Confession will be offered on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-7:30 pm. Sign up at this link
See important information in Recent News at right about the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry schedule in Easter.
The Vigil Mass for Palm Sunday was recorded on Saturday, April 4 at 7 pm on facebook.
It is available on our public page via this link

The St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry will be closed on Thursday, April 16 and Thursday, April 23.
It will re-open on Thursday, April 30at 11 am.
Thank you!

We are scheduling another block of time for Confessions to accommodate more people who did not get a chance to sign up previously. This session is for 6-7:30 pm in five-minute increments on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Sign-up REQUIRED. Please sign up for a spot at this link

 

 

All of us are very familiar with the work of our St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP).
They help clients with utilities and other bills, food, and budget counseling. We all know how effective their Thursday Pantry Day has become. It serves many families in our area and Fred and pantry crew has honed their process to provide a very streamlined assembly line serving many families on Pantry days.

The Thursday Food Pantry is still happening, even as government regulations have been put into effect to ensure social distancing. The Pantry is considered an essential function for our community.  Service is now offered via drive-up to allow for social distancing and safety for the Pantry workers.

Easter is the one holiday for which the Pantry still offers “Food baskets” to provide a nourishing holiday meal for families.
SVdP has always relied on us parishioners to help supply food and financial donations to make the Food Baskets possible. This year three St. Joseph’s Tables were placed in the social hall, and each was lovingly decorated by different families. The idea was to collect certain foods and financial donations for the upcoming Easter Food Baskets. Sadly, the coronavirus has resulted in very limited opportunities to donate as normal activities are effectively curtailed for the meantime and the social hall is not accessible.

At this point, the most effective way to help SVdP with the Easter Food Baskets and increased demand going forward is to make a monetary donation.
With a monetary donation, Fred and crew can go shopping at Manna, Aldi’s, and various grocery stores where they can get a great volume of food for much less than if we go buy food and bring it in, which we can’t do right now anyhow! Fred and his assistants make for a shopping tour de force, so this is the best bang for the buck, folks.

Your donation can be mailed to the church (address below).
Please make checks payable to “St. Vincent de Paul”, and write “Food Pantry” in the memo line. The “Food Pantry” notation is very important, as without it the funds would go into the general use funds and not pantry funds.

We all received a letter from Father Adrian this past week about the church’s financial needs as well. The bills must still be paid. The staff is still working and must be paid. Sure, maybe we are consuming less paper goods, coffee and donuts, for example, but all our other obligations remain. We are asking for your regular church support to be mailed to the church as well. Make it a two-fer! You can put checks for the church and for SVdP in the same envelope. Please also consider online giving, as this is easiest way to give, and is truly contact free! You can learn about online giving and sign up by visiting this page.

Thank you for your help and generosity during this unprecedented time in history. Let us all pray for one another and for those in our community who are suffering greatly at this time.

Mailing Address:
St. Barnabas Catholic Church
PO Box 39
Arden, NC 28704

General offertory: make checks payable to St. Barnabas Catholic Church
SVdP: Make checks payable to St. Vincent de Paul, and write food pantry in the memo line

Our pastor is ready for battle!


May the FORCE be with us!

 

March 20, 2020
Dear parishioners:

I just wanted to reach out to you and affirm my support and prayers during these extraneous times that we are facing. Not having public Mass or other liturgical events is certainly unprecedented. Nevertheless, let us not lose hope, fall in despair or become severe critics of our leadership or each other during this challenge of coronavirus. It pains me not to be able to celebrate Mass with all of you; however, a temporary sacrifice for the good of all is sometimes necessary.
At this time the main church is open for you to come and make a visit to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament during normal office hours. I am also hearing confessions on a scheduled basis. Please see the website, Facebook page, or call the office to get on the schedule. We may also find ways to practice our faith more at home with our loved ones. The beauty of our faith is the variety of ways that we can pray together through rosary, scripture, novenas, or (one of my favorites) just sitting in a quiet space listening to a monastic chant in the background before an icon or holy picture.
 
