Registration for 2022-2023 Faith Formation and SoE Youth Ministry Registration is now open!

Please know that by registering for faith formation or youth ministry you are agreeing to register at St. Barnabas Church and to attend Mass here weekly except when out of town. This is important for building our parish life.

To register for Faith Formation:
1. Click here to register
2. Complete the form
3. Staff will review your registration and get back to you if there are any changes that need to be made.

Registration fees are waived for those involved in ongoing stewardship. 


St. Barnabas' name means "Son of Encouragement", and he lived up to his name on his missionary journeys with St. Paul. We are also called to be missionaries who share the Gospel or "Good News" of Jesus to the world which is so hungry for true love, joy and truth. We have the good news! May we be little reflections of God to others, or "Suns of Encouragement" in the example of our patron.

This is our name and our calling. SoE!

If you would like to contribute to Ukraine Humanitarian Aid please write your check payable to Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke and note that the check is for "Humanitarian Aid Ukraine." If you donate cash, please place your cash in an envelope and mark the envelope "Humanitarian Aid Ukraine." We will send all money collected to our Eparchy. You can leave your donation in the box at the Sunday 3 pm Mass.

If you prefer to make a direct contribution, the easiest way to do so is to donate through the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. You can find information about how to make a donation through the Save Ukraine button at the top of the page on the Archeparchy's website.

Dear Fellow St. Barnabas Parishioners,
We are excited about being at St. Barnabas Church and back in western North Carolina! We met in the late 1970s in the operating room at a Catholic hospital in Youngstown, Ohio and were married on September 11, 1981. We are both retired now - Deacon Chuck was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and Rose was an operating room nurse. Deacon Chuck liked to joke and tell everyone that he could put you to sleep in the operating room and also during a homily! We’ll let you be the judge… In 1982, we began moving for work; after spending time in South Carolina and Charlotte, where Deacon Chuck served at St. Patrick Cathedral after he was ordained by the late Bishop John Donoghue on June 18, 1988, we moved to western North Carolina in 1991. Deacon Chuck served at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville before we moved to Colorado in 1995, again for job opportunities. Deacon Chuck worked primarily in rural hospitals and served in several parishes in the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Dioceses. Rose worked from home for the professional association of operating room nurses as a medical writer and education seminar planner/facilitator. We were out west in Colorado and Arizona until relocating to Florida to be near family in 2019. But after the 2020 summer lockdown, we realized we needed a more diverse (ie, cooler!) climate. Fortunately, the Lord led us back to western North Carolina where we found a house in a very serene setting and a parish home at St. Barnabas. We look forward to serving and getting to know everyone and respectfully ask for your prayers, as you are in ours.

Deacon Chuck & Rose Moss

We now have an online form to submit or remove names of those to pray for the bulletin or read at Mass.
You will find it under the ABOUT menu, and here is the link as well:

Last week St. Barnabas Catholic Church was included in a WLOS segment about the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Charlotte.
Check it out!


Sign-ups REQUIRED for Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Passion, and Sunday Easter Masses. The Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday at 8pm is for those coming into the church only and is full. 



Monday, March 29
9 am: Mass in English

Tuesday, March 30
Nothing Scheduled

Wednesday, March 31
6:30 pm » Mass in Spanish, Adoration
07:00 pm » Adoration in church

Holy Thursday, April 1
12:00 pm » Office closes
SIGN UP REQUIRED: 7:00 pm »  Mass of the Lord's Supper, bilingual  - SIGN UP HERE
8:00 pm to midnight » Adoration in the Social Hall

Good Friday, April 2
Office Closed
2:45 pm » Divine Mercy Novena Begins in Church
SIGN UP REQUIRED: 3:00 pm »  Celebration of the Lord's Passion - SIGN UP HERE
7:00 pm »  Stations of the Cross, English, Church
8:00 pm » Stations of the Cross, Spanish, Church

