A Bonus Lenten Offering* from Fr. Phil

graphic-bonus-offerHopefully you had the chance to try praying a Daily Offering and an Evening Examen these past few weeks, and maybe these can become a regular part of your prayer life.  As we move along in Lent and into Holy Week, let’s now ask ourselves how God is inviting us to move from a prayer of offering to concrete actions of offering ourselves to others.  Why not start right within our parish by choosing one small action, to try just once, by which you can offer yourself a bit more to others at St. Raphael?  For some practical suggestions CLICK HERE and also stay tuned for my homilies at the various weekend Masses coming up. – Fr. Phil                             *Offer does not expire

Para una Ofrenda de Cuaresma Extra del Padre Felipe, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ.


A few days of Lent remain.  BEGIN EACH DAY this week by offering the day ahead to God. It’s amazing how this simple morning practice of a Daily Offering prayer can make us aware of God’s call to each of us to be apostles of prayer: turning each moment of the day into an offering to God for the good of the whole Church and world. – Fr. Phil

For various versions of the Daily Offering, click here.
Hace click aquí para encontrar el Ofrecimento Diario en Español.
For Daily Offerings in various languages, click here.

And remember last Advent I spoke about praying the examen prayer to END EACH DAY, reviewing the day to see what God did with the offering we made of ourselves in the morning.

Click here for the examen Fr. Phil introduced us to last Advent.
Hace click aquí para bajar el examen P. Felipe nos dió durante el Adviento pasado.

“Feed-A-Family” Food Drive Comes to St. Raphael

CPO LogoCatholic Parish Outreach is the largest food pantry in the Triangle. CPO gave a week’s worth of groceries to an average of 10,500 people/month in 2014, and 73% of CPO’s food is donated! On April 11th and 12th, volunteers will be handing out grocery bags with an attached shopping list after all Masses. Please help CPO serve the less fortunate in our community by taking a bag and returning it before or after Mass April 18th and 19th or April 25th and 26th. If you have any questions or would like to help with this project, please call Radi Bombard 554.4037.

Ministry Preparation Room Receives a Name

We have a space next to the Sanctuary for ministry preparation. It is used by many ministries: Sacristans, Readers and Eucharistic Ministers preparing for the Mass, Health Care Ministers, Children’s Liturgy of the Word during Mass, liturgical decoration staging, Knights arranging their regalia, lineup for sacraments, visiting priest vesting, morning prayer groups, individual prayer by the Guadalupe statue, Divine Mercy meetings, as a cry room, and as a pre-wedding and pre-funeral waiting room.  Because of all these varied uses the space has been named the MARTHA ROOM after Martha in the Bible, the sister of Lazarus and Mary of Bethany.  Martha is mentioned 3 times in the Bible, and Monday’s Gospel will be one of those times.  In the MARTHA ROOM we prepare to serve Our Lord in many special ways.  Martha was always ready to serve Him.  “Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany…..They gave a dinner for Him and Martha served.”  Jn 12:1-2 

The Last Supper at our Preschool

ECC Last Supper tIn the preschool, the children have been preparing for the great feast of Easter. The colors in our Atrium have been changed to purple, the color of preparation. In our most recent lesson, the children learned about Jesus’s Last Supper at the Cenacle in Jerusalem. The children learned that Jesus and his disciples were headed to Jerusalem for the great feast of Passover. The teacher explained that Passover was the greatest celebration among the Jewish people. It is an ancient feast celebrating the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery. During the celebration of this feast, the Jewish people ate the same food, said the same words, and did the same things each year. However, as Jesus participated in his last Passover supper with his friends, the disciples, he did something brand new. …

Our BAA donations Have an Impact at St Raphael – Give Today!

Through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, we lend our support to those ministries who specialize in evangelizing, worshiping, and caring for the less fortunate.  Our donations have a real, significant impact here at St. Raphael and across the Diocese.  We now stand at $248,669 in contributions.  That’s 89% of our $280,322 goal.  Thank you to all who have contributed thus far!  We ask all others to prayerfully consider a pledge.  Gifts of all sizes are welcome.  We’ve received 1181 pledges, which is 34% of our 100% participation goal.  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.

Pray the Divine Mercy Novena from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Adolf Hyla painting wiki tDivine Mercy Sunday is April 12th. Please consider joining in the Novena to the Divine Mercy which begins on Good Friday.  The Novena is 9 days of pray ending on the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.  Our Lord made known His message of mercy for all mankind through a young Polish nun by the name of Sr. Faustina, now St. Faustina, in the 1930’s. “Trust in Jesus is the essence of the message of mercy that Sr. Faustina received. Our Divine Savior revealed to her …

Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless

School donations tIn spite of the many snow days, the middle school families were fantastically generous with their donations of personal care and health products to Raleigh Rescue Mission.  Notice the 20 boxes on either side of Jesus?  One of our school moms even arranged for her company to donate 20 cases of diapers! They will be used in the Rescue Mission’s daycare.  Yeah!

1st Eucharist Retreat Photos

2015 1st Euch Retreat (12) tOver 250 of our parish children and youth participated in the First Eucharist Retreats.  These Retreats are part of the ongoing preparation to celebrate First Eucharist in April and May.  Thank you for your continued prayers for the children, youth, and their families, who are journeying toward this Sacrament of Initiation.  Enjoy our photos.

Tired of Winter Ice? Save the Date for Vacation Bible Camp

2015 Vacation Bible CampVacation Bible Camp at Saint Raphael Catholic Church is set for July 13-17!  Geared for campers ages 4 – 10, and junior counselors aged 11+, this year’s theme is Living in God’s Kingdom.  Make sure your children have an opportunity to embrace their role as children of the king!  Mark your calendars now, and look for more information on registration, soon.

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.

Attracted by the Joy

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said Joy is your priority. Jesus, others, You. JOY.
How do you know if you have a vocation to religious life? This is a very personal thought. Do you feel inclined or attracted with a desire for the Life? Do you want JOY? Talk with a priest or spiritual counselor. Open the door.

Click to learn more about Vocations. If you have questions, contact Monica Lavia molavia@hotmail.com, or Connie Bite at connitbite@gmail.com.