This Sunday we observe the end of the Easter Octave that began Easter Sunday, that is, the first eight days of the Easter Season. The same liturgy that was celebrated on Easter Sunday is essentially celebrated each of these days, the idea being that the liturgical observance of the Resurrection couldn’t possibly be contained in just one day. The hope and joy we celebrated last Sunday is meant to inform each of our days. It has been said that true joy comes from living life from a posture of gratitude. The best way I’ve heard to live that out is to make a prayer of thanksgiving before your feet even touch the floor in the morning. Begin every day with the reminder that, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” and it can help to transform everything that follows.
Thinking of gratitude,,,,,,,,,,,
During this special time of year when we are so focused on the powerful reality of the resurrection and Christ’s saving grace we take some time to remember our loved ones who’ve gone before us to be with Him.
At our 9 am weekday Mass on Saturday, May 6 we’ll have a candle for you to light and some special prayer intentions. Come join with others as we pray for the souls of the departed and take comfort knowing Christ is with each of us on this journey to Him.
Sharing Grace, our informal grief support gathering meets the first Saturday of each month at noon at Jason’s Deli, which is around the corner on Spring Forest Rd. Come spend some time with others who understand the twists and turns, the unexpected and the exhausting aspects of the grief journey. No need to RSVP, just come when your heart tells you a little TLC would be a good thing. Questions? Contact Janet Schirripa email@example.com 919,865.5704
The Saint Raphael Parish Community joyfully welcomes and congratulates the fourteen children from the Hispanic community who were Baptized, Confirmed and celebrated their First Communion this past Easter. The children, their Sponsors and their families celebrated at the Easter Vigil after participating in a two year journey through the RCIA adapted for children. The Church welcomes children beyond the age of reason, who are unbaptized, to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation through the RCIA process. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire and guide these newest full members of our faith community.
Summer Planning? Don’t forget Vacation Bible Camp! Mark your calendars for July 10-14, 9 AM—Noon in Ignatius Hall. It’s up, up and away as we travel around the world in 5 days. Children, K – 5th, will explore Assorted Saints and the Virtues! Click to register!
Planificación de verano? ¡No olvide el Campamento Bíblico de Vacaciones! Marque sus calendarios para el 10-14 de julio, 9 AM-mediodía en el Pasillo de Ignatius.Va subiéndo, arriba, arriba, y va lejos, mientras que viajamos alrededor del mundo en 5 días! Los niños, K – 5, explorarán Saints variados y las virtudes! Haga clic para registrarse!
“Migration, if handled with humanity, is an opportunity for everyone to meet and grow…We must promote welcome and hospitality toward refugees and displaced people, supporting their integration and bearing in mind the mutual rights and responsibilities of those who welcome and those who are welcomed…
As for the Christian community, the peaceful integration of people from different cultures is, in some way, a reflection of its Catholicism: a unity which does not override ethnic or cultural diversity constitutes a dimension of church life, which in the Pentecostal spirit is open to all – embracing everyone.”
… Pope Francis on the Struggles of Migrants and Refugees, April 7, 2017
We still have some work to do on the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, as we endeavor to be “Instruments of God’s Mercy,” which is the theme of this year’s campaign. We’ve raised $245,000, and that represents 80% of our goal. More than 700 parish families have contributed, and we’re deeply appreciative of their generosity. 30 critical ministries are counting on the rest of our families to push us over our parish goal. We ask you to prayerfully consider a pledge this month. To contribute, please put your personalized pledge card in the offertory basket at any Mass. You can also pick up a pledge envelope from the cornerstone in the sanctuary or in the parish office. After filling it out, then simply place it in the offertory. Or you can donate online anytime at BAA.DioceseofRaleigh.org. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Gerlach, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cub Scout Pack 314 will be hosting an information night for rising 1st – 5th grade boys and their families on Wednesday, May 10 in Rm34 from 6:30PM – 8PM. Pack 314 leaders will present information on our Cub Scout program, planned activities for this summer and next school year, camping opportunities, and will have an activity for the boys. Please contact Chuck Penny, Cubmaster at email@example.com or Michael Boles, Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about attending the event and joining Cub Scout Pack 314; or visit our website at www.pack-314.org.
Join us on Mother’s Day, May 14 at 10:45am in the Mary Chapel to have your unborn baby blessed. Find comfort and strength in having your child blessed even before he or she enters the world. Supported by our Respect Life Ministry.
Did you notice the new Welcome Table in the atrium at Easter? Have you had a chance to stop by to look at some of the resources or to talk to a volunteer host? Over the next several weeks/summer we hope to develop this resource for everyone’s use. Perhaps you’re new to the parish or returning to church after several years. Maybe you need someone to point you toward the right staff member/ministry or you might have a question about an event. Need help finding the Lewis Room or the office? Think of the Welcome Table as a concierge service, we’ll try to answer questions and get you settled here at the parish.
This will work best when we have built a dedicated crew of outgoing joyful hosts to staff the Welcome table for each mass. Think you might have that smile? Could you help periodically? You don’t need to be an expert, we’ll have all the resources. What you do need to be is joyful and ready to celebrate each person’s decision to connect with the parish on their faith journey. Stop by the table and talk to a volunteer host or connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at 919-865-5704 email@example.com.
St. Luke’s and St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus, in collaboration with St. Raphael’s Office of Life Long Faith Formation, are sponsoring this silent retreat weekend for Catholic men. It starts Friday May 19 at about 5 PM and closes Sunday May 21 around noon.
This Jesuit trip includes visits to Loyola, San Sebastian, Montserrat, and Barcelona. Trip leaders: Fr. George Witt, S.J., Provincial Assistant for Spiritual Ministries, Maryland & USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, and Mr. Joe Naylor, Provincial Assistant for Advancement and Communications, Maryland & USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus. Prices start at $3,899 (if paid by check)/$4,098 (if paid by credit card). Accommodations, sightseeing, and meals are included. To download a brochure, visit GoCatholicTravel.com/NaylorWitt. For more information, contact Joe Naylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-774-5529. Spain and Lourdes Flier
Prayer is powerful more than we can know, and our 50th anniversary year as a parish is a good time to pray together for the future of St. Raphael. I’m asking all groups in the church and schools at St. Raphael to include some version of this intention whenever you come together and pray during this year of 2016-2017: Jesus, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, please help St. Raphael become more and more the church and schools you want us to be! You don’t even have to pray it word for word. Just remember, the two parts:
In prayer together,
Fr. Phil, Pastor
We pray: Jesus, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, please help St. Raphael become more and more the church and schools you want us to be!
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.