Our History

On February 6, 1955 the the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for the first time in Hayesville. The Mass was celebrated in an office above the Hayesville Drug Store by Glenmary priest Fr. Joseph Dean. In 1959 a motel/restaurant was purchased for the Catholic Mission in Hayesville. It was converted to house a chapel, convent for the Glenmary Sisters, and offices for their home nursing service. In 1984, the parish moved to a newly constructed facility on Hwy 64.  Then, after celebrating 30 years in that location, the new home of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church was dedicated and is today the spiritual home of Hayesville Catholics. It is a mission of St. William in Murphy.

Our Mission

We the members of Immaculate Heart of Mary, individually accept as our mission, Jesus’s call to discipleship.
And collectively, as a parish community seek to reach out with unconditional love to believers and non-believers alike.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte

Our Parish Leaders

  1. Rev. Mr. Carl Hubbell
    Deacon Carl
  2. Rev. H. Alejandro Ayala
    Pastor Father Alex
  3. Sr. Margarita Castaneda, CND
    Youth Faith Formation
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    Sr. Therese "Terry" Martin, CND
    Personifies “Caritas Christi” in her ministry as Far Western North Carolina Outreach Worker for the Diocese of Charlotte.
  5. Eleanor Moyer
    Chairperson, Pastoral Council
  6. Musical Director
    Cody C. Killian
    Director of Music since August 2015. Cody directs the choirs, oversees the Music Ministry and serves as Principal Organist/Pianist. Having received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Young Harris College, Cody's background in Liturgical Music includes employment in Baptist, Catholic and Methodist Congregations. He enjoys accompanying and performing in Europe and an active schedule of teaching.
  7. Ben Cornelius
    Chairperson, Finance Council
  8. Tom Schmitt
    Vice Chairperson, Pastoral Council
  9. Barbara McGrattan
    Spiritual Director Barbara helps individuals recognize the Holy Spirit. Acting as a traveling companion in one’s spiritual life, she helps one recognize the call of the Lord to a more intimate relationship and how one is to proceed in responding to that call.
  10. Marianne Engelmann
    Associate Director of Music Marianne has an extensive background in Roman Catholic Liturgy, and holds a BA in vocal music education and a Masters in Liturgy and Theology from Notre Dame University. In 2008, she retired as the Pastoral Services Liaison for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV.