No Daily Mass

There will be no daily Mass on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 5th 2021 – 12:15pm
  • Wednesday, April 7th 2021 – 12:15pm
  • Friday, April 9th 2021 – 12:15pm

Please note that on the weekend of April 10th-11th we will return to regular weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil at 5:00pm – Sunday, 9:00 am in English and 11:00 am is Spanish.

 

RCIA Confirmation Mass – 2021

Dear Parishioners and members of our community,

This year’s Confirmation Mass for RCIA students will take place next Monday, April 5th at 6:30 pm where they will finally receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the strength they need to follow in our Lord Jesus’ foot steps.

Congratulations and God bless you all,

Parish Staff.

Lenten Zoom Meetings

January 25, 2021

To our parish family,

Happy New Year from the Evangelization commission!  This time last year, none of us ever imagined that we would be separated from Mass, the sacraments, and our parish family for almost a year.  And yet, we must remember that we are never isolated from Christ and the other members of the Mystical Body.

As we approach Lent 2021, the Evangelization commission would like to offer two opportunities to help you prepare for Easter:

  1. The very popular Little Black book for Lent will be available in the narthex beginning the weekend of January 30.  This book provides a brief reflection and an interesting fact for each day of Lent.  If you have never used this guide for reflection before, we think you will enjoy it.  Please take one book per family. If you are unable to get a book at church, please email evangelization4olr@gmail.com and we will get your book to you. Please include your name, address, and phone number. For those who prefer a digital format, the digital book is available on Amazon, App Store or Google Play. https://littlebooks.org/seasonal-books/lent

 

  1.  This Fall, we offered a program called “The Ministry of the Wild Goose” that explored ways of experiencing the Holy Spirit.  Each of the 14 segments is a stand-alone topic. We discussed the first seven parts and consensus was that it gave us all new tools for enhancing our spirituality and a new way of thinking about the Holy Spirit.  All participants felt this would be a valuable tool for Lenten reflection.  Thus, we will examine segments 8-14 as part of our Lenten preparation. Here are the details:
    1. This program is offered via Zoom on Thursdays from 7:00-7:30 pm.  from Feb. 18-March 30 (note the last session will be on a Wednesday as March 31 is Holy Thursday).
    2. The link to the short, approximately 20 minute video, is emailed the Friday before each meeting.  Simply click on the link and watch the video before the discussion the following Thursday.  All materials are free.
    3. The link to the Zoom meeting is emailed on Thursday morning.  Simply click the link and join us, either on the computer, tablet, or phone.
    4. If you would like to take a look at the videos, please go to https://thewildgooseisloose.com/wild-goose-main-page
    5.  For any questions or to register, please email evangelization4olr@gmail.com

 

As always, we look forward to the time we are all able to worship and socialize together.  In the meantime, please take a Little Black Book and sign up for our discussion series so we can prepare for Easter together.

 

Blessings,

The Evangelization Commission

New Online Giving

Rather than make donations using your envelopes, placing your gift in the collection basket, or mailing them to the office, you can now make a donation using the Abundant app for smartphones, or directly from our website (www.orl-nc.org). You can find the tab Give under the menu options on our homepage. This provides you with the option of making your gift via a credit or debit card, or directly from your bank account. Additionally, you can also set the process up to make your donation automatically, every week, every month, however you choose. We encourage you to try it out and set up for automatic giving, this way you will be able provide the support that you want even when you are not at church. In addition to regular offertory contributions, you will eventually also be able to donate to our 2nd collections. The platform that we have selected integrates seamlessly with our existing software so that your donations will be recorded and maintained.

Join Our Prayer Line

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  Luke 11:9-10

In 2018 the Evangelization commission started a prayer line that allows members to submit prayer requests online. Emails are sent out on a weekly basis. If you are interested in participating or have intentions that you would like us to pray for, please email Kathy Gwyn at ourladyoftherosaryprayerline@gmail.com and let her know if you would like to join the prayer line and if you have prayer intentions. This medium allows us to keep in touch, especially during these troubled times. Peace and Blessings!

Update: No Gatherings

Our parish officially announces today, Thursday March 19th 2020, that starting tomorrow Friday, March 20th, there will be no gatherings at church and no Masses for the general public as a preventative measure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

We are still invited to stay spiritually active especially during this season of Lent. Please visit this link here to view Masses available online.

Coronavirus Update: March 18th, 2020

Information taken from the Roman Catholic DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE Coronavirus Guidelines. A 30-day guide from March 13th, through Holy Thursday, 2020. March 17th, 2020; 10:30 AM

Sunday Mass and Holy Communion

The obligation of the faithful to attend Sunday Mass is waived until further notice.

