“Go to Joseph!”
Year of St. Joseph Mission
We’re happy to announce that the Fathers of Mercy will be preaching a special Mission in the Diocese of Charlotte in honor of the Year of St. Joseph!
The Year of St. Joseph Mission will be held in three locations across the diocese this November. Mark your calendars!
- November 2 – 5, 2020 with Fr. Joseph Aytona, CPM:
St. Mark Catholic Church, Huntersville, NC
(14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078)
- November 9 – 12, 2020 with Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM:
Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kernersville, NC
(616 South Cherry St., Kernersville, NC 27284)
- November 16 – 19, 2020 with Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM:
St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Arden, NC
(109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden, NC 28704)
Each Mission begins with the Fathers of Mercy preaching the weekend Masses followed by nightly conferences on Monday through Thursday of the following week. The schedule for the four-day Mission is as follows:
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Eucharistic Adoration and Confession
- 6:45pm: Recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
- 7:00pm – 8:00pm: Mission Conference in the context of Eucharistic Adoration, ending with Benediction
Examination of Conscience: The Fathers of Mercy will be distributing an Examination of Conscience and a brochure on Catholic doctrine during each parish Mission.
CDs and DVDs: The Fathers of Mercy will also have a table with CDs and DVDs available for purchase.
Special Collection: The Fathers of Mercy will take up a special collection on the last day of each Mission. This special collection will pay for all travel and related expenses associated with the Year of St. Joseph Mission and compensate the community for providing a missionary to preach in the diocese. The Fathers of Mercy rely on Divine Providence and the generosity of the parishioners in this regard.
Attend in Person, or Watch Online!
1. St. Mark Catholic Church: November 2 – 5, 2020:
Fr. Joseph Atoya, CPM will preach at all weekend Masses on Oct. 31st & Nov. 1st followed by the Year of St. Joseph Mission on Monday through Thursday of the following week.
Mission theme: “In Charge of His Household: St. Joseph, father of the Incarnate God.”
- Saturday & Sunday, 10/31 & 11/1: Homily at weekend Masses
- Monday, 11/2: St. Joseph: Guardian, Provider and Universal Patron
- Tuesday, 11/3: Master of the Interior Life (How to Pray Always)
- Wednesday, 11/4: Terror of Demons & Patron of the Dying
- Thursday, 11/5: Model of a Perfect Eucharistic Adorer
2. Holy Cross Catholic Church: November 9 – 12, 2020
Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM will preach at all weekend Masses on November 7 & 8 followed by the Year of St. Joseph Mission on Monday through Thursday of the following week.
Mission theme: “Go to Joseph!”
- Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 7 & 8: Homily at weekend Masses
- Monday, 11/9: Husband of Mary and Virginal Father of Jesus
- Tuesday, 11/10: Master of the Interior Life: The Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph
- Wednesday, 11/11: St. Joseph the Worker: Model of Masculine Virtue
- Thursday, 11/12: True Devotion to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
3. St. Barnabas Catholic Church: November 16 – 19, 2020
Mission theme: “Go to Joseph!”
Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM will preach at all weekend Masses on November 14 & 15 followed by the Year of St. Joseph Mission on Monday through Thursday of the following week.
- Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 14 & 15 : Homily at weekend Masses
- Monday, 11/16: Husband of Mary and Virginal Father of Jesus
- Tuesday, 11/17: Master of the Interior Life: The Seven Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph
- Wednesday, 11/18: St. Joseph the Worker: Model of Masculine Virtue
- Thursday, 11/19: True Devotion to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
Who are the Fathers of Mercy?
PREACHING ROMAN CATHOLIC MISSIONS SINCE 1808
The Fathers of Mercy is a Congregation of Priests whose primary apostolate is preaching parish missions and retreats with an emphasis on the Spiritual Works of Mercy, the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confession, and the propagation of the Faith for the salvation of souls.
“We seek to inflame all the members of the parish with the Infinite Love of Almighty God, and to call them to receive the Merciful Love of the Heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”– Fathers of Mercy
The Mission services include a Eucharistic Holy Hour and preaching before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The special theme for this Mission is the exemplary life and virtues of St. Joseph, the universal patron of the Holy Catholic Church. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is also made available each evening of the Mission Conference.
Make an online donation to
The Fathers of Mercy
The Fathers of Mercy depend upon freewill offerings from the lay faithful
to financially support their parish missions.
Meet the Fathers of Mercy
visiting the Diocese of Charlotte
Fr. Joseph Aytona, CPM
Fr. Joseph Aytona was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the suburbs of Southern California. In 2003, Fr. Joseph joined the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy and was ordained to the Priesthood in May 2010. He is a 2010 graduate of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Master of Divinity Degree, and a Master of Arts in Theology.
Along with being the Mission Director, Fr. Joseph is the founder of the Spiritual Motherhood Sodality as well as the founder of Family Vocation Ministries, an apostolate that promotes vocations through the sanctification of families. He has appeared on “EWTN Live” and “Life on the Rock” Catholic programs during which he discussed the importance of the Eucharist, the Priesthood, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He has also been interviewed by Catholic Newspapers and Periodicals such as the National Catholic Register and Religious Life Magazine.
Fr. Ricardo Pineda, CPM
Fr. Ricardo Pineda was born on August 4, 1987, into a Catholic family of both Salvadoran and Mexican descent. He is the fourth of five children, and a native of San Diego, California. Following high school, he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. While in studies at Notre Dame, he played trumpet in the marching Band of the Fighting Irish. In May of 2008, he graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a minor in Theology.
Fr. Ricardo began hearing a call to the priesthood as early as age 6, but it was not until his freshmen year of high school that he began serious discernment of his vocation in prayer. This discernment continued throughout high school and college. After learning more about the vocation to priesthood as well as the vocation to marriage, he discovered that although the thought of marriage made him happy, he understood that he would be happier as a priest, serving God for the salvation of souls. So by the end of his second year at Notre Dame, he had accepted God’s call to the priesthood with a firm “Yes!” In time, he further discerned a call to the religious life.
Pray and Prepare for a Fruitful Mission!
Please pray for the success of the Year of St. Joseph Mission, both individually and as a group or parish. If we pray and fast for the fruitfulness of the mission in the minds and hearts of the faithful in our diocese, the Holy Spirit will do the rest!
Novena to St. Joseph
O Glorious St. Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you do we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Merciful Heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special favors we now implore… [mention your special intention].
O Chaste Guardian of Jesus Christ, The Word Incarnate, we have great confidence that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
Glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bore toward Jesus Christ and for the glory of His name, R. Hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
-Let us pray-
O Glorious St. Joseph, Spouse of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, help us to be pure, humble and charitable in body, mind and soul, and to have perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Be our guide, our father and our model through life, that we may merit to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary as you did.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for us!