Even with a reduced schedule, many of the churches expenses will not change. Your continued financial support through this time is necessary. Your contribution can be dropped off to the receptionist during office hours, or mailed to the church.
This might also be a good time to consider electronic giving. Access the church website at www.saintbarnabasarden.org, and click on the donate button for instructions. It can be set up either with a credit card or electronic withdrawal from a bank account.
A final option would be to instruct your bank to do an automatic draft from your account that would be mailed to the church weekly or monthly. We greatly appreciate your faithfulness in this matter.
 
If you have any spiritual needs, please call Wanda in the front office. If you need food, St. Vincent DePaul Society has a drive-through pantry on Thursdays from 11:00 am til 2:00 pm. If you have any other physical needs at this time (like something picked up at the store), please contact Valarie Brooks at volunteer@saintbarnabasarden.org or call (828)684-6098, ext. 1306. There are parishioners willing to help.
 
Certainly COVID-19 cannot squelch the power of the Holy Spirit, for the Spirit of God is everywhere!! Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit let us respond to this pandemic with goodness and love and not with fear and anxiety, two powerful tools of the devil. Help a neighbor in need, pray for others, delve into God's Word and wash your hands!!
God Bless You All,
Fr. Adrian Porras
 

20 de marzo del 2020
Estimados feligreses:

Solo quiero comunicarme con ustedes y re-afirmar mi apoyo y oraciones durante estos tiempos extraños que enfrentamos. El no tener una misa pública u otros eventos litúrgicos ciertamente no tiene precedentes. Sin embargo, no perdamos la esperanza, no caigamos en la desesperación o seamos críticos severos de nuestro liderazgo o de los demás durante este desafío de coronavirus. Me duele no poder celebrar la misa con todos ustedes; sin embargo, a veces es necesario un sacrificio temporal por el bien de todos.

En este momento, la iglesia principal está abierta para que usted venga y visite a nuestro Señor en el Santísimo Sacramento durante las horas normales de oficina. También estare escuchando confesiones de forma programada. Consulte el sitio web, la página de Facebook o llame a la oficina para obtener el horario. También podemos encontrar maneras de practicar nuestra fe más en casa con nuestros seres queridos. La belleza de nuestra fe es la variedad de formas en la que podemos rezar juntos a través del rosario, las Escrituras, las novenas o (uno de mis favoritos) simplemente sentados en un espacio tranquilo escuchando un canto monástico en el fondo ante un icono o una imagen sagrada.

Incluso con un horario reducido, muchos de los gastos de la iglesia no cambiarán. Su continuo apoyo financiero durante este tiempo es necesario. Su contribución puede entregarse a la recepcionista durante el horario normal de oficina o enviarse por correo a la iglesia.

Este también podría ser un buen momento para considerar las donaciones electrónicas. Acceda al sitio web de la iglesia en www.saintbarnabasarden.org y haga clic en el botón de donación para obtener instrucciones. Se puede efectuar con una tarjeta de crédito o con un retiro electrónico de una cuenta bancaria. Una opción final sería indicarle a su banco que haga un giro automático desde su cuenta que se enviará por correo a la iglesia semanalmente o mensualmente. Apreciamos mucho su fidelidad en este asunto.

Si tiene alguna necesidad espiritual, llame a Wanda en la oficina principal. Si necesita comida, la Sociedad St. Vincent De Paul sigue teniendo la despensa abierta los jueves de 11:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. Si tiene otras necesidades físicas en este momento (como recogida de despensa en la tienda), comuníquese con Valarie Brooks en volunteer@saintbarnabasarden.org o llame al (828) 684-6098, ext. 1306. Hay feligreses dispuestos a ayudar.

¡Ciertamente COVID-19 no puede silenciar el poder del Espíritu Santo, porque el Espíritu de Dios está en todas partes! A través de la inspiración del Espíritu Santo, respondamos a esta pandemia con bondad y amor y no con miedo y ansiedad, que son dos poderosas herramientas del demonio. ¡Ayuda a un vecino necesitado, ora por otros, profundiza en la Palabra de Dios y lávate las manos!

