Ordinary Time

This is the Church, the vineyard of the Lord, not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour oil and wine on people’s wound; who doesn’t see humanity as a house of glass to judge or categorize people.

This is the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and composed of sinners, needful of God’s mercy.

This is the Church, the true bride of Christ, seeking to be faithful to her spouse and doctrine.

It is the Church that is not afraid to eat and drink with prostitutes and publicans.

The Church with doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent, and not only the just or those who believe they are perfect!

The Church that is not ashamed of the fallen brother and pretends not to see him, but on the contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to encourage him to take up the journey again and accompany him toward a definitive encounter with her Spouse, in the heavenly Jerusalem.

[We are the Church.] May the Lord accompany us,
and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name.
Pope Francis

Funeral for Terrence Ann Marshall Shelwood Oct 30

A funeral mass will be held for Terrence Ann Marshall Shelwood on Thursday, October 30 at 11 AM in the Mary Chapel. There will be visitation in the atrium starting at 10 AM prior to mass.  A reception will follow after mass  in the Lewis room.  Please pray for Terrence and her family.

Calling all Married Couples Nov 1

halloween tThe members of the St. Raphael’s Married Couples Dinner Club would like to get to know you and have you meet us. We are hosting a Halloween social on Nov 1st, Sat evening from 7 to 10 pm. We have a lot of fun, which you can check out here on the web under “Parish Life”. Please call us at 872-7018 or e-mail Terry at tndavis1951@gmail.com for location, specifics and RSVP. We hope you will drop in and meet us.

SOCCCCER!!!! Nov 1

railhawksJoin Saint Raphael Youth Ministry on Sat, Nov 1 from 7pm – 9:30pm as we cheer the Carolina Railhawks. This game will decide whether they continue playing Post Season, so it will be a ton of fun and excitement.  Cost: $8.00

Location: Meet at the Church parking lot, between the School and the Church, at 7pm then we will caravan to the Stadium.  In order for your youth to participate in this event, please complete and electronically sign this consent, liability and medical release form.

Order Poinsettias Nov 1-2

poinsettia wikipediaPoinsettia Sale to benefit the Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity Home!  St. Raphael Habitat for Humanity Ministry will be accepting orders for holiday poinsettias in the atrium after all Masses (English and Spanish) Nov. 1-2 and on an individual basis until Nov. 8th.  These beautiful, nursery grown plants will be available in red or white and come in two size pots: 6 1/2 in. for $15 and 8 in. for $25 – each with several blooms.   For additional orders after Nov. 2 you may send the bulletin order form and payment to the parish office until Nov. 8.  Delivery will be on Dec. 5th-specifics to be announced.  For questions contact Bev simmonsbeverly06@gmail.com or 881.9019       PRINT ORDER FORMS   ENGLISH                  SPANISH

All Souls Prayer Service Nov 5

Our Compassionate Care Ministry has several things planned for you this Fall. Join us Nov 5 at 6pm in the Sanctuary

We will start in the sanctuary with a procession to the Columbarium. This service of remembrance is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, whether or not they were parishioners, had their funeral here or lived in another area, are inurned here or elsewhere. Come hear comforting readings, pray with others, honor your loved one, and celebrate our risen Lord, especially if you find this hard. Here’s a time just for you.

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Harvest for Hunger Gleaning Nov 8

sweet potato wikiWe hope you will join the Harvest for Hunger ministry for its LAST monthly gleaning outing for 2014 on Sat, Nov 8.  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 8 AM and return around noon. Details on location and what we will be picking will be available during the week of November 3 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!  You may send an email to Jennifer Luebke at jennalu10@gmail.com if you wish to be added to our distribution list for current updates.

Opening for an Admin Assistant at Our Preschool

Our St. Raphael Preschool has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant. This position serves as the first point of contact with parents and visitors. The administrative assistant greets and directs visitors, answers telephones, and performs administrative assistance in support of the Director and faculty of the preschool.

Click here to read the job description.  You may send a cover letter and resume to jobopportunity@saintraphael.org. Resumes will be accepted through November 16, 2014.

Food for the Poor

Our parish donated an amazing 3,604 pounds of groceries and $4,122 for families in need.  Thank you to all the parishioners who so generously donated to Saint Raphael’s “Feed-A-Family” food drive and to those who volunteered their time to make this drive a success. A special thanks to the scouts of troop 314 and those from Saint Raphael’s school who assisted.

Youth Ministry Serves!!!

Youth Gleaners t15 youths and 6 parents from our Youth Ministry came together last Saturday for a morning of service, prayer and relationship building.  We drove 45 minutes to Benson and joined hundreds of gleaners gather sweet potatoes. Enjoy our photos!

Do You Love Weddings?

weddingGenesis-2-24 wallpaper4God tCan you see yourself assisting our Priests as they perform these beautiful, memorable ceremonies? We are in the process of developing teams of Wedding Coordinators. The role of a wedding coordinator includes greeting the bridal parties at the wedding rehearsals, directing  the ceremony walk through with the priest, and assisting at the wedding ceremony itself. If you are interested, please contact Mickey McGoldrick at 865.5705 or mcgoldrickm@saintraphael.org.

Can You Sing or Play? Think Youth Choir / Coro de Jóvenes

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¡Te invitamos a unirte al coro para cantar y alabar a Dios con alegría! No pierdas la oportunidad de compartir y aprender con otros jóvenes. Nuestros ensayos son los Sábados de 5:30pm a 6:30pm en el Salón del Coro. ¡Te esperamos!

Come participate in the Youth Choir!
We invite you to join the choir to sing and praise God with joy! Don’t miss the opportunity to share and learn with other people. Our practices are on Saturday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Choir Room. Hope To See You!

Para mayor información, comunícate con Rafael Guarnizo, Director del Coro Hispano, al 919-865-5727.  For information talk to Rafael Guarnizo, Hispanic Choir Director at 919-865-5727 or rguarnizo@saintraphael.org

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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.

Want to Create Videos for our Website?

video forward tWe’re looking for some creative and technically savvy people to assist us in producing short videos to make our website more engaging. Here’s an opportunity to share your talent! We’d like a to have a few individuals who would be available to work on specific project(s). Please connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at jschirripa@saintraphael.org or 865.5704 for more information.