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Old 07-09-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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My daughter, who is not a church-goer, is moving to Charlotte in August, I'm following later. I'd appreciate first-hand information on Catholic churches; all I have is a list of websites and schedules!

I attend Mass on Sundays and holy days, despite a brisk 30 minute walk to the nearest church! (Not on a bus route either.) I'd go more often if I lived nearer. Not a "cafeteria"/Kennedy Catholic, but strongly Magisterium/catechism/Bible and Benedict 16th. I'm hoping to avoid teddy bear Masses, anything where 6 year olds preach, and all dancing in the aisles!

My current parish has 5 priests: Irish-American, Italian-Irish-American, Mexican, Sri Lankan, and Nigerian. They are all very good priests, devout, even holy, mostly bad though deeply sincere preachers. The music is pretty awful, and the girls serving Mass think they're in a beauty pageant, but hey! Nowhere's perfect! I'm hoping to find a parish like this, flawed a little, but mostly lovable and sincere.

Thanks!!! This really matters in relocation!
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Welcome future Charlottean...it sounds like St. Patricks (in Dilworth neighborhood) is for you. Father Roux preaches through the mindset of Vatican 1. Straightforward mass, very little bs. Nice older church in a nice neighborhood.

St. Peter - very progressive and open (located uptown)
St. Matthews - very large, family oriented, modern service, very cafeterian
St. Gabriels - smaller than St. Matthews but still large, lot of kids, has its own school, is lenient w/ the teachings
St. Vincents - small, focused more on missionary work than parish (similar size to St. Patricks)
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:44 AM
 
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St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at the university area
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Okay...here are a few others to consider:
Sounds like you might like St. Ann in Charlotte or St. Michael in Gastonia best. They tend to be the most conservative Catholic churches. St. Ann is in an area where you could live near the Parish and walk there daily if you like.
Our Lady of Consolation is a predo. African American Parish with lots of music
Our Lady of Guadelupe is a predo. Hispanic parish with all masses in Spanish
I don't think either of those are what you are after, though they are welcoming and great.

BUT, check out St. Patrick's. It is the Cathedral and located in a walkable but expesive neighborhood. As the Cathedral, it is home to the Bishop.

Finally, a great place to go is Belmont Abbey College, the Basillica. Wonderful place and run by Monks. Great Mass. THere are college students, of course, but no one joking around.

Out of all the places in and around Charlotte, I think the Abbey might be the best fit for you. Welcome to Charlotte!

Taben
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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"cafeteria"/Kennedy Catholic
?

What year is this?

Just find one that doesn't have fundamentalists in charge and instead focuses on the core of the Church - social justice and you'll be fine.
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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Dancing in the aisles? Hunh?

I've been Catholic all my life and I've never seeen this

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My daughter, who is not a church-goer, is moving to Charlotte in August, I'm following later. I'd appreciate first-hand information on Catholic churches; all I have is a list of websites and schedules!

I attend Mass on Sundays and holy days, despite a brisk 30 minute walk to the nearest church! (Not on a bus route either.) I'd go more often if I lived nearer. Not a "cafeteria"/Kennedy Catholic, but strongly Magisterium/catechism/Bible and Benedict 16th. I'm hoping to avoid teddy bear Masses, anything where 6 year olds preach, and all dancing in the aisles!

My current parish has 5 priests: Irish-American, Italian-Irish-American, Mexican, Sri Lankan, and Nigerian. They are all very good priests, devout, even holy, mostly bad though deeply sincere preachers. The music is pretty awful, and the girls serving Mass think they're in a beauty pageant, but hey! Nowhere's perfect! I'm hoping to find a parish like this, flawed a little, but mostly lovable and sincere.

Thanks!!! This really matters in relocation!
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