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EasterChrist Has Died!

Christ Is Risen!

Christ Will Come Again!

There is hope for you.
You are no longer in the power of sin, of evil!
Pope Francis

Funeral for Willam Kenan April 24

A funeral will be held for William Kenan on Thursday, April 24 at 12:30pm in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Americas with visitation in the atrium an hour prior to mass starting at 11:30am. Rites of Committal and Inurnment will follow immediately after mass beginning with Military Honors in the atrium and then a procession to the Columbarium for the inurnment rites.  A reception will be held in the Lewis Room to conclude the service. Please pray for William and his family.

Learn About Habitat After Masses 4/26-27

The Habitat for Humanity ministry will be meeting in the atrium after all masses the weekend of 4/26 and 4/27. Please feel free to stop by if you would like more information, or to learn more about ways you can become involved. They will be selling t-shirts for $12 and Habitat House puzzle pieces for $5 to raise funds associated with the costs of the home build.

You Can Tryout for Broadway!

broadwayMark your calendars…The first ever Broadway Review at St. Raphael will take place Friday, August 1st at 8pm in Ignatius Hall.

TRYOUTS for the Broadway Review are Sunday, June 15th from 5:30-8pm in the choir room.

All selections MUST be from previous Broadway performances and this is open to ….. Read More→

Palm Sunday Photos

2014 Palm Sunday (5a)cThis Palm Sunday was spectacular. Enjoy the photos. Join us for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Who is the man on the donkey?

Announcement of a New Pastor and Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael

Fr Gerry Blaszczak, S.J.Fr Phil Hurley SJAs has been previously announced, Father Hussey been chosen to be the next Provincial of the Maryland Province of the Jesuits.  He begins his new position this summer and is now pleased to announce the next Pastor and a new Parochial Vicar of St. Raphael, Father Phil Hurley, S.J. and Father Gerry Blaszczak, S.J.

Read Fr. Hussey’s letter HERE!                      Carta de Padre Hussey en Español

Bioethics- End of Life Issues:Start Your Classes Online Now

bioethics Georgetown cIntroduction to Bioethics explores some of the most difficult – and fascinating – moral challenges we face in health, medicine, and emerging technologies. The course is designed to introduce students to the range of issues that define bioethics today.

Get behind the headlines – and polarized debates – and join others who want to think deeply and openly about these problems. Some are as old as life itself: the vulnerability of illness, the fact of death. Some are new, and can unsettle our core ideas about human nature and our place in the world.

Fr. Proterra is hosting this Online course in Bioethics through EdX (PHLX101-01: Introduction to Bioethics), which is a consortium of college-level classes by world-renown institutions such as Harvard, MIT, and Georgetown. Fr. Bavinger will assist.

This course is open to everyone. All you need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and a desire to learn. Registration, course materials, and tuition are FREE. Please register for the course which begins on 15th April (and runs for 5 weeks), at

Let Fr Proterra know that you are registered. Those from Saint Raphael who join the course will meet on 26th April (Saturday) at 11 am in the Parish Center, Room 107. Questions to Fr Proterra at


You’re invited!

welcome mat

Please think of assisting the Invite Team of our Welcome Ministry. We are bringing together a group of interested parishioners who are interested in how we extend our hand in love to those who visit us, who are seeking, or who are considering returning to the church. How could we better meet the needs of those who are on the periphery of parish life?  This time of transition and seeking can be confusing, somewhat stressful, and full of uncertainty.  Our Invite Team will strategize how we could be more approachable and understanding to individuals as well as considering the bigger picture of how we present ourselves as a people of faith to the larger North Raleigh community. Your insights as a long time member, someone new to the area/parish or perhaps as someone at a crossroad in your faith journey would be most welcome. Think about it, and give Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator a call or email. 856.5704

Our Preschoolers Sing and Play Instruments

Preschool BellsAll the children at St. Raphael’s Preschool attend weekly music assemblies where they learn songs, participate in musical games, and experiment with rhythm instruments. The music program is a strong and valued part of the school’s curriculum. It is a key component of the Preschool’s commitment to developing an appreciation of the Arts in our children.

