Fr. Julio Dominguez will be celebrating weekday Masses at St John on June 15 7:00pm in Spanish, June 16 9:00am, June 20 through June 22 9:00am and June 27 through 30 9:00 am. Thank you Fr. Julio!
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Message to the Parish from Fr. Riehl

Dear Parish Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that I have decided, of my own free will and my own instigation, to resign my position here at St. John’s and Immaculate Conception, effective June 2, 2017. I have found that I am worn out or burned out and for my own wellbeing need to take a sabbatical. There was no incident or event, just a feeling that I need some time away from full parish ministry. I have absolutely no questions or doubts about my vocation to the Priesthood of Christ. Thanks for your support and prayers over these past years.

Transitions are always difficult and this one might seem sudden and unexpected. The Bishop asked me to assure you all that he cares for you all and is working to find the next pastor. In the meantime Fr. Joshua Voitus, the Pastor of St Mary’s in Silva, will be the Administrator, while still continuing as Pastor of St. Mary’s. The weekend masses will be as normal and taken care of by Priests of the diocese. The weekday masses will be canceled but any emergencies will be taken care of by Fr. Voitus. He can also help with baptisms, weddings and the like. During the interregnum there will be no changes to the parish.

We are a pilgrim people and we have been together on our journey for almost three years. Ultimately we pray our pilgrimage will end in the blessed vision of His Divine Majesty. So while I may be walking next to you for now, I pray that we all end up together again. Please know that you will remain in my prayers.

May the Good Lord continue to bless you all.

Pax Christi, Fr. Riehl

Local Mass Times

There will be no weekday Masses in St John the Evangelist Parish during the week of June 5th. Follows Mass times at local parishes in case you would like to attend:

St Mary, Mother of God, 22 Bartlett St, Sylva  
Weekday Mass schedule for the week of June 5: Tuesday 9:00 am; Wednesday 5:00 pm; Thursday & Friday 9:00 am.

St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 37 Murphy Drive, Maggie Valley.
Weekday Mass schedule for the week of June 5 - Tuesday 4:00 pm; Wednesday through Friday - 8:00 am.

St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 768 Asbury Road, Candler.
Weekday Mass Schedule for the week of June 5 - Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00 pm with Angelus; Thursday & Friday 9:00 am with morning prayers.


International Pilgrim Virgin Statue Comes to Waynesville

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearances of the Mother of Jesus to three shepherd children in the Portuguese village of Fatima.  For the six months from May until October, the Virgin communicated her divine Son’s desire that people repent and pray for world peace and for the salvation of souls.  The series of apparitions culminated in the “Miracle of the Sun” on October 13, which was witnessed by and reported on by an estimated crowd of 70,000 people, some of whom were not Christian believers at all.

 On Sunday, March 12, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of our Lady of Fatima will be in Waynesville at Saint John’s Catholic Church.  Sent out to bring the Message of Fatima to the world, the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue has traveled the world many times, visiting more than 100 countries.  This statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim, based on the description of Sr. Lucia, one of the three young seers who saw Our Lady each month from May to October 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.

 The events of the day will include a Rosary in Spanish at 9:00 a.m., a presentation  to Sunday school children and Rosary at 9:45 a.m., and Sunday Mass at 11:00 a.m. followed by a procession and Rosary in the Church.  At 3:00 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the Church, after which the Our Lady’s statue will depart on the next stage of her journey.  All are welcome to attend any of these events and participate as they are able in this unique opportunity for prayer and praise.

 Saint John’s is located at 234 Church Street in Waynesville.  The parish office can be contacted at 456-6707 or through the website at stjohnwaynesville.org.

 


Schedule for Lent, Holy Week, and the Sacred Triduum
Anno Domini 2017
 

Stations of the Cross on Fridays
On March 3, 10, 17, 24 and April 7 at Saint John’s, Waynesville
On March 31 at Immaculate Conception, Canton
5:30 p.m. in English
Meatless meal follows in Parish Hall
7:00 p.m. en Español

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Lenten Penance Service:
Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m.
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Holy Week
Holy Monday – Mass at Noon
Holy Tuesday – No Mass (all priests are to be in Charlotte for the Bishop’s Chrism Mass)
Holy Wednesday – Traditional Latin Mass at 6:00 p.m.
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Sacred Triduum
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Institution at 6:00 p.m.
Friday – Liturgy of Good Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Living Stations of the Cross (Spanish Community) at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:30p.m.
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Easter Sunday
9:00 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception
11:00 a.m. at Mass Saint John’s
1:00 p.m. Mass en Español at Saint John’s

 


 

Immaculate Conception Parishioners

In the next few months a plan to remodel the front of the church to remove the center post in the entrance, along with other changes will be moving forward. Volunteers are needed to help move this project forward. If you can participate, please contact Jeff Schandevel.


