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All Saint's Day is Friday, November 1st. As is our tradition, we remember our immediate family members and parishioners who have passed away this past year in our Litany of the Saints. If you would like to have a family member remembered, please call or email Gail at the Parish Business Office, and be sure to specify which parish you are with.
It’s time to get your annual flu shot. The experts strongly advise to do so by the end of October. Those 65+ years of age should always ask for the "Senior Flu Shot," which is 24% more effective for seniors than the regular one. Shots are available at Ingles, Walmart, Walgreens, and your Doctor's office. Free with Medicare. Dr. Joe Keffer
The Ladies Guild Christmas Boutique will take place on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday December 8th. We are looking for donations of anything Christmas and craft related (Think decorations and gifts). Remember, the Boutique is only 7 weeks away! For more information contact Sandy Hoffer at 828-644-0729 or Marie Keffer at 828-494-5262.
Save The Date! Our traditional Parish Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Sunday November 24th after the 11AM Mass. This is the perfect time for all of us to come together in fellowship and celebrate the many blessings we have received this past year. A sign-up sheet to promote your "famous" covered dish is in the Commons.
Prayerful Hands Ministry has created Pocket Prayers for our military and 1st Responders. If you have a family member in these professions, please feel free to take one from the basket in the Commons to send to your loved one. These are little reminders that those who serve to protect us and our freedoms are in our prayers.
Remember your honeymoon! Remember how special it was? Worldwide Marriage Encounter helps you bring back the togetherness of those times. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Nov 8-10, 2019 in ATLANTIC BEACH, NC and Nov 8-10, 2019 in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: https://NCMarriageDiscovery.org or contact us at: applications@NCMarriageDiscovery.org or 704-315-2144. Click heading to go to webpage.
The Book of Life is in the Commons on the Lectern outside the Sacristy for all to write the names of deceased family and friends. If you have previously inscribed names in the Book, you do not have to do it again. The Book will be on the altar the month of November, and those in the Book will be remembered at all Masses. November is a special month set aside to remember our loved ones who have gone before us.
Important Notice for all St. William and Immaculate Heart of Mary Volunteers. If you have not had a Diocesan background check done in the last five (5) years, or if you are not sure, please contact Peggy in the office. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHM Bereavement Support Group continues this Wednesday thru November 13th. We will meet at 9:30AM in the upstairs kitchen. These sessions are meant to be a comfortable, casual and confidential way for all who have lost a loved one to listen and share their experiences and gain some healing. The meetings are open to both parishes and all are welcome. For more information please call Mary at 828-389-4543.
Bishop Begley Conference on Appalachia on “Working for Safe and Affordable Housing in Far Western North Carolina” will take place in Franklin, NC on Saturday November 2nd starting at 9:30AM. The conference will focus on efforts by varied non-profits to provide affordable and safe housing in the far western counties of North Carolina. For event information please go to www.ccdoc.org/education. Click heading to go to webpage.
Catholic Charities is conducting a Day of Reflection at St. William on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 with moderator Sr. Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, MA. The topic is “The Beatitudes and Living the Christian Life.” There is no charge for this event which begins at 10AM and concludes with a prayer service at 2:20PM. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. These programs have always been a huge success in the past so please be sure to include this event as part of your preparation for advent and the birth of our Savior. Sign up sheets are available in the Commons area of both Parishes and all are welcome in our House.
If you desire to have a Mass said on a specific date, it is necessary to call the office a few months ahead of that date. With one priest, two churches and over 500 families, Masses tend to fill up at least 5 months ahead of time. Also remember, you can have the Gifts carried to the Altar during the Offertory in memory of a loved one. This is especially important as we approach the holiday season.
Children's Faith Formation grades 1-6 and Confirmation resume Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Classes run from 6:00-7:30PM in the Seiglie Center. Registration will take place Sept. 18th from 5:30-6:00PM before regular classes begin. Only first graders and new students to the program need to complete a full registration form. All other students need to have their information verified by a parent. Verification and registration will take place on the Sieglie Center porch. Registration forms are available on the table in the Commons. You may also contact Charlene Davidson at 828-541-9300. The children are the future of our Church. If we do not teach our children, the Church has no future.
United Way Community Connections is again collecting school supplies for needy children in Clay and Cherokee Counties. Flyers suggesting what they need are on the table in the Commons area of both Churches. The Bus will be picked up Monday, August 19th at St. William. Together we can help hundreds of needy children start the school year off right with the supplies they need.
St. Vincent de Paul’s fall fundraiser is a 2-night stay at a charming and cozy bed and breakfast nestled in the splendor of the Great Smokey Mountains. Tickets are $5.00 each, and go on sale this weekend as well as thru the Parish Office. You will have a chance to win a 2-night stay in a Premier Room at the Buckhorn Inn in Gatlinburg. Breakfast is included in the room package worth approximately $500. Ticket drawing will take place after the 11AM Mass on Sunday, October 6th. Good luck!
Envelopes containing your raffle tickets are on the table in the Commons. Please be sure to return your ticket stubs and money in the same envelope, and you may drop the envelope in the collection basket or return it to the Business Office during business hours. VOLUNTEER SIGN UP SHEETS are on the bulletin board in the Commons. Volunteers are our treasures so we hope you can help. Please see the insert in this week’s bulletin for all the details.
SAVE THE DATE! It's hard to imagine, but the Ladies Guild is already planning their annual Christmas Boutique taking place on Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th. All Christmas items are welcomed. Remember, the Boutique is only 4 months away! For more information contact Sandy Hoffer 828 644-0729 or email@example.com.