St. Mary, Mother of God
Roman Catholic Church

Sylva, North Carolina

Welcome to our parish!

Reverend J. A. Voitus, Pastor

22 Bartlett Street
Sylva, North Carolina 28779

Our parish is situated in Jackson county, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We are about 45 minutes west of Asheville. Nearby towns are Cherokee and Bryson City to the west, and Waynesville to the east. Come visit us!
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(828) 586-9496

The office is staffed on Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Weekday Masses

Usually celebrated Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in English. Click on the date of the most recent parish bulletin, listed above, to be sure.

Saturday Masses

8:00 p.m. in Spanish

Sunday Masses

9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., both in English

7:30 p.m. in English on most Sundays at the Western Carolina University Catholic Student Center, which is located at 197 Forest Hills Road in nearby Cullowhee. Check their web site's online calendar (click) to be sure. A Rosary is said on Sundays at 7 p.m. (a half-hour before Mass begins). Father Voitus hears confessions before and after each Mass.

Confession (Rite of Penance)

Father Voitus hears confessions after each weekday Mass.

Confessions are heard before and after the 7:30 p.m. Mass on Sundays at the Western Carolina University Catholic Student Center (see above).

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  • The Mass (Part 5) -- The Liturgy of the Eucharist: The Communion Rite through the Dismissal
    by Bill Hollands and George A. Knauer

    Read the latest issue in the new Catholic Matters! series, published by THE MEN, a group of men in our parish.


    Following the example of Our Lord, the priest takes up the now consecrated host and reverently breaks it over the paten. This action bears great significance in the history and tradition of the Mass. Remember that after His resurrection, the Lord was recognized "in the breaking of the bread" and as the Acts of the Apostles tell us, the early Church continued "the breaking of the bread" each day as the Lord instructed them to do "in memory of me". But why this focus on breaking bread. Because in ancient Jewish custom, breaking bread with relatives and friends (as opposed to slicing or cutting it with a knife) was an act of charity and a sign of unity at a banquet. After the host is broken, a fragment is then placed into the chalice. This gesture is called "the commingling." There are a number of explanations for this but one of the most interesting one is a spiritual one. Remember that the consecration of the Mass occurs in two separate consecrations: first the bread then the wine. This separate consecration symbolically represents death as Our Lord's Precious Blood was separated from His Sacred Body. Commingling the Body and Blood of Christ in the chalice would symbolically represent the resurrection of Christ's Body and Blood. >> MORE
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