Broadcasting the Truth of Jesus Christ
Nov. 22, 2023

Funeral details for Msgr. Bellow & Fr. Brian Cook

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Over the past several months Carolina Catholic Media has been in negotiations to sell Charlotte’s first Catholic Radio Station, AM1270 WCGC-Belmont.  Keeping the radio station Catholic has been our number 1 priority.  To that end we found a partner committed to keeping it Catholic.   
Expanding our radio signal coverage has been our second priority.  In recent weeks we identified a viable opportunity to upgrade our coverage area to include the I-85 East corridor including both Cabarrus and Rowan counties.  This would dramatically increase the reach of Catholic Radio in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area from approximately 600,000 to 1,100,000.
The third and final priority has been to secure a long-term lease with the landowner of our tower site in Belmont.  After numerous attempts a long-term land lease was not attainable.  Without a long-term lease or purchase of the land under the radio towers we are unable to sell the station or continue operating it ourselves.  This year’s fundraising totals were dramatically under operating expenses of which 80% are attributable to the radio station.
We are making this announcement now in hopes that your year-end donations and monthly pledges will allow us to pay our creditors.  The success of this pledge drive between now and December 31 will determine whether we stay on the air or shut down the radio station prior to our fifth anniversary on January 31.
Regardless of what happens with the radio station, we are prepared to move forward with our 6 other media platforms to deliver strong 3-Diocese (3-D) coverage across the Carolinas.

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Retired St. Leo pastor, Father Brian Cook, passes away

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Clemmons on Wednesday, November 29, at 12:00 PM. A viewing will be held in Holy Family’s Holy Spirit Chapel from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM the same day. A committal service date at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland is to be determined.

Father Cook’s family and friends wish to thank the doctors and nurses of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, under the extraordinary guidance and management of Dr. Francis X. O’Brien, for their 16-year commitment of care of Father Cook. Dr. O’Brien created, coordinated, and monitored a complex healthcare plan which allowed for an exceptional quality of life.
May God bless and reward you all.

St Mark Catholic Church 
Monsignor Bellow’s Obituary

We are so blessed to have been a part of his life. Please continue to pray for the repose of his soul.  Thank you to Carolina Funeral Service for his obituary:

A Vigil will take place on Monday, November 27th from 4-8PM
at St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on
Tuesday, November 28th at 11AM.

Interment will take place at Belmont Abbey Cemetery.

Courtesy of Carolina Funeral Service:

Thank you for bringing Christ to us: “In silence To be there before Thee, Lord, that’s all...


Under Monsignor Richard Bellow's leadership, Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration was inaugurated at St. Mark Parish in Huntersville in 2011, and the Adoration Chapel was later renamed in his honor.

“If God wants me to be remembered for one thing, that’s what I want to be remembered for: being the pastor here when God did this good work in us,” he told the Catholic News Herald in 2013.

Learn more about the life and ministry of Monsignor Bellow, who passed away Nov. 13 aged 80:
 Catholic End of Life & Funeral Planning
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Catholic News Herald

Nearly 300K descend on DC’s National Mall for march:
‘Largest pro-Israel gathering in history’



Jewish scholars ask Pope Francis and Catholic Church to condemn Hamas and affirm Israel’s right to self-defense

Letter asks church to distinguish between Hamas’ Oct. 7 attacks and civilian casualties from Israel’s war in Gaza

The Forward

Bishop denounces slaughter in Cameroon village
as ‘intrinsically evil’


Enrollment at Catholic Colleges Skyrockets While Secular Enrollment Plummets

Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina saw its largest incoming class ever (1,654 students) for the 2023-2024 school year, a 10% increase from last year’s enrollment numbers.

‘Aloha Spirit’ Rises From the Ashes on Maui

Community outreach and prayer offer ‘glimmer of light.’
National Catholic Register
SueAnn Howell


Mass of Consolation & Baby Loss 

One in four pregnancies ends in loss, typically due to miscarriage. Baby loss can also be due to stillbirth or a life-limiting diagnosis. Jessica Grabowski of the Office of Family Life and Heather Martin of St. Mark Catholic parish join Elizabeth Harris, Pro-Life Correspondent, to discuss the difficult experience of perinatal loss at any stage. Parents and families deserve support and to know resources when they are experiencing loss and how to grieve and heal in a way that honors their child and respects their Catholic faith. All bereaved families are invited to attend the upcoming Mass of Consolation to find solace and community. Listen to learn more about the resources available in the Diocese of Charlotte and beyond.

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Parish/School/Ministry highlights across the Carolinas! 


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St Mark Catholic Church

Amazing night of music, praise and worship of Christ Our King with the talented and holy Village Lights!
Thank you to our Evangelization Department for organizing this special event as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.
Thank you to everyone who comes to support the various events we have throughout the year and for your support of the parish.  As Village Lights sang tonight “We are the body, the work of Your hands, living reminders of Your love for man, so, help us to live out that love so others might see, You are our King.”

