Parish Festival Rescheduled to Oct 10/11 – Mark Your Calendars Now

2015 FestivalDue to the inclement weather forecast for this weekend, the St. Raphael Parish Festival Committee has decided to reschedule the Parish Festival for next weekend, October 10th and 11th. The fun, games, food, entertainment and excitement will take place as previously planned on our campus, just one week later!  Please check back for updates throughout the week. We look forward to seeing you all NEXT weekend! Be safe this weekend. God Bless.

“Feed-A-Family” Food Drive Comes to St. Raphael Oct 3/4

CPO LogoCatholic Parish Outreach is the largest food pantry in the Triangle. CPO gave a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 10,500 people/month in 2014, and 73% of CPO’s food is donated! On Oct 3 & 4, volunteers will be handing out grocery bags with an attached shopping list after all Masses. Please help CPO serve the less fortunate in our community by taking a bag and returning it before or after Mass Oct. 10 & 11 and 17th 18th. If you have any questions or would like to help with this project, please call Radi Bombard 919.554.4037.

Youth Wanted to Minister to Our Elderly Oct 3

Cypress-Youth-7All are invited to minister with our elders at the Cypress of Raleigh for an afternoon of service through games, arts and crafts, and listening to our elders’ stories!  It is very fulfilling. Please meet in the youth room at 12:45PM

***We always need parent drivers/chaperones!

Oct 3 &17   /   Nov 14 & 28   /   Dec 5   /   Dec 12 — Caroling with our Elders!

New Office Hours for the Parish

Effective Oct. 1, 2015, the Parish Reception area will be open to visitors:
Mon – Wed 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed Thursdays for Staff Development
Friday, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.

If you require staff during the times the parish reception area is closed, please call to arrange an appointment in advance.

Is Your Company Asking You to Donate to United Way?

United WayAnd do you donate to United Way? Did you know that you can designate your donation to benefit St. Raphael Catholic Church? Donor designations can be made at the time you make your pledge to United Way. Simply indicate that you would like for your donation to be designated to St. Raphael, and they will send us a check after you have made your gift. For more information, ask your United Way Campaign Coordinator or call Sherry Hiltbrunner in the Parish Business Office at 919.865.5732.

Growing Preschool Children Who Care

ECC BTT sharing a book The first few weeks of school are over. Tears and some hesitation by the children (and some of the parents) have become smiles and happy greetings to teachers and new friends as the Blue Tie Teddy 4 year olds enter the classroom. The days are filled with academic learning, prayer, music, art, science, and outdoor experiences. While all of these activities are important parts of our school day, perhaps the most important is helping the children learn to cooperate, share and care for each other.

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Welcome New Staff!

We are pleased to welcome Walter Hernandez and Amalia Hopf to our Parish Staff.

Walter has accepted the position of Campus Facilities Specialist, and he brings several years of experience in facilities management having run the maintenance departments of several property management companies both in Florida and here in North Carolina. In addition to his exceptional talent with hands-on repairs and improvements, he has experience with facilities management software, budgeting, inventory control and vendor relations. Walter, along with his wife and three children, has been a parishioner of St. Raphael since 2011.

Amalia has accepted the position of part-time Parish Receptionist. In addition to her extensive experience in international business management and customer support, Amalia holds a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Puerto Rico. In November 2013, she received her interpreter certification from Duke University. She has lived and worked in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Spain, and has lived in Raleigh with her husband and son since 2011. An active member and volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi parish and school, she was also a receptionist and a substitute Spanish teacher there. Amalia is excited to get to know St. Raphael parishioners as she starts in this important role!

Confirmation 2016/2017 Parent Gatherings Oct 6, 14

Confirmation Dove tFamilies with 7th grade students and 8th grade and beyond wishing to begin the discernment for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation must attend a parent/student discernment gathering.

Tuesday, Oct 6th at 7 PM in the Lewis Room in ENGLISH
Wednesday, Oct 14th at 7PM in the Lewis Room in SPANISH

Interested in learning a way to read and meditate on Scripture? Oct 8

Lectio DivinaIs it sometimes difficult to find the deeper message, to hear the Word of God as it relates to you? Lectio Divina is a Latin term that translates to ‘divine reading’ and is a learned and practiced method of encountering Scripture given to us all from the monastic tradition. We read passages aloud, and ponder words/phrases/images. We listen from the core of our being, from deep in our hearts as God speaks within us.  Herein lies the power of the Word to transform us. This fall we will have a Lectio Divina group meeting once a month on the 2nd Thursday evening starting October 8.   If you feel drawn to give this way of reading Scripture a try, call or email Suzanne Owens, 919.212.2808

Harvest For Hunger Annual YAM JAM Oct 10

sweet potato wikiWe hope you will join the Harvest for Hunger on Sat, Oct 10 for the annual Yam Jam.  Each year, we glean (collect) sweet potatoes for distribution all over NC to agencies and individuals who need fresh food. We need a lot of hands to help us get these sweet potatoes out of the field! We will meet in the church parking lot behind the parish offices 8 AM and return around noon. Details on location will be available during the prior week via email and directions to the farm will be provided when we meet at the church on the morning of the outing. Please join us in this wonderful ministry, which serves the poor and hungry in our area. All new and experienced gleaners, young and old, are welcome. This is a great service opportunity for our young parishioners!  You may send an email to Jennifer Luebke at if you wish to be added to our distribution list for current updates.

Flu Shots Here Oct 14

From our Health Care Ministry: On Oct 14 Walgreen’s will be giving Flu Shots in room 103 from 9am till 1pm.  Come in before you get sick.

A New Year at Our Preschool!

ECC Shape game tSummer break has come to an end and the doors of our preschool are officially open. It has been a long summer filled with lots of cleaning, new projects around the school, and time waiting for our little ones to return. The halls are once again filled with parents and students ready to take on the new year.

It’s great to see so many familiar smiling faces along with some new children that have joined our preschool. We look forward to getting to know our new families and sharing in the wonderful gifts that these students bring to our preschool. We have so many wonderful plans for this year and we are off to a great start. The children are diving right in and the fun has just begun!  Is your child ready to start preschool?