Laudato Si /Praise to You Prayer Cards for You

pope environment St David Catholic Church tPray with Pope Francis for Our Environment! Laudato Si is the newest encyclical from Pope Francis. It is centered on the environment, the wonders of creation, and the role of mankind. Having ‘dominion over the earth’ means respectful responsibility for natural and human resources, using a wide and deep understanding of justice in our approach to these resources, and a call to action to respond to problems with energy and creativity in a manner that brings long standing Catholic teachings to life. Read Laudato Si and think about how profound change can start with you. Pope Francis has two prayers at the end of his writings. Pick up a prayer at the Stewardship display in the atrium, it’s a good first step.

Pray for Those Killed in TN

For the four Marines who were killed, the military personnel and law enforcement officers who were injured, their families and all those affected in the shootings in Chattanooga, TN, may the healing strength of Christ be given to those injured, His comfort to those who are now mourning and the fullness of His mercy and the peace of His Kingdom for all those who died. We pray to the Lord.  Bishop Burbidge                        Click for more from the Bishop

Job Opportunities

Several paid and volunteer job opportunities are available at Saint Raphael. Director of Liturgy and Music, Facilities Maintenance Specialist, Parish Receptionist, Preschool Teacher, and Bulletin and Communications Coordinator Click for details.

Feast of St. Ignatius July 31

Ignatius LPI tPlease join us for a special bilingual parish celebration on Friday, July 31, the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

Mass will be in the church at 7:00pm, followed by a reception.


We Had Fun at Vacation Bible Camp 2015: Living in God’s Kingdom

VBC tParishioners and non-parishioners; young and young at heart; English and Hispanic; female and male; Preschool, School, and Faith Formation families all experienced the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and feel of living in God’s Kingdom! The week began with a visit by guest minstrel–our very own Fr. Phil–and ended with a blessing by our very own Fr. Bruce. Huzzah!  Enjoy some photos.

Congratulations Newly-Elected Parish Council Members

We are happy to announce six Pastoral Council members beginning terms of service this year:
John Allen, Kim Elenez, Yvette Medina, Leticia Mora, Arthur Powers, and Arturo Tobar

We thank these parishioners for their upcoming service to the parish! Please keep this year’s council in your prayers.


#SummerWithUs is our Youth Ministry’s Summer offering to our Youth.  You may be on Summer break but during the summer months, we hope that you spend your #SummerWithUs!  Stay tuned for Summer Events such as outings and trips, service opportunities, gatherings, and prayer experiences!  We have events on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and more. Contact Jeremy for details.

Do you have ‘mad’ communication skills?

Do you have ‘mad’ communication skills? Are you a skilled writer? Do you feel like a charter member of the Grammar Police? Are you comfortable with Word and Publisher? Do you have a sense of graphics and layout? Have you managed a social media site? Can you articulate the differences between @ and # ? How about sound and videography?

St. Raphael needs to update our use of communication technologies, our approach to managing and producing the bulletin, as well as how we reach out through social media and even print materials. Could you be part of the team? While expertise is certainly helpful we need some committed people in the trenches, assisting with production and hands-on management of the different communication venues.

Please connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at or 919.865.5704 to learn more about the various ways this team of volunteers will strengthen our parish through improving the flow of information.

Would Your Preschooler Like Science?

ECC bubble tEarlier this month, the Preschool held a special class for four year olds in the community so we could share a very important part of our program, SCIENCE!  Ms. Molly led 10 children and their parents in a 45 minute class titled, “Bubbles in the air! Bubbles everywhere!” During this class,……

Welcome Reception Aug 16

welcome mat tThe Welcome Ministry is having a Welcome Reception in the Lewis Room on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM. All newly registered parishioners and all prospective members are encouraged to come to share fellowship and to learn about the wonderful services that St. Raphael provides. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions about this reception, please contact Arlene Cocco at

Minister to Our Youth this Fall!!!

The ministry to our youth in our parish is effective when adults like YOU share your time, talent, and treasure, and when we trust our God to use us and our gifts to joyfully proclaim to our youth: Jesus Christ risen from the dead.

Over this summer reflect on whether you are being called to this ministry.  READ MORE…