A big "Thank You" to all who contributed and volunteered to make our Angel Tree Campaign a success! Our Knights of Columbus have finished delivering your gifts and the Christmas Season is a little brighter for all of the selected families because of you!
Thanks to all the parishioners who have adopted a family through the Hunger Coalition’s Christmas Baskets For a Needy Family program. We adopted 50 area families or seniors in need. We are grateful that we can make their Christmas a little brighter and merrier! And special thanks to Carol Thompson and Anita Kitchens for resurrecting and organizing this program.
AppState Students for Life have finished a hugely successful Third Annual Diaper Drive. Their collections this year more than doubled last year. They report more than 1300 diapers, more than 1200 wipes, and numerous other baby items were contributed for donation to the Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center. Thank you to all who contributed or otherwise helped!
Fr. Matthew traveled to Asheville on Saturday, December 15 to officiate at the beautiful wedding of two of our own from AppState, Olivia Maita and Joe Coffey. Joe was received into the Church through St. E's RCIA program several years ago. Olivia was his sponsor. Congratulations, Olivia and Joe! Best wishes for a wonderful future!
Some of our App State students graduated this semester at the December 15 Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to all of you! We're really going to miss you! We wish you all the best and much success in life. Stay in touch, keep the Faith, and come visit when you can!
2018 Nativity Drama, Advent Concert, and Family Dinner are in the books! It was a great experience for all who could attend. There are too many to name. But thanks to all who worked and came together to make this night a huge and beautiful success!
St. E parishioners gathered together today for a great time for the first ever Friendsgiving event in the Parish Hall on Friday, November 23! Good food, friends old and new, and fellowship were plentiful. Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to the hard working volunteers and organizers who made it happen!
Sunday, October 21 was the date for St. E's Youth Project Cover Up. Youth and volunteer adults gathered in the Parish Hall to construct blankets to be given to children who live at the Ebenezer Orphanage. It was a worthwhile project and a great gathering.
The weekend of October 19-20-21 was the annual Parents' Weekend at Appalachian State. If you were at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, October 21, you noticed that it was Parents' Weekend here, too. An overflow crowd filled both the Sanctuary and the Gathering Space to capacity and slightly beyond. It was great to see so many visitors. Come again soon!
Confirmation Rites for our young adults were celebrated at the Confirmation Mass on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 PM. Charlotte Diocese Bishop Peter Jugis was here to preside over this event along with Fr. Matthew Codd. Confirmed this year were Maggie Miranda-Castro, Sam Copenhaver, Alexander Degen, Angel Elias, Jonathan Escalera, Joseph Escalera, Kevin Fabian de la Puente, Roxy GalanGomez, Juan Guerrero, Liam Holman, Jarrett Jimenez, Leilani Kathe, Erin Lang, Samantha Lang, Abigail Leon, Abbygail Makdad, Esmeralda Mendez, Ann Mellon, Yohana Montelongo, Eric Nunez, Oliver Rupp, Kai Suyao, Everardo Rangel, August Solis, and Michael Sanchez. Congratulations to all of these fine young people on reaching this major milestone in their lives.
RCIA Classes Begin
An enthusiastic group of people ranging in age from college age to retired has been meeting together on Thursday nights at 7:00 PM for the RCIA Class of 2019. Joining them in a show of support are a number of alums from past years. So far this has been an exciting, educational, and interesting class. The new Team Leader, Tom Trueman, started things off with a bang, assisted by Fr. Matthew Codd, and 2019 Team Members Janette Bracken, Carol Brown, and Ralph Lentz. Members of this class who complete the class and choose to do so will be received into Full Communion in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, 2019.
Lucy Parsons, Ronnie Kowal, Pat Sabatino, Sara Miller, Bev Rosen, Norma Crawford, Julie Johnson, Joseph Werres, Peg Olszewski, Joe Miller, Maureen O’Connor, Barbara Barnes, Michael & Diane Assante, Christine Zabolitzki, Alexandra Berry, Marc Shockley, Frances Ezzell, Ruth Drohan, Harry Rosen, Mary Cuerdo, Deborah Martin, Christopher Geis, John White, Franzi Rokoske, James Mullins, Tammy Clearwater, Candace Lang, Tony Philman, Dennis Quinn, James & Theresa Wee, Joe Muscarella.