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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!
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.
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.
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!
We are experiencing some issues with scams involving our church and pastor.
Thieves are preying on people during this vulnerable time.
Please do not respond to ANY request for assistance, money, or information. If you are in doubt, please call the church office at 684-6098 and tell us what you have received.
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New Benefit Suspension Scam
The SSA’s Office of the Inspector General has reported that they have received numerous reports from Social Security beneficiaries receiving notifications through the mail indicating that their payments will be discontinued or suspended unless they call the phone number referenced in the notification that they received.
This is one of the new scams affecting Seniors as they are tricking individuals into providing personal information or payment by way of gift cards, wire transfers, or by mailing cash to protect and maintain their regular benefit payments during this period of coronavirus pandemic office closures.
*Remember, NEVER give your personal or financial information over email, text or phone.
According to Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please read the blog from the Inspector General for more information and be sure to share this information with your parishioners to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam
Today, I am warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. Social Security will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed.
The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.
As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, local Social Security offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. However, Social Security employees continue to work. Social Security will not suspend or decrease Social Security benefit payments or Supplemental Security Income payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Any communication you receive that says Social Security will do so is a scam, whether you receive it by letter, text, email, or phone call.
Social Security will never:
- Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
- Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
- Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
- Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
- Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.
If you receive a letter, text, call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about an alleged problem with your Social Security number, account, or payments, hang up or do not respond. We encourage you to report Social Security scams using our dedicated online form. Please share this information with your friends and family, to help spread awareness about Social Security scams.
Remember knowledge is POWER and the best defense against becoming a victim to fraud and scams.
Effective Sunday, May 10 St. Barnabas Church will begin offering additional Worship options for our parish:
- We will continue to have Confessions via appointment. The next opportunity is Saturday, May 9. Sign up here
- Also continuing will be live-streaming of Mass on Sundays at 10 am.
- There will be four outdoor Communion Services on Sunday, May 10 (and likely again on May 17) from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm, in half-hour increments. Please remain parked in your cars for the service, but line up outside for Communion when so directed, observing social distancing. Immediate families that have traveled together in a car do not need to distance from each other. At the end of each Communion Service, you will have the option to proceed to the outdoor Adoration area or to leave. Ushers will be on hand to direct you to parking locations and line-up areas for Communion. Take ONE SLOT PER CAR, regardless of the number of persons in the car. If you need a gluten-free Host please indicate so in the comments. Sign up here
- There will be a Parking Lot Adoration on Sunday, May 10 from 12 noon to 2 pm. It will be towards the back of church outside by the playground. You may remain in your car (supposed to be chilly!) 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.
You are welcome to come for Communion, Adoration, or both. Ushers will be on hand to direct you to the appropriate parking areas. You will also be able to leave your Offertory Gift.
We are scheduling another block of time for Confessions. This session is for10:30 am to noon in five-minute increments on Saturday, May 2, 2020
Sign-up REQUIRED. Please sign up for a spot at this link