  • The faithful are to follow the guidance of public health professionals and should refrain from attending Mass or any public space if they have been at risk of exposure or experiencing symptoms of sickness. We ask that the faithful exercise caution with due regard for themselves and their neighbor’s health and well-being.
  • Priests are only to offer public Masses consistent with CDC guidelines, which is currently set for less than 10 people.
  • In parishes where all public Masses are cancelled, priests are to offer daily Mass for their spiritual benefit and that of their parishioners.
  • The norms of Mass intentions and their offerings are to be observed.
  • During Mass celebrants should not extend the Sign of Peace, distribute Holy Communion from the chalice, or otherwise invite people to extend a greeting at Mass or other liturgical gatherings.
  • All those who distribute Holy Communion should wash their hands beforehand. As a further precaution they ought to clean their hands again by using an alcohol-based antibacterial solution before distributing Holy Communion. After distributing Holy Communion, they should purify their fingers using an ablution cup, and then proceed to use soap and/or alcohol-based anti-bacterial solution again.
  • Clergy and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who are vulnerable or symptomatic should refrain from distributing the Sacred Host at Mass and otherwise. Vulnerable and symptomatic priests are legitimately excused from the obligation of distributing Holy Communion and may defer to other sacred and extraordinary ministers.
  • Regarding the manner of reception of Holy Communion, as the moderator of the liturgy for the whole diocese, the Bishop takes seriously his responsibility to protect the rights and obligations of the clergy and the laity alike. The manner of receiving Holy Communion is the prerogative of the communicant. Therefore, the options for the faithful during the Rite of Holy Communion are:
  1. Receive in the hand
  2. Receive on the tongue
  3. Elect to make a spiritual communion

It is the responsibility of the faithful to prudently decide in accord with reason and piety which option is best. When distributing Holy Communion, contact with the communicant should be avoided in a reverent manner.

  • Consideration should be given to passing the collection basket in a way that minimizes direct contact by parishioners.
  • Sunday and Weekday liturgical schedules are at the discretion of the local pastor/administrator provided they respect CDC guidelines.

Other Sacraments

  • The provisions made for Mass should be employed for the celebration of other sacraments and sacramentals including baptisms, penance, weddings, funerals, and Anointing of the Sick.
  • For couples with weddings scheduled in the near future, contact them to discuss postponing options.  The CDC offers guidelines for such considerations.

Every effort should be made to provide Viaticum and Anointing of the Sick to those in extreme illness.

Education: Schools and Faith Formation 

All classroom instruction is canceled until such time that Governor Cooper allows schools to resume on-campus instruction.  School buildings may remain open for faculty and staff.

Students

  • During the suspension of on-campus classes, students should continue classes at home if their condition and learning situation allows:
    • High school students would continue their classes through on-line learning and, therefore, would not be impeded from meeting the NC requirements for course completion and/or graduation.
    • For K-8 students who do not have access to online learning, all efforts should be made to allow them to work remotely, possibly using paper packets. If this could not be accomplished, these students would be afforded the status of Excused Absences and, therefore, would not be subject to any punitive actions.
  • When the suspension of on-campus classes is lifted, students who have a presumptive positive test result for the Coronavirus and those who exhibit symptoms may not return to school or class until/unless they provide assurance from a healthcare professional stating they clear to return to the classroom.

Student Activities

  • All extra-curricular activities are cancelled or postponed, i.e., field trips, sporting events, etc.

Parish Events and Activities

  • Non-essential activities involving more than the CDC recommends are cancelled or postponed.

 

A message from the local Pastor:

Dear Parishioners:

The well-being of all our dedicated staff during this difficult time is a top priority as a responsible employer and, most importantly, as faithful followers of the Gospel.  In addition to our goal to help keep people safe and healthy, we are also committed to minimizing the financial impact on them.  As such, measures are being taken to pay staff and continue providing benefits to those who are unable to work during this difficult time.  We must also continue to meet all our other financial obligations.  Similarly, I ask that you continue your financial support of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish if you are not adversely impacted by this crisis.  I encourage you to mail your weekly offertory gift to the parish office at 619 South Main Street, Lexington NC 27292. Be assured of my daily prayers for your well-being and that of the entire globe.

Rev. Ambrose A. Akinwande, MSP

 

Visit the following page for Masses held online, latest information from the Diocese of Charlotte, suggested prayers and public health resources:

Coronavirus update

Changes Regarding Coronavirus

Please stay with us until this Friday, March 20th 2020 to find out if we will be having Masses for the weekend of March 21st-22nd. Daily Mass for this week will still be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:15pm. Weekly bulletins will remain posted online and can be accessed though our home page, be sure to take a look at it to stay updated throughout these weeks.

Faith Formation and other Church functions are cancelled for the time being due to the preventative and public safety measures that have taken place for the State of North Carolina. For the latest news within our Diocese of Charlotte please visit Catholic News Herald. https://catholicnewsherald.com/

Office hours remain the same but indirect contact if preferred unless absolutely necessary. Please contact us via email (parish@olr-nc.org) or by phone, 336-248-2463.

Thank you and God bless us all.