Ordinary Time

The Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’
The Holy Spirit is capable of banishing hardness of heart and making it docile.
Docile towards the Lord.
Docile when it comes to the freedom to love.

The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to love God.
Pope Francis

The BAA and Worship

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BAA and Worship   In English         en Español

Next weekend, there will be an in-pew collection for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  We hope to make great progress toward our parish goals of $280,322 and 100% participation.  By now, all parishioners should have received a letter and personalized pledge card from Bishop Michael Burbidge.  If you have already completed and returned the pledge card, thank you!  If you haven’t done so yet, please bring the pledge card to Mass next weekend for the in-pew collection.  Our 2015 BAA theme “In the Name of Jesus” serves as a reminder that our good deeds bear abundant fruit when done in the Lord’s name.  All donations will support 30 ministries in the areas of Charity, Evangelization, and Worship.  The BAA impacts each parishioner and visitor across the Diocese every week during our worship.  In addition to…..  

Sign Up for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Jan 24/25

Euch St Raphael Monstrance tOur parish is most fortunate in having Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament each month, usually on the first Thursday. We remember His words on the morning before he was crucified “Can you not watch one hour with me?”. That is our invitation. Many people attend sometime during the day/evening for quiet personal adoration and prayer. In order to help ensure that we have two people with the Blessed Sacrament at all times, we will begin inviting parishioners to sign up for the same time each month. Most parishes with Exposition already have this program.

To explain the program, and make it easy for you to sign up, there will be people at a table in the atrium after Masses the weekend of January 24/25. Please stop by for information and to sign for a specific time on a monthly basis. And mark your calendars to be part of this devotion next month, February 5 in the Mary Chapel from 7:30am to 8:45pm.

More information at www.saintraphael.org/worship/eucharistic-adoration/

Preschool Open House Jan 25

ECC Planting Bulbs ECC Turtles inspect hairJanuary 25th kicks of 2015 Catholic Schools Week and following the 9:30 Mass, St. Raphael Preschool will be holding an Open House. Please stop by and see what a wonderful program we offer for children ages 2 – Transitional Kindergarten. Teachers will be available to meet, classrooms will be open to visit, and staff will be on hand to answer any questions about the registration process for next fall. Please join us on the 25th between 10:30 and 12:00 and discover what St. Raphael Preschool is all about.

An Invitation to Catholic Men Jan 29

Did you know that when Fathers attend Mass, their children are far more likely to continue practicing the Catholic faith as adults? Do you want a deeper understanding of the Mass and why it is so powerful? Whether you are just returning to the Catholic faith or attend Mass regularly, join Men in Faith on Thursday, Jan 29 at 7 pm in Room 109 as we welcome Fr. Gerry Blaszcack to discuss the Eucharistic celebration and how its sanctifying grace can help you be better leaders in your family, workplace, and community. RSVP to billwashburn5@gmail.com

Do You Have Books For the Grief Journey?

Compassionate Care is building a lending library of resources for our members as they experience the difficult transition to life without a loved one by their side. Do you have books/articles that you found helpful on this journey? Could you offer that resource to another? Please let Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator know of your desire to donate a resource to our beginning library. If you’d like to purchase an item and then donate it to the library please click here for our list of recommended books. Perhaps you could dedicate the book in memory of your loved one, or share an encouraging word. What a kind way to reach out to another who is trying to heal, may you be filled with peace.

Free Tax Help – Call Now

taxesIf you have a low income or speak limited English, volunteers from the St. Raphael VITA Ministry can help prepare BASIC tax returns for you. You may be eligible for
important tax credits if you have children or support other family members. You must bring social security cards, picture id and all tax forms.
Appointments (approx. one hour long) are available 9am-12pm Saturday mornings starting Jan 31 through April 11 at St. Raphael Catholic School in the media center. To schedule an appointment (in English or Spanish), call 865-5700 ext.303.

We Love Life

Youth Love Life (1) tSRYM joined 1,300 youth from our diocese and Bishop Burbidge last Saturday at the Love My Life Rally in downtown Raleigh as we celebrated, advocated, prayed for the dignity of all human life! Fr. Phil, Zandra Schiemann (hispanic ministry) and our youth minister Jeremy accompanied the group.  Enjoy our pics!

Shhh! The Bear is Sleeping

ECC bears tECC Bear hibernating tWith winter officially upon us, the Puppies class began to wonder, “Where do some of the animals go when the weather turns cold?” They hibernate! After explaining to the children what it means to hibernate, they played an animal card game to learn about which animals sleep during the winter. The children were encouraged to drop to the floor and pretend to fall asleep when hibernating animals were held up. It was fun pretending to be a ……

Service for God by Our Youth

20150119 Youth MLK Service t20150119 Youth MLK Service 2 tOn an off Day, in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., our Saint Raphael Youth spent their morning at Sacred Heart Cathedral sorting clothes and toiletries for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

After their service, they celebrated Eucharist with Bishop Burbidge.