St. Raphael is seeking a full time Director of Communications to develop a communications strategy for our parish. Click the link below for more information.
2018 has started off with a bang-the bang of many hammers! Another step in providing affordable housing has begun in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. This time however the home is for a parishioner family. On Jan. 13th our parishioner family was introduced and hammered the first nails in their new home, walls were built and raised and St. Raphael volunteers provided lunch, which was shared with our family, parishioner volunteers, our Orthodox brothers and sisters and the HFH (Habitat for Humanity) staff. We are off to a great start. Won’t you join us? No construction experience needed.
By now, you have may received your mailing from Bishop Zarama about the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal with the theme “Instruments of God’s Service.” The Appeal funds ministries across the Diocese, and the St. Raphael goal is over $305,000. We are also seeking a volunteer to help process pledges & donations at the Parish Office weekday mornings few days a week during February. If you could help or would like to find out more, please contact Dan Gerlach, 2018 BAA Appeal Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your generosity!
We begin a brief period of “Ordinary Time” in the church year before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, in just one month, on February 14th. So I thought I would share this reflection from Kristopher Seamen on the meaning of Ordinary Time:
One of my former professors, in anticipation for the next class session, said we would begin to look at the liturgical calendar—the way the Church tells time. The first topic would be Ordinary Time. Then he said something that would change the way I view, celebrate, and prepare for Ordinary Time. With excitement, he exclaimed, “There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time!”
Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centeredness. Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters. May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace. … Pope Francis
How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments? Each year the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.
Her open heart and courageous “yes” to God show us how to live year-round—
Enjoy photos from our Married Couples Club Christmas Party.
Want to join a new group this year? Think about us!
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.
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 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.
If you are looking for a group of women who enjoy laughter and fellowship, who support and pray for each other in good times and bad, and who serve those around us who could use a hand, here is your opportunity! St Raphael’s Columbiettes invite Catholic women, 18 years or older, to become a member of Auxiliary 9880. We are a women’s auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council. You do not have to be married to a Knight of Columbus to join. We are
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.
From this post on down you can read about previous events at Saint Raphael.
Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace
“Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence.