Palm Sunday (April 13)
9:00 a.m. Blessing of the branches (outdoors, weather permitting) with Procession and Mass
11:30 a.m. Blessing of the branches with Solemn Entrance and Mass
1:30 p.m. Mass in Igbo
5:00 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese

Monday in Holy Week (April 14)
7:30 a.m. Mass

Tuesday in Holy Week (April 15)
1:45 p.m. Pontifical Mass of the Chrism, with Bishop Burbidge presiding, and with the priests from all over the Diocese concelebrating. St. Michael’s, Cary. The Chrism Mass will be broadcast live, starting at 1:55 p.m., over the internet at:

Wednesday in Holy Week (“Spy Wednesday,” April 16)
5:30 p.m. Last time for scheduled Confessions before Easter Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
6:55 p.m. Rosary
7:30 p.m. Novena Prayers and Mass

Maundy Thursday (April 17)
7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, with the Washing of the Saints’ Feet,
followed by the Procession to the Repository Altar, and Night Watch until 10:30 p.m.

THE MADONNA HOUSE on Rose Lane is part of the world-wide apostolate—based in Comber-mere, Ontario—founded by the Servant of God Catherine Doherty, and serves our neighborhood and parish well by many outreaches. The collection on Maundy Thursday evening is turned over to the community, consisting of Theresa Davis, Echo Lewis, and JoAnne DeGidio. One of only five “cells” of Madonna House in the United States, ours came to Raleigh—at Bishop Gossman’s invitation—well over 35 years ago, and most of those years at the location within St. Joseph’s Parish. Holy Thursday is the perfect time for an appeal for this cherished foundation. The members of the Household, in their characteristically self-effacing way, minister to all with a constancy of charity that passes the test of time. Let us show our gratitude toward Madonna House when the baskets are passed on Maundy Thursday. Monsignor

Good Friday (April 18)
12 noon Stations of the Cross, led by the Deacon
3:00 p.m. Solemn Liturgy with the Reading of the Passion according to Saint John, the Intercessions, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion

Holy Saturday (April 19)
8:00 p.m. Gathering for the Easter Vigil, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection

Easter Day (April 20)
7:00 a.m. Mass in Polish
9:00 a.m. Mass in English
(Easter Egg hunt, at 10:30 a.m., on the grounds of the Rectory)
11:30 a.m. Mass in English
1:00 p.m. Mass in Igbo
3:00 p.m. Mass in the Montagnard language
5:00 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese

Choir Practice

Cantors, members of Mrs. Chance’s Choir and others interested are cordially convoked to rehearsals on Monday, Apr 7 and 17 in view of preparation for music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. In the Church, 7:00 p.m.


was rather wet and chilly and grim outside, but inside full of cheer. The organ at both celebrations of Mass was augmented by strings. Rose-colored roses were placed everywhere, and the rose vestments broke the penitential violet. The girls and young ladies decked the altar with flowers as customary, and the faithful sang lustily the hymns and “parts” of the Mass (notable the Lourdes Sanctus). We did miss the IBT-ers who joined the Bishop for Mass at the Fairgrounds on the vigil and celebrated there the Lord’s Day at its opening. But the attendance was augmented by the visitors from the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church: their Confirmation class and the adults who accompanied them.

In the afternoon, the great room of the Raleigh County Club was filled to capacity with the patrons of the Elegant English Tea. How to describe those several hours? They flew by, with a carefully planned and admirably executed program by the AAMEN group and their collaborators. The manners were impeccable, the hosts honored lavishly every person present, the RCC spread out a sumptuous buffet and engaged a superb staff that served constantly and unobtrusively. What a genial way to benefit the foster children of Wake County! The many from outside the parish could see showcased the catholicity—and great courtesy—of the ladies of St. Joseph’s. The generations were well represented—not only in the hat parade, but in the entire assembly. Five generations were present from the Horton-Gamble-Edwards family: with great-great-grandmother Calena Horton, and great-great-granddaughter Zoey De Souza in attendance.

Faith Formation and the RCIA proceeded without missing a beat. They have to: the goal is 30 times a year for instruction in a community setting. (However, Sunday School takes a recess on Palm Sunday [April 13] and Easter [April 20]). And the 5th grade boys and girls could have the opportunity for Confession and Reconciliation in the morning.


held on March 28– 29 truly delivered! The ingredients we are accustomed to find at this treasured Homecoming left nothing to be desired: the great teachings, the warm hospitality, the materials of quality readily available with the vendors, the delicious buffet dinner, the availability of the Sacraments, the grace-filled networking possible during these hours.

The St. Joseph’s parishioners, of every age, were highly conspicuous in rôles of leadership, and, everywhere, in rôles of service. What a significant spiritual work of mercy IBT has become for our whole diocese. Could the founders have imagined that it would prosper so extensively in these 12 years?

Student Mission Trips

ATTENTION: STUDENTS planning mission trips this summer. The church would be glad to offer some sponsorship, but it would be helpful to all if you would advise the Parish Office ASAP so that we can coordinate somewhat your proposed fund-raising projects.


We have wonderful news! Totus Tuus will be returning to Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Raleigh this summer, the week of June 8 to June 13. Totus Tuus is a unique and fun-filled program that features a team of 4 college-age students (2 men and 2 women) who will engage our youth with a week-long program about the faith with skits, songs, and inspiring, interactive teaching.

The theme this year will be The Ten Commandments and The Luminous Mysteries. The cost to participate is $20 per child, with a maximum of $60 per family. Some scholarships are available.

The morning program will be for rising 1st to 6th graders on Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 13 from 9 am to 2:30 pm. (Friday, we will end at 12 noon.)

The evening program will be for rising 7th to 12th grades from Sunday, June 8 to Thursday, June 12 from 7 to 9.

Sign ups have begun for St. Joseph Parishioners and other parishes can start signing up in late April. Spread the Good News! If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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