• “We are Called,” is the theme of the 2018 Diocesan Support Appeal.  By now you should have received a letter or postcard from Bishop Jugis asking for your generous support of the DSA. On February 17/18 you are encouraged to view the five minute DSA video after all Masses in Holy Family Hall. Viewing the video will enable us to understand how the funds given to the DSA impact our diocese. That weekend, and the next, we will have our in-pew appeal. Our allotted goal this year is $117,403. Please given prayerful consideration to how you will respond by filling out your pledge and mailing it this week.

  • February is St. Aloysius’ month to collect much needed items for the Battered Women’s Shelter.  They desperately need maternity clothes, Pack and Play, bouncy seat, strollers, new umbrella strollers, walkers, laundry baskets, cooking utensils, handheld mixers, food storage containers with lids, women’s tennis shoes (all sizes), under-the-bed storage bins and shoe racks.  Also needed are: baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby wash, shaving cream, feminine hygiene items (especially pads), ladies’ undergarments (new only, all sizes), hair conditioner, bath soap, rubber safety mat for tub, paper towels, napkins, bathroom tissue, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, bleach antibacterial cleaning wipes, toilet bowl cleaners, shower cleaners, non-perishable food items, lamps (neutral color/brass), towels, washcloths, pillows, hairdryers, large durable flashlight and batteries, umbrellas, and three matching cream-colored washable vinyl tablecloths (large 80×112). Also, electric can openers, wall outlet covers/protectors, nightlights, and 48 or 64 gallon Rubbermaid storage containers.  Please put these donations either in or next to the blue collection bin across from the restrooms. Also needed are city bus tickets for adults, gift certificates to movies, Hickory Dickory Dock, and Chuck E. Cheese, gas cards, prepaid phone cards, and gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, and grocery stores are all welcome as well. Please mail or deliver these items to the Family Guidance Center at 17 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory NC 28602. They are located next to McDonalds.  Thanks for caring about those less fortunate and in need of our assistance!  In the words of St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

  • WITH MUCH APPRECIATION:  The Crucifix Selection Committee has completed the selection process for the crucifix in our sanctuary. Father Larry has approved the selection and therefore we have purchased a handcrafted crucifix from Italy, Rome. We have received generous donations from numerous St. Aloysius parishioners. Therefore, the total cost of the crucifix has been raised.  A warm “Thank You” to all who have donated and assisted in this endeavor. 

  • Lenten Parish Mission on March 4th, 5th and 6th at 7:00 PM in the church. Christopher Cross will be the facilitator. Mr. Cross has led more than 80 pilgrimages to the Holy Land during the past 35 years. He will share with us a presentation of the holy sites in and around Jerusalem in addition to providing an in-depth explanation of the Stations of the Cross. Please plan to make these three nights part of your Lent!

    You are invited to Benediction, Rosary and a program of Reparation and Apology to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The dates are February 19th, 26th and March 12th, 19th, and 26th from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Sebastian Chapel. Questions? Call Carolyn Hrabovsky at 570-472-2506.

  • Join Fr. Ed Sheridan August 21st – September 1st and experience the Spirit of Ireland. Ten nights accommodations are included along with a daily Irish Breakfast and five (5) dinners. Enjoy Kilkenny, Kinsale, Dingle, Galway, and Westport, Aran Islands. The cost for air and land travel is $3,622; insurance optional. A single room supplement is $654. For a full itinerary and registration information, email Diane Brennan at dianepbrennan4@gmail.com or call her at 704-364-5131, or B.J. Dengler at bjdengler@gmail.com or call her at 704-904-4655. You can email Fr. Ed at sheridanedward@gmail.com or call 828-345-6465.

  • Catholic Charities can help men and women who have experienced abortion begin their healing journey. A Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat creates a healing environment of prayer and forgiveness. The retreat works to reconnect individuals to themselves, their friends, and family and to realize God’s ever-present love. An upcoming retreat is scheduled for the Asheville area on March 9-11. For more information, please contact either: Jackie Childers 980-241-0251Jackie.childers1@gmail.com or Jessica Grabowski  704-370-3229jmganser@charlottediocese.org