I heard recently about a priest who has led several pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He always has the group go to an unusual place: a town in the region of Galilee, not far from Nazareth, that had been destroyed around the time Jesus was born. It was reduced to ruins by the Roman army after an attempted uprising, but during Jesus’ lifetime was being rebuilt.
So why visit this place? Well, there was a lot of ……..
Fr. Peter will be coming to St. Raphael…
Fr. Peter Murray, S.J. entered the Society of Jesus in 1959. After many years of study and various apostolic experiences, he was ordained on May 27, 1972. Fr. Peter’s first assignment was at Mt. Manresa Retreat Center on Staten Island, where he led youth and individually directed retreats and took an interest in social justice and spirituality. In 1974 he was sent to India to complete his training as a Jesuit. In 1976 Fr. Peter went into studies and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree. He then went on to teach high school, followed by a new call to hospital pastoral care in 1981. He remained active in this satisfying work for about 20 years, ministering to the sick and to families of dying patients. In 2002, Fr. Peter was assigned to……….
Sharing Grace is our informal/drop in as needed, monthly grief gathering. We meet the first Saturday of each month at Jason’s Deli at noon. You’re welcome to join us, once, twice or ongoing. Events and circumstances sometimes wear us down when we’re working through this first year or two since our loved one has passed. Stop in to share with those who understand, and build a bit of community as we recognize the struggles, learn new perspectives or techniques that might aid us in our journey. Have questions? Call or email Janet Schirripa to learn more or to register for this group. email@example.com 919,865.5704
Once again the Knights of Columbus will sell roses in the Plaza for $2 each before and after Sunday morning Masses on Mother’s Day May 8. Proceeds go to Project Gabriel and Culture of Life projects in our area. Buy a rose for your mother to celebrate her day or in remembrance of her. Project Gabriel’s mission is to help women who feel frightened and alone when facing an unexpected pregnancy. Volunteers, or “Gabriel’s Angels,” work in teams to assist the mother-to-be by meeting her needs for baby items, acting as a mentor and offering spiritual/moral support. The group meets quarterly, and non-members are welcome to attend. Contact Carol Lee at 781-0837 or Susan Bobo at 846-1516.
Last Saturday, our youth visited Springmoor Retirement Community and spent time with our elders. They played many games of BINGO, shared and listened to stories with our elders. At the end, we take some moments to share our experience with our group. One youth stated: “I enjoy visiting our elders because they like us just the way we are, and they light up whenever they see us!” Our Parish community is truly blessed to have young people who desire to seek the Lord in each other and with others.
Recently, I was introduced to a song called “ No Hands But Yours” by Joanne Boyce. I love the imagery of the lyrics:
I have no hands but yours, I live my life through you
The written word must be alive in you
I have no hands but yours, I’ve given all to you
You are my hands, I live my life through you.
These words remind us that we are in this world by the grace of God, our loving and merciful creator. He accepts us as we are, with all of our flaws. He cherishes our friendship. All our gifts are given by Him for His purposes. We honor Him by using these gifts in the service to others……..
We’re building a team of volunteers to work with our bulletin each week. If you have proofreading, writing or editing skills and can offer a few hours at the end of the week you might find this opportunity rewarding! You’ll be working in Microsoft Word, from home. Or perhaps you have skills with Microsoft Publisher, could you partner with our editor for layout tasks? This part of the process, done at home, takes place Sunday afternoons through Tuesdays. We’re pulling together a cohesive core team to support one another as we manage this weekly task. Think you might be interested? Connect with Mickey McGoldrick, Parish Administrator at 865-5705 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at 865-5704 or email@example.com
When the children walked in to the multi purpose room this week, they were so excited to see the big balls of all different colors, waiting to be played with. They didn’t know it at the time, but I had more in mind than just allowing them to play with these fun objects.
The skills of grasping, handling and releasing are……..
On Saturday, May 7, 67 Spanish speaking youth and many elementary aged children from our community will celebrate their First Eucharist at a 10:30am Eucharist. These 67 youth will join the over 200 youth in preparing for Confirmation with our Bishop this Fall. Confirmation prayer cards with youth names will be prepared and then distributed on the feast of Pentecost! Please pick up a prayer card and pray for our youth!!! Click for pics
We’ve now raised $253,410 for the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. That’s 86% of our $294,914 parish goal. We’ve gotten this far with the support of about one quarter of our parish families. We hope more families will prayerfully consider a pledge and help us surge past our goal as we endeavor to be “Instruments of God’s Mercy,” which is the theme of this year’s campaign. No gift is too small or large. Bishop Michael Burbidge and 30 critical ministries are counting on us, so they can best serve our Diocese in the areas of Charity, Worship, and Evangelization. To contribute, please put your personalized pledge card in the offertory basket at any Mass. You can also pick up a pledge envelope from the cornerstone in the sanctuary, in the atrium, or in the parish office. After filling it out, then simply place it in the offertory. Or you can donate online anytime at BAA.DioceseofRaleigh.org. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Gall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
0808On behalf of Saint Raphael Catholic School, I am pleased to announce Nicole Nesheim as the new assistant principal. Originally from Northern Virginia, Nicole moved to North Carolina to pursue a B.A. in English with a minor in Pedagogy and Human Development from East Carolina University. While at E.C.U., she also achieved an M.AT. in Secondary English Education. Her experiences in the classroom fueled her desire to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from N.C. State University; her work in this program largely focused on Literacy and Teacher Education. Nicole is thrilled to be joining the Saint Raphael School community and looks forward to supporting its teachers, students, and families. Please join us in welcoming Nicole to Saint Raphael. She will begin her role as the assistant principal on July 1, 2016.
Graduations for college and high school are approaching quickly. We will be praying for all graduates during the month of May. If you are a student or the family member of a student who will be graduating this spring, we would like to recognize you! Please send your name, school, and date of graduation to email@example.com, and we will list it in the bulletin.
Emma W. Adam W. Aiden B. Cristina T. Wills M. Jeffry P. Brooke H. Laura T. Miriam L. Rebecca M. Benjamin C. Christian W. Justin H. Mark M. Sam F. Ben F. Gabriel G. Joshua G. Antonio B. Jill S. Madi S. Roxana B. Caroline P. Lauren J. Dominic J. Jack F. Kayla P. Noah W. Matthew K. Andrew D. Daniel P. Abigail F. Kristina Z. Alexander A.
Katie F. Chat G. David M. Connie M. Brenda P. Arthur P. Natala B. Jeanette A. Jeremy R.
Misericordia Sicut Pater! Merciful like the Father! Misericordiosos Como el Padre!
Jeremy Roca Pastoral Minister for Youth Formation and Ministries