Around the Diocese News

Atrium Health is offering free high-risk prostate cancer screenings. Click here for more information.

Although the St. Ann Catholic Church annual carnival is for parishioners of St. Ann’s only, the raffle is open to the public. Top prize is $2,000! For more information and to purchase raffle tickets, click here

The Natural Family Planning (NFP) program of Catholic Charities is continuing to provide online courses and plans to resume in person instruction in the new year.  Current online courses include Natural Family Planning in English or Spanish, a new course called “Know Your Body” for any woman who wants to understand her menstrual cycle as a vital sign, and a parent/daughter retreat, designed to assist parents to guide their daughters through the changes of puberty and into womanhood.  All courses incorporate Church teaching on feminine dignity.  For more information, go to ccdoc.org/nfp or contact Batrice Adcock, MSN, at Catholic Charities, (704)-370-3230 or bnadcock@charlottediocese.org.

Year of St. Joseph: The Diocese of Charlotte is happy to announce that the Fathers o Mercy will preach a special Year of St. Joseph Mission at three locations this November. Each mission is from Monday to Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. Each evening will include an inspiring conference on the life and virtues of St. Joseph along with Eucharistic Adoration and confession. Mark your calendars! Click here for complete details.

  • Nov. 2 to 5 with Father Jospeh Aytona, CPM; St. Mark Catholic Church, Huntersville, NC (14740 Stumptown Road, 28078)
  • Nov. 9 to 12 with Father Ricardo Pineda, CPM; Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kernersville, NC (616 South Cherry Street, 27284)
  • Nov. 16 to 19 with Father Ricardo Pineda, CPM; St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Arden, NC (109 Crescent Hill Drive, 28704)

The Catholic Moms Summit, hosted by Danielle Bean, is Nov. 13 to 15. Discover how to find lasting balance, peace and joy! Click here for more information.

The St. John Paul II Foundation and the Diocese of Charlotte invite all married couples to the second annual Together in Holiness Marriage Conference on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm at St. Ann Catholic Church and online. Registration for the in-person conference is $59/couple and $35/individual. The cost for the at-home conference is $15. There is an early-bird discount available until Oct. 5. Scholarships are available upon request. For more information, please visit togetherinholiness.org or email sara@forlifeandfamily.org.

Medicare for Tomorrow 2021 – Session One
Tuesday, Nov. 17
10 to 11:30 am
Presented by John Wingerter, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.
This one-hour webinar reviews the Medicare benefits and notes the changes for 2021. We will point out changes in deductibles, premiums, copays for traditional Medicare, as well as explain how to change Medicare Advantage, as well as prescription drug plans. A follow-up webinar dedicated to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans will explore in more depth how to evaluate the various options available for those benefits. We will also discuss Medicare supplements/Medigap policies including any changes for 2021 and options to change carriers/plans. Late enrollment options for Part B or prescription drug coverage will be explained.  Medicare scams will also be explained. Please register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WqCpj1SoTF-MWE12YXwirA  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For additional information or questions, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org.

Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drugs – A Deep Dive for 2021 – Session Two
Wednesday, Nov. 18
10 to 11:30 am
Presented by John Wingerter, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.
This is a one hour look at Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans for next year. We will look at the time frame for making changes; why it is important to review your current plan; how to compare plans and what to look for and other key indicators. The Lasso Health Plan, which is a Medical Savings Plan with a high deductible health insurance plan, as a Medicare option will also be explained. Where to go for unbiased assistance in evaluating coverage will be identified. Please register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4NDsfKpkS1Cb30c5hYRVbg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For additional information or questions, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org.

HELP!  How Do I Pay for Health Care in Retirement? – Session Three
Thursday, Nov. 19
1 to 2 pm
Presented by John Wingerter, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc.
As individuals consider retiring and leaving employer based health insurance, the question arises as to how they will pay for health insurance without a paycheck and limited income in retirement.  This one-hour webinar will look at health plan options such as Medicare plans, retiree health plan coverage, Marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care act for those not eligible for Medicare as well as ancillary products. The role of long term care insurance, critical illness insurance and health savings accounts will be explained. Continuing Care Retirement or Life Plan Communities will be explained.  Additional sources of information for planning health care coverage in retirement will be identified including possible low income subsidies. Please register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kt-EPXfnQv-PcArOfTlR9Q After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For additional information or questions, please contact Sandra Breakfield, Program Director Elder Ministry at 704-370-3220 or email sabreakfield@charlottediocese.org.

Webinar Speaker
John Wingerter is the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County in North Carolina.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.  He also holds a certification in employee benefits from the International Foundation on Employee Benefits.

At the Council on Aging, he was in charge of the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for 8 years providing Medicare counseling, enrollment assistance as a Navigator Agency under the Affordable Care Act and benefits assistance as a Benefits Enrollment Center under a grant from the National Council on Aging. He has worked in the field of health insurance and employee benefits for 30 years.

Catholic Conference Center New Year’s Retreat Close out 2020 (whew, what a year!) and begin 2021 with a happy, holy and healing retreat titled Behold, I make all things new. The two-night retreat (Dec. 31, 2020 to Jan. 2, 2021) will have both traditional meals and festivities, plus powerful talks by Franciscan Friar, Father Peter Tremblay. There will be time for Mass, confession, and spiritual direction. There will also be time to reflect, explore the beautiful grounds of the conference center, or sit in the lounge and enjoy the gas logs. The special price is $300 per person, $450 per couple, which includes all meals including a New Year’s banquet and party favors, two night’s lodging and access to the beautiful grounds of the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, North Carolina. Space is limited, so click here to register. For more information, email info@catholicconference.org or call 828-327-7441.

Lay Ministry Formation Program The Diocesan Office for Lay Ministry is currently accepting applications for the two-year Lay Ministry program designed to help you understand more fully your baptismal call to minister to your family, to others in the Church, and to those in your daily life. This program is also a pre-requisite for the permanent diaconate.  Classes for Year 1 will begin in October.  For more information, please contact Frank Villaronga, 704-370-3274.

Attention, seniors! Applications of interest are being accepted for Guardian Angel Villa, the largest-ever affordable housing project for the Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corp. Guardian Angel Villa will feature 81 apartments designed for low-income seniors aged 55 or older. The project is under construction in south Charlotte and will be completed this fall. Excel Property Management is compiling a list of interested applicants – to join the list, contact them ASAP at contact@excelpropertymanagement.com or call 919-878-0522, ext. 265. All are welcome to apply. Read more about the project: “Guardian Angel Villa under construction; potential residents encouraged to inquire”