Dios los bendiga a todos,
El p. Adrián Porras

I just wanted to reach out to you and affirm my support and prayers during these extraordinary times that we are facing. Not having public Mass or other liturgical events is certainly unprecedented. Nevertheless, let us not lose hope, fall in despair or become severe critics of our leadership or each other during this challenge of coronavirus. It pains me not to be able to celebrate Mass with all of you; however, a temporary sacrifice for the good of all is sometimes necessary. At this time the main church is open for you to come and make a visit to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We may also find ways to practice our faith more at home with our loved ones. The beauty of our faith is the variety of ways that we can pray together through rosary, scripture, novenas, or (one of favorites) just sitting in a quiet space listening to a monastic chant in the background before an icon or holy picture. Certainly COVID-19 cannot squelch the power of the Holy Spirit, for the Spirit of God is everywhere!! Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit let us respond to this pandemic with goodness and love and not with fear and anxiety, two powerful tools of the devil. Help a neighbor in need, pray for others, delve into God's Word and wash your hands!!

God Bless You All,
Fr. Adrian Porras

Solo quería comunicarme con usted y afirmar mi apoyo y oraciones durante estos tiempos extraños que enfrentamos. No tener una misa pública u otros eventos litúrgicos ciertamente no tiene precedentes. Sin embargo, no perdamos la esperanza, caigamos en la desesperación o seamos críticos severos de nuestro liderazgo o de los demás durante este desafío de coronavirus. Me duele no poder celebrar la misa con todos ustedes; sin embargo, a veces es necesario un sacrificio temporal por el bien de todos. En este momento, la iglesia principal está abierta para que vengas y hagas una visita a nuestro Señor en el Santísimo Sacramento. También podemos encontrar maneras de practicar nuestra fe más en casa con nuestros seres queridos. La belleza de nuestra fe es la variedad de formas en que podemos rezar juntos a través del rosario, las Escrituras, las novenas o (uno de los favoritos) simplemente sentados en un espacio tranquilo escuchando un canto monástico en el fondo ante un icono o una imagen sagrada. ¡Ciertamente COVID-19 no puede silenciar el poder del Espíritu Santo, porque el Espíritu de Dios está en todas partes! A través de la inspiración del Espíritu Santo, respondamos a esta pandemia con bondad y amor y no con miedo y ansiedad, dos poderosas herramientas del demonio. ¡Ayuda a un vecino necesitado, ora por otros, profundiza en la Palabra de Dios y lávate las manos!
Dios los bendiga a todos,
Fr. Adrian Porras

Our current scheduling situation (updated 3/26/20):
All activities and Masses (weekday and weekend) scheduled for St. Barnabas Church are canceled effective immediately through Holy Thursday. We are acting in accordance with our Bishop's direction and government recommendations and requirements. 

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament remains in the church sanctuary. It will be open until 10 pm each day. This will allow for greater distance between Adorers. If you have an Adoration Code you can enter through the Chapel using your code and then proceed into the church.

 The church will be open during office hours for you to go pray in the church if you wish. The wings will be locked to discourage travel down those hallways. Please use an abundance of caution during this time.

Confessions will be scheduled on a limited basis and are available via sign-up. Notices will be placed on our home page when sign-ups are available.

Please click here for resources for online Masses, perpetual Adoration, and Catholic news.

There will be a yellow banner at the top of the website for late-breaking schedule changes.

May our good Lord bless you and our Lady keep you in her care.
Father Adrian

Nuestra situación actual de programación:
Todas las actividades y misas (entre semana y fin de semana) programadas para la Iglesia de San Bernabé se cancelan de manera efectiva hasta el Jueves Santo. Estamos actuando de acuerdo con la dirección de nuestro Obispo y las recomendaciones y requisitos del gobierno.

La adoración del Santísimo Sacramento se ha trasladado al santuario de la iglesia a partir de las 5 pm del 19 de marzo. Estará abierto hasta las 10 pm cada día. Esto permitirá una mayor distancia entre los adoradores. Si tiene un Código de Adoración, puede ingresar a través de la Capilla usando su código y luego pasar a la iglesia.

