Composer and theologian Ricky Manalo is visiting Saint Raphael on Feb 22, 23 and 24! We know Fr. Ricky from many of his songs, such as “Many and Great” and “Come Lord Maranatha”. But he is also a wonderful speaker and leader of prayer. On the evening of Friday, Feb 22 Ricky will lead our entire parish in a pre-Lent retreat. During the day on Saturday, Feb 23 he will lead a day of reflection for all of those in the parish who serve in liturgical ministries. And Sunday afternoon, Feb 24, he will lead a discussion with musicians. Mark your calendar and click here for details!
The patron of our parish, the angel Raphael, appears in the Book of Tobit in scripture. This series will explore that entire book, and some of its application to our lives. I encourage you to read the bible passage for each week, then the reflection. St. Raphael, pray for us! Ups and Downs: Tobit 1:1-3:6
El patrón de nuestra parroquia, el ángel Rafael, aparece en las Escrituras en el Libro de Tobit. Esta serie explorará todo el libro y algunas de sus aplicaciones en nuestras vidas. Los invito a leer el pasaje de la Biblia para cada semana, luego la reflexión. San Rafael, ruega por nosotros! Subidas y Bajadas: Tobit 1: 1-3: 6
My earliest memories taking part in music ministry was the children’s choir for Christmas at St. Bartholomew parish in Manchester, Maryland, under the direction of Mr. Joe Norkus (who I thought was pretty old back then, but he is still ministering at St. Bartholomew some 30 years later!).
“Today’s Gospel acclamation contains Jesus’ invitation: ‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’ (Mt 11:28). The Lord promises refreshment and freedom to all the oppressed of our world, but he needs us to fulfill his promise. He needs our eyes to see the needs of our brothers and sisters. He needs our hands to offer them help. He needs our voice to protest the injustices committed thanks to the silence, often complicit, of so many. I should really speak of many silences: the silence of common sense; the silence that thinks, ‘it’s always been done this way’; the silence of ‘us’ as opposed to ‘you’. Above all, the Lord needs our hearts to show his merciful love towards the least, the outcast, the abandoned, the marginalized.”
…Pope Francis, Homily from the Holy Mass for Migrants
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“El Evangelio que hoy ha sido proclamado incluye la invitación de Jesús: «Venid a mí todos los que estáis cansados y agobiados, y yo os aliviaré». El Señor promete alivio y liberación a todos los oprimidos del mundo, pero tiene necesidad de nosotros para que su promesa sea eficaz. Necesita nuestros ojos para ver las necesidades de los hermanos y las hermanas. Necesita nuestras manos para prestar ayuda. Necesita nuestra voz para denunciar las injusticias cometidas en el silencio ―a veces cómplice― de muchos. En efecto, tendría que hablar de muchos silencios: el silencio del sentido común, el silencio del «siempre se ha hecho así», el silencio del «nosotros» contrapuesto al «vosotros». El Señor necesita sobre todo nuestro corazón para manifestar el amor misericordioso de Dios hacia los últimos, los rechazados, los abandonados, los marginados.”
… Papa Francisco, Homilía de la Santa Misa para los Migrantes
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The Habitat Wake-Catholic Coalition home #10 has been completed and was dedicated Dec. 15th. The joy and appreciation expressed by the new homeowners was so apparent and heartwarming! An enormous thank you to every one who assisted in this endeavor to provide affordable housing and shelter for this family. Whether you provided construction help or meals for the workers, financial support or prayer support know that your role in this home was appreciated. Please take a moment to visit the Coalition album site – https://photos.app.goo.gl/6cJ481E8nRJ9XfKQ8. If you would like further information about Habitat for Humanity visit habitatwake.org, at call Beverly (919) 881-9019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES COUNSELING SERVICES are available to help adults and/or children cope with numerous life issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, family conflict and much more. Counseling is provided by highly skilled, compassionate licensed counselors with an average of 15+ years of counseling experience. Most health insurance is accepted. Thanks to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, a subsidized fee scale is available for people who cannot afford the full cost. Please call 790-8533 (Raleigh) or 388-3065 (Cary) to inquire about service or to schedule an appointment.