We will celebrate a funeral Mass for Frisco Licud on Wednesday, June 28 at 1 pm in the Sanctuary. Visitation will be from noon to 1 pm in the Atrium. Please pray for Frisco and his family. St Raphael Campus Map Directions
Keeping on the Move with Jesus
(The following is a re-run article, while the pastor is taking some vacation time!)
In our next quote from The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis calls upon Pope St. John Paul II to help make his point. This is paragraph 23:
The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected.*” In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Lk 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of “an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people” (Rev 14:6). * John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici (30 Dec 88), 32
What does this mean,
The God and Neighbor Ministry (G/N) is in URGENT need of volunteers to provide transportation services to our parishioners seeking transportation assistance — to medical appointments, weekend mass , grocery shopping , etc. More volunteers insures that G/N will be able to continue providing quality and timely transportation for parishioners calling the hotline. Becoming a volunteer with this G/N ministry offers rewarding experience knowing you enabled a parishioner to worship or meet medical appointments and other personal needs when they are alone and without transportation.
Continuing with our look at the Communion Rite, after all say together, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” the Priest receives Communion first. “While the Priest is receiving the Sacrament, the Communion Chant is begun, its purpose being to express the spiritual union of the communicants by means of the unity of their voices, to show gladness of heart, and to bring out more clearly the ‘communitarian’ character of the procession to receive the Eucharist. The singing is prolonged for as long as the Sacrament is being administered to the faithful.” (GIRM #86). It’s the song during reception of Holy Communion that I wish to comment on today.
In some parishes, you will notice a long silence while the Priest receives Communion, but as you can read in the instruction above, the song should begin immediately as the Priest is receiving. There are a number of options for selecting music for the reception of Communion, including singing one of several assigned antiphon chants, but almost always at most Catholic parishes, including St Raphael, we sing what the instruction calls a “suitable liturgical chant”.
While it is commendable that the assembly sing for the duration of the Communion Procession, the reality is, this is a really long time to have to sing without break. At some of our larger Masses, it’s close to 10 minutes of continuous music. The other reality is that most folks are not going to carry their hymnal in the procession. So, my intention in selecting music for the reception of Communion is to give the assembly a familiar refrain to sing, with a cantor or the choir predominantly leading the verses. The idea is, one can remember the words to the refrain without needing the hymnal, so the singing by all can continue as one walks in procession to receive the Eucharist. So, you’ll notice, for this reason, I don’t program hymns (songs with a bunch of different verses, no refrain, like Amazing Grace) during Communion that would require having a hymnal the entire time.
JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS — “It is a core Catholic teaching that every human being is created in the image of God and is therefore entitled to dignity and respect. The Catholic Church views assisting those in need as a fundamental Christian duty that is derived directly from the life of mercy of Christ, who himself was a migrant and a child of refugees.
We as Christians are called to welcome our new neighbors with the same love and compassion we would want ourselves to be shown in a time of persecution. We must remember that refugees from all over the world are sent to our communities and are fleeing danger, exploitation and persecution.”
… U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, Message for World Refugee Day 2017
The Diocese of Raleigh invites all to attend a Celebration of Freedom Mass on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2817 Poole Road, Raleigh. A reception and picnic sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will follow the Mass.
This event is part of the sixth annual Fortnight for Freedom,
Beginning as early as this weekend (June 17/18), we will be using a new wine at Mass, a Rosato made by Cribari vineyard in California. It is still red in color, but a bit lighter, which will make it easier to clean our linens (which can be very tedious since things like corporals used to wipe the precious Blood aren’t just thrown into a washing machine!). We are also pleased to give our business to a vineyard, Cribari, that only manufactures sacramental wine. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Submit your liturgical questions to email@example.com
– Jeff Rice, Pastoral Associate of Liturgy & Music
John Paul II asked young people at World Youth Day in 2000, “Is it hard to believe in the Third Millennium?” Today, we still need to hear his encouraging words: “Yes, it is hard, but with the help of grace, it can be done.”
His advice was to listen to the Gospel, the word of Jesus, in silence and in prayer and to seek help in understanding its meaning for your life from wise counsel. Then, you will meet Christ.
“It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you;
Does coming to mass bring you joy? Are you filled with gratitude, humbled and open to His grace? Are you strengthened by this intimate relationship with Christ through the Eucharist? Yes?? So show it! Take that smile, that sense of peace, the love that embraces you through worship and share it with another!
We are called to be in community, welcoming everyone along the path, bringing them closer to the beautiful mysteries of our faith. How could you be doing this? Pray about it and consider joining in our welcoming efforts as they get re-visioned this fall.
Connect with Janet Schirripa to hear more about what we’d like to be doing. Respond to Christ’s call to welcome the stranger and help them take a first step here at St. Raphael. Reach Janet at 865.5704 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the support of over 24,223 donors, the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal has surpassed 96% of its overall goal, with $7,461,669 received in pledges and gifts. Our success thus far demonstrates the strong support throughout the Diocese, Parish BAA Committees and our Parishioners who have all stepped forward as instruments of God’s mercy and pledged to help our neighbors in need. It is through this generosity that the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is able to fund the 30 ministries of Charity, Worship and Evangelization. These include The Good Works of Catholic Charities, The Education of our Seminarians, Seven College Campus Ministries, Grants for the Poor and many other necessary ministries. If you have already made a gift to the campaign, we thank you. For those who have not yet had the opportunity to participate, IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Send in a check marked BAA.
Farmworkers often go without water for two hours at a time. Additionally, there is no shade or place to rest for the workers as they are constantly exposed to the warm temperatures of North Carolina. These hard workers deserve some relief: A water carrier that contains insulation and can conveniently be held with a belt loop. This simple solution can reduce the number of workers who suffer from heat exhaustion. Every $7.50 that we raise will allow us to help one more farmworker. A small price for such a large impact. Make a donation at: generosity.com/community-fundraising/water-in-the-fields–2 Questions? Contact Peter Milsapa at email@example.com.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 919,865.5704
Want to share your faith, read a good book, and make some new friends? Come join us (The Sisters’ Book Group), a group of lay women who strive to broaden our understanding of the spiritual life. We read and discuss books that help us in this quest. Meetings are on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 1-3 pm at St. Raphael. Authors we have read: Henri Nouwen, C. S. Lewis , Richard Rohr, Paul Coutinho, Mitch Albon, Wm. Paul Yound, Gerard W. Hughes.
We are currently reading The Road to Character by David Brooks.
Would you like to share your sewing talents, in support of our Summer Vacation Bible Camp? We’re in need of some costume and prop construction and we’d love to put you to work! All supplies will be provided; we merely need your time and talent! Contact Linda to explore the possibilities! email@example.com or call 865-5715
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
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.