Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Many thanks to all who came out for our town meeting to discuss the clergy abuse scandal. Your honesty and openness and most importantly, your faithfulness, was heard loud and clear.

 

Since I do not write out my homily, oftentimes I include a comment made at a previous Mass as an example or added thought. Two weeks ago, I was asked after the 9:00 Mass by some to include that some parents are also abusers. I am sorry that so many were offended by that being included at the 11:30. It was not meant to detract from the seriousness of the clergy abuse by any means, but rather responded to what some of you said. After the fact, I believe I should have stayed with what was said at the 9:00. Again, I am sorry.

 

Next weekend after all the Masses, with the exception of 7:30 pm, you will have an opportunity to tour the St. Joseph Center, and then next weekend to tour Immaculata School after the Sunday morning Masses. Hope many of you can join us.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

As we continue to move forward with our preparation for the campaign for the St. Joseph Center and Immaculata School, I think it is important for you to know that any and all capital campaign monies donated are used exclusively for the campaign and cannot be used for anything else. These monies can only be used by Immaculate Conception Church and not by the Diocese of Charlotte. That question has surfaced, and I just want to assure you where your money will go.

 

This weekend we thank all of our catechists working in all areas of Faith Formation. This Catechetical Sunday we will have a recommissioning at all Masses. Presently we have over 440 children in faith formation. Special thanks to Claudia Yepez, our Faith Formation Director and Emily Sevier, our Life Teen Director. We are happy that much of the new St. Joseph Center will be for their programs.

 

Lastly, thank you for the support you have shown the friars during this difficult time in the Church.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

As we continue to move forward with our preparation for the campaign for the St. Joseph Center and Immaculata School, I think it is important for you to know that any and all capital campaign monies donated are used exclusively for the campaign and cannot be used for anything else. These monies can only be used by Immaculate Conception Church and not by the Diocese of Charlotte. That question has surfaced, and I just want to assure you where your money will go.

 

This weekend we thank all of our catechists working in all areas of Faith Formation. This Catechetical Sunday we will have a recommissioning at all Masses. Presently we have over 440 children in faith formation. Special thanks to Claudia Yepez, our Faith Formation Director and Emily Sevier, our Life Teen Director. We are happy that much of the new St. Joseph Center will be for their programs.

 

Lastly, thank you for the support you have shown the friars during this difficult time in the Church.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

On this Labor Day weekend, we take time to thank God for the many gifts and talents entrusted to us. We will have a special

Mass on Monday, September 3rd at 10:00. Reminder that with the Apple Festival, give yourself extra time for traffic and parking

 

As we continue to explore uses for St. Joseph Center, we have designated rooms for Faith Formation on the first floor and LifeTeen on the second floor. Since all the rooms have moveable walls, we will wait until those who are leasing space to more out to come up with the exact positioning of the programs. Many groups have already been meeting is the large conference room as well as two smaller rooms that are available. A couple of the staff will also move their offices over there. Again, all this we happen in the summer of 2019 when leases expire. Exciting times!

 

Next Saturday the friars will be in Charlotte for the Eucharistic Congress.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

First an update on the St. Joseph Center. Presently we have 18 offices being leased. This we end next year. In the meantime, as we continue to discuss what will be going on with the rooms, we will be collecting the rent, which should be about $100,000. This will help with the mortgage.

 

We are presently working on gathering names to work with our capital campaign for the St. Joseph Center. The past campaign will close this month, that is Forward in Faith, Hope and Love. We began this five years ago for the needs of the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

We are in need of ushers at some of the Masses, in particular the 5:00 on Saturday. Please see one of the ushers for more details. What a great feeling to give back to God for all he has given us. This position is open to men, women and teens.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin