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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This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. This magnificent feast is the day that we recall how the Holy Spirit descended upon our Lady and the apostles 50 days after Jesus’ resurrection, giving birth to our one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. Pentecost is the day that we pay special honor to the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity for all that He does to sanctify, console, guide, and strengthen us as we live out our earthly lives. Pentecost is also the day on which we reflect upon the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation history, and how He carried out the will of the Father so that we might be saved.
You’ll notice that on Pentecost the priest and deacon wear the color red to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit that descended as tongues of flames upon Mary and the apostles. This red is meant to encourage us to be on fire with love for our Lord and His Church, founded by Christ upon the rock of Peter and brought to birth by the descent of the Holy Spirit. Just as the original Pentecost set the apostles on fire with zeal to go about preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth, so too must we pray for a strengthening of the gifts of the Holy Spirit within ourselves to that we might be Christ’s witnesses in the world.
Of course, our world is more in need of Christ’s witnesses than ever. As I mentioned last Sunday, the toll this pandemic has taken on people’s patience and charity is becoming ever clearer and more pronounced. While our patience may be worn thin, we must strive harder than ever to practice charity with one another and with those we meet out in the world. This goodness on our part is what will help draw others to Christ in our dark times. As a spiritual exercise, I encourage you to meditate on (and even memorize) the Beatitudes. Keeping these words on our minds, in our hearts, and on our lips will do much to help us practice charity – especially when we feel treated rudely or unjustly.
Lastly, I have to cancel Masses this coming Thursday and Friday mornings. Confessions on Thursday evening are also cancelled this week. I have some family celebrations to attend to in Indiana, and we’ve been unable to get Mass coverage for those days. I will offer the Mass intentions for those days privately. Please forgive this inconvenience.
Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit,