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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!

Catechists Needed!
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: dre@saintbarnabasarden.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 pmSign 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.
Registrate aquí

 

Please click on the arrow in the pdf below to open the Novena in a new tab for printing or saving.

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Even as our churches and workplaces carefully reopen, many people still feel anxious and disconnected. But we know Jesus offers hope! This Sunday we commemorate Pentecost – when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and emerged from their fearful isolation to preach boldly and with love. May Pentecost remind us that we are children of God, united in Christ and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We will emerge from this challenging time with blessings to share with others!

 

Using God’s Gift of Time This Summer
It is so easy for summer to become a season of lazy boredom, especially when we may not be comfortable traveling. Helpful tools to fight this and have a great summer are to make sure we have daily prayer, a schedule to bring structure to our day, and some good spiritual or philosophical reading.

Do you have important ideas or thoughts to share with others right at the tip of your tongue, or are you in a rut, saying the same types of things from the news or social media? Consider picking out a new book in our parish library! We have added some real gems! We also have some fantastic new DVDs. These will add fruitful depth to our conversations and relationship with God and His people. We are meant to build each other up. Find and share a new perspective on our Faith with others.

Faith Formation/Youth Ministry Registration will be available starting July 12th. All registrations will be online through our parish website. Registering early will be extremely helpful for our staff and catechists, especially this year as we may have to make adjustments to how we facilitate faith formation and youth ministry due to COVID-19. The registration deadline is August 23rd. Class sizes may be limited with at home options available. Specific details will be given as we approach the start of faith formation and youth ministry.

 

In accordance with North Carolina "Phase 2" COVID-19 guidelines and with direction from the Bishop's office St. Barnabas Church is pleased to resume Masses in the church effective this weekend. Each Mass will be limited to 100 people, and sign-ups will be required (see below). You may review the guidelines at this link.

Confession on C Hall Saturday, June 6 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Sign up here

Confesión en el C Hall el sábado 6 de junio de 5 pm - 6:30 pm  Registrate aquí

Masses IN THE CHURCH will be celebrated Sunday, June 7 at 8 am (English), 10 am (bi-lingual and also live-streamed), and 12:00 pm (English). All Masses have a 100 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 7 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 100 personas (para mantener el distanciamiento social) y deberá inscribirse para asistir.
Registrate aquí

Confession will be offered on Saturday, May 16 from 5 pm - 6:30 pm on the C Hall. Sign up here.

Live streaming of Mass on Sundays at 10 am continues with the next Mass on Sunday, May 17. 

Parking Lot Adoration on Sunday, May 17 from 12 noon to 2 pm. It will be towards the back of the church outside by the playground. You may remain in your car or bring chairs or blankets if you want to sit or kneel in the grass. Please observe social distancing, although immediate family members may remain in a group. 

Outdoor Communion Services will resume at a later date. That information will be posted on our website as soon as it is available.

Actualización para RICA y Primera Comunión

RICA: Tenemos la esperanza de que ingresaremos a la fase dos de la re-apertura de nuestro estado a fines de mayo. En el caso de que se nos permita reunirnos en el interior en grupos de cincuenta o menos, tendremos dos misas para quienes ingresen a la Iglesia para Pentecostés. Las fechas de esas misas se publicarán cuando estén disponibles.Estos grupos deberán mantenerse pequeños para estar dentro de la ley, por lo que solo se le permitirá la asistencia a la familia inmediata y necesitaremos saber cuántos miembros de la familia asistiran, no habrá recepción despues . En preparación para su recepción en la Iglesia, deberá recibir el Sacramento de la Reconciliación de antemano. El Padre Adrian hará los arreglos mas adelante. ¡Esperamos celebrarlo contigo!

Primera comunión: Mantenemos la esperanza de que entremos en la fase dos de la re-apertura de nuestro estado a fines de mayo. En caso de que se nos permita reunirnos en el interior en grupos de cincuenta o menos, tendremos dos misas para aquellos que completaron la preparación para la Sagrada Comunión durante el año escolar. Las fechas de esas misas se publicarán cuando estén disponibles. (Aquellos que planean prepararse en el verano tendrán que esperar hasta más tarde). Esto incluye a aquellos en el 2do grado y aquellos en el grupo de jóvenes que ya han completado su preparación para este Sacramento. Estas Misas solo están abiertas a miembros de la familia inmediata para que podamos estar dentro de la ley. ¡Gracias por su comprensión! ¡Esperamos celebrarlo contigo!

 

 

Update for RCIA and First Holy Communion
RCIA: We remain hopeful that we will enter phase two of the opening of our state by the end of May. In the event that we are permitted to gather indoors in groups of fifty or less, we will have two Masses for those entering the Church for Pentecost. Dates of those Masses will be posted when available. These groups will need to be kept small to be within the law, so only family will be permitted to attend and we will need to know how many even of family to expect. There will be no reception following. In preparation for your reception into the Church, you will need to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. Fr. Adrian will make arrangements shortly. We look forward to celebrating with you!

First Holy Communion: We remain hopeful that we will enter phase two of the opening of our state by the end of May. In the event that we are permitted to gather indoors in groups of fifty or less, we will have two Masses for those who completed preparation for Holy Communion during the school year. Dates of those Masses will be posted when available. (Those who are planning to prepare in the summer will have to wait until a later time.) This includes those in the 2nd grade, and those in the youth group who have already completed their preparation for this Sacrament. These Masses are only open to immediate family members so we can be within the law. Thank you for your understanding! We look forward to celebrating with you!

 

 

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