Las Posadas of St. Joseph Parish
The nine nights of posadas leading up to Christmas are said to represent the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary's womb, or alternatively, to represent nine days journey to Bethlehem.”
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A group of St. Joseph parishioners of Latin American descent have organized posadas at homes within the parish’s boundary. All parishioners are invited to take part in this special tradition. The 2014 schedule for the posadas will be as follows:
Tuesday, Dec 16 at 7:00 p.m.: 1211 Cross Link Rd., Raleigh 27610
Wednesday, Dec 17 at 7:00 p.m.: 708 Coleman St., Raleigh 27610
Thursday, Dec 18 at 7:00 p.m.: 720 Vardaman St., Raleigh 27610
Friday, Dec 19 at 7:00 p.m.: 801 Vardaman St. #105, Raleigh 27610
Saturday, Dec 20 at 6:00 p.m.: 511 Peyton St., Raleigh 27610
Sunday, Dec 21 at 6:00 p.m.: 614 Glenbrook Dr., Apt. D, Raleigh 27610
Monday, Dec 22 at 7:00 p.m.: 524 Dacian Rd., Raleigh 27610
Tuesday, Dec 23 at 7:00 p.m.: 709 Friar Tuck Rd., Raleigh 27610
Wednesday, Dec 24 at 9:00 p.m.: 824 Hadley Rd., Raleigh 27610
Please contact the parish office with any questions.
THE CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve
7:00 p.m. Solemn Mass of Midnight Preceded at 6:30 p.m., with carols and a program of music
10:00 p.m., Mass in Vietnamese
12 midnight, Mass in Polish
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day
9:00 a.m., Mass in English (of the Dawn)
11:30 a.m., Mass in English (of the Day), with some Spanish
1:00 p.m., Mass in Igbo
3:00 p.m., Mass in Jrai, for the Montagnard people
5:00 p.m., Mass in Vietnamese (the last Mass of Christmas, at St. Joseph)
Friday, Dec. 26, St. Stephen’s Day
Mass at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 27, St. John’s Day
Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Confessions at 3:00 p.m.
These important “days of Christmas” are kept as feasts. Please celebrate them.
Sunday, Dec. 28, The Holy Family: Normal Sunday Schedule
New Year’s is a Day of Obligation: the celebration will be ushered in on the Eve,
Wednesday, Dec. 31, with the usual schedule of Exposition, Confessions, and Rosary preceding the 7:30 p.m. Novena Prayer and Mass.
Mass on the Day (January 1) is set for 9 o’clock in the morning, with a Mass at 11 o’clock in Vietnamese.
The Procession of the Kings takes place just before the 9 o’clock Mass on the Epiphany, observed on Sunday, Jan. 4.
Faith Formation follows: all classes!
ST. JOSEPH SENIORS GROUP
Tuesday, December 2 Late Morning Mass at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon in the community room. All seniors of the parish are invited.
Please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Kathy Kelling at 919-782-5646.
SUMMER MISSION TRIP
for high school age youth and older (current 8th graders included). We would like to send a group from our parish to Morganton, N.C. June 14- 20. We will need adult chaperones and some fundraising and your commitment SOON. Deposits of $85 per person will hold our spots for this trip. Total cost is $330 per person for food/lodging. Catholic Heart Workcamp (Heartworkcamp.com ) along with Catholic youth ministers and teens, have formed this ministry across the country and beyond. 13,000 strong this summer, in over 50 different cities, parish youth groups and schools have joined together to serve as Christ modeled. As bold Catholics we embrace this challenge to put ourselves aside to serve and restore homes and hearts, feed the hungry, lift the spirits of children, give hope to the disabled, and provide help through partnerships with social agencies.
Each day will be spent either renewing homes by doing such things as painting, housecleaning, yard work, and minor home repairs (experienced trouble-shooters will visit the sites to check on workmanship and provide help when needed); or, helping at day care centers for low-income families by assisting with the children’s programs, working at homeless shelters, or helping at centers that distribute food to the needy.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
13th ANNUAL IGNITED BY TRUTH CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Save the date! March 20 - 21, 2015 at the Raleigh Convention Center. “Bringing to light the truth of the teaching of the Catholic Church and igniting in our hearts a love for the Faith.” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Vigil Mass Celebrant and Homilist. More speakers and details coming soon!
6th ANNUAL WALK-A-THON: Help us storm Heaven for the Ignited By Truth Conference! Saturday, Sep 27 at 10:00 a.m., Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary. Free food, live music, and prizes! Grand prize: iPad Mini! For registration and details, visit the website.