Announcements

“SINGING FOR SCHOLARS”

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN THE WAKE COUNTY FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
The Back-to-School Drive begins today, July 13 and runs through August 17. Collections boxes will be located in the Community Room to accept donations of book-bags (which are much needed items) and other school supplies.

The St. Joseph’s AAMEN Chapter will again host the St. Joseph’s Choir from Alexandria, VA for a benefit concert on Saturday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m. The “cost” of admission to the concert is school supplies. Monetary donations will also be accepted, and checks may be made payable to “Wake County.” All proceeds benefit foster children in Wake County. Please join us for spirited fellowship and to support this noble cause.

Contact Adriene Gamble 919-832-2387 or Liz Chance 919-872-2917 with questions or for more information.

THE TRADITION OF PENANCE SERVICE PRIESTS’ SUPPERS CONTINUES

Nicole Hudson, though retired from the Hospitality Committee, will continue to put on the St. Joseph’s Penance Service suppers, renowned by priests throughout the diocese. Nicole welcomes those wishing to learn how to cook French specialty dishes and who would also be willing to help serve at and clean up after the meals: one in Advent and one in Lent. Please contact Nicole directly at 919-231-1256 if you would like to volunteer to meet this seasonal need.

THE HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE IS UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

Patsy Conley has agreed to assume the responsibility of planning and organizing the social activities of the parish, taking up the torch passed to her by Nicole Hudson, recently retired after having chaired the committee since Fr. Saxon’s pastorate. Patsy currently leads the St. Louise de Marillac Group, which provides meals to parishioners with a short term need, and has taught for some years now the girls’ Year 1 Confirmation preparation section in the Faith Formation program. (Husband Kevin teaches the boys.) New volunteers wishing to join in the service of the Hospitality Committee are invited to call or text Patsy at 919-302-1660 or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CHRISTOPHER WEST TO SPEAK AT ST. MICHAEL’S ON SATURDAY, JULY 26

To purchase tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-589-2674. Volunteers to help with the event are also being solicited. Bishop Burbidge will open the day with Mass at 8:30 a.m. and stay for the session. Theme: Hungry Heart? Learn to awaken Desire, embrace Design, and reach Destiny!

Community Room During Mass

The use of the Community Room during the celebration of Sunday Mass is intended above all for parents of infants and very small children who are having trouble in church: a parent will take a son or daughter out for a while – or if necessary the duration of Mass – but take part in the service by way of the television.

The room is not a place for children to run wild, or for grown-ups to chat as if they weren’t at Mass. It is not in the tradition of St. Joseph’s to have a “nursery” or “cry room” or to segregate parents with small children. St. Joseph’s people rejoice in the presence of families together, but understand that even the most precious infants and correct children will have their moments. That’s why we have the Community Room set up for an “exit” strategy.

Also at times the church unfortunately just won’t hold everybody. Every Catholic Church in the Raleigh area – every one – has that problem. Those in the Community Room should be able to participate in Mass as best they can, and in moral union with the congregation inside, and not be subjected to behavior which is either irreverent or permitted to be out of control.

Monsignor

Unauthorized Solicitations on the St. Joseph's Grounds

Through Catholic Parish Outreach and many services of Catholic Charities -  as well as initiatives in our own parish - many in need are helped with assistance of many kinds. The monthly “Share” collection permits us to respond to crises. I must, however, urge worshipers at St. Jo-seph’s not to give money to those appealing for it af-ter our services, near the doors of the church and in the parking areas. And as a matter of general caution, we request all to lock the doors of their cars during Mass, Sundays and weekdays.
Monsignor

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