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.

Mission Trips Successful

HS Mission ReturnHigh school mission trip students return home and celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving together for a beautiful experience in Charleston, SC

July 31 Do you appreciate a good sound system? Are you comfortable with technology?

We are building a team to be trained on the new sound system and mixing board in Ignatius Hall. Please consider joining this essential team of sound technicians and help our Masses at Easter, Christmas and other large events to run smoothly. Time commitments are limited and specific, but you would not be able to have other liturgical duties while overseeing the sound aspects of a particular Mass or event. If you have a background in this area or an aptitude for/interest in learning sound technology, your help would be so appreciated!!  Please contact Brad Croushorn  bcroushorn@saintraphael.org to confirm participation or for further questions. The first training opportunity is July 31st from 5:30-9:30 pm in Ignatius Hall.

Our Daily Bread for Job Seekers Aug 4 Strategy Meeting

Our Daily BreadOur normal monthly meeting for job seekers is postponed until September. Instead, on August 4, we will hold an organizational and strategy meeting for any parishioner who would like to lend talents to the team who are committed to helping those in need acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their job search. We invite all parishioners to join us in prayer on August 7 as we ask St. Cajetan for his intercession on behalf of those who are struggling with unemployment.  For more information, contact Tim McGuiness at (919) 523-5103.

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

Be a Sponsor at our Fair Aug 22 & 23

St Raphael FairCorporate Sponsor: Be a part of The Fair like never before! $1,000 gets your company top billing front and center with exposure to thousands of prospective customers.
Food Truck Sponsor: Imagine as hungry crowds enjoy world class street food and also indulge in your business?s advertising. $250 makes them crave what you company has to offer. 4 Available.
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Entertainment Sponsor: Be seen by enthusiastic onlookers enjoying today?s top entertainers. $ 500 gets the spotlight on you. 2 Available

Contact George Stephenson 919-274-1785 or george@hotlineauto.com

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!

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