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Our long awaited church renovation begin this week! Masses will be celebrated in the social hall beginning Thursday (no Masses Monday or Wednesday).
Entrance will be via the porch side of the building. The church sanctuary will not be open during the renovation, which is expected to last until early December. Adoration on Wednesday nights and Sundays will continue, but that, too, will be in the social hall. The Tabernacle will be in the Adoration Chapel. You are welcome to come and pray in the Chapel throughout the week. Please observe the ten-person maximum capacity.
If you have occasion to visit the office during weekdays during Mass, please be mindful when you enter and observe silence if possible.
We know this will be an inconvenient time for us as a church, but we greatly look forward to our much-improved church sanctuary, and we are especially grateful for the return on the endowment that has funded this project.
We know that many families are struggling financially right now, and that many of us at St. Barnabas may not be able to pay registration fees this year. We will not allow that to keep anyone from participating. We invite all parishioners who feel called by God to donate towards our Faith Formation scholarship fund to please do so. You may send in a check written out to St. Barnabas Church with “Faith Formation Scholarship Fund” in the memo, or donate online via the link on the parish website. Be sure to select the Faith Formation option at the bottom of the donation page. Thank you so very much to all our generous donors in advance! It will help empower our parents to lead their children in the Faith!
Mobile Giving App also available! Click here for more info
Due to rising numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 in our county the Food Pantry will be closed after July 23 for the new few weeks. It is scheduled to re-open on August 13, and we will keep you posted on any updates on their schedule.
There are a number of other food pantries in our area.
You can find many of them at this link: https://www.saintbarnabasarden.org/food-pantries
Call first to make sure they are open. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to serving our community again in the near future.
On Friday, July 17 at 11:30 am there will be an outdoor Communion service at 11:30 AM for those who do not feel comfortable coming to Mass.
Thank you to all the parents who participated in the COVID-19 survey for Faith Formation and Youth Ministry! Your comments were especially helpful in seeing where everyone is at for the coming year and determining what is the best way we can support your families in your faith.
A majority of you said you prefer a mix of in-person and online faith formation and youth ministry, and a strong second prefer online only. We respect everyone’s preferences and are working to accommodate them while not sacrificing the quality of faith formation support. Here is our plan until further notice:
Given the survey and directions from the governor and bishop, in order for there to be regular faith formation without hiccoughs, we need to be accustomed to online learning. I found the My Catholic Faith Delivered website we used last year to be cumbersome for large families. We would like it to be a joy to learn our Faith, so we will be switching programs to Sophia Institute’s Spirit of Truth! The online class format will assist us (and you) in keeping perfect track of what has been done and what is still needed. Print books will be available to those of you who understandably desire to avoid the internet when it is not necessary. Homework from print books will be dropped off in the social hall in a drop box with the name and grade of the child.
I appreciate the comments about the importance of personal contact within our parish family. I could not agree more! Catholicism is more than book learning; it is relational. We need prayer, Catholic friendships and mentoring. However, people are in different places from each other on what is the best fit for them in their situation, and we cannot require any particular in-person program at this time. We will practice safety measures such as abiding by the diocesan guidelines of sanitation and social distancing while we make optional opportunities available for in-person gatherings. This year is an opportunity for you as parents to commit to your calling which you have always had as the first teachers of your children.
Some of the in-person gatherings I envision when we are allowed to meet are small gatherings of children and teens limited in size via signup.com to tie-in what has been learned at home to personal experience of relating to Jesus. We may also be able to have some optional social and prayer events for the teens, and practical workshops for parents. We will prioritize outdoor gatherings when possible.
Registration will begin after we have transferred to our new data system, sometime at the end of July or beginning of August.
Thank you again for giving your input on the survey!
Our parish needs catechists who are comfortable meeting sporadically or on a rotating basis with small numbers of children and/or teens when it is feasible. These sessions will be primarily relational and prayer oriented, helping the children and teens to tie what they have been learning online with their lives and the central core of our Faith. Interested? Contact Simeon Willis: firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-684-6098 x1303.
Robert & Margie Riffle…. June Family of the Month & Family of the Year for Council 8923
When the Riffles left Florida our community was truly blessed. Bob has been an active member of the Knights and has served in numerous leadership roles. He has led our Fish Fry events as well as The Annual Golf tournament. He serves as a Greeter at our Church. Bob has been a Knight for 21 years. His wife Margie is a Eucharistic Minister, serves in the Bell Choir and active with the Charity Knitting Group. Both participant in numerous events within the church and are leaders within the Couples Club also. If something needs cooked, we get Bob to help organize and purchase supplies. They are in charge of the Funeral Luncheons. They both show deep compassion for others and give tirelessly of their time, talent and treasure. On several occasions when Bob was considered for Family of the month he would suggest someone else wanting to support fellow Knights. The Riffles are also the Family of the Year for 2019-2020 for Council 8923.
Zachary & Erin Carter… May Family of the Month
Zach has been a very active member of our Church, Council and Assembly. He has served as Grand Knight, Color Guard Commander and has been helpful with protocol for meetings and Church functions. His wife served as Chair of the Education Committee at Church and is not a principle leader in the Churches new efforts at Stewardship. Zach is a Quality Auditor and is very active within the community. He has taken on the responsibility of helping our Church during the Covid-19 outbreak by setting up the Live Streaming of Mass for all members.
Albert & Catherine Navarro… April Family of the Month
Albert joined our council a couple of years ago and has become very active and supportive. He works at the airport air traffic control and has long hours but makes time for many Council functions. He was instrumental in getting our Council and Church Community to sponsor a 1st Responders Luncheon. He is also helping to plan a Special Mass with services return to some sense of normal. Albert serves as our Chancellor and has recently taken over as the Faithful Navigator for our local Assembly. Albert has also stepped up to help repair our Outside Stations of the Cross with another Knight. He has been supportive of our Council projects and provides valuable input.
Mark & Anne Liegghio…. March Family of the Month
Mark is fairly new to our Church and Council but he and his wife lumped in full speed. Mark is the Deputy Grand Knight and served his 1st year as Warden. He and Anne are Religious Education instructors at the Church. They helped organize our 1st Responders Luncheon and both have been very active with the church couples Club also. Mark led and managed our Novena For Life Project this past year. He recently took on responsibility for another Knight the repair of our outside Stations of the Cross area at the Church. He repaired and repaint the Mary Statue. They both reach out to others in need and truly give of themselves.
In accordance with North Carolina "Phase 2" COVID-19 guidelines and with direction from the Bishop's office St. Barnabas Church has resumed Masses in the church.
Each Mass will be limited to 125 people, and sign-ups will be required (see below). You may review the guidelines at this link.
Confession on C Hall Saturday, June 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Sign up here
Confesión en el C Hall el sábado 20 de junio de 11 am a 12:30 pm Registrate aquí
Masses IN THE CHURCH will be celebrated Sunday, June 21 at 8 am (English), 10 am (bi-lingual and also live-streamed), and 12:00 pm (English). All Masses have a 125 person limit (so as to maintain social distancing) and you will need to sign-up to attend. Sign up here
Las misas EN LA IGLESIA se celebrarán el domingo 21 de junio a las 8 am (inglés), 10 am (bilingüe y también en vivo) y 12:00 pm (inglés). Todas las misas tienen un límite de 125 personas (para mantener el distanciamiento social) y deberá inscribirse para asistir.
Please click on the arrow in the pdf below to open the Novena in a new tab for printing or saving.