringing our total to over $1 million. This weekend, having prayed the 28-day devotional, we invite you to become part of the future of our parish with your gift or pledge. Both our church and school will greatly benefit from this campaign. Thank you in advance for your gifts. Today we say a special thank you to all our Veterans. We share the joy of freedom today because of you and the many sacrifices you made for us. May God continue to bless and reward you.
A reminder to those joining me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that we will have a gathering on Monday, Nov. 12th at 7:00 in the St. Joseph Center.
True Christianity demands hard thinking and hard work about how to live the Gospel as an ever-present way of life. Am I truly alive in the Gospel OR am I simply keeping up appearances?
Fr. John Salvas had a successful bone marrow transplant on Tuesday, October 23rd and is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments to prevent rejection. Continue to keep him in your prayers.
Next weekend will be our in-pew Pledge Sunday for our capital campaign. We are well over the one-million-dollar point and hope many of you will help us move forward next weekend.
Also, next weekend, our Women’s Guild will be having their annual Christmas Faire in the St. Francis Room. Be sure to stop down after each of the Masses.
The parish photo directory is at the printer and should be ready very soon. It is looking great.
When is the last time you stopped in for Eucharistic Adoration or just a visit with Jesus? The church is open all day and Adoration is Thursdays from 9am to 9pm. The Lord loves visitors.
In the Gospel today, Jesus says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” With these words, Jesus provides the fundamental pursuit of the Christian. Have a blessed week.