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New Guidelines

Hands will continue to be sanitized on entering the church.  All pews are open, but a section in front on the new side is provided for parishioners who wish to continue distancing.  Sanitizing wipes are available for those who wish to treat this area for themselves.  Masks are now optional, not required.  Parishioners will continue to practice the “non-contact” sign of peace.  Watch for further changes in upcoming bulletins.

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A Letter from Father Paul

Alex Haley, the author of Roots, used to have a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence post.The picture was there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: If you see a turtle on a post, you know it had some help. Whenever he began feeling proud of an accomplishment, he would remember that, like the turtle, he needed help.

My first weekend as your Pastor, I said that I would get a lot of credit for things parishioners do. So many of the good things that have happened during our time together are the result of staff and parishioners. Other good things are due to the grace of God. When people praise me for a homily, I usually say something like, “God had blessed me. Thank God!”

I am certain that no one who has heard me preach for a while will be the least bit surprised that there are three primary points I want to make.

First, I am grateful to God and to you for blessing me in so many ways. Winnie the Pooh told his friends, “How Lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” I agree with Winnie the Pooh. Thank you very much.

Second, I ask forgiveness for some of the things I have said and done or didn’t say or do that hurt you. There are somethings that I just wasn’t able to do. I am sorry.

Third, I want to offer encouragement. Priests come and go, but as Letter to the Hebrews declares, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” You all are the Body of Christ in Raleigh County. With God all things ARE possible.

The word goodbye doesn’t show up in the English language until the 16th century. It evolved over time, a contraction of a phrase, God be with thee, God be with you. For centuries before that, when people were departing, they didn’t just say, I’m leaving. They offered, God be with you. It was a prayer, a heartfelt wish. A benediction. This is my prayer: “May God be with you!”

Father Paul

My addresses are:
USPS: Saint Brendan the Navigator Church; 5101 Ocean Highway, W; Shallotte, NC 28470

email: pjw424@gmail.com

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Bishop Brennan wishes to share these letters with you; please click here and here to read.

In conjunction with his fellow bishops from the Province of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Mark will be lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Days Mass obligation beginning Saturday, June 26, 2021 and Sunday, June 27, 2021.  We continue to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who have died, are sick, and those who care for them.

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The Coronavirus Chronicles are coming to a close. Older posts can be found here. Or, Father Paul has started a Facebook Group called Catholic Storeroom in which he will continue to post a variety of poems, prayers,  scriptures, quotations, jokes, homily notes, and articles worth reading and sites worth reading.

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Saturday: 5:00 PM

Sunday: 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Weekday Masses: Please see the schedule in the most recent Bulletin.

*Please read this notice about what to expect when coming to Mass due to the new safety precautions and protocols.

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For non-Catholics interested in learning more about the Church and possibly becoming Catholic themselves, please contact Deacon Harry hevans@dwc.org or 304-549-4590 or call the office:  304-253-3695.

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