Ordinary Time

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like,
but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us,
God will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’
Rather God will ask, 
‘How much love did you put into what you did?’
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Funeral Mass for Sixto Pericchi Oct 1

A funeral mass will be held for Sixto Pericchi on Wednesday, October 1 at 1:30 PM in the Chapel of Our Lady Queen of the Americas. Please pray for Sixto and his family.

Celebrate Confirmation with Us Oct 2

2014 Confirmation program c114 youth from our Church community have been preparing to
receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit in

It is with great joy that the Confirmation Candidates and their families invite you to join them for the Eucharistic Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thurs. Oct 2 at 6:30pm
with Bishop Burbidge in our church.

Sunrise Bible Study Starting Oct 2

Cowper Madonna by Raphael NatlGallery DCThe 2014-2015 Sunrise Bible Study on Thursday mornings, will begin on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. This year’s study will be: Mary, Virgin, Mother and Queen, a Bible Study for Catholics! We may also have time for a study of The Rosary. The only charge will be the cost of the books-about $20.00 total. All are welcome no previous experience is necessary. We will serve tea and coffee, but if you need something to eat, please bring it with you.Any questions please call Helen Weiland at 274-0525 or grannyx8@gmail.com

Do You Donate to United Way?

United WayUNITED WAY DONOR DESIGNATION FOR SAINT RAPHAEL: 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 contact Sherry Hiltbrunner 865.5732 hiltbrunners@saintraphael.org in the Parish Business Office.

Students for Read and Feed & Volunteers Too!

ReadAndFeedSign up for free Read and Feed tutoring sessions! If your child in grades K-5 is having difficulty reading at grade level this might be what you are looking for! Could your family use a free educational support and a hot meal for your child? Please consider registering soon. We expect the program to quickly fill up. Registration forms and parent information sheets are available in the atrium. Return the forms to the office.

Read and Feed volunteers are needed! What a great way to make an impact in a child’s life. Program training will be provided for all volunteers. You might consider being a tutor or helping to serve the meal, or assisting with record keeping or our ‘store’ of trinkets which our students work hard to earn. All volunteers will need Safe Environment training (available in the diocese) and a background check if you’ll be a tutor. Contact John Griswold at jgris136@yahoo.com or 617-828-4492 for more information.

Bring in Your Feed A Family Bags or Checks Oct 4/5 & 11/12

CPO truckA truck will be in the parking lot this weekend and next weekend before and after all Masses to receive your donations for the CPO Food Drive. No time for shopping? Make your check payable to Catholic Parish Outreach, and give it to a volunteer at the CPO truck. Thank you for your generosity.

You are Invited to the Movies Oct 10

Padre ProThe Vocations Committee at St. Raphael Church invites you and your family to a viewing of a movie on the life of Blessed Miguel Pro Fri Oct 10 at 7pm. This Mexican Jesuit was ordained during a time of political persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico, and carried out his priestly ministry in secrecy. The young martyr was arrested and sentenced without trial, and then executed on Nov. 23rd, 1927 at the age of 36, just 2 years after ordination. We celebrate his feast on the day of his martyrdom. Blessed Miguel has a special place in the hearts of those of us here at Saint Raphael. Did you know that pieces of his bones  rest in the reliquary of the altar in the Mary Chapel, and his picture is displayed on the chapel wall?

Harvest for Hunger Oct 11

sweet potatoWe hope you will join the Harvest for Hunger ministry for its monthly gleaning outing on Saturday, October 11.  It’s fall sweet potato season and there is lots to glean!  We will meet in the church parking lot behind the parish offices at 8am and return around noon. Details on location and what we will be picking will be available during the week of October 6 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!  Email Jennifer Luebke at jennalu10@gmail.com if you wish to be added to our distribution list for current updates.

Youth Ministry at Laser Tag

youth laser tag 1tOver 50 youth from our Community came together for a fun time at Hard Knocks.  Click the pics!  Our next trip will be a SERVICE TRIP with Harvest For Hunger as we go GLEANING. Yup, you heard it right we are going to a farm and harvest vegetables and give to Catholic Parish Outreach. It will be Saturday, Oct 11.

Also, our next fun trip will be at Defy Gravity.  CONSIDER JOINING YOUTH MINISTRY!!! Every Sunday from 6:45 to 8:15pm in Ignatius Hall

October is Diversity Month – Heritage Fest is on Oct 24

Each weekend in October our liturgical celebrations will feature music, prayers or traditions from other homelands.  And to cap off the month of celebrations we will gather for Heritage Fest 2014! Join us Friday, October 24th for ‘Alegria!’ a fantastic event that celebrates the wonderful variety of cultural backgrounds here at the parish. We’ll have desserts from around the world and a talent show featuring several of our cultural groups. Stay tuned for more information as we approach these annual events.


We’re moving forward in our efforts to re-vision how we reach out to those who are visiting us, perhaps exploring a return to the church or learning about what it means to be a Catholic Christian. In the next couple of months you’ll begin to see some changes in our atrium as we move to a resource that is manned during our gatherings and offers warm interactions as well as technology and print resources to our community. Interested in participating or hearing more?  Please connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at 919-865-5704 or jschirripa@saintraphael.org. Especially if you are new to the parish, thinking of returning or joining, we’d love to hear your perspectives and needs, it would be a great way to jump into things.