Ordinary Time – A Time for Saints and Souls

2014 All Souls Altar
God of infinite mercy, we entrust to Your immense goodness all those who have left this world for eternity, where you await all humanity.  Gaze upon us with pity.  May no one fear the encounter with You at the end of their earthly pilgrimage.  Lord, may nothing distance us from you on this earth, may everything and everyone support us in our ardent hope to serenely and eternally rest in You. Amen   Pope Francis

Funeral for Javante Juliano Louis Fri Nov 21

A funeral mass will be held for Javante Juliano Louis at 1 pm in the Main Sanctuary.  Visitation prior to mass begins at 12 noon in the atrium. Burial at Historic Oakwood Cemetery will take place immediately after the Mass. Please pray for Javante and his family.

Bodas Comunitarias en San Rafael Nov 22 / Community Weddings at St. Raphael

Community Wedding at St RaphaelAnunciamos con mucha alegría que el sábado 22 de noviembre a la 1pm tendremos nuestras Bodas Comunitarias. 10 parejas recibirán el Sacramento del Matrimonio ese día. Todos están invitados a esta inolvidable ceremonia.

Community Weddings at San Rafael
With great joy we announce that on Sat Nov 22 at 1 pm we will have our Community Weddings. 10 couples will receive the Sacrament of Matrimony that day. Everyone is invited to this memorable ceremony.

Take Poverty Off the Map Nov 22/23

2014 Catholic Campaign Human DevelopmentThe Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is justice and charity in action through the Church. It funds local community groups that work to change the systems that keep them in poverty. Click for the Raleigh/Durham 2015 grant recipients. Through CCHD and its beneficiaries, we manifest Catholic social teaching and carry out Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor. / . . . to proclaim liberty to captives / and recovery of sight to the blind, / to let the oppressed go free” (Lk 4:18). Your support during the November collection will create lasting change and fight poverty in America.

You Can Still Order Poinsettias Till Nov 23

poinsettia wikipediaThe end date for ordering poinsettias to benefit our Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity Home has been extended to 11/23!  Place your orders or order more of these beautiful plants this weekend or PRINT ORDER FORMS   ENGLISH     SPANISH  .  Plant orders will be available for pick up on Dec. 7th after the 9:30  and 11:30 Masses in Raphael Hall.   For questions about ordering or pickup, contact Laura at lauramkavanaugh@hotmail.com. 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. Help us build our Habitat Home by buying a poinsettia.

Let Us Give Thanks Together Nov 24

2014 Interfaith TreeOn Mon Nov 24 at 7pm we will hold our annual Interfaith Service. This year we will meet at Beth Meyer Synagogue at 504 Newton Road. Our very own Fr Gerry will give the keynote address. Join us – and you get a chance to meet in a Raleigh synagogue! Click for the flier.

Saint Raphael Youth “SERVE!”

Habitat and YouthWe drove to the Habitat for Humanity HFH site in Raleigh where a good number of men were completing the Pope Francis Home.  On a very cold and windy afternoon, the youth and their parents, served the men and women builders with three types of delicious, homemade, warm chili, scrumptious corn bread, chips, cookies and a refreshing drink. The youth also had an opportunity to converse with the builders and painters, and the adults had an opportunity to tour the house! Check out our pics.  We want more youth! Contact  Jeremy Roca  865.5726   jroca@saintraphael.org

Our Pope Francis Home Update – Join our Team

The Pope Francis Habitat for Humanity home is progressing nicely.  The construction team expects only another 1-3 Saturdays of work for the finishing touches and punch list completion.  Painting and siding are in progress and cabinet installation is anticipated soon.  It’s not too late to join our parish team as we attain the goal of completion before Christmas.  Last Saturday our faith formation youth provided a very welcome, hot and delicious lunch of 3 types of chili-thank you 8th graders!  For information contact Bev simmonsb06@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook at the Raleigh Catholic Coalition.

Grief Support Group Starting January 11

Compassionate Care Ministry is gathering folks for a Grief Support Group to begin in January 2015. This six session group is for those who are working through bereavement concerns following the death of a loved one. The group will offer spiritual, psychological and social supports to assist members on their journey through mourning. Come learn about the grief process, find ways to treasure memories while responding to each new day, and discover the many ways our Risen Lord is by your side. Your loss may have been a couple years ago, or a few months ago, you’d be most welcome to join us. This could be a good way to take care of yourself. 

Saints Alive!

Saints Among UsIgnatius Hall was host to this year’s inaugural event: Saints Alive! Children, youth, (and adults!) celebrated All Saints Day by dressing as, and/ or making a poster of, their favorite saint. A parade, craft projects, and prayer service–featuring a litany of saints–rounded out the day’s festivities. View our pics.

Want to Create Videos for our Website?

video forward tWe’re looking for some creative and technically savvy people to assist us in producing short videos to make our website more engaging. Here’s an opportunity to share your talent! We’d like a to have a few individuals who would be available to work on specific project(s). Please connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at jschirripa@saintraphael.org or 865.5704 for more information.

TO NEWLY CONFIRMED YOUTH AND FAMILIES!!! Become a Confirmation Small Community Leader

We will be having our day long retreat this coming January. It is my goal to have a tradition that those who were Confirmed from the following year lead the games, the talks and the small groups.

PLEASE CONSIDER!!! We will walk with you, form you and prepare you… BE NOT AFRAID!!!

To those who I see at the Masses and at our Church, THANK YOU FOR LIVING YOUR CONFIRMATION BOLDY!!! You all inspire me and our Church community.
To those who haven’t been to Church since Confirmation… PLEASE COME!! THE “PARTY” IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU! ​