Ordinary Time

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like,
but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us,
God will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’
Rather God will ask, 
‘How much love did you put into what you did?’
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Funeral for Gary Brown Fri Sept 19

A funeral mass will be held for Gary Joseph Brown on Friday, September 19 at 12 noon in the Main Sanctuary. There will be an hour long viewing and visitation prior to mass in the atrium starting at 11am.  Please pray for Gary and his family.

A Few Spots Left for the Ignatian Retreat 9/23

20140923 Ignatian Retreat cThe Jesuit Collaborative is
sponsoring an Ignatian Leadership for Mission Retreat September 23-26, 2014 at Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. The retreat is designed for lay, men and women, Jesuits and other religious and draws on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Focusing on the graces of gratitude, healing, call and co-laboring, participants pray in silence and with other retreatants for clarity, inspiration and a sense of the Magis in our work and our personal lives. For more info go to www.jesuitcollaborative.org/ilm or contact Kevin O’Brien at kobrien@jesuitcollabortive.org

Drink Only Water Sept 22-28

H2O Flyer 2014-5Do you want to help feed hungry families in our community? 25% of NC children under 5 go to bed hungry. You can help by joining the H2O for Hunger Challenge to support Catholic Parish Outreach food pantry as part of September’s National Hunger Action Month. For one week – September 22-28—drink tap water instead of your preferred beverage. At the end of the week put your savings together and send it to Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) Food Pantry to buy food for the hungry.   2013 N. Raleigh Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604.
$25 feeds a family for a week! CPO serves an average of 11,000 people a month! First Degree Charitable and anonymous donors will match up to $8,000!

For more information go to www.cporaleigh.org or call 873-0245

Music Ministry Concert Series Begins with a Harp Sept 26

harpCome to the 1st concert of our 2014-2015 Concert Series. All concerts are free, but donations are accepted to offset costs and plan for future concerts.  On Friday, Sept. 26 harpist Angelyn Fánlo will perform at 7pm in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Americas.

Welcome Reception Sept 28

The Welcome Ministry is having a Welcome Reception in the Lewis Room on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM. All newly registered parishioners and all prospective members are encouraged to come to share fellowship and to learn about the wonderful services that St. Raphael provides. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this reception, please contact Arlene Cocco at fran2lady@yahoo.com.

8th Graders and Camp Cheerio

Camp Cheerio (0)Our SRCS 8th graders who experienced Camp Cheerio left their mark in the youth room!!! Please remember our 8th graders in Prayer that they will always remember their “mountaintop” experience at Camp Cheerio. Click for pics.

Confirmation… Less than 2 weeks. Confirmandi Celebrate Eucharist Together!

2014 Confirmands tConfirmation Candidates from our Parish celebrates Mass together after their Confirmation Retreat.  They have intensely prepared to receive the gifts of the Spirit this past year and will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thurs. Oct. 2 at 6:30pm with Bishop Burbidge.

THE ENTIRE CHURCH COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO COME, PRAY AND CELEBRATE WITH OUR YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES.  Also pick up a personalize prayer card in the Atrium and pray for the confirmation candidates by name.


Watch for New Sept Envelopes

OSV envelope St Peter PaulcWe are updating our envelopes starting in September. You will now get envelopes highlighting a saint each month. In September you can read about St. Peter Claver – fun reading for your children too! Our Deacon Madey Parish Relief envelopes will still be pink and the Diocesan Priest Retirement collection will still be blue, but take a look at our new Debt Reduction envelopes. Together, we can do great things for God.

Can You Teach the Faith on Sundays?

WE ARE IN NEED OF 6 YOUNG ADULTS/ADULTS TO MINISTER TO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH AS TEACHERS OF THE FAITH DURING OUR SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION GATHERING.  “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” –Jesus

PLEASE pray about it!!! AND CONTACT JEREMY ROCA  jroca@saintraphael.org FOR MORE DETAILS.