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

Alegria! Heritage Fest is Oct 24, 6-9 pm Ignatius Hall

2014-Heritage-Logo-datedPlease join us for desserts from around the world as we celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures at St. Raphael Parish. The event will feature a variety of ethnic performances. Please bring a dessert to share which does not require refrigeration or heating. Teach us something about your dessert contribution! Label the dessert with name, country, ingredients and a bit of history about the dish. And use a disposable tray or container.  Come!  Enjoy photos from this month!

Come to the Galleria Craft Fair Oct 25

SONY DSC2014 Galleria Craft Fair – Sat Oct 25, 9 am – 4:30 pm in Ignatius Hall. Over 50 vendors. Crafts include: paper crafts, Christmas items, jewelry, pottery, baby items, kitchen items, doll clothes, candles, soaps, dip mixes, wreaths and much more! Free admission and multiple raffles. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Please visit www.galleriacraftfair.com for more details.

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

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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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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