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Registration for 2021-2022 Faith Formation Registration is now open.

Instructions for those returning to faith formation:

To register for Faith Formation:
1. Login to your account at https://charlottemoc.parishsoftfamilysuite.com
2. click on the Faith Formation tab
3. Select “Online Registration” in the blue bar
4. From the drop-down menu, review your family data
5. Select 2021-2022 term
6. Add students
7. Submit

Your request will be approved within a few days! 

Registration fees are $50 for a child/teen, with a maximum of $130 for a family.
Payment Options:
- Pay online after you register at this link
- Write a check to St. Barnabas with "Faith Formation "in the memo, or pay in person with cash.

 

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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:
https://www.saintbarnabasarden.org/content/prayer-request-form

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. 

IF THE SIGNUP LINK SAYS "LOCKED" THAT MEANS SOMEONE ELSE IS SIGNING UP AT THAT MOMENT. REFRESH PAGE UNTIL IT IS NO LONGER LOCKED.

UPDATE: EVERYTHING IS FULL AS OF TUESDAY, MARCH 30. YOU CAN KEEP CHECKING THE LINKS TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS CANCELED AND FREED UP SPOT(S).

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.

 

As you know our 11 am Masses on Sundays are live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Beginning this weekend, we will be streaming all weekend Masses live. Instead of giving you a specific link to a particular live stream, please make note of our YouTube channel web address as follows below. Then go to the channel when it is time for Mass. If the stream has started you should see a Live Now image like one of the pictures shown below. If you don't see it the stream may not have started yet and you will need to refresh your browser when it does start.
This is the link to our YouTube channel

Short video by Manna Food Bank about our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry!

 

Our long awaited church renovation begin this week! Masses will be celebrated in the social hall beginning Thursday (no Masses Monday or Wednesday).
Entrance will be via the porch side of the building. The church sanctuary will not be open during the renovation, which is expected to last until early December. Adoration on Wednesday nights and Sundays will continue, but that, too, will be in the social hall. The Tabernacle will be in the Adoration Chapel. You are welcome to come and pray in the Chapel throughout the week. Please observe the ten-person maximum capacity.

If you have occasion to visit the office during weekdays during Mass, please be mindful when you enter and observe silence if possible.

We know this will be an inconvenient time for us as a church, but we greatly look forward to our much-improved church sanctuary, and we are especially grateful for the return on the endowment that has funded this project.

 

 

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