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.
ST. JOSEPH SENIORS GROUP
Thursday, Aug 28 at Captain Stanley’s Seafood (3333 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh; 919-779-7878) at 5:00 p.m. Sign-up sheet on bulletin board.
Tuesday, Sept 2 Late Morning Mass at 11:30 a.m. with bag lunch/business meeting followed by Guest Speaker Greg Fishel. Come out and show the “Fish” a receptive audience. New members & visitors welcome.
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.
Priesthood Discernment Group
Adult Catholic men between the ages of 17-48 discerning a possible call to the Priesthood are invited to the Priesthood Discernment Group meetings held on the third Saturday of each month. The morning begins with Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral at 9:00am and continues in the Office of Vocations after Mass (two doors down from the Cathedral).
Over the years, St. Joseph’s has made great efforts to schedule Baptisms on the day of the parents’ request, and usually individually. All of our parishioners know that this is not the situation in parishes much smaller than ours, not to speak of the large parishes in our area.
Alas, the scheduling is getting more and more complex. We are trying to confer Holy Baptism to infants at least monthly, on Saturdays.
Do not have relatives locked into travel plans before arrangements are secured at the Church! There are also requirements for godparents which the Parish Secretary can convey.
Contact: Parish Office at 919-231-6364