Dear Parishioners, Fr. Matthew will be addressing the parish after the Live Stream Mass this Sunday. Please join us for the live stream Mass at 9:30 a.m. and for his message at the end
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a Catholic Parish serving the University Area of Charlotte North Carolina

We are Live Streaming Masses via our Facebook Page. Daily Masses will be streamed each morning at 9:00 a.m. Sunday Masses will be streamed at 9:30 a.m. The stream will begin 5 to10 minutes early for your family to join, settle in, and prepare for Mass. We will lead a reflection at Communion time to make a Spiritual Communion. You can get the readings online at Magnificat if you'd like to follow along. 

 

To join the live stream via Facebook either utilize the Facebook app on your smartphone or tablet or login to Facebook on your device.

 

Sunday, March 29:  The Fifth Sunday of Lent
    
Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/032920.cfm
    Music: Worship Leaflet

 

Contact Information
 

Due to the nature of the pandemic, the office will be closed for the time being. The best way to reach the pastor and staff is by email:

For Father Matthew Codd: pastor@stacharlotte.com
For Father Matthew Bean: mpbean@charlottediocese.org
For Sacramental needs and documents:  Marie Aymar Watkinson  - maymar@stacharlotte.com
For general inquiries, scheduling and Mass intentions: Valerie Gebhardt - vgebhardt@stacharlotte.com
For financial questions: Gina Schafer— gschafer@stacharlotte.com
For general parish functions and operations: Tim Flynn— tflynn@stacharlotte.com
For online, newsletter, and Facebook communications & inquiries: Monica Bailey - volunteers@stacharlotte.com

For emergencies, call the parish office at (704) 549-1607 and follow the prompt to be directed to the emergency line.

 

Prayers with the Sisters

Sister Edeva and Sister Zeny will lead us in the Rosary every evening at
6:30 p.m. On Sundays following the Rosary, you can pray the Sunday evening prayers with them. Join the livestream on Facebook.

Sunday, March 29 - Fifth Sunday of Lent

Church Prayer

The church will be open for silent prayer:

Monday through Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Confession, Adoration, and Benediction

Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday beginning at 4:00 p.m.

All confessions will be held outside the parish center.  Please note that inclement weather may occur in the coming weeks, so have appropriate weather gear when waiting in the courtyard. The line will form on the sidewalks.  Also, please maintain the appropriate 6 feet distance between you and other penitents as well as the priests. You may complete your penance inside the Church or in your car facing the monstrance, which will be located inside the Parish Center on the second floor facing the parking lot.  

 

Sunday Mass Live Stream at 9:30 am

Throughout the next few weeks, including Easter, we will be Live Streaming Masses each day. Daily Mass will take place each day at 9 am and Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 9:30 am. Please join if you are able to, it's our plan to be together as a parish community as much as we are able. Share your prayer intentions for the week in the chat, participate at home with responses, and make a spiritual communion during communion time led by our priests. 

Visits from Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament

to the Homes of Parishioners

While we are all away from the Sacraments, we will be continuing to do Visits from Jesus for as long as we are able. Our priests and deacons will be driving with only one other person and will not be able to leave the car in order to comply with the updated order for Mecklenburg County. If you want to sign up for next week, please do so at this link.

 

Other Resources for Prayer, Live Streams of Holy Mass & Eucharistic Adoration

Below are some other prayer and devotional resources for you, as well as other places locally, nationally, and internationally that are offering live stream Masses.

Holy Mass

Eucharistic Adoration

Prayers & Devotions

Below are many prayers and devotions that you can do in your home with your family.

A Financial Update

While Holy Mass and events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the ministries of the parish are still active in the community and continue to depend upon your financial support. The only change to the life of the parish has been the elimination of group gatherings.

Ministries continue to meet via conference calls, faith formation continues via virtual classrooms and home assignments, Sunday Mass is being conducted and being streamed for your participation, and we continue to provide support to many of the service agencies throughout the area. Our Clergy continue to provide spiritual guidance and daily reflections.

With this in mind, I ask that you continue your financial support of St. Thomas Aquinas parish if you are not adversely impacted by this crisis. I encourage you to either mail your weekly offertory gift to the parish office at 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte NC. 28213 or by online giving. You may access the parish's online giving platform here: https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/1828. You may also drop your offertory gift off if you are here for prayer in the Church by sliding it under the back sacristy door, or on Wednesdays, if you are here for adoration or confession, you can ask the staff present and they will be happy to show you where to drop it off.

We are so grateful for your support through this difficult time, and please be assured of my daily prayer for you and your loved ones. 

Fr. Matthew
 

All Holy Week and Triduum Liturgies & Events will be live-streamed on our Facebook page.  Please see the schedule below for all of our scheduled broadcasts.  Some are still being planned, so visit this site often for updates to the schedule!

Hours for Church prayers for the Triduum:
Holy Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Good Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Holy Week Liturgies & Special Events
Palm Sunday: 9:30 a.m. (Palm Distribution TBD)
Morning Prayer for the Triduum:  9:00 a.m.
     Breviary Prayers: Thursday   Friday   Saturday
Holy Thursday: 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Passion Liturgy: TBD
Good Friday Burial of the Shroud (Byzantine - St. Basil Parish): TBD
Good Friday Tenebrae Service: TBD
Holy Saturday: TBD