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America Needs Fatima Rosary

America Needs Fatima

Pray a Public Square Rosary

Public Rosaries in history:

·        At the end of World War 2, Communist Soviet troops occupied Vienna, Austria. They refused to leave. Yet, after massive public Rosary processions led by Fr. Petrus Pavlicek, the Communist invaders packed up and left.

·        Large-scale public Rosaries were likewise credited for foiling a Communist takeover in Brazil in 1964. If the Rosary saved these countries, it can save America.


Words from Our Blessed Mother to St Dominic

"The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy."


Saturday, October 14

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun


The Miracle of the Sun was public: On October 13, 1917, Our Lady preformed a miracle witnessed by 70,000 people, including atheists, communists and anti-Catholics, some of them converted.

Where we will pray in public: Haywood County Court House, Waynesville, NC

When to Meet: 12 Noon.

We stand where we are given permission to stand with a sign provided by "America Needs Fatima" that has the picture of Our Lady of Fatima and Praying the Rosary information. We pray for 1 hr. from the prayer cards provided from Fatima. There will be a red rose placed in Fatima Portugal that day for our participation. All over the USA this day people will be praying the Public Square Rosary.

More than 20,000 Rosary Rallies will be prayed on this day throughout the US!

Words from Our Blessed Mother to St Dominic

"The Rosary will be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin and dispel heresy."

Saturday, October 14 - Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun

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


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:

  • 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.


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

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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