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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On this 5th Sunday of Lent, we enter into a period known as “Passiontide,” which coincides with the last two weeks of Lent. This name comes from the fact that, during this time, we focus very specifically on our Lord’s passion and death as a proximate preparation for His resurrection. Providentially, we enter into this liturgical miniseason at a time when our country and our world are suffering a “passiontide” of pestilence.
Our liturgical Passiontide is marked by a couple of very noticeable elements. It is during this part of Lent that we cease using bells at Mass and instead use a harshsounding clacker, whose rapping is meant to remind us of the hammer blows that so cruelly crucified our Lord. This is also the time of year that we normally cover our statues with violet shrouds as a way of enhancing our fasting as we prepare for Holy Week. Veiling is meant to clear away any distractions so that we might focus on Jesus who calls us through the cross to a life of holiness. It’s also a reminder that Christ’s divinity was hidden at the time of His suffering and death. Alas, since we are not having public Masses at this time and likely won’t before Easter, we have decided to forego the veiling of our saint statues overlooking our nave and sanctuary because our efforts and resources are being directed to ministering to you, our faithful parishioners, in this time of stress and uncertainty.
As we continue through this pestilential passiontide with COVID-19, let us do so with strong hearts that are courageously united with our Crucified Lord. Let us offer up our sufferings in reparation for our sins and those of the world. Let us look forward toward the glories of the Easter Season, during which we hope that we’ll be able to resume our normal lives.
On another note, in the past couple of weeks, a few of you have voiced concerns that St. Ann’s has had Mass and offered Holy Communion – fearful that doing so could spread the coronavirus. Please understand that my staff and I are acutely aware of the risks involved, and we have endeavored to take every possible precaution to minimize the risk of spreading the virus with guidance from local doctors and an expert in public health. We have offered Mass as we have with permission from the Diocese, in compliance with CDC recommendations and the Governor’s Executive Order. And as I have mentioned at our Masses the past two Sundays, our obligation to attend Sunday Mass is currently suspended by Bishop Jugis, so no one has to attend. Moreover, no one is obliged to receive Holy Communion, and I certainly urge those of you who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 to refrain from Holy Communion and make a Spiritual Communion instead. My goal has been to provide for everyone’s spiritual needs and well-being, and to do so in a way that protects your physical well-being. I’m ever mindful of your concerns, grateful for your understanding, pleased for those who came to participate in our Masses, and want to know if we may better minister to those who were unable to be with us.
Let’s strive to be united with our Lord in His suffering and death in these next two weeks, and look forward to Easter – even if our celebrations of Holy Week are muted. Let’s keep our eyes on God and trust in His mercy. Be assured of my prayers.