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 I mentioned last Sunday in my announcements, this year St. Ann’s is going to offer the Sacred Triduum of Holy Week in both English and Latin! The Triduum, which is really three liturgies in one, includes the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday night, the Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. On Holy Thursday we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and follow Jesus into the Garden to watch with Him as He prepares for His crucifixion. We honor and live with Jesus anew His passion and death on Good Friday. And then on Holy Saturday night and Easter morning

we rejoice in His resurrection from the dead. The English Novus Ordo Triduum will take place as normal here in our parish church, while the Latin Mass Triduum will take place simultaneously in the chapel of Charlotte Catholic High School. Keep your eye on the bulletin for more information.

We are offering a Holy Hour of Reparation at 6 p.m. each Friday of Lent, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. However, on Friday, 07 April 2017, we will have Tenebrae instead at 7 p.m. Normally our Tenebrae occurs on the evening of Good Friday. But because we are offering the Sacred Triduum in two locations (and thus our musicians will be spread out), we have decided to move it up a week. Please join us on 07 April for what is also a beautiful event.

Our final Gaudium Musicae concert of this season is quickly approaching. It will take place next Sunday (02 April 2017) at 4 p.m., and it should be magnificent! We are hosting Vox, Charlotte’s mixed-voice semi-professional choir, who are performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion. If you’ve not heard it, it’s an extraordinary piece of music that truly embodies the spirit of Lent – so please come and enjoy!

Please keep all of those who are preparing for Easter Sacraments in your prayers. This Sunday our catechumens from the RCIA class will be undergoing their 2nd Scrutiny. The scrutinies are meant to uncover and then heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the hearts of those preparing to enter the Church so that all that is upright, strong and good may be strengthened and nourished within them (RCIA, #141). The three scrutinies, which date back to the early Church, are the last bits of preparation for those seeking to enter Her through baptism, but they are also a beautiful reminder to all of us of the need for self -examination and repentance. As we move into this last half of Lent, let us all be sure that we are well prepared for the glories of Easter by making a good confession.

Prayerfully awaiting our Lord’s Resurrection,

Fr. Reid