Holy Saturday, April 3
9:45 am » Blessing of Easter Baskets
8:00 pm » Easter Sunday Vigil, bilingual - For those entering the church only

Easter Sunday, April 4
SIGN UP REQUIRED: 8:30 am » Easter Sunday Mass - SIGN UP HERE
SIGN UP REQUIRED: 11:00 am » Easter Sunday Mass, bilingual - SIGN UP HERE


Schedule for 2021 Ash Wednesday

  • 7:30 am: Distribution of Ashes only, no Mass / Distribución de cenizas únicamente, sin misa
  • 9:00 am: Mass in English and Distribution of Ashes / Misa en inglés y distribución de cenizas
  • 7:00 pm: Mass, bi-lingual, and Distribution of Ashes / Masa, bilingüe y distribución de cenizas

Sign up is required for the 7 pm Mass only / Es necesario registrarse solo para la misa de las 7 pm


Stations of the Cross for Lent begin Friday, 2/19/21

  • 3:00 pm: English and Live-Streamed
  • 7:00 pm: English
  • 8:00 pm: Spanish

Lenten Fish Frys sponsored by the Knights of Columbus begin Friday, 2/19/21.
This year they will be takeout only, due to Covid 19 protocols. Order online here!




A Catholic Culture Moment 

Incorporating pretzels into our Lenten program is a wonderful and appropriate devotion. The pretzel being symbolic of prayer and penance is a small but powerful instrument in bringing families to God.  Making pretzels with children is a great way to explain that Lent is a period of fasting, self-denial and prayer in imitation of our Lord's fasting for forty days and forty nights in preparation for the feast of Easter.  Our fasting and penance comprises forty days, not including Sundays, from Ash Wednesday to the end of Holy Saturday. The term "penance" should be made clear to children. It means a "change of heart," a victory over sin and a striving for holiness. The sacrifices of fasting and self-denial are only means and signs of this spiritual penance.

A traditional means of reminding the family that it is the holy season of Lent is the Lenten foods which are served only this time of the year. Thus parents and children realize, even at their meals, that prayer and penance should be practiced during these days.

The pretzel has a deep spiritual meaning for Lent. In fact, it was the ancient Christian Lenten bread as far back as the fourth century. In the old Roman Empire, the faithful kept a very strict fast all through Lent: no milk, no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no cream and no meat.

They made small breads of water, flour and salt, to remind themselves that Lent was a time of prayer. They shaped these breads in the form of crossed arms because in those days they crossed their arms over their chest while praying. Therefore, they called the breads "little arms" (bracellae).  From this Latin word, the Germanic people later coined the term "pretzel."        

So, the pretzel is the most appropriate food symbol in Lent. It still shows the form of arms crossed in prayer as an expression that Lent is a time of prayer, and consists only of water, flour, and sometimes yeast, as a remembrance that Lent is a time of fasting.

The fact that many people today eat pretzels all through the year in taverns and restaurants, and paired with peanuts and the like is only an accidental habit. In many places of Europe, pretzels are served only from Ash Wednesday to Easter, helping to keep the ancient symbolism alive.

There seems to be no reason why our Christian families should not return to this beautiful custom of our ancient Roman Christian ancestors, especially since we still have these breads everywhere. The children will be delighted and greatly impressed when they hear the true story of the pretzel.

Suggested reading:
The Year of the Lord in the Christian Home                              by Rev. Francis X. Weiser, S.J. (Collegeville, Minnesota,       The Liturgical Press, ©1964)   
- Tiffany J Gallozzi


Soft Pretzel Recipe ~ What you need:

  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • extra salt for the tops - large salt works best!

Mix your yeast, water, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, and knead until the dough is smooth. Shape into the form of arms crossed in prayer and place it on a baking sheet. Brush the dough with a beaten egg to give it a shiny finish (you can use oil if you prefer). Sprinkle the top with salt, and bake in an oven
preheated to 425 degrees for 15 minutes.