Pastor's Message

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

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