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St. Mark Church’s Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry guests and volunteers performed a Christmas handbell and chorus concert for their families, caregivers and staff of the Huntersville parish Dec. 18.
St. Mark Church’s Alzheimer’s Respite Ministry guests and volunteers performed a Christmas handbell and chorus concert for their families, caregivers and staff of the Huntersville parish Dec. 18.
Music is an important therapy for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Many patients can recall memories and emotions as well as have enhanced mental capabilities after singing classic music and songs.
Music is an important therapy for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Many patients can recall memories and emotions as well as have enhanced mental capabilities after singing classic music and songs.
St. Philip the Apostle Church in Statesville held its second annual Christmas Pageant Dec. 17 in the church’s social hall. It was audience interactive and was comprised of children and adults of all ages.
St. Philip the Apostle Church in Statesville held its second annual Christmas Pageant Dec. 17 in the church’s social hall. It was audience interactive and was comprised of children and adults of all ages.
The pageant concluded with a small reception afterward. (Photos provided by Connie Ries)
The pageant concluded with a small reception afterward. (Photos provided by Connie Ries)
Children of the Hispanic community of Immaculate Conception Church Forest City performed La Pastorela Dec. 23. La Pastorela is a dramatization comprised of song and dialogue about the journey of shepherds to Bethlehem to meet the newborn Jesus.
Children of the Hispanic community of Immaculate Conception Church Forest City performed La Pastorela Dec. 23. La Pastorela is a dramatization comprised of song and dialogue about the journey of shepherds to Bethlehem to meet the newborn Jesus.
La Pastorela is a dramatization comprised of song and dialogue about the journey of shepherds to Bethlehem to meet the newborn Jesus.
La Pastorela is a dramatization comprised of song and dialogue about the journey of shepherds to Bethlehem to meet the newborn Jesus.
After the presentation, the congregation gathered in the parish hall for a festive traditional meal. Photos by Giuliana Polinari Riley | Catholic News Herald
After the presentation, the congregation gathered in the parish hall for a festive traditional meal. Photos by Giuliana Polinari Riley | Catholic News Herald
The children’s choir at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte sang during the Christmas Eve children’s Mass.  (Photo provided by Markus Kuncoro)
The children’s choir at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte sang during the Christmas Eve children’s Mass. (Photo provided by Markus Kuncoro)
St. Patrick Cathedral offered its annual Cathedral Choir Concert Dec. 16. “An Afternoon of Sacred Music for Advent and Christmas” featured works from Antonio Vivaldi (his “Magnificat in G minor”) and additional works by Morales, Reger and Grancini.
St. Patrick Cathedral offered its annual Cathedral Choir Concert Dec. 16. “An Afternoon of Sacred Music for Advent and Christmas” featured works from Antonio Vivaldi (his “Magnificat in G minor”) and additional works by Morales, Reger and Grancini.
Students in the faith formation program at Immaculate Conception Church Forest City presented a Christmas play Dec. 17 following the 9 a.m. Mass. (Photos by Giuliana Polinari Riley | Catholic News Herald)
Students in the faith formation program at Immaculate Conception Church Forest City presented a Christmas play Dec. 17 following the 9 a.m. Mass. (Photos by Giuliana Polinari Riley | Catholic News Herald)
The children’s choir performs before the children’s Mass on Christmas Eve at Holy Cross Church in Kernersville.  (John Bunyea | Catholic News Herald)
The children’s choir performs before the children’s Mass on Christmas Eve at Holy Cross Church in Kernersville. (John Bunyea | Catholic News Herald)
The children’s choir of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury sang before Mass on Christmas Eve.  (Bill Washington | Catholic News Herald)
The children’s choir of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury sang before Mass on Christmas Eve. (Bill Washington | Catholic News Herald)
St. Ann Church in Charlotte celebrated a Mass in the Extraordinary Form at midnight Dec. 25. An estimated crowd of more than 350 faithful attended the High Mass offered by Father Timothy Reid, pastor. (Photo provided by Mike FitzGerald and Markus Kuncoro)
St. Ann Church in Charlotte celebrated a Mass in the Extraordinary Form at midnight Dec. 25. An estimated crowd of more than 350 faithful attended the High Mass offered by Father Timothy Reid, pastor. (Photo provided by Mike FitzGerald and Markus Kuncoro)
A scene from St Mark Church’s celebration of Mass on Christmas Eve. (Photo provided by Amy Burger)
A scene from St Mark Church’s celebration of Mass on Christmas Eve. (Photo provided by Amy Burger)
St. Mark Church’s preschool students put on a Christmas Nativity play before the holidays. Pictured are the Inn Keeper, Shepherd, Sheep and Angels. (Photo by Amy Burger)
St. Mark Church’s preschool students put on a Christmas Nativity play before the holidays. Pictured are the Inn Keeper, Shepherd, Sheep and Angels. (Photo by Amy Burger)
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