In addition, the four year old Blue Tie Teddy class has been introduced to the ringing of hand bells. Ms. Kate Welte, one of the teachers, is… Read More→

Compassionate Care / Grief and Loss

We’re in the initial stages of ministry development for a Compassionate Care / Grief and Loss ministry. Would you be interested in supporting this effort?  We are looking for people who have experience in a counseling, health care, hospice or who have had the time and perspective to process their own times of grief and loss  and now find themselves open to walking along side another parishioner.  You might have that empathetic soul which understands the many ways we can support one another. There will be several different facets of this program, so while you might not feel called to support verbally we’ll have other important tasks to perform as well to ensure our parishioners are held lovingly in The Lord’s hands during these difficult times. Pray about this opportunity and then call Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator, with your questions. 919-865-5704 or

May the Love of God Console Us

Love, Conversion, Forgiveness / El Amor, La Enmienda, El Perdón

Retiro IgnacianoThe Ignatian Lent Retreat of the Hispanic Ministry of Saint Raphael Catholic Church was held March 22, 2014 and 97 persons attended the event. Our objective was to allow participants to have a simple experience of praying with Ignatian Spirituality. We analyzed how God loves us with the theme “Love, Conversion, and Forgiveness”.  Your brother was dead and is alive again.                                   Click for Photos!

El Retiro Ignaciano de Cuaresma del Ministerio Hispano se llevó a cabo el pasado sábado 22 de marzo con la participación de 97 personas. El objetivo fue permitir a los asistentes tener una experiencia sencilla de oración al estilo ignaciano.  El tema del retiro  “El amor, La enmienda y el Perdón”  estuvo analizado desde un punto de vista positivo, haciendo siempre referencia a que en el amor de Dios encontramos a un ser misericordioso con el que contamos en todo momento. Tu hermano estaba muerto y ha vuelto a la vida.   Click para ver las fotos.

Habitat For Humanity HFH 4th Home Dedication!

Habitat Home DedicationUnder beautiful blue skies, the Habitat for Humanity Catholic Coalition dedicated its fourth home, March 22nd.   In addition to  Alecia Stuart and her children Isabell, Sianna, Larry, Sara, and Rachel and our NCSU Campus partners, also present were HFH leadership and Apex town leaders.  The pastor of White Oak Baptist Church, which was the driving force behind the land and home development in the area, gave us the history of how this subdivision came to be.  Alecia’s son, Larry,  was at a window in one of the bedrooms when he was asked, “Is this your room?” he responded, “It’s all mine!” (Larry has four sisters). Habitat is changing children’s lives, one home at a time. May we never forget that America’s children are our future and we are all called to follow Jesus’ call to care for those in need. Join us!  Click for photos.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Needs Your Yarn

Prayer Shawls

Prayer Shawl Ministry is in the need of yarn to help make its shawls. We donate our shawls to local hospitals, nursing homes, hospice patients, and parishioners in need of comfort. Please drop off donations in the Parish Center Office. For more details, contact Theresa Everhart at 609-0972

RCIC Participate in Scrutinies

2014 RCICAdults and children preparing for full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, are shown here participating in the first 2 of 3 Scrutinies.  The third Scrutiny, on the fifth Sunday of Lent, will conclude their period of purification and Enlightenment, guiding them toward celebration of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). Enjoy these images.

Thanks from the Knights

Knights of Columbus 9880St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus council 9880 would like to thank all those that stopped by and obtained information about the Knights of Columbus this past weekend.  The membership drive was held last weekend to signify the Knights of Columbus Founder’s Day, we celebrated the anniversary of the Knights of Columbus March 29th.  We may not have talked to everyone that came to our table last weekend and if you did not get a chance to ask your question or obtain information at that time, please accept my invitation to contact me, Jim Lueck, council membership director at 919-810-7597.

Our Words of Wisdom Marriage Project Continues through the Year

wedding ringsThis month’s topic centers on those early years of marriage.  How did the two of you establish yourselves as a couple/family? Did your relationships and priorities change with this marriage?  What was it like to begin to think of yourselves as a family unit? What was it like to now have in-laws? If you’re now part of the older generation, how have you supported your adult child’s marriage? How has this new family dynamic played out for everyone? How do you walk the line between being supportive and interfering? What do you see as different between husbands and wives now as opposed to when you were starting down this path?

You can take/return Words of Wisdom cards at the Welcome Table in the atrium or you can email your thoughts to Janet Schirripa  This project will continue through the year with periodic ‘writing prompts’ in the bulletin and on  the web.  Please feel free to share at any time.

Funeral for Joe Frank May 10

A Memorial Mass will be held for Joe Frank on Saturday, May 10 at 11am in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Americas.  Rites of Committal and Inurnment will follow immediately after mass in our Columbarium.Please pray for Joe and his family.