PASTOR’S CORNER


WELCOME LETTER


Welcome to St. Ann’s parish website! I invite you to explore our website as a means of getting to know St. Ann’s and all that we do to serve Christ and one another. While we are well known in Charlotte for having a beautiful church and beautiful liturgy, what’s most beautiful about our parish is our parishioners! We are a family-oriented, thriving parish just south of Uptown Charlotte, filled with people committed to worshiping God through the fullness of our Catholic tradition and serving the poor and needy with charity and compassion. Come join us for Mass and help us as we seek to glorify God, bear witness to His Truth, and show forth His Love.

-Father Timothy S. Reid


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WEEKLY LETTER


Dear Parishioners,

As we enter the season of Advent, let us strive to do so prayerfully! Historically Advent is a penitential season (symbolized by using the color violet at Mass), but it’s also a time of prayerful reflection so that, by our prayer and penance, we might be fully ready for the Lord’s coming. Culturally, the whole notion of prayerful and penitential preparation during this time of year has been lost, and instead this period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is a time of parties, excess, and celebration. As it is well nigh impossible to avoid the anticipatory Christmas celebrations of this time of the year, my best suggestion is to do your best to carve out a little extra prayer time amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. I also heartily suggest that you fast from something during Advent, just as we do in Lent. By

making the effort to fast and pray a little more in this busy season, we will both please God and be better prepared for our Lord’s coming at Christmas!

Speaking of prayer and fasting, please continue with our special novena to Our Lady until December 8 that I mentioned in last Sunday’s bulletin. Once again this year I am going to consecrate our parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (08 Dec.) at the 7 p.m. Mass. In case you’ve lost the prayer, here it is:

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially that our parish may be consecrated to your Immaculate Heart. We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever. Amen.

Please note that the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation. We will have English Novus Ordo Masses at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and a Latin High Mass at 7 p.m. So please plan to attend. As we’ve done in years past, we’ll have our Vigil for Life that evening with Eucharistic Adoration from after the 7 p.m. Mass until Midnight. From 11 p.m. – Midnight we’ll offer a Holy Hour of Reparation for all sins against life and human dignity. Please join us.

Lastly, don’t forget our grotto project to honor Our Lady of Fatima that I wrote about two weeks ago. Our goal is to create an outdoor chapel for prayer and meditation that will serve as a sign of our parish’s gratitude to Our Lady, as well as deepen the devotion of each of us to the Mother of God. The good news is that we already have more than $60,000 dedicated toward the building of the grotto! But we’ll have to raise a little more money before we can begin. So if you’re looking to make a special end-of-the-year donation, donating to the grotto is something to consider. As always I’m grateful for your generosity on such projects. If you’d like to donate to the project, just make checks out to “St. Ann” with “grotto” in the memo line. Hopefully in the near future we’ll also have a way to make donations for the grotto on our website.

In hopeful expectation of our Lord’s coming,

Fr. Reid