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 week the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, so it’s an appropriate time to think about priestly vocations. Providentially this weekend, at our 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, we have the joy and privilege of welcoming the “Echo” class of seminarians to St. Joseph College Seminary for their 5th annual opening Mass, which we’ve been hosting since the seminary’s inception in 2016. While it is true that the seminary has now moved off of our parish campus into their own building near Belmont Abbey, I still want our parish to maintain a warm relationship with SJCS. And so occasionally, we will be hosting SJCS events – especially as the seminary has yet to build a chapel large enough to serve all their needs. St. Joseph’s College Seminary was created here at St. Ann’s, and the Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta classes have all been blessed to receive a portion of their formation through our parish community life. As St. Joseph’s continues to grow and prosper, our parish can be proud of our contributions to the seminary!
I also want to thank all who were in attendance for Fr. Jonathan Torres’ first Mass last weekend. It was a beautiful and grace-filled event, and I was pleased to see so many of you at both his ordination and first Mass. Our parish’s support of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life is evident through the number of young people from our parish who have or are discerning a Church vocation.
Yet while we do have a goodly number of seminarians studying for our diocese right now, as a diocese we are currently struggling with a shortage of priests. Though this situation will be remedied as our seminarians are ordained, it will be several years before we have a sufficiency of priests to serve all the needs of our burgeoning diocese. Keep in mind that in the not so distant past, our parish had 2 and even 3 priests on staff. So please pray for our priests who are saddled with multiple tasks, and pray for our seminarians, that they may persevere in their vocations according to God’s will. And please continue to pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life for our diocese and from our parish.
United with the priestly Heart of Jesus,