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