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
Fr. Reid on the
A blessed Thanksgiving weekend to you, and happy 1st Sunday of Advent! Please know how thankful I am for our parish family, and for the many graces our Lord has bestowed upon us. I’m especially grateful for your love, patience, and great generosity.
As we give thanks this weekend for all the many blessings we enjoy, I want you to be aware of the many blessings our little parish gives to others. In addition to the monies we raise for our St. Vincent de Paul Society and Homeless Ministry, and the money that we collect in poor boxes, we also set aside a portion of each Sunday’s collection to give to those in need. Currently, we are using our “tithing” money to: fund the education of a seminarian in Jamaica as well as our local seminarians; to provide funds to local ministries and organizations that perform corporal works of mercy (feeding the poor, housing the homeless, etc.); to support pro-life efforts around our country; and to take care of individuals and families whose assistance needs are greater than what our St. Vincent de Paul Society can handle. We also support agencies that aid victims of sex trafficking, as well as MiraVia and ANSWER, a local non-profit that provides scholarships to single working moms so they can get an education and a better job. And, of course, we give generously to the Missionaries of the Poor. Without your generosity every Sunday with our weekly collection, we couldn’t do this – so thank you!
As we’ve done in years past, I invite all of you to join me in a special novena to Our Lady from November 30 – December 8. As we’ve done for many years, I am going to consecrate our parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the 6 p.m. Mass on December 8. In preparation for this, I ask you to consider fasting from something you enjoy (as you would during Lent) and praying the following Novena Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary each day from November 30 – December 8:
O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially that our parish may be consecrated to your Immaculate Heart. We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever. Amen.
Sincerely yours in the Immaculate Heart of Mary