Next weekend after each of the English Masses we will have an interest gathering in the Lewis Room (which is just across the plaza from the atrium) where you can learn more about the various ministries here at St. Raphael that support our weekend worship. You can also enjoy some refreshments!
St. Raphael is offering a number of training sessions for 2019 on the topic of Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in the coming weeks. This training is for adults and is an important part of preparing for ministry with children and youth.
Join the Cub Scouts! St. Raphael proudly hosts Cub Scout Pack 314 for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Wanna learn more about how to join this amazing group of kids? Join us for an interest meeting on Aug. 19, 2019.
by Jeff Rice,Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Music
One of my favorite trips was spending a few days with my dad in Barcelona, in the north of Spain about 15 years ago. He and I both like to explore when we travel, and hit a lot of different sites, so we got to see a lot of the city. What really made an impression was the work of architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), especially the mosaics all around the city park, and the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction almost 100 years later! Gaudí was a man of deep faith, which is evident in his colorful and unique work, as well as the devotion to his vocation by which he lived his life. His vision and work provided me and many others with a transcendent experience.
Si nunca has asistido a una misa de ordenación, ¡por favor hazlo! Es muy importante que el pueble de Dios participe. No solamente se trata de una de las celebraciones más hermosas de nuestra Iglesia, sino que también ¡el pueblo de Dios aprueba quiénes van a ser sus sacerdotes!
If you’ve never been to an ordination liturgy, please go! It is one of the Church’s most beautiful celebrations, to be sure. But even more importantly, God’s people should participate in an ordination because, to put it simply, God’s people have a say in who their priests are!
by Jeff Rice, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy & Music
During the week of July 15th the Diocese of Raleigh hosted the 42nd annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM). Over 1200 musicians from Catholic churches around the country and even some from outside the US, assembled here in Raleigh at the convention center for a week of learning, fellowship, singing and praying together. The theme of the convention this year was, "That you may be healed," from a verse of the Letter of James.