Stay Inspired ¡Que RICA! A Message from Father Phil

RCIA ClipartLast weekend and this weekend, St. Raphael kicks off another round of RICA (Spanish) and RCIA (English). The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a prayerful, communal formation process to prepare adults for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It came about as a part of the Second Vatican Council’s two-fold approach of ressourcement and aggiornamento, tapping into the deep roots and history of our faith and then finding ways to present it for today. The RCIA process was formed by looking to what the early Christians did to prepare and welcome new adult members, and then formatting it for use in parishes in the modern world.

It’s true to say of this program, “¡Que RICA!” – how richly it delves into the treasures of the Catholic faith. As we pray for our brothers and sisters who are beginning as candidates in the RCIA program, we too can be inspired by their example to continue forming ourselves more deeply in the faith. Check out all that Lifelong Faith Formation and Hispanic Ministry are offering to help us do this!
God bless, Father Phil Hurley, SJ Pastor

Sign Up for Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation)

If you have a child/youth ready to prepare to celebrate any of the Sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation, the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation is ready to welcome your family on this journey! Baptized children in 2nd grade or beyond, are age-eligible to prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist. Children in 7th grade are age-eligible to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Children aged 8 and above, who have not celebrated Baptism, are invited to prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation, through Christian Inititation of Children & Teens. The first step in any of these journeys begins with completion of the Registration form, conveniently located online at Questions? Please contact Linda Lenzmeier 919.865.5715 or Jeremy Roca 919.865.5726

Our Parish Festival is Born!

We on the 2015-2016 Parish Fair Committee are visualizing a new approach for this annual event we all know and love. In recent years, hosting The Fair at St. Raphael has simply become too expensive. Attendance and revenue have declined drastically. The cost for permits, insurance, and vendors has risen. Most importantly, the hundreds of hours required to produce The Fair equated to a devastatingly low fundraising source for our ministries – we barely met our expenses last year! Hosting a family event that is affordable for everyone in our community is proving to be more and more difficult to host. The committee feels it is time to make a significant change. We aim to welcome current and new families to our vibrant, multi-generational, multi-cultural campus, and focus on community-building by sharing all that St. Raphael has to offer. What better way to foster this understanding than A Parish Festival! We want to generate a strong sense of communal fellowship through our ministry showcases, an ethnic potluck dinner, heritage celebrations, FREE games, live music, and much more. We’re excited to be hosting this event that is open to our parish families and neighboring community. Stay tuned for further details!

Almost All of Our Preschool Spots are Filled

2015 ECC Summer Classes Collage tWhile summer months are typically a time at the Preschool where you will find the toys put away, the classroom furniture packed up, bulletin boards empty and hallways darken, the last few weeks have also been a time of great activity for us! This summer we offered five mini classes to the Raleigh community to share all the wonderful programs we offer.

Each Wednesday morning, children and their parents were invited

Confirmation Cards

Confirmation Dove tThe Celebration for the Sacrament of Confirmation is drawing close. If you picked up a Confirmation Prayer card before the Summer and have been praying for our Candidates, THANK YOU!  We invite you to please consider writing the person you are praying for a card or a brief note of encouragement and prayer. We intend on passing your cards to them during our half day retreat in September. Please write your Candidates name outside the card and return it to the Youth Ministry Office!

GALS – Gathering And Learning Scripture Starts Sept 9

Bible tA new Diocese ministry called GALS – Gathering And Learning Scripture will be offering an in-depth study of 1 and 2 Samuel from a Catholic perspective. We are a group of dynamic women who want to enrich our lives through the study of sacred scripture. This comprehensive 28 week Bible study meets on Wednesday mornings from 10 am – Noon beginning Wednesday Sept 9. Prior registration is required. Previous bible study experience is definitely a bonus but not mandatory. Please contact Janine Sedore, or 919.785.3084 for more information.

1st Divine Mercy Chaplet of the School Year Sept 10

Divine Mercy Adolf Hyla painting wiki tJESUS, I TRUST IN YOU! How can this simple phrase possibly bring you peace, healing and allow you to experience Jesus’ love and mercy? Praying this fifteen minute Divine Mercy Chaplet to ask for God’s mercy, for us and the whole world, will answer this question and more. Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month after morning carpool or before Preschool drop off at 8:30 in the nursery to pray this beautiful devotion. No experience necessary. Rosary beads, Divine Mercy pamphlets and guidance will be provided. Please consider staying afterwards for the Mother’s In Faith monthly meeting to strengthen your faith journey. Our first Divine Mercy Chaplet of the school year will be Thurs, Sept 10. Contact Juana Patricia Perez at for more details.

