sylva_stmary_1970_websmallThe Blessed Virgin, under the title “Mother of God”, is the patroness of the Diocese of Charlotte. The feast of Mary, Mother of God falls on January 1st on the Roman Rite Calendar and is a holy day of obligation for all Latin Catholics here in the United States. Deep in the mountains of North Carolina in the town of Sylva there is a church that shares the same Patroness as the diocese. May the prayers of the Mother of God be with us throughout the New Year!