Due to the Mecklenburg County 'Stay at Home' order, the Cathedral's Forty Hours Devotion has been cancelled. The church remains open daily for prayer, and Confessions will be heard behind the rectory.

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A message from our Pastor, Fr. Christopher Roux, on Laetare Sunday inviting the faithful to join in praying the Liturgy of the Hours:

My Dear Parish Family,

This weekend the Church celebrates Laetare Sunday.  It is the Sunday when the priests customarily exchange the violet vestment of penance for the rose vestments of rejoicing.  The Latin word Laetare actually means rejoice.  It is here, in the middle of Lent, when the Church reminds us of the reason we undergo the rigors of penance.  It is with the soul’s eye focused on the hope of the Paschal Mystery to come, that we rejoice today.  The world has been forced into a kind of penance and darkness by the pandemic we now face and recently there have been some hopeful signs that we could soon emerge from the trial we are enduring.  It is with this hope that I encourage you rejoice with hope.

However, just as the Church still must undergo the remaining time of Lent, so the world will have to continue for some period under the difficulties of quarantine, social distancing and the like.  However, we do not have to go through this alone.  The Church has a beautiful history of uniting universally in prayer. One may think here that I am speaking of the Mass.  Unfortunately, we are not able to unite physically for Holy Mass, though I encourage you all to pray along with Mass where you can find it through the power of multimedia.  Instead, I am referring to what is commonly known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office.  This is a series of prayer times throughout the day when every priest and deacon, religious and many lay faithful unite in prayer.

The Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office or the Work of God (Opus Dei), is the daily prayer of the Church, marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer.  The Hours are a meditative dialogue on the mystery of Christ, using scripture and prayer.  At times the dialogue is between the Church or individual soul and God; at times it is a dialogue among the members of the Church; and at times it is even between the Church and the world.  The Divine Office "is truly the voice of the Bride herself addressed to her Bridegroom. It is the very prayer which Christ himself together with his Body addresses to the Father." (SC 84)  The dialogue is always held, however, in the presence of God and using the words and wisdom of God.  Each of the five canonical Hours includes selections from the Psalms that culminate in a scriptural proclamation.  The two most important or hinge Hours are Morning and Evening Prayer. These each include a Gospel canticle:  the Canticle of Zechariah from Luke 1:68-79 for Morning Prayer (known as the Benedictus), and the Canticle of Mary from Luke 1:46-55 for Evening Prayer (known as the Magnificat). The Gospel canticle acts as a kind of meditative extension of the scriptural proclamation in light of the Christ event.  Morning and Evening Prayer also include intercessions that flow from the scriptural proclamation just as the Psalms prepare for it.

In the Hours, the royal priesthood of the baptized is exercised, and this sacrifice of praise is thus connected to the sacrifice of the Eucharist, both preparing for and flowing from the Mass.

"The hymns and litanies of the Liturgy of the Hours integrate the prayer of the psalms into the age of the Church, expressing the symbolism of the time of day, the liturgical season, or the feast being celebrated. Moreover, the reading from the Word of God at each Hour (with the subsequent responses or troparia) and readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters at certain Hours, reveal more deeply the meaning of the mystery being celebrated, assist in understanding the psalms, and prepare for silent prayer." (USCCB)

I would like to encourage everyone to begin to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, uniting your prayers with your Bishop, priests, deacons and religious here in the Diocese of Charlotte and throughout the world.

This ancient form of prayer has a modern way to access it using technology.  I have found the “app” IBreviary very easy to use.  It is so easy, in fact, that I have used it at 2:30 in the morning as I was preparing to hike somewhere in the mountains near Cashiers, NC!  If can work for me then, I’m sure it can work for you!

Keep safe and prayerful and hopeful.

God bless,
Fr. Roux

Read previous messages from Fr. Roux and Bp. Jugis during the Coronavirus crisis:


Intercessory Prayer During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Merciful Father,
Through the intercession of Blessed Mary, Saint Roch and Saint Rosalie,
Deliver us from the current attack and subsequent suffering
We are enduring from the coronavirus.
May we seek to assist those in need in body or spirit
And ourselves turn away from sin and trust in You.
We ask this in the name of the Divine Physician,
Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.


Confessions

During the Coronavirus outbreak, Confessions will be heard on the back porch of the rectory. The Confession line begins behind the rectory and will wrap around the front of the Family Life Center. Please stand at least six feet apart for the safety of everyone. Thank you!

Mondays - Fridays: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturdays: 7:30 - 8:00 am and 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sundays: By appointment only

Parish Office Hours

Office closed during the outbreak of the Coronavirus
The office is located behind the Cathedral on Buchanan St.

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1621 Dilworth Road East
Charlotte, NC  28203
Phone: (704) 334-2283
Fax: (704) 377-6403
E-Mail: info@stpatricks.org


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FORTY HOURS DEVOTION

Due to the Mecklenburg County 'Stay at Home' order, the Cathedral's Forty Hours Devotion has been cancelled.

DAILY PRAYER

The Cathedral remains open for private prayer every day. Please respect the limit of 10 people inside of the church at a time.

CONFESSIONS

Confessions will be heard at our regularly-scheduled times on the back porch of the rectory. The only exception is Sundays, which remain by appointment only. Please maintain at least six feet between people in line.

Mar 29

Mass (PRIVATE)

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Mass (PRIVATE)
Time: Sunday, 11:00 AM
Location: Cathedral Church - 1621 Dilworth Road East Charlotte NC 28203
  The Mass is closed to the public but will be streamed online at: www.stpatricks.org/mass
Mar 30

Confessions

Monday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Monday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Mar 31

Confessions

Tuesday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Tuesday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 1

Confessions

Wednesday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Wednesday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 2

Confessions

Thursday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Thursday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 3

Confessions

Friday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Friday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 4

Saturday Confessions @ 7:30 am

Saturday, 7:30 AM

Saturday Confessions @ 7:30 am
Time: Saturday, 7:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 4

Saturday Confessions @ 4 pm

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Saturday Confessions @ 4 pm
Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 5

Palm Sunday Mass (PRIVATE)

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Palm Sunday Mass (PRIVATE)
Time: Sunday, 11:00 AM
Location: Cathedral Church - 1621 Dilworth Road East Charlotte NC 28203
  No Description Available
Apr 6

Confessions

Monday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Monday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available
Apr 7

Chrism Mass (PRIVATE)

Tuesday, 10:00 AM

Chrism Mass (PRIVATE)
Time: Tuesday, 10:00 AM
Location: Cathedral Church - 1621 Dilworth Road East Charlotte NC 28203
  No Description Available
Apr 8

Confessions

Wednesday, 11:30 AM

Confessions
Time: Wednesday, 11:30 AM
Location: Back porch of the rectory
  No Description Available

 

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