Mothers in Faith Kickoff Meeting Sept 10

Mothers Group madonna and childWelcome Back – Our children have returned to school, we are adjusting to our new routines and it is time to rejuvenate ourselves! Please join Mothers in Faith for our kickoff meeting and breakfast Thurs, Sept 10 at 9:30am in room 112. Come meet other Catholic moms for friendship, support and to deepen our spiritual life. Childcare will be available in the adjacent nursery or children can stay with you.  An evening meeting will be Mon, Sept 21 at 7pm in room 30. This is a great time to find out what Mothers in Faith is all about and how we can support each other as wives and mothers. Contact Marcie Graf at with any questions.

Fellowship Fridays for Young children Starting Sept 11

Faith & Fellowship Fridays is for parents and caregivers of newborns through five year olds. We are open Fridays from 9:00 – 11:45 am in the Nursery Room 106. Enjoy coffee and refreshments with fellow Moms, Dads and Caregivers in a relaxing environment that provides a chance for prayer and fun activities with your kids. Our first meeting is Friday Sept 11th 2015.

Parent Meetings – Mark Your Calendars Sept 12 &15

*FIRST EUCHARIST Preparation Parent Meetings.
12 September (Sat); 4pm—5:15pm in the Lewis Room.
Parents, must attend one of these meetings; children welcome but not required to attend. Questions? Please contact Linda Lenzmeier (919-865-5715;

*CONFIRMATION Preparation Parent Meetings.
En Español 15 Septiembre (Martes) 7pm-8:30pm Salón de Lewis
Parents and 7th grade Confirmandi must attend one of these meetings.  Click to register.
Questions? Please contact Jeremy Roca (919-865-5726;

7th & 8th Graders Confirmation Prep Meeting Sept 13

Confirmation Dove tMeeting Sunday, Sept 13 immediately following the 9:30AM Mass in the Youth Room!  

Confirmation Preparation Ministry will prepare current 7th grade student (Confirmation Primi / Year 1) & 8th grade and beyond student (Confirmation Secundi / Year 2) to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation Fall of 2017 & 2016 respectively.

Columbiette Information Session for Women Sep 13

"Columbiettes logo" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via WikipediaThe newly organized Columbiette Auxiliary 9880 will be hosting a general information session on September 13, 6:30 – 7PM. The meeting will be followed by a First Degree Ceremony for those women who have not received their First Degree. There will be a general membership meeting at the conclusion of the degree ceremony. If you are a practicing Catholic woman, age 17 or older, and you are interested in learning about this exciting new auxiliary, please plan to attend this meeting at Fr. Thomas Price Council Hall, 4301 Columbus Club Dr. Contact Kathleen Moore, President, at 266-7381 or

FREE Cooper Ray Concert at Saint Michael’s Sept 18

Cooper RayAll are invited to join SRYM for an evening with Cooper Ray. Last Summer, our High School youth traveled to Charleston SC for their Mission Trip. Cooper was the musician, and worship and prayer leader and it was an absolutely beautiful experience. He is based out of Baton Rouge, LA and is a dynamic speaker and musician who shares his faith with honesty and passion. He travels all over the country sharing his ministry.

Register at and then meet in the Youth Room at 5:30PM Fri Sept 18 (We need parent chaperones/drivers)               Jeremy Roca

Drink Water Sept 21-27

CPO WaterDo you want to help feed hungry families in our community? $25 feeds a family for a week and CPO serves an average of 10,500 people a month! CPO Friends will match funds up to $25,000! Help us reach this goal! 25% of NC children under 5 go to bed hungry. You can help by joining Catholic Parish Outreach’s H2O for Hunger Challenge this September as part of National Hunger Action Month. For one week – September 21-27—drink tap water instead of your preferred beverage. At the end of the week, put your savings together and send it to CPO so we can buy food for the hungry.
Catholic Parish Outreach 2013 N. Raleigh Blvd.,Raleigh, NC 27604
For more information go to or call 919.873.0245.