Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Saturday evening, April 21 at 7:00 the Perpetual Hope Gospel Choir from Our Lady of Consolation Church in Charlotte will be at our church for a Gospel Concert. If you haven’t experienced their spirit filled prayer, join us. No fee for the concert but a free will offering will be taken.

 

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.

 

Did you know?  The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for one who loves,” and there is also an ancient proverb: “Whoever sings well prays twice over.”

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a wonderful day to reflect on the great gift of God’s love and mercy freely offered to us. “Have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

 

This week Fr. Roberto will be in Haiti planning out the Life Teen summer trip to Haiti. Don’t forget about the envelopes to fill with your donations for the trip. As a side note, Monday is Fr. Roberto’s birthday.

 

Thank you to all who were involved in our Sacred Triduum liturgies. There is so much going on behind the scenes making for our beautiful liturgies. Thank you to our liturgical commission, our readers and ministers of Holy Communion, altar servers, Terry and her choirs, greeters, ushers, decoration committee, the sacristans, those who faithfully do the altar linens, the English and Spanish RCIA teams who prepared our newly received members, the Azteca dancers and drummers, our seminarian Alfonso Gamez, those who prepared the Easter fire, all involved with the Living Stations Friday evening, the Knights of Columbus, the AV team and those who weekly led the stations, as well as the staff for the many other things going on behind the scenes.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Happy Easter! May the joy of the Risen Jesus fill your heart this day and may that peace remain with you on your life journey. On behalf of the friars and staff here at Immaculate, this wish is coming from all of us.
We congratulate those in the RCIA process who came into the Church at the Easter Vigil. We will have their names in next week’s bulletin.

 

Did you know? After the final blessing, the priest/deacon dismisses the people. In fact, the dismissal gives the liturgy its name. The word "Mass" comes from the Latin word, " Missa." At one time, the people were dismissed with the words " Ite, missa est," meaning "Go, you are sent. The word " Missa" comes from the word " missio," the root of the English word "mission." The liturgy does not simply come to an end. Those assembled are sent forth to bring the fruits of the Eucharist to the world.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Today we enter Holy Week. There are many liturgies taking place this week that invite us into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. New this year will be the Living Stations at 5:30 on Good Friday afternoon beginning in the school parking lot. Many weeks of practice have gone into this living experience of that first Good Friday. Something you do not want to miss.

 

Did you know? The concluding Rites come after the closing prayer. At this time those extraordinary ministers who take the Eucharist to the sick and homebound are called forward and prayed over. When it is necessary, announcements may be made. The celebrant then blesses the people. Sometimes, the blessing is very simple. On special days, the blessing may be more extensive. In every case, the blessing always concludes "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." It is in the triune God and in the sign of the cross that we find our blessing.

 

For Lent: Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Easter is near so our Elect and Candidates are in their final preparation to come into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Be sure to keep them in your prayers.

 

This weekend there is a very important letter inserted in the bulletin from me with information about our parish growth. This is an exciting time for our Parish.

 

Did you know? As the people receive Communion, the communion song is sung. The unity of voices echoes the unity the Eucharist brings. All may spend some time in silent prayer of thanksgiving as well. The Communion Rite ends with the Prayer after Communion which asks that the benefits of the Eucharist will remain active in our daily lives.

 

For Lent: Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

 

Have a blessed Lent.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin