3rd Sunday in Easter Message from the Pastor April 19

Happy Easter! Yes, we are still just at the beginning of our Easter season journey of celebration. And we still can recall the blessings of the Lenten time that led us here. Thank you to those of you who have shared with me the “fruits of your offerings!” I love the stories about how the prayer and action that were part of our Lenten offering are bearing fruit in your lives

I suppose you could say an offering of my own is coming to fruition, since next weekend at the 5:30pm Sunday Mass, I’ll be professing my final vows as a Jesuit. Little did I know when I first offered myself to God by entering the order in 1997, that I’d be able to celebrate this milestone here in Raleigh and at St. Raphael! Thank you all for making it such a great place to do so.

Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J. Pastor

“Feed-A-Family” Food Drive: Bring Food April 18/19

CPO truckA truck will be in the parking lot this weekend and next weekend before and after all Masses to receive your donations for the CPO Food Drive. No time for shopping? Make your check payable to Catholic Parish Outreach, and give it to a volunteer at the CPO truck. Thank you for your generosity.

BAA over 90% – But Not Yet 100% – Click and Give Now

Easter We have much to celebrate this Easter season, including the generosity of our parishioners who are supporting the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We’re now at $ 261,779, which over 90% of our $280,322 goal. These donations help sustain 30 ministries that specialize in evangelizing, worshipping, and caring for the less fortunate here at St. Raphael and across the Diocese. As we push toward our monetary goal, we call on all parish families to make a pledge. No amount is too small. So far, we’ve received 1223 pledges, which represent 35% of parish families. Our goal is 100%. 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.

Calling all Men of the Parish! Men’s Ignatian Retreat: A message from Fr. Phil

Men Retreat tDear men of St. Raphael:   I want to extend a word of encouragement to you to consider attending the Men’s Ignatian Retreat happening May 15-17 at the Avila Retreat Center in Durham. The Jesuit priest speaking at the retreat is a good friend of mine, and my former boss! Fr. Jim Kubicki, S.J. is coming to us from the Apostleship of Prayer based in Milwaukee, and he is a nationally recognized speaker. The topic, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will…

Easter: Christ Has Risen Alleluia!

SONY DSCEnjoy our photos.

We cannot live Easter without entering into the mystery…

Listen “to the silence,” which is where God speaks to us with “a whisper.”

To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality, that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we go beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and that we

Go out in search of truth, beauty and love. The Mystery leads from death to life. Pope Francis

Triduum: Holy Thursday Reflection

SONY DSCEnjoy our Holy Thursday photos where we commemorated the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles.

Jesus never tires of loving, forgiving, embracing us.
Pope Francis

A Love Poem from Your Creator
I invite you, my beloved, to close your eyes.
Be still and let my words wash over you.
These are things that I want you to know.
Listen and take them into your heart.

Saint Raphael Catholic School Teacher Wins Prestigious Lewis Award – Mass April 22

Messina CindiSaint Raphael Catholic School Art Teacher Cindi Messina has been named the 2014-15 Lewis Award Recipient for Excellence in Education and Teaching.  The award is given annually to one teacher in the Diocese of Raleigh and honors superlative classroom teachers who have illustrated strong commitment to their students, colleagues, schools and to their family, church, and civic communities.  A Mass in honor of Mrs. Messina will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 am in the Church.  Bishop Burbidge will celebrate.  Congratulations Mrs. Messina!

Our Preschoolers Have Fun With Letters

ECC Frogs with Letters tThe 3 year old Frogs were excited to try out one of the Preschool’s newest learning toys- an alphabet construction set! The children selected a letter card, which listed the individual parts needed to build that particular letter. Then they collected and used those parts to construct their letter based on the picture from the bottom on the card.

Attention Business Owners, Professionals, Self-Employed and Families

Do you own a business? Are you looking to reach out to your fellow parishioners every week? Would you like to help St. Raphael Catholic Church in a unique way? If so, why not advertise in St. Raphael weekly bulletin? Ads and sponsorships on the bulletin help us offset our printing. Jenny Lusk from our bulletin printer, Liturgical Publications, will be in the parish office the week of April 13th working on securing new ads for the bulletin. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Jenny at 913-205-6387 or email Jenny at JLusk@4LPi.com. Thank you!

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 

Friday Night BINGO To Raise Money for Mission Trips April 24

bingoHelp our youth raise money for their mission trips and enjoy a night of fun.  Games will begin in Raphael Hall promptly at 7pm and the doors will open at 6:30pm.  BINGO ends at 9pm.

April 24 Fri Night BINGO supports our Youth international mission trip
May 22 Fri Night BINGO supports our Youth international mission trip
June 5 Fri Night BINGO supports Middle and High School Youth going to Louisville and Charleston

Easter-time Mass of Remembrance for Family and Friends of St. Raphael April 25

Easter Cross tA Mass of Remembrance will be held Saturday, April 25th at 9 am in the Chapel for your deceased loved ones.  A small reception will follow in the Lewis Room with our Compassionate Care Ministry members. Come share with others who are present with you on this journey through grief. Hear about the informal monthly gatherings which are launching now, a Journaling Workshop focusing on the issue of loss meeting mid-summer, and our Renewing Hope Support Group which will begin a new series in late August and run through October.

Connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator if you’ve any questions. 919-865-5704 or jschirripa@saintraphael.org