Around the Diocese

Let’s all work together to make sure that vulnerable seniors around the diocese stay cool this summer.  Operation Fan/Heat Relief program is taking place now through Oct. 31.  This program will provide free fans to eligible adults who may be at risk for heat-related illness. For more information about Operation Fan/Heat Relief, including hot weather tips for seniors, visit  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/aging-and-adult-services/operation-fan-and-heat-relief?fbclid=IwAR05jus6WohapQBRnPqZGp0QB8abmeKzU9P3rSIKdr3MuofBqXjvxas_a5c. This program is available in counties throughout North Carolina and individuals can easily locate their county provider by visiting the above link.

St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville, North Carolina will host a women’s conference, Undone: Freedom for the Feminine Heart, June 10 to 12. This event is offered as an in-person event or virtually via livestream. Register online for either experience at https://jpiihealingcenter.org. Scholarships, student and missionary discounts are available. Contact JPIIRetreatHuntervilleNC@gmail.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church ACES Senior Club (45+ young) extends an invitation to join them on Thursday, June 10, at 11 am in the Activity Center to celebrate all fathers with a luau. Please RSVP by Sunday, June 6 to Betty Smith at 864-517-4557 or bettymurraysmith@gmail.com. There is still time to register for the June 14 to 16 trip to Charleston, South Carolina and the Oct. 3 to 8 trip to Boston, Massachuesetts. To register, contact Peggy Gibbons at pgibbons1798@gmail.com or 704-588-5870 (leave a message).

Catholic Charities Elder Ministry hosting a FREE Webinar
“Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention”
Let’s work together to Stop Elder Abuse in its Tracks!

Tuesday, June 15
10 to 11 am
Join Catholic Charities Elder Ministry as Darryl Griffin, Supervisor for Adult Protective Services for Guilford County shares information about the different types of elder abuse, the risk factors, the signs and symptoms, and ways to prevent and respond to elder abuse. Please register in advance by clicking here: Click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For additional information or assistance with registering, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org.

The Diocese of Charlotte Office of Vocations invites all Catholic young men ages 15 to 19 to attend the eighth annual Quo Vadis Days camp from June 14 to 18 at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina! Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you!  You are invited  to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun.  QVD is led by priests and seminarians of the diocese and is supported by the diocesan Office of Vocations. The cost of the camp is $150.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 9. If you are interested, visit https://charlottediocese.org/vocations/quo-vadis-days/or contact Diocesan Promoter of Vocations Father Brian Becker at bjbecker@charlottediocese.org.

The Diocese of Charlotte Office of Vocations invites all Catholic young women ages 15 to 19 to attend the fifth annual Duc In Altum camp from June 21 to 25 at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina!  Do you know where your life is going?  Do you have a desire to grow deeper after the role model of our Lady?  You are invited to spend time with other young women your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life, while having fun and receiving the tools for a strong prayer life. DIA is led by priests and religious of the diocese and is supported by the diocesan Office of Vocations. The cost of the camp is $150. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 16. If you are interested, visit  https://charlottediocese.org/vocations or contact Sister Mary Raphael at 704-370-3402 or mraphael@charlottediocese.org or Lainie Lord at 704-370-3401 or ldlord@charlottediocese.org.

The Cathedral of St. Patrick is holding a Children’s Choir Camp from June 21 to 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. The camp is for all rising second to eighth graders. In addition to choral singing (including signing for daily Mass), activities will include games, crafts, learning about Gregorian chant and music history. The cost is $25 per child (family maximum of $75). Music books and snacks are provided. Lunch is not provided. Registration deadline is June 1. To register, visit https://www.stpatricks.org/choir-camp.

Totus Tuus summer camp is June 27 to July 2 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. The week-long summer camp is for children and teens. It combines daily Mass, songs, games, Eucharistic Adoration and tons of fun. The program is divided into two age groups: Grade School Program (rising grades 1 to 6) is Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm; Middle/High School Program (rising grades 7 t0 12) is Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 9 pm. The cost is $30 per child with a family maximum of $90. To register, visit https://www.stpatricks.org/totus-tuus. For more information, contact Emily clary at eclary@stpatricks.org or 704-334-2283.

Men’s Retreat: From Soldier to Saint. Take your faith to the next level. Learn from the examples of St. Francis and St. Paul on how to go “From Soldier to Saint.” From Aug. 6 to 8, the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, North Carolina is offering a life-changing retreat just for men. The retreat master is Franciscan Friar Fr. Peter Tremblay, who is known for powerful preaching and thought provoking discussions, a perfect choice to explore what men can learn from St. Francis and St. Paul. Participants will also enjoy a beautiful setting, first-class dining, and walkable trails – ideal for discussion with a friend or private reflection. Plus opportunities for Mass, adoration, confession and spiritual direction.  Visit https://catholicconference.org/mens-retreat,  email info@catholicconference.org, or call 828.327.7441 for more information.

2021 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends(WWME) Is COVID disrupting your lives? Do not let the stresses destroy your marriage. Join us for a virtual or in-person Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Take a weekend away and gain a richer, fuller married life together. Attend a weekend and learn the tools needed to keep your marriage strong. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Aug. 27 to 29 in Hickory, NC and Nov. 5 to 7 in Atlantic Beach, NC. Early sign up is recommended.  Click here for more information or contact us applications@NCMarriageDiscovery.org or 704-315-2144.

“Our marriage had gone cold. We were living as roommates.” Sound familiar? The Retrouvaille Program offers tools to rediscover a loving marriage. Tens of thousands of  marriages have successfully overcome their marital problems by attending the program. It begins with a weekend experience that is followed by a series of follow-up sessions to help keep you on track. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of Oct. 22, call 800-470-2230 or email retrouvaillenc@msn.com or visit https://www.helpourmarriage.org.