Art and Liturgical Environment

In every Church building, art and architecture become
the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the local community.
They come together in order to prepare a place
to receive God’s word in Scripture and Eucharist.
Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship

Do you have an interest in stained glass, statues, mosaics and more? Then join ALEC!
Do you want to be a Friend of Saint Raphael? Then join ALEC!
Contact Patty Parrish 848.1708

Would you like to place flowers and hang decorations 6-8 times a year? Then join ALEC!
Contact Pastoral Associate of Liturgy & Music Jeff Rice    919.865.5706


The mission of the Art and Liturgical Environment Committee (ALEC) is the designing and implementing of liturgical themes for the Sanctuary, Atrium, and Chapel areas for the liturgical “seasons” of the year: Advent, Ordinary Time, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost.  We catalogue existing liturgical art and identify religious icons and ancillary symbols to display around a parish that is named after an Archangel (Raphael), is under the auspices of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and is gifted with diverse ethnicities.

We seek parishioners to beautify our worship spaces:

  • parishioners with an appreciation of religious art and good liturgical sense
  • those with creativity and talent in art
  • helping hands
  • Friends of Saint Raphael

God Beauty and Art
Fr. Timothy B. Brown, SJ Provincial Ignatian Imprints Spring 2007 Vol1 No3
Whenever we awaken beauty, whether through creating a work of art or simply appreciating God’s creation, we help to make God present in the world. Everything is beautiful; the whole secret lies in our awareness of God’s presence in that beauty. As men and women of faith, we can use this gentle reminder to pay attention, to manifest God’s beauty in our own lives. For even we radiate that same beauty of creation.  Our beauty is gift from our Creator.