The Tileston Parish Center will be reopened after thorough inside renovation no later than this June 2021. I want this parish center to be very vibrant, busy and alive. Volunteers should take the ownership of the parish
We have been enjoying the first weeks of Spring. Have you planted some flowers or played golf yet? Weatherwise now is the time to engage in all those activities. Before or after your chores, why don’t you relax
With the celebration of Holy Thursday we enter liturgically, the Paschal Triduum. Good Friday will follow, and on Saturday we will gather for the Easter Vigil. This is the sacred time of the Church year celebrating
Vaccines against the coronavirus and its different variants detected in Great Britain, Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Nigeria, South Carolina, California, New York and other countries or states give us hope. We should be grateful to God for our scientists and researchers
On March 20th I confirmed over forty young men and women. This sacrament was conferred during the mass. Sharing in their important step of initiation into faith brought me a lot of joy. Everybody was very happy and after the
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is underway. It supports the activity of various ministries throughout the diocese which without monetary gifts from the faithful would not be possible to be successful and achieve their goals. Among many ministries, the BAA fund is used
Hope my letter finds you well and safe during the Coronavirus pandemic crisis. This time provides a great opportunity to increase our prayers. Seems to me we can never have enough or say enough prayers. We all have our
Ash Wednesday begins the liturgical Season of Lent. It is the second one during the pandemic. The ashes will be sprinkled on all the faithful’s heads to remind everyone about our frailty and dependence on God.
We have been together through three hurricanes. The worst one was Florence because it caused extensive damage to the campus. I have great news for you! An agreement with the insurance company was reached. The
2020 is behind us. As we look forward to a better 2021 we are still under restrictions due to Covid-19. Christmas and New year’s gatherings drastically increased the rise of positive cases. Sadly a good number of
Again with great sadness I am informing you that another of our staff members was diagnosed positive today with Covid-19. This time it is an asymptomatic case. Please pray for their recovery and for one another.
Thanksgiving has a long tradition in the United States. On that day family members and friends traditionally gather together for a festive meal and to thank the Lord for blessings during the past year.
We begin the month of November celebrating the feast of All Saints. In the midst of them are not only officially recognized saintly figures by the Church but all men, women and children whose holy lives are known to
Autumn has officially been under way for over a week. It is a beautiful time to watch nature and feed the birds and squirrels. Hope you take care of all God’s living creatures both big and small. It is a wonderful example of how we
It was good to worship with you last Sunday. Thank you for your friendship and continued support with your time, talent and treasure of our beloved Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. This Sunday’s Gospel(Matthew 16:21-27) reading is about carrying the
Hopefully summer days despite pandemic are treating you well and you are connecting with family and friends following safety guidelines. It is a new way of life that makes the world upside down for everyone individually. What a
Another beautiful day in great North Carolina. Hope you can have fun by going to the beach, golfing or taking a riverwalk downtown. Whatever you choose, enjoy the moment. Remember that wearing a mask and social distancing
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My prayers are with those affected by the hurricane, especially in Cape Fear and Brunswick Counties who took the brunt of Isaias. Some also suffered from several tornadoes. May the Lord give them strength and consolation in
This Sunday our church will become a spiritual home for Sonya. She will be baptised, confirmed and receive her first communion in our beloved basilica. On our behalf I welcome her with great joy to the Catholic Church
The upcoming weekend is very special for every American as we celebrate our independence. July 4th reminds us that freedom can not be taken for granted. We all have the responsibility to work together for the welfare and
We are going to gradually reopen our beloved basilica beginning this Sunday (June 21) at 9:00am (Mass in English). The following Sunday we will hold two services at 9:00am (English) and 11:00am (Spanish).
As we celebrate Corpus Christi, let us pray for the hundreds of priests who have lost their lives to Covid- 19 in Italy, Spain, France, Brazil , England and the United States . These are the countries with the
Our beloved Basilica is a vibrant, multiracial community consisting of Caucasian, African -American, Hispanic and Asian ancestry. As the Body of Christ we have always come together and will continue to do so to witness to the Gospel
This Sunday we celebrate the third most important solemnity in the Catholic Church – Pentecost, an egalitarian outpouring of the Holy Spirit regardless of age, race, class, economic status or gender. The gifts of the Spirit are
I am very happy to present you with the following guidelines (link below) which were prepared three weeks ago for your protection at our beloved Basilica. It is a living document. When changes occur you will be notified.
Studies indicate that the numbers of infected by Covid-19 have risen rapidly in North Carolina. We must not assume that because there are no public health restrictions on services in churches the there are no serious public
We are waiting for the governor’s/bishop’s orders regarding reopening of the churches. At this time we don’t know the number approved for large gatherings. The risk of infections is still high and will probably rise more once
The era of Covid-19 is the tragedy that keeps people apart and also brings them together. Even though we do not participate in the sacramental life of the church we can still shine as the beautiful Body of
The Care Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) provides forgivable loans through the Small Business Administration for the purpose of payroll protection. I am very happy to inform you that we were successful in acquiring the
During the coronavirus era many parents are having to work from their homes and children are having to finish up the school year by doing the same. It gives everyone more time to interact and strengthen family bonds.
I hope you had a spiritually rewarding Easter and you and your loved ones are well.
I want to thank you for reaching out to me through Facebook, phone calls, and Easter cards. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
In His public ministry Jesus selflessly served those whom He had met in his daily life. He healed the sick, aided the widows, orphans, and fed the hungry. Jesus’ unselfish love for humanity led Him to the
It is with great sadness to inform you that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had mild symptoms and is currently self-quarantined and feeling better everyday. Please remember to continue to pray