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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

September 12, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

I know many of us were looking forward to an in-person Eucharistic Congress this year, scheduled for September 17 & 18, especially since it was shifted to an online event last year. However, because of the ongoing high rates of Covid infection across our area, this year’s Eucharistic Congress will once again be an online event. Hopefully, you’ve already received the “At-Home Guide” that was sent out with the latest edition of the Catholic News Herald.

In light of this change, we pastors have been encouraged to do something special to honor our Eucharistic Lord next weekend. Therefore, we will have a special period of Adoration next Saturday afternoon, 18 September 2021. We will begin with a Latin Mass in honor of the Most Holy Eucharist at noon, and follow it with Adoration until 4:15pm, at which time we will have Benediction. We will also have confessions from after Mass until 4:15pm.

Lastly, Bishop Jugis will be offering a Votive Mass of the Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral of St. Patrick next Saturday at 5:30pm, and again at 11am on Sunday, 19 September 2021. Both Masses will be livestreamed on the diocese’s Youtube channel.

Our Lord said to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that, “I have a burning desire to be honored in the Blessed Sacrament.” And when we do honor Him in this way, He generously bestows so many graces. Those who go to Adoration regularly have a deeper understanding of the Mass, for as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote: “Adoration outside of Mass prolongs and intensifies all that takes place in the Liturgical Celebration itself.” It also helps us better appreciate the Priesthood, for there can be no Eucharist without priests, and in parishes where Adoration takes place, vocations tend to flourish. Furthermore, Pope St. John XXIII stated that: “There is no doubt that a flood of graces will descend upon your family and the world if more souls would become pupils of the Eucharist.” Lastly, Eucharistic Adoration helps bring about greater inner peace and contentment, and it enables us to make reparation for sins, especially those committed against the Blessed Sacrament. So please join us as we honor our Eucharistic Lord next weekend!

In the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,

Fr. Reid