New Parish Directory!
As part of our 140th anniversary celebration we have partnered with Lifetouch Photography to create a new family picture directory for our parish! We will be photographing all parish families the week of March 9-14.
This is a great opportunity to get an updated family photo! All families will receive ONE FREE 8×10 picture, and will have the opportunity to order additional photos as well.
Families can also sign up in person after the weekend Masses through March 8.
Contact Eileen Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Rorate Mass pictures
Our deepest thanks to all who attended Holy Comforter’s first Rorate Mass in many decades! More than 80 people showed up before dawn on Saturday, Dec. 21, for a Mass honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, offered in complete candlelight.
If you could not attend, you can still see what it is like to have our church illuminated by more than 500 candles at the link below. We hope to make this an annual tradition.
View the picture gallery HERE
Lessons & Carols: An Advent and Christmas Concert
Thank you to all who attended our Music Ministry’s A Concert of Nine Lessons and Carols. You can watch the entire performance HERE.
Incredible Blessing Bags Project Results!
Our Lady of the Rosary Procession
Corpus Christi Procession – View the Pictures!
The great feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated on Sunday, June 23. We marked the occasion with procession with the Blessed Sacrament.
Our thanks to Steve Paitsel for taking dozens of photos of our walk with the Eucharist downtown! You can view the entire gallery HERE.
Through this procession we profess our faith in the Real Presence and celebrate our unity in Christ. The Eucharist is the ultimate source and sign of unity. As part of our Holy Comforter 2020 goal to renew the parish, aim to make this procession an annual event and hope more and more parishioners and visitors join us!
Angelus and Midday Prayer
Holy Comforter has begun reciting the Angelus (or the Regina Caeli during Easter season) every weekday at 12 pm. At noon our church bell will be rung in three quick bursts, three times each, and then will give off nine longer rings, to remind all the Faithful who can hear our bell to pray to our Blessed Mother.
This prayer precedes the noon Masses on Mondays and Fridays.
We also will say Midday Prayer (Sext) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays immediately after the Angelus. On those days, the daily Mass is at 7 am.
If you work, live or lunch downtown, please join us. The Angelus and Midday Prayer takes only about ten minutes in total.
And if you cannot make it to church, you can always pray the Angelus at home!
Please support the Annual Diocesan Appeal!
The Annual Diocesan Appeal: Building Our Family of Faith provides critical funding to three key areas: Advancing Social Justice, Cultivating Catholic Leadership and Empowering Parish Communities. This includes hundreds of thousands of dollars toward seminarian education, supporting international priests and feeding the hungry through Fuel and Hunger Fund grants. Holy Comforter’s Outreach ministry has received a significant amount of money from those grants.
Please help the Diocese support our seminarians, holy priests, lay catechists, the poor, migrant workers and so much more.
For more information on what the Appeal does, please visit its website here.
To donate to the Appeal, please click HERE
God bless you!
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Trinity Conference
A new chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has begun right here in Charlottesville! This ministry, which began in 1851 here in the United States, is aimed at helping the poor both materially and spiritually. Volunteers go out into the community two by two to help people with rent, electric bills and other necessities… and also to pray with them and bring the Gospel to their homes.
The Holy Trinity Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a joint effort between the three parishes here in Charlottesville: St. Thomas Aquinas, Incarnation and Holy Comforter.
Visit their website HERE.
Contact Chuck McCurdy at email@example.com for more information.