Wed no 8:45am mass (school on break)
Fri mass at 9am only (no 7am)
On this weekend when so much of our country is traveling to be with family, others of us are journeying in a more personal sense, exploring faith and the possibility making Christ the center of their life. You might be here out of a deep sense of faith. Or perhaps you’re here for prayers before you head back to exams, to get a few minutes of peace because another hour with your brother-in-law would put you over the edge, or……..
We offer prayers for the 200+ children and youth who celebrated First Reconciliation this weekend and last. Our prayers accompany these youngest parishioners and their parents, as they continue their journeys towards First Eucharist next Spring.
Has your child received these sacraments yet? Talk to Linda.
Linda Lenzmeier, Coordinator of Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation for Children. email@example.com 919.865.5715
In-Office Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., M-Th; other times by appointment
“I received with sadness today’s announcement in Washington, DC, that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be terminated. This program has been of such great assistance to so many in our Diocese who were brought to our country by their parents, often times as infants, having known no other nation. While we must certainly respect our borders and our laws, so we must also be guided in how we are to care for the least among us, including those who, through no fault of their own, have lived in our country for many years and now seek to make their own contribution to the greatness of our society… I join my brother Bishops in the United States in calling on Congress to promptly act, formulating and passing legislation as part of a substantive first step toward long needed comprehensive immigration reform in our country. I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh to join me in contacting members of Congress to urge this needed action.”… Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama
Please visit www.justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/action-alerts/ to urge the passage of DACA protection
We are looking for more volunteers to help with making our worship space beautiful throughout the liturgical year. This includes folks offering a wide variety of skills, labor, and time commitments. We can use folks with experience and knowledge in design, logistics, fabric, flowers, paint, art, and lighting. But also folks who are just interested in helping by climbing up on a ladder to hang a banner or helping to put things in place. We especially need help during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Please get in touch with Jeff Rice, Pastoral Associate of Liturgy & Music firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be able to assist in any way.
This is the Troop’s only fundraiser for the year. Fraser firs, wreaths and roping will be available. Credit cards accepted; local delivery of trees is available. Help support our Scouts and decorate your home for Christmas!
The Church tells time in two ways. The first is according to the liturgical year, which encompasses feasts and liturgical seasons such as Advent, Lent, and Ordinary Time. The other way in which the Church tells time is hourly. Thus, the Holy See has a four-volume ritual for praying the hours. It provides the official ritual for praying the hours: morning, daytime prayer, midmorning prayer, daytime hours (midmorning prayer, midafternoon prayer, and midday prayer from which one daytime hour is chosen to pray), Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours goes back to the early Church.
“Sensitivity (means). . . listening to the whole person. And then, listening also with the whole person, I mean, with my whole person when I am listening, not only with my ears, not only with the nods of my head, which keep signifying assent when I am not actually paying any attention to what she(he) is saying, but listening with ears, mind, brain, nerves, soul and body.”
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.
In 2018 Pope Francis will convene a Synod of Bishops concerning Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. If you are between 16 and 29 send him your thoughts and ideas by taking the survey before Nov 30.
Join us at the St. Raphael Family Festival 9:30-11:30 on Sat Dec 2 in Ignatius Hall. Activities include pictures with St. Nick, creating Advent wreaths, making Christmas cards for our troops, playing in the toddler area, and playing on the SRCS field with the Knights. Register for this wonderful opportunity of faith and fellowship by Nov 30. Fee is $10 per family. Sign up at https://goo.gl/zpoNAh
Multiple priests will be available to hear confessions in English and Spanish. Take advantage of this opportunity to begin your observance of Advent with the healing and the special graces the Sacrament of Reconciliation provides. Click for additional dates.
The Welcome Ministry is having a Welcome Reception in the Lewis Room on Sunday, Dec 10 at 12:30 PM (after 11:30 Mass). All newly registered parishioners and all prospective members are encouraged to come to share fellowship and to learn about the wonderful services that St. Raphael provides. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this reception, please contact Arlene Cocco at firstname.lastname@example.org