Tenga mucho cuidado durante este tiempo. Haga clic aquí para obtener recursos para misas en línea, adoración perpetua y noticias católicas.

Habrá un banner amarillo en la parte superior del sitio web para los cambios de horario de última hora.
 

Que nuestro buen Señor los bendiga y nuestra Señora los mantenga bajo su cuidado.
Padre Adrian

The Vatican has offered a Plenary Indulgence, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, for the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of health authority in hospitals or in their homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Mass, reciting the Holy Rosary, pious practice of the Way of the Cross, or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father's intentions), as soon as possible. 

 

Plenary Indulgence has been offered to health care workers, family members and all those who follow the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer, "Greeter love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friend" (Jn. 15:13). 

 

Plenary Indulgence is also granted to the faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called Himself. 

 

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for these usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no. 12). 

 

This Decree given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020. 

 

Mauro Cardinal Piacenza

Major Penitentiary

Per the Charlotte Diocese on https://charlottediocese.org

SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION WAIVED: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted for all Catholics of the diocese until further notice. The dispensation from Mass does not remove the obligation to keep the Lord’s Day holy: seek to refrain from work, spend time in prayer individually and as a family, and extend charity to others. You are encouraged to make a spiritual communion.

Online Live and Recorded Masses:
EWTN Livestream at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET
https://www.ewtn.com/tv/shows/sunday-mass-live

Heart of the Nation
https://www.heartofthenation.org/online-mass/sunday-mass#

CatholicTV
http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass

St. Mark Catholic Church
https://www.stmarknc.org/livestream

Online Perpetual Adoration:

https://virtualadoration.home.blog

https://www.ewtn.co.uk/live/adoration

Diocesan Catholic News Sources:
https://charlottediocese.org
http://catholicnewsherald.com

 

Parish News Sources:
https://www.saintbarnabasarden.org
https://www.facebook.com/groups/stbarnabasarden
https://www.facebook.com/St-Barnabas-Catholic-Church-111671452201457

 

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents of Children and Teens in St. Barnabas Faith Formation and Youth Ministry,

The staff of St. Barnabas have been tracking the spread of COVID-19 and are doing what we can, in union with the Diocese of Charlotte, to slow its spread and flatten the curve of cases. As part of this effort, please follow the guidelines below for faith formation and youth ministry at our parish:

If faith formation and youth ministry are canceled, OR you feel unsafe about having your children/teens attend, please prepare in advance by

  • Picking up the grade-appropriate books/materials from your child’s catechist (this Sunday). For teens in youth ministry, I have YouCats or Didache books for high school, and 8th grade Faith & Life textbooks for middle school.
  • Creating a Flocknote account (www.flocknote.com) so you can send messages to other families and your catechists. Catechists will communicate regularly with you about what materials you and your child should read.
  • If doing faith formation or youth ministry at home, send texts to Simeon Willis (not the catechists) via Flocknote each week when your family has completed the weekly assigned reading. We will give each child/teen credit for this so that s/he will be on track for when you feel comfortable resuming faith formation/youth ministry, or it they are canceled, for when they are held again.
  • Most importantly: Praying for our parish, our nation and our world. People are increasingly freaking out. We want control over our lives, but that is an illusion. Life is fragile, and while we should take care of ourselves, this life is always only temporary. Be prudent, but above all, be prayerful! Help your children to focus on Christ during these difficult days ahead. It is morally good to be reasonably prepared at times like these, but we as Catholics must avoid fear. Fear is the enemy of faith. Only one can reign in the heart.

Some ideas for praying daily as families: the readings of the Mass, the rosary, the Bible, spiritual communions, etc. All are very beautiful and helpful in maintaining the faith and participating with Jesus in bringing all to God. One particular prayer I encourage you to say together for an end to this pandemic is the oldest known prayer to Mary. It comes from the Council of Ephesus in AD 431:

Beneath thy compassion, we take refuge, O Mother of God: do not despise our petitions in time of trouble, but rescue us from dangers, only pure one, only blessed one.

Let us pray this together, united in faithful hope in the love of God!

Sincerely in Christ,

Simeon Willis

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