Ordinary Time

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness,
but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey.
To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything;
rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness
which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. Pope Francis

Join us at Saint Raphael in our worship of God.

High School Youth Go on Mission / Middle School Youth Return

2014 Hi School Mission 2Our high school youth go to Charleston, NC to join other catholic youths for catholic heart Workcamp. The week will consist of service, faith, fellowship and fun.

The middle school students returned from Savannah. 2014 Hi School MissionIt was a beautiful time to witness our middle school youth step out of their comfort zone and be gratuitous with their time, talent and even treasure.
The lord is truly working in ways beyond words with our youth.  Thanks be to God!!! Thank you all for your prayers and continued support. We couldn’t do it without them.

We Reached Our BAA Goal!

2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Grateful To God, Generous To Neighbor
Fr. Bavinger has received a letter from Bishop Burbidge informing him that St. Raphael has reached our 2014 BAA goal of $ 284,317! Many thanks to the 1444 parishioners who have participated! Your wonderful generosity is very much appreciated!

Parish Farewells for Fr. Michael Proterra Sat July 26th & Sun July 27

Fr. Mike Proterra continues his road to recovery and is preparing for his move to Baltimore. Please join us in honoring Fr. Michael for his many years of service and wishing him all the best in his new ministry.

Parish farewells are scheduled for:
Saturday, July 26th in Ignatius Hall from 6:30 – 7:30 pm  
(after 5:30pm mass)
Sun July 27th in the Lewis Room from 3:30-  4:30pm 
(after 2:30pm mass)

Prayers for Our Priests

priest prayer 1In answering God’s call, our beloved priests have given their lives to Christ. Daily, they bring us the sacraments that give us graces from God. Priests minister to the faithful, providing spiritual and emotional nourishment through their words and actions. During this summer of transition we would like to take the opportunity to offer special prayers to support our priests and thank God for the very special blessings of their work as our shepherd leaders as they guide us on our journey to heaven. Let us support and serve them through our unified prayers as they lead us toward salvation and a deeper relationship with Christ. Mothers in Faith invite the parishioners of St. Raphael to…..

Praying the Rosary in Your Home and the Pilgrim Virgin

The Legion of Mary’s Our Lady of the Way Praesidium is offering the Pilgrim Virgin for home visitation for parishioners interested in having  the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in their home for one week.  Two members of the Legion of Mary will bring and pick up the statue at an agreed date and time.  Each day the family fulfills their commitment to pray the Rosary together.   To arrange for home visitation of the Pilgrim Virgin contact Kathy Riedy at 919.847.1583 or kriedy@nc.rr.com 

Message from Father Michael

Proterra250WHAT CAN I SAY? Your caring thoughts and faithful visits and generous prayers have brightened each of my days this past month. What more to say, then, but “thank you.” These simple but powerful words say it all. Muchas gracias! A todos.

To all of you, Church members, school, pre-school, friends and many other parishioners of our North Raleigh churches, I will always remember your many kindnesses while I recovered.

May God bless each of you with all that you may desire.    Father Michael

Spread the Word – Preschool & School Alumni Celebration Aug 9

School Anniversaries 35 20 yearsTo All Our Alumni & Alumni Families, Current Families, Teachers, Staff, Parishioners, & Friends:
Please join us as we celebrate the
35th Anniversary of Saint Raphael Preschool and the
20th Anniversary of Saint Raphael Catholic School

Saturday, August 9, 2014
4:00-5:15pm Tours of Both Schools
5:30pm Special Anniversary Mass at Church
6:30-10:00pm Reception for All Ages in Ignatius Hall

Dinner • Cash Bar • Entertainment
$10 per person • Children 5 and under are free
$15 per person at the door
To purchase tickets, click here.RSVP by August 3 

For more information, contact Ellen Guarente at

eguarente@saintraphael.org or 919-865-5757
5815 Falls of the Neuse Road • Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Compassionate Care Meeting Aug 12

Compassion Peter 3 8 75Compassionate Care, our new ministry responding to those who are experiencing a death of a loved one has begun the formal planning for our new program. We will gather again on Tuesday, August 12 at 7 pm in room 109. Please consider joining us if you’d like to support this important ministry. We are each called to show God’s love and compassion to those who are hurting. Please contact Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at 919-865-5704 or jschirripa@saintraphael.org if you’d like more information. As fall approaches we will have information regarding specific volunteer opportunities as well as events and resources for those who are grieving.