Holy Trinity Sunday Pastor Message: Being a Trinity Community

Trinity LPI2 tWell, last week I took on writing about the Holy Spirit, and my message here got pretty long. Now this week we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity – so I guess I have to write three times as much!

Just kidding. Let me just point out that because God is in himself a communion of Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we’re reminded how important community is for us, people created in God’s image. Our parish community here at St. Raphael is called to be a witness to that divine love, as we support one another in fellowship.

For that reason it’s important that the pastor (especially a new pastor) get good counsel from prayerful and engaged parishioners about how to guide our community forward. Please pray for our pastoral council candidates, and this week and next please prayerfully discern and vote for those you think God is calling to help me in this way.  Thank you for your participation!

In the love of our Triune God,      Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J.   Pastor

Music Ministry Showcase May 29 – Come and Share the Joy

May 29 Music Ministry ShowcaseFor the final concert of the 2014-2015 Concert Series, our Music Ministry will present a Music Ministry Showcase Fri May 29 at 7pm in the Church. We will be highlighting the adult English, Hispanic, Filipino and Bengali choirs, handbell choir and children’s choir along with various instrumentalists as we perform contemporary, traditional and classic-style pieces. Pieces written by Composer-in-Residence, Brad Croushorn will be featured as well as songs by other composers.

We hope that this evening will be an uplifting time of inspiration for you; come to listen and be prepared to sing a bit too! No charge for admission, however donations will be accepted to help defray the costs and to support the future of this Concert Series. For more information contact Brad Croushorn, Composer-in-Residence at 865.5716 bcroushorn@saintraphael.org.

Register Now for Vacation Bible Camp

www.hdnicewallpapers.comTurn hot Summer days into cool faith-filled fun at Vacation Bible Camp!  Camp will be held from July 13 through July 17.  Click here to register!

VBC welcomes children aged 4 through 10 as campers, and ages 11 and up as volunteers.  Adult volunteers are also needed.  Come one, come all!

Oh What a Year It Has Been!

20150524 Yearend Celebration tOur youth gathered for the last time last Sunday with Fr Phil before the Blessed Sacrament for an hour of Praise and Worship Adoration!!!  From the wonderful sung prayers, to the silence, the breaking open of God’s word, and the profound reflection of our Pastor, if was truly a beautiful prayer encounter with our Lord.  Yearend Youth Celebration

Last September, we begun our year before the Lord in Adoration, and we end our year with a very full heart before our Lord.  From Hula Skirts, to interesting Youth Ministry Games, to challenging and inspiring talks and discussions, to Paintballingsand DefyGravity, to an ADVENTUROUS Ski Trip, to countless Service Opportunities, to beautiful prayer experiences, and good friendships… THANKS BE TO GOD!!!

Our first summer gatherings will be June 10 from 5:30 to 7PM in the Youth Room as we dive into the Mass!!! Pizza & sweet tea will be provided.

Creative Movement at Our Preschool

ECC Creative Movement Collage tAt St. Raphael’s Preschool Creative Movement class, we work to develop a child who delights in moving his or her body. We encourage children to feel comfortable in that body, a necessary building block to healthy self esteem for children and a priority for our preschool.  Our Creative Movement class helps to improve physical coordination, increase awareness, enhance spatial recognition, develop a positive self image and shape intellectual skills. Children love to “move” and we love watching them grow throughout the year in so many positive ways!  Imagine your children at our Preschool.

Photos of Our Youth at the Diocese Convention

20150516 Convention tOur Church sent 17 youth and adults to the annual Diocesan Youth Convention — Convention 45 — at Cardinal Gibbons. We joined over 400 youth from our Diocese for a day packed with faith inspiring and challenging talks, service opportunities, prayer experiences, and the Celebration of the Eucharist with our dear Bishop.

Also, our Pastor, Fr Phil, joined us!!!  It was truly a beautiful experience!!!  Enjoy our photos.

Less than $2000 to go! Give Now

We’ve now raised $278,619 for the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  That’s 99% of our $280,322 parish goal.  We’ve gotten this far with the support of 1325 parish families.  That’s 38% participation.  If we haven’t heard from you yet, please prayerfully consider a pledge and help us exceed our goal.  Gifts of any amount are welcome.  Let’s show Bishop Burbidge that we’re really with him in supporting 30 critical ministries that serve our Diocese in the areas of Charity, Worship, and Evangelization.  You can pick up an envelope in the parish office or from the cornerstone in the sanctuary and drop it in the collection basket during any Mass.  You can also return your personalized pledge card to the Diocese or donate online at BAA.DioceseofRaleigh.org.  If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Shaffer at pshaffe2@aol.com

Our Youth Visited Cypress

20150523 Cypress Youth tThis past Saturday, 16 youth and 3 adults ventured to the Cypress of Raleigh once more!  One of the youth reflected… “I really like going to the nursing home because I feel that our time there is so appreciated. We do not have to be anyone, just being ourselves and our elders love us. Somehow, we make them happy and I hope they see in us Jesus because each time we are there, we see in their smile our Lord!  Each time we leave, some of the elders cry because they said they will miss us! If you have any families in a nursing home, please visit them often! They miss you!”  CLICK FOR PICS.

Congratulations and Prayers for Our Graduates

graduationGraduations have begun! Please pray for all upcoming graduates during the months of May & June.
Congratualtions to our College Graduates Chidu, Lauren, Winston, and Janzen.
Congratulations to our High School Graduates Patrick, Rebecca, Kevin, Molly, Angela, Danielle, John “Taylor”, and Ryan

And congratulations rising Freshmen and Parents!!! This week our 53 8th graders from SRCS celebrated their Promotion Exercise!!! How proud I am as your Youth Minister and know of my love & prayer as you move on to High School. May you always remember who you are, and whose you are!!!

If you are a student or a family member of a student who will be graduating this spring we would like to recognize, celebrate, and pray for you!!!! Please send your name, school, and date of graduation to Jeremy Roca at jroca@saintraphael.org

Pick up A Youth Confirmation Card

Pick up a Youth Confirmation Prayer Card near the Life Long Faith Formation Table, and pray for our youth preparing for Confirmation between now and this October. On the back of each card is the name of a youth and their specific intention. These prayer cards were personalized during our a prayer experience at the full-day retreat last March. Our youth and their families would love to have you join us at the Celebration of Eucharist for the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, October 24, at 11AM in our Church.

Pray for The Unemployed

St Joseph the Worker t“Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use an image, ‘anoints’ us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts…”
Pope Francis, Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and World Labor Day May 1, 2013

Saint Joseph, as the foster father of the Lord, witnesses in a unique way to the care of the family and providing for its spiritual and material needs. Employment is

Last BINGO Night To Raise Money for Mission Trips June 6

bingoHelp our youth raise money for their mission trips and enjoy a night of fun. All youth going to Grenada, Louisville, and Charleston will benefit from the BINGO night.

Games will begin in Raphael Hall promptly at 7pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm.  BINGO ends at 9pm.

Pray for Our Students on Mission This Summer June 7 & July 5

Youth Ministry Sun Logo tPlease pray in the coming weeks for the youth and chaperones who will serve on mission this summer. 9 High School studnets will serve in Grenada in June, 13 Middle School students will serve in Louisville, KY in June, and 17 High School students will serve in Charleston, SC in July. And join us on June 7th and July 5th at the 11:30am Eucharist as we ask our Parish to send us with a blessing.