Triumph - A Parish Mission

Coming to St John the Evangelist:

Sunday Feb 12 through Wednesday, Feb 15th:
TRIUMPH - A PARISH MISSION

  • Sunday, Feb 12, 4:00 PM - Presentation - Testimony & Introduction.
  • Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00 PM - Presentation - Catechesis Background.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:00 PM - Presentation - What has Heaven Been Saying to Us?
  • Sunday, Feb 15, 4:00 PM - Presentation - Final Remarks Concerning "The Triumph". Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.

Featured Speaker - Fr. David W. Gunter, MIC, is a member of The Marians of the Immaculate Conception located at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained in 2009 for the Archdiocese of Boston. Prior to entering the priesthood, he studied at Northeastern University receiving a BA in Economics and Geology in 1981. He went on to obtain an MBA from Babson College in 1984.He entered the Marian Fathers in July 2014, and completed his novitiate in August 2015, when he professed his first vows. Over the last few years, Fr. David has been researching Marian apparitions, Marian teachings by saints and popes, and has compiled an exciting program based on a book he has written called "The Triumph". Fr Gunter will preach at all weekend Masses.

www.thedivinemercy.org/events


 

New Photo Albums added to 2016 Photo Albums

Albums have been added for the 2016 Holider Dinner, Our Lady of Guadelupe celebration, La Morenita, and St John Christmas Decorations. See them here.

TWO Plenary Indulgences available for All Souls:  (November 2nd, 2016)

All Souls Indulgences - Grant #29.1.1
For the Souls in Purgatory – Plenary Indulgence
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted each and every day from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, who devoutly visit a cemetery and there pray, if only mentally, for the departed.

All Souls' Day - Plenary Indulgence - Grant #29.1.2
A plenary indulgence is granted the faithful who, on All Souls' Day (or according to the judgment of the bishop, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visits a church or an oratory and recites an Our Father and the Apostles Creed.

Please keep in mind that an indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the dead (even if the prayer is only mental) during the first 8 days of November. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted to the faithful, who piously visit a church or a public oratory on All Souls Day. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited. 

 Both of these indulgences are granted under the normal conditions, i.e., one must be baptized and in the state of grace, be free from an attachment to sin, go to confession within 20 days, receive Holy Communion on the day you visit the cemetery or church, and offer prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (a Creed and an Our Father will suffice).

 


Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting December 8th of this year until November 20th of 2016. During this year, we are all called to focus on mercy – God’s mercy toward us, and how we can live more merciful lives as Christians. One easy thing you can do during this year is actually also fun – install a new app called “365 Days to Mercy” on your mobile device. It’s a free app, and it includes daily reflections on mercy, Scripture reflections, Pope Francis’ tweets, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a lot of other things you’ll find helpful. It’s not complicated or time consuming – in just a minute or two a day you can read a little about mercy. Is available for both Android and iOS.


Catholic Daughters of America

During the Year of Mercy

St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception Parishes are nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains with views of the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 1941 St. John's in Waynesville, NC was dedicated and in 1954, Immaculate Conception, in Canton, NC became its mission church.

On Sunday, June 9, 2016 The Catholic Daughters of the Americas / Court Immaculate Heart of Mary # 2715 was instituted after taking the pledge. St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception Parish now has a total of 28 Charter Members, including Fr. Christopher Riehl as our Court Chaplain.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is the oldest and the largest Catholic women's group in the Americas. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded in Utica, New York in 1903, and for 113 years has been and continues to be dedicated to the principles of "Unity and CharitV', the order's motto. Today, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas has nearly 70,000 members in 1,250 courts in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

History of the CDA can be found at www.catholicdaughtes.org

June 5 was a great day. Months of work in which included development meetings and visits from various groups led to the parishes becoming members of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas. CDA tools of trade are considered the Circle of Love, including Spiritual Enhancement, Education, Family, Leadership, Legislation and Quality Of Life. After several visits from, Essie Walker, State Regent, Charlotte, NC, District Deputy, Diane Clarke-Hawkins, Jo MacWilliam, Regent of Court St. Joan of Arc #2471, Candler, NC, and Gwen Parris, State Secretary, Court St. Mary of God, Sylva, NC, an amazing moment arrived in this Year of Mercy. These gracious ladies shared that moment with all during the ceremony in a big way.

The officers were elected, Regent Jean Burton, Vice Regent Christine Ryan, Recording Secretary Mary Harrah, Financial Secretary Gail Webb, and Treasurer Norma Waring. Sheila Storey, National Director, Durham, NC swore in the new officers.

Attending and serving was Brenda Spizzo, Regent court Durham #1576, Durham, NC, Sue Harris, Vice Regent, Court Durham #1576, Durham, NC, Teresa Cornett, State Treasurer and Regent, Court St. Bernadette #2629, Fuquay Varina, NC , Janet Rapiey, Vice Regent, Court St. Philip the Apostle #2593  Statesville, NC.

Diane Clarke-Hawkins, District Deputy organized the Court, the event was hosted by our Sister Court, Court St. Joan of Arc #2471, Candler, NC, and our Knights of Columbus, Father Bernard McDevitt Council #15085 helped with the reception that followed.

Family and friends were also in attendance during the elegant and historical event.
 

 

 

 

 

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