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Billy Atwell
Phone: (919) 821-9732

Assistant Director
Anjanette Wiley
Phone: (919) 821-9730

Publishing and News Manager
Kate Turgeon Watson
Phone: 919-821-9738

Web Manager
Michelle Heeden King

Multimedia Producer
Mark Hite
Phone: (919) 821-9734

Administrative Assistant
Suzanne Smith
Phone: 919-821-9749

Bulletin Announcements

Bulletin Announcements are posted each Monday by 10:00 am.
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The JANUARY directory has been posted The online, password protected directory has been re-organized. You must be logged in to see it on this page: . It is only intended for staff so please be cautious when sharing. If you need the password, call Anjanette Wiley at 919-821-9730. If you see an error, email Suzanne Smith at

Around the Diocese: February 20, 2017

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 "Raleigh to Rome" is a weekly Catholic news brief of local and global Catholic news hosted by Billy Atwell, Director of Communications. New episodes are posted every Friday morning! Watch and subscribe to the Raleigh to Rome You Tube channel.

The theme of the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, “Instruments of God’s Mercy,” serves as a reminder to imitate God’s mercy by providing love and support to those in need. Over 30 ministries are supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and we invite you to explore the BAA site to learn more about the impact of your generosity to the campaign. Go to for more information and resources for your campaign. There also downloadable resources at the bottom of this page.


You are invited to take part in the national 40 Days for Life prayer vigil during Lent.   Our Diocesan Administrator, Msgr. Michael Shugrue will pray with the faithful on Wednesday, March 8, at 8:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 1765 Dobbins Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  The campaign of focused prayer continues through Lent from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.  Contact for more information or to sign up for a time to pray.

Human Trafficking:  It’s Real and It’s Here

Join us on March 6, 2017 in the Friends and Family Hall of St. Thomas More Parish, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill. Exhibits will start at 6:00PM, program will start at 7:00PM. Every year thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of human traffickers in all countries and across borders and are exploited through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. North Carolina is among the top ten states with the highest number of reported cases. On March 6 you will hear how legal experts, victim advocates and law enforcement are working to end human trafficking. Please come, learn, and be supportive.  You can help! Please RSVP at by March 3. Space is limited.

2017 Catholic Scout Camporee –Calling all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daisies, Cubs, & American Heritage Girls.  March 24-26, 2017 at Camp Bower in White Oak, NC.  Theme: “Blessed Be His Holy Name”.  Scouts of all faith backgrounds are welcome.  For more information and to register online go to:, or email

Walking in Mercy – Living with Mental Illness

Join us for this four part series and learn about the challenges and opportunities for those living with mental illness starting Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall on the campus of The Catholic Community of St.Francis of Assisi. The topics include:Mental Health 101, Access to Mental Health Care, Practical Resources, The Church and Mental Health.Please register to attend by visiting or call Kathleen Owen at 919-841-8205, ext 241 Download Flyer

Organized by Catholic Charities and the Knights of Columbus, NC Catholics Volunteer is coordinating volunteer opportunities following the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew. If you would like more information about available volunteer opportunities, please visit

Please come and join  our St. Padre Pio Prayer group that  meets monthly, by celebrating  Mass on the 1st Saturday of each  month. Our next Masses are March 4th, April 1, and May 6. Taking the summer off and again resuming on Sept. 2, 2017. We will have confession after Mass, the rosary and intercessory prayer in the Adoration Chapel,  Spiritual Direction is available by appointment, with Fr. Forbes. All are welcome. For any questions, please contact Rosemary Pizzolato at

Dear Bulletin Editors,
In this week's centralized mail we are providing resources to help you announce and promote Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Honor and Memorial Naming opportunities with your parishioners. At the bottom of this page, you will find downloadable and printable 1-page, 1/2 page, and 1/4 page  and facebook ads that can be used in: Bulletins, Websites, Social Media, Emails to parishioners, Display boards in parish buildings etc.

Please use these resources to inform your parishioners and parish groups of the opportunities to to complete this historic endeavor for our Diocese. View an online catalog to see images of interior appointments in greater detail for our Cathedral, all of which many be memorialized in honor of a loved one or even as a gift from a parish or group.

ENCOURAGE is a Roman Catholic apostolate for parents, friends and family members of loved ones with same-sex attraction (SSA). EnCourage helps members to focus on their own spiritual development and offers a supportive, confidential environment to share feelings, experiences, information and guidance for maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones. If you love your faith and also someone with SSA, you are not alone and help is available! Be welcomed by a group of Catholics who understand your struggles and who will walk and pray with you on this journey.

The Encourage Apostolate meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7.00 PM at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in the 620 House (facing Donald Ross Drive). For more information, please call Theresia Peckham at 919-608-3510. All discussions and information is confidential.Encourage has been endorsed by the Pontifical Council of the Family.

Single/Single Again Mass will be on March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 11 at 5:30 at Cardinal Gibbons HS. For more information, contact Celia Keator at


14th Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference February 24-25, 2017 Raleigh Convention Center, “Bringing to light the truth of the teachings of the Catholic Church and igniting in all hearts a love for the Faith” Speakers: Fr. Michael Gaitley, Leah Darrow, Abby Johnson, and more! Friday 7-9:30 PM and Saturday 8:30am-6:30pm with programs for Adults, Young Adults, High School, and Middle School Students. Early Registration Discounts: Adults $35, Students (age 10+) $25, includes Friday, Saturday, and Lunch! Friday only: Adults $15, Students (age 10+) free. Questions: 919.789.1428 Complete details and registration: Who will you invite? 


¡Póngalo en su calendario! Ignited By Truth Series de Conferencistas El 30 de Abril del 2017 en la Iglesia Católica de San Gabriel en Greenville, Carolina del Norte Presentado por Jesse Romero, Evangelización en Fuego ¡Venga y oiga (2) conferencias en Español! ¡Enciendanse! 


Help us to support the Bishops’ Initiative on marriage! Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends not only rediscover the joy, intimacy & romance in their relationships, but also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger & healthier. You can help couples in your parish find us by placing information and a link to Worldwide Marriage Encounter ( on your parish website. Contact us and we can provide information about WWME and a logo that can be used. Thanks!


Sunday, February 26th, 2017

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”  Learn how to "not sweat the small stuff" and enhance your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is Mar 24-26, 2017 in Atlantic Beach, NC. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: or contact us at or 704-315-2144.


St Peter’s in Greenville is starting a Catholic Divorce Survival Group on  March 6th and it will go through May 22nd .  The fee will be $15 (to cover the cost of the book). Please contact Ruth