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 "Alex" Ayala
    Born in a small sugar town in Santa Maria, Argentina, Fr. Alex came to the US in 1994 in search of freedom. When receiving his First Communion/Confirmation at age 8, he was called to the priesthood. "It took me 31 years to answer God's call." In the year 2000, he was sent by the Diocese of Charlotte to St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, where he enjoyed studying under Benedictine Monks. Ordained in 2006, he was assigned to Sacred Hearth CC in Salisbury NC, for one year. He then served as parochial vicor at St. Leo the Great in Winston-Salem, and in 2010 was named pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God in Sylva. In 2013, he was named pastor of St. William and IHM.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.