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,

Last Sunday Bishop Jugis offered a special graduation Mass for our first two graduates from St. Joseph’s College Seminary: seminarians Aaron Huber and Harry Ohlhaut (who is our parishioner). Aaron and Harry were members of the “Alpha” class of seminarians at St. Joseph’s, but because they both had a couple years of college under their belt before entering St. Joseph’s, they graduated this year and will move on to major seminary in Ohio.
Please pray for them as they move forward in their seminary training.

Having St. Joseph’s here at St. Ann’s has been a tremendous blessing for us – a blessing that will continue for at least another year. This fall we anticipate having 22 young men at St. Joseph’s College Seminary, 2 of whom will be from our parish. As Sr. Judy has retired and vacated her house here on our property, that house will be used to house some of the seminarians for the year. The hope is that this summer the diocese will break ground on the seminary building that will be built on property near Belmont Abbey College. Please pray for the success of this endeavor as we still have a great deal of money to raise! Please pray as well that many more young men in our parish and diocese will pursue a priestly vocation. Our growing diocese has many demands that can only be met by more priests!

One of the ways our diocese has been cultivating vocations in recent years is through Quo Vadis Days (for boys) and Duc in Altum (for girls), which are discernment retreats organized by the diocese for your young people who are discerning vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Quo Vadis Days will take place June 11-15, 2018, while Duc in Altum will take place June 25-29, 2018. Both retreats will take place at Belmont Abbey College; the cost is $150. These retreats are for young people ages 15-19.

If you’d like more information on the retreats, go to: www.charlottediocese.org/vocations. There you can find registration forms as well. You can also call the Office of Vocations if you need any additional materials or have any questions (704-370-3327).

Lastly, as I mentioned last Sunday at Mass, because of some events in the diocese I was asked to change the date of the fall pilgrimage to Germany, Austria, and Hungary. The new dates for the trip are October 15-26, 2018. This year’s trip will begin in Munich, travel through Bavaria, and then on to Salzburg and Vienna, Austria, finishing up in Budapest, Hungary, after a brief stop in Bratislava, Slovakia. Highlights of the trip will include Bavaria’s famous Neuschwanstein Castle (Cinderella Castle), the Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting, Melk Abbey, and all the great sites of Vienna and Budapest! I’ve also tried to build a good bit of free time so that pilgrims will have time to explore on their own. The cost of the trip is $3976/ person. There are brochures on the table by the baptismal font and on our parish website. I hope you can join us!

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,

Fr. Reid