St. Eugene Messages
October 1, 2020
October begins with a special feast day that highlights the importance of a mission spirituality: St Therese of the Child Jesus. She and St Francis Xavier are the co-patrons of the mission church. St Therese “The Little Flower” reminds us that we have to be rooted in a life of contemplation. St Francis Xavier reminds us we have to be rooted in action. They go together as we take the good news to the ends of the earth as Jesus clearly commands us.
We have by God’s grace been open since the first weekend of June. The public masses are: Sunday @ 7:30am (Spanish), Sunday @ 9:00am. Saturday Vigil Mass @ 5:30pm. Monday and Thursday’s @ 8:00am. All of our weekend masses are live-streamed. If you attend in person, please follow the guidelines of wearing masks, waiting six feet apart and washing your hands regularly. I am probably going to be moving the Spanish mass to 11:30am for November/December/January but will keep you posted on that. If our numbers keep increasing the 7:30am on Sunday would be another English mass option during the winter.
Thank you so much for your continuing participation and support of our parish during the pandemic. We are still over 90% in terms of giving year over year, but we’ve also been able to save on some budget spending items to stay even. We have received about half of our priest retirement and benefits assessment ($12K of the $24K needed) so please consider a gift to that important cause.... Former pastors Father Jim Solari, Father Ed Sheridan, and Father Frank Cancro all thank you and appreciate it! We are about $5K short of the $85K Diocesan Support Appeal assessment for 2020. We are about to update the whole parish on you on how you can help us with the $3.5mil six classroom addition and renovation of our school building.
I have some exciting news about the purchase of the new rectory. Many of you remember Mike and Fredreen Bernatovicz who were long time parishioners. May they and all of the faithful departed, +Rest In Peace. Their children have sold St Eugene Parish their former home and Father Doug and I will be moving there soon with the blessing of both finance council and parish council. We need to sell the current rectory to replenish parish savings after this transaction. It’s a significant upgrade to our current living conditions and closer to the church and school. I do have allergies, so I want to take out the existing carpet and get some fresh paint and we also need to dress the windows. My mother “suggested” I list what we need and the costs associated with the move and then share that info with you. That list is forthcoming and you’ll be given the opportunity to help out with this project because mom said so!
Keep up the great work and stay safe during a year unlike any other! May the Good Lord guide all of our thoughts words and deeds for his greater glory and for our sanctification.
Love and Prayers,
Faith Formation, EDGE, & SEY
It is about time for our faith formation programs to begin again. Things will look a little different this year due to Covid-19. We have decided to run our programs virtually until the first of the year. We will reevaluate the situation at that time a decide if it will be safe for us to come back and meet in person. Below will outline what the program will look like. I am still in the process of working on some of the final details for our Sacrament programs, middle and high school programs. It is very important when you register your child for faith formation classes, that you sign up for the text notifications and give me a working email address. This will be my main way to communicate with you as we navigate our new normal. I will be holding registration for Pre-K through 12th grade Sunday, Aug. 23 and 30 after the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Masses. We will also hold registration on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. Registration will be held behind the SEY House.
- For our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes the only option will be for parents to homeschool their own children. You can download the class materials from a website. Info will be given out at registration. Materials will be available to download by September 13 and can be taught at home any day of the week.
- For grades 1-5 the program will be set up as a virtual classroom. You will be able to watch a virtual catechist lead a lesson where your child will have the opportunity to answer questions by typing the answers in on the device, they are watching it on. Classes will be available to watch by Sept 13 and can be watched any day of the week. I will have access to the website that will allow me to track who has been logging on and doing the work. Instructions and usernames will be given out at the time of registration.
- First Reconciliation and First Communion Prep will either be homeschooled by parents or we will meet virtually on a weeknight where the lesson will be led by one of our Catechist. I am still working on the final details for this program. Classes will begin mid-October for the Sacrament classes.
- Confirmation classes will begin in January 2021. Hopefully, we will be able to teach in person by then.
- Edge (middle school) and SEY (high school) will be led virtually. We will be using the Life Teen video series. Life Teen is still work on the release of these materials. They should be available by mid-September.
Please remember that it is important to sign up for text notifications and fill in an email address on your child’s registration form. This will allow me to communicate more details about the classes as it becomes available.
To sign up for text notifications text:
(sign up for all classes that your child will be in)
Sunday School (Pre-K through 5th grade) Text @ffavl to 81010
Edge (6th-8th grade) Text @edgeavl to 81010
SEY (9th-12th grade) Text @seylt to 81010
First Communion (class of 2020-2021) Text @firste21 to 81010
Confirmation (class of 2020-2021) Text @confm21 to 81010
Please let me know if for any reason you cannot make it to one of the registration times. We will work out a different way for you to register.
St. Eugene Archives
Saturday Vigil: 5:30pm
Sunday: 7:30am in Spanish and 9:00am in English
Masks will be required.
Wednesday: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Adoration is available from our parking lot. The Host of the Blessed Sacrament is in the window of the All Saint's Chapel. There are about 10-15 spots available to come, park and pray. Please follow the guidelines of the CDC's Social Distancing requirements. Photo Credit: Luisa Leon
Today I had the privilege of participating in an African American clergy prayer service and march in downtown Asheville. Thank you to our young people in the parish who have inspired and urged me as their pastor to represent them and our St. Eugene Parish family. Today’s prayer gathering called for and end to racism and violence and a call for justice and peace! ~frpat
Care of Creation
Dear St. Eugene Family,
Please watch this short video from Pope Francis as he renews his urgent plea to care for the environment. Think of actions we can each take, even during these difficult times.
Blessings for the Earth,
Your Care of Creation Team
LOOKING FOR A MASS WHILE AWAY?
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK
MINISTRY OF THE WEEK
FUNERAL PALL STITCHERS
Chair: Chris Cicotello; 828-275-6270, [email protected]
The Lord assures us we are called by name. The funeral pall and memorial cloths include the names of St. Eugene parishioners from the founding of the parish until the present who have been called from this life to the next. The pall is used at most funerals and it along with the memorial cloths are displayed in the sanctuary during the month of November. The funeral pall stitchers periodically gather to stitch the names of recently deceased parishioners. We acknowledge how much our human hearts miss our family and friends who have left this world. Yet, our heavenly hearts know that they abide in the comfort of God’s presence. We welcome all those who love to do needlework to join us in this humbling ministry.