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,

I hope you like our new mini-mural! It’s a scene of the Presentation of Mary. In her long years of suffering with sterility, our holy patroness, St. Ann, promised our Lord that if He would grant her a child, she would dedicate that child to Him. When Our Lady was of fitting age, Sts. Ann and Joachim made good on this promise by presenting the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple in Jerusalem. You’ll notice at the top is the quote: “Veni electa mea, et ponam in te thronum meum,” which means, “Come, my chosen one, and I will put you on my throne.” According to the Golden Legend, it’s what our Lord said to Mary as she entered Heaven, and it’s a quote that has found its way into the liturgy as an antiphon. At the bottom of the mural is a quote from Psalm 84: “Quam dilecta tabernacula tua,

Domine Virtutum, concupiscit et defecit anima mea in atria Domini,” which is translated as: “How lovely your dwelling, O Lord of Hosts; my soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.”

I am so grateful to all of you who donated to mini-mural. It makes a lovely addition to our church. My desire in creating these mini-murals was to highlight our patroness, St. Ann, in her relationship with Jesus and Mary. Thus, the second mini-mural will feature St. Ann sitting alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is holding the Infant Jesus. Sts. Joseph and Joachim will also be featured. Currently, we are still in need of funds for this second mini- mural that will adorn the niche above the statue of the Sacred Heart. Once we have raised the additional monies needed, I’ll ask our artist to proceed with the second mini-mural.

Please keep in your prayers this week our parishioner, Sr. Jyllian Carter, who will be celebrating her clothing ceremony on Thursday, 25 May 2017, at the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Elysburg, PA. Sister will be taking the name Sr. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother. Sr. Jyllian entered Carmel last August as a postulant, and I have great hope that she will persevere in her vocation as a cloistered Carmelite nun.

Let us not to forget to continue praying for our other young parishioners pursuing vocations in the priesthood and religious life: Sr. Marie Jeanette Lewis, Michael Carlson, and Harry Ohlhaut. Sr. Marie Jeanette has already made her temporary promises as a Dominican Sister in Ann Arbor, MI, and is moving toward final vows in a couple years. Michael Carlson has just finished his second year of studies in Rome and will hopefully be ordained in two years. And Harry is one of our St. Joseph College Seminarians, and he has at least five more years of formation before ordination. Let’s pray that many more of our young people will follow in their footsteps!

Lastly, please do not forget the Orchestral Mass this Thursday, 25 May 2017, at 7 p.m. This will be a solemn high Latin Mass in honor of Our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven! This year’s Mass will be Mozart’s Piccolomini Mass, which promises to be absolutely beautiful. I hope you can join us!

In the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Fr. Reid