St. Eugene Messages
August 7, 2020
Greetings and Peace, Dear Parishioners!
I hope and pray you and your loved ones are well. As a reminder: since the first weekend of June, we are broadcasting masses live and then afterwards they get posted on our YouTube channel, https://m.youtube.com/c/StEugeneChurch/videos?disable_polymer=true&itct=CBUQ8JMBGAEiEwi0_qT77YfrAhVRajAKHamXD04%3D
If you’d like to “attend” Mass live, please check out the livestream on the parish website, www.steugene.org, at 5:30pm on Saturday’s, 7:30am on Sunday’s (Spanish) and 9:00am on Sunday’s. We post each week’s bulletin on the website to keep you informed. There is still no obligation to attend Mass in person per the bishop, so please make that decision prudently.
The Masses open to the public are the three weekend Masses mentioned above - as well as Monday @ 8:00am and Thursday @ 8:00am. We also have confessions every Wednesday and Saturday from 4:00pm-5:00pm. I am also available for the sacrament of the anointing and last rites. The Eucharist is exposed in the window of the daily mass chapel 24/7 for your prayer time in front of the water feature in front of the columbarium. The church is cleaned after every Mass by volunteers and maintenance personnel. I require all that come here to follow the signage in the church, maintain a six foot distance between families, and wear a mask. If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, you must stay home. Thank you for your understanding. Unfortunately we canceled this years parish picnic at the end of the month, but we’ve rescheduled for August 29, 2021 out at Camp Rockmont.
We are in need of volunteers to serve as Hospitality Ministers/Ushers for the 5:30pm and 9:00am masses. Please contact Mechelle ([email protected]) if you are able to serve in that capacity. Our hospitality team will set up the training with you at a convenient time. We are connecting communion call requests with Eucharistic ministers to the homebound. Because of the new conditions of a global pandemic the diocese requires a risk/liability form to be signed by those being visited and those visiting. Deacon Mike ([email protected]) is overseeing this major project.
I want to conclude with expressing my heartfelt gratitude to you for your kind words of encouragement and support of me and our parish. We are all being tested. This is a time of purification and sanctification. I have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support, especially during the past six weeks as Fr Doug recovered from his hip replacement. I couldn’t persevere without your prayers and the support of our awesome staff and volunteers. One example; the fact that we have top quality sound and video for our YouTube channel and website did not happen by accident. It is not by accident that thousands of emergency food packages have gone to unemployed and struggling families in the past few months. Truly capable and committed folks are working overtime to keep us as the Body of Christ connected as much as possible in these challenging circumstances. I feel energized and optimistic that we will rise and be even stronger after having survived this difficult chapter in the life of our parish and world. I will update you soon with exciting projects we are working on that will enhance our worship. The six classroom addition and renovation of our school building is in full swing and is moving full steam ahead. This is the first significant upgrade to the school since 1963. Let us pray for one another and move forward with confidence!
~Fr Pat Cahill
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.