Las Posadas of St. Joseph Parish

“Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word posada means ‘inn’ or ‘shelter’ in Spanish, and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th. Posadas are held in neighborhoods across Mexico and are also becoming popular in the United States. The celebration consists of a procession with candles, sometimes with individuals selected to play the parts of Mary and Joseph, or sometimes images are carried. The procession will make its way to a particular home (a different one each night), where a special song is sung. In this song those outside the house sing the part of Joseph asking for shelter and the family inside responds singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The song switches back and forth a few times until finally the inn-keeper decides to let them in. The door is opened and everyone goes inside.

Inside the house there is a celebration which can vary from a very big fancy party to a small get-together among friends. Often the festivities begin with a short Bible reading and prayer. Then the hosts give the guests food, usually tamales and a hot drink—like ponche or atole. Then there are piñatas and the children are given candy.

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.”
By Suzanne Barbezat, Mexico Travel Expert

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.


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!


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.


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 ( ) 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.

Contact Shannon Dougherty to sign-up or chaperone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 919-605-1380.


to serve as hosts at the Oak City Outreach Center in downtown Raleigh, where people experiencing homelessness and/or hunger receive three meals a day on Saturdays and Sundays. No food preparation is involved, just a desire to spend about 3 hours welcoming people to the Center and to provide encouragement for people experiencing homelessness. To learn more or to register for one of the upcoming volunteer orientation sessions at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sep 16 or Oct 21 please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-812-5546. Be prepared to be transformed!


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.

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