Stations of the Cross – Ancient tradition continues today

By Michele Dotson
Staff Writer
dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The Easter season is marked by many different traditions in the homes and churches around Mint Hill.
An ancient, reverent, and little known custom called Stations of the Cross, is offered at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church on Margaret Wallace Road, St. Luke Catholic Church on Lawyers Road, and St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Idlewild Road, every Friday through Lent. Continue reading

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Parish Mission

St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 8451 Idlewild Road, will conduct a parish mission, Filling the World with the Gospel of Christ, from April 5-9. The host wiil be Father John Anglin, OFM, who has been with the Ministry of the Word since 1987 and has conducted more than 400 parish missions and served various ministries including high school teaching, parish ministry, and marriage encounter. He also was a missionary in Bolivia for two years.

Fr John will preach at 9 am Mass April 7-9, as well as in the eve- nings at 6:30. He will speak at all weekend Masses on April 5 and 6. Immediately following the 12:30 pm Spanish Mass on Sunday, he will preach in Spanish on the topic: Un Dios de amor que nunca se censa de perdonarnos.

All are welcome to attend the mission. Light refreshments and fellowship in the Parish Hall will take place at the conclusion of the mission on Wednesday night.

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SonFest 2013 draws large crowd

More than 3,000 people attended the Third Annual SonFest at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. The event spanned two days and featured a guest appearance Friday night from Drex and Maney of the Drex and Maney morning show on KISS 95.1. Eleven bands provided continuous music while guests walked the midway and rode the Ferris Wheel, Gyro Extreme, and Carousel. The smell of ethnic and carnival-favorite foods such as corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and Philly cheese steak sandwiches kept people coming back for more. The silent auc- tion drew bids on almost 200 items such as vacation getaways, sports tickets, salon and spa services, restaurant gift cards, electronics and much more. The grand finale Saturday night was a spectacular 25-minute fireworks show sponsored by Keffer Automotive Group.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be used for improvements of the church sanctuary. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Center of Hope, which provides assistance to homeless women and children. —Submitted St. John Neumann Catholic Church

 

 

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SonFest success

St. John Neumann Catholic Church held its annual SonFest event last weekend.  Thousands of people attended the two-day festival.  Games, food, crafts, rides, and performances entertained church members and non-church members alike.  The silent auction had hundreds of items on which to bid, and the various cultures found in the community and in the church provided food and entertainment from their home countries.  The ferris wheel was a major attraction for kids of all ages, and it was beautifully lit at night.

“The idea was community building and I think it has done that,” said church member Carol Allan.

“Father Pat came into this church three years ago, and we needed a shot in the arm.  He’s a terrific young guy who’s really put a lot of enthusiasm back into the parish.  And the other thing is we are a different demographic than we were; we are a diverse population,” said Al Tinson, long-time church member.  “We want to invite the community in because we feel like we’re part of the community, but we also wanted within our community to get people to know each other.”

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SonFest: Mint Hill’s summer carnival

St. John Neumann Catholic Church is kicking off summer by hosting its second-annual SonFest starting this Friday.  The church invites Mint Hill to celebrate summer and the community for this two-day festival.  It will run Friday from 5-10 pm and Saturday from noon to 10 pm.

The parking lot will hold about 10 carnival game tents, a dunking booth, a 40-foot ferris wheel, inflatables, and a bungee trampoline, among other attractions.

And it wouldn’t be a fair without food.  International foods representing the diversity of the parish and the community will be available: look for Italian, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Eritrean, Polish, and American foods and a desert tent.

To continue the international festivities, various cultural dancers will perform.  Come watch the Mexican ballet, Irish dancers, Polish dancers, and Middle Eastern belly dancers.  There will also be performances from contemporary Christian bands.

SonFest-goers will have the opportunity to enter the I’m Feeling Lucky Raffle.  Tickets are five dollars each or 25 dollars for a book of six tickets, and prizes include 200, 500, or 2500 dollars in cash.  The drawing will be held at the outside stage Saturday at 9 pm.  Prizes are also available through the silent auction, and include a beach and mountain getaway.

SonFest tickets are 20 dollars for 25 tickets when purchased in advance.  Games, rides, and food require one-dollar tickets.  Patrons can show their support for SonFest by purchasing an event t-shirt for 12 dollars.  Money raised supports the church’s efforts, but event chairman Anthony Morlando says the event is more than that.

“The main reason is to pull together for our community and to create a tradition for Mint Hill,” said Morlando.  “We want to go beyond our church boundaries.”

For more information visit 4sjnc.org/sonfest_2012.

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