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St Matthew Faith Family

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Sacred Heart Catholic School

 · πŸ™Œ HEY Sacred Heart Alumni πŸ™Œ As part of #iGiveCatholic and #GivingTuesday on 11/28, we’ve asked a few of our alumni parents to share why they are THANKFUL for SHCS and why they chose SHCS for their children.
Can’t wait to share their stories with you.  πŸ€©Here’s our first AMAZING story from Elizabeth Taylor:

"I had a wonderful experience at Sacred Heart when I was a little girl. The years I spent at Sacred Heart were some of the best of my childhood! I sent Olivia to Sacred Heart with hopes that she would have the same experience that I had as student. That has been true so far! The connections she has made with teachers, staff members, and students have been wonderful! The small classes, and the time and attention that she has received from her teachers have been incredible. She is being academically challenged, is receiving a great education, and is very safe at Sacred Heart.
I was extremely blessed to have had the experiences that I had with Mr. T. when I was a student at Sacred Heart! He is one of the most kind, generous, and selfless individuals that I have ever met. Thank you Mr T. for all you have done for the Sacred Heart community! We love you!”😍

Be a part of the SHCS Alumni Challenge!  Our goal is $10,000 to support the Mr. T. Endowment and give the gift of a Catholic education to future generations of Dolphins!🐬 Advanced Giving is open. Click here to learn more and donate now!  Other ways to contribute are to like and share our posts!
To make an offline donation of cash, check, or credit card, call 704-633-2841.
❀Thank you for your support!❀
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

St. James the Greater Concord

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WCU Catholic Campus Ministry
Wrapping up a Spirit- filled retreat with a talk on heaven from Sr. Gertrude.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Church High Point, NC

Special day for our priests! Today is the Feast day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day in which the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales renew their vows. We were honored to have all 3 concelebrate Mass this morning.
God bless Fr. Patrick, Fr. Tom and Fr. Baiju. πŸ™β€οΈ


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EWTN Vatican

With the first Sunday of Advent, a new Liturgical Year begins in the Catholic Church, marking the cycle of liturgical celebrations through which we will have the opportunity to experience all the mysteries of Christ and Salvation.

The new liturgical calendar will start with the first Sunday of Advent, which this year falls on December 3, 2023, and will conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, on November 24, 2024.

This calendar distributes the main festivities and seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time.
However, each year the Gospel readings in the Mass celebration are not the same. The Church has classified the readings into three cycles: A, B, and C for Sundays.

For the Liturgical Year 2023 - 2024, it corresponds to cycle B, which focuses on the Gospel of Saint Mark. Therefore, the Gospel readings in the Sunday Mass are predominantly taken from this evangelist.
In the following years, cycle C (Gospel of Saint Luke) and cycle A (Gospel of Saint Matthew) will follow.
Saint John is primarily read during Christmas and Easter.

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St Mark Catholic Church

Don’t ever believe it when someone says Mary was just like us. She was not. She was chosen, from the beginning, to be the Mother of God.

Today is the Feast Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Take a moment to reflect on the fact that something transcendent and radiant happened in this day:

It seems thousands of years removed from us, but it was not so very long ago that life was marked out by religious feasts. Although everyone went to church, not ever… 
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St. Matthew Catholic Church

During the Holiday season the Angel Tree Ministry partners with local charities to provide gifts to struggling families right here in our community. This year again we can only accept gift cards or check donations. The collections will begin at all masses on the weekend of November 18 and will end on December 10. Donations can be dropped in the offertory boxes at the main and Waxhaw campuses during Mass. In addition, they can be mailed or brought into the church office Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Friday, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm.  For more information about how to donate, visit

St Leo Catholic School

The Knights of Columbus are collecting coats for kids in need.
Collection boxes can be found in the church and school.

The Catholic Parish of St Vincent de Paul

πŸ‚Fall Bingo Night and Bake SaleπŸ‚
Kick back and relax after Thanksgiving weekend at this family friendly parish event!
Guest callers from our various ministries will call every other round with our own clergy calling in between!
🎀Youth Ministry
🎀Catholic Tots
🎀Knights of Columbus
🎀Altar Servers
....and more!

No registration needed! Just show up and pay as you play. Cash, Card, and Check accepted. We will have a bake sale and refreshments too!
Open to all - not just parishioners! Bring your friends and support our renovation efforts! Our auction fundraiser brought in just over $20,000 so we are on πŸ”₯ fire πŸ”₯

St. Therese Catholic Church Mooresville

Spend time with Jesus this Advent Season by joining us for the
St. Therese Bilingual Praise & Worship Music featuring Adoration!
This event, presented by the Ecumenism Commission and Latino Ministry is FREE. (A love offering will be available with proceeds to benefit the Christian Mission).

Jennifer BarlowHoly Family Catholic Church - Clemmons

All middle school youth are invited to join us for our FIRST overnight middle school retreat. We will head to Camp Caraway on Friday, December 15th for a one night retreat focused on the importance of building our lives on the firm foundation of Christ. We will return to Holy Family on Saturday, December 16th, in time for the 5:30pm Mass. 
Space is limited, so be sure to register today!

*Please note that the deposit payment will secure your spot.
Your registration is not complete until the deposit is paid!
To register, please use the following link:

Boot-Camp Brotherhood: The Martyrs’ Walk Pushes Men Closer to God and Out of Their Comfort Zone

National Catholic Register
SueAnn Howell
Catholic Action for Faith and Family is an association of Catholics that strives to uphold and defend Christian values inspired by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The organization works in a legal and peaceful manner in the realm of ideas to promote these values. It aims to provide a network of resources and activities for clergy and laity to inspire them to reach out to others in an active way to defend these values. Catholic Action for Faith and Family's current initiatives include Operation Storm Heaven.