St. Raphael is seeking a full time Director of Communications to develop a communications strategy for our parish. Click for more information.
Come join moms of all ages in community, faith and service. Take some time out for you while connecting to other moms and learning more about our Catholic faith. Next meeting is Thursday Dec 14 from 9 am – 12 noon in Room 112. Childcare is available in the nursery for $5/child.
December Meeting: Spreading Love
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Nuestros miembros del Grupo de Renovación Carismática de la parroquia invitan a toda la comunidad a la Gran Pastorela que será el viernes 15 de diciembre a las 7 pm en el Salón Ignacio. Veremos una obra original, creada y dramatizada por los mismos miembros, y tendremos piñatas y más actividades para compartir en familia en este tiempo especial del año. ¡Los esperamos! Todas las personas que deseen donar piñatas y bolsitas con dulces por favor comunicarse al 919.865.5746.
Members of our parish Charismatic Renewal Group invite the whole community to the Great Pastorela which will be on Fri, Dec 15 at 7 pm in the Ignatius Hall. We will see an original work, created and dramatized by the same members, and we will have piñatas and more activities to share as a family during this special time of the year. We wait for you! All people who wish to donate piñatas and sachets with sweets please call 919.865.5746.
You may have noticed that some of the decor changes for this season. Of course, the most obvious is the Advent Wreath in the center of the church. The wreath itself is made of several different symbols with meaning. First, the shape of the wreath represents the eternity of God, that God has no beginning or end, or, in fact, is the beginning and the end. For this reason ancient Christians believed there was something divine about the shape of a circle. Second, the four candles represent Christ’s presence, which is amplified as we near the celebration of his Nativity on Christmas. The light of Christ becomes brighter and
“O Mother! You know the paths followed by the first evangelizers of the New World, from Guanahani Island and Hispaniola to the Amazon forests and the Andean peaks, reaching to Tierra del Fuego in the south and to the Great Lakes and mountains of the north. Accompany the Church which is working in the nations of America, so that she may always preach the Gospel and renew her missionary spirit. Encourage all who devote their lives to the cause of Jesus and the spread of his kingdom,
We are looking for more volunteers to help with making our worship space beautiful throughout the liturgical year. This includes folks offering a wide variety of skills, labor, and time commitments. We can use folks with experience and knowledge in design, logistics, fabric, flowers, paint, art, and lighting. But also folks who are just interested in helping by climbing up on a ladder to hang a banner or helping to put things in place. We especially need help during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Please get in touch with Jeff Rice, Pastoral Associate of Liturgy & Music firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be able to assist in any way.
You don’t have to be perfect to be a great role model! Youth Ministry at St. Raphael’s is in dire need of Core volunteers who are practicing Catholics and want to share their faith with teens. This is NOT a teaching role. This is a relationship building role, where you walk along side teens as they develop their faith and discover who they are. The commitment could be as little as 2.5 hours a month. We have volunteer slots open in the evenings on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays or on Sunday during the day.
Contact email@example.com to step up to the plate and learn more.
The WORKROOM-LOST & FOUND room across from the Martha room offers a space for Nursing moms, complete with a sound system so moms can still hear Mass. Includes a comfortable chair, boppy pillow, clean receiving blankets, a nursing cover if needed and an “In use” sign on the door. Mothers in Faith Ministry is happy to sponsor this space for our nursing moms.
The Sacristan Ministry at St. Raphael needs interested registered parishioners to become Guardians of the Eucharist which includes set up and clean up before and after mass. This could be at a weekend Mass, daily Mass, wedding, and/or funeral based on your choice and availability.
Christmas Eve Masses Sun Dec 24
4pm in Church- Children’s Choir
4:15pm in Ignatius Hall
6pm in Church
8pm in Church in Spanish
Midnight in Church- Parish Choir, Bell Choir, Orchestra,
Christmas Day Mass Mon Dec 25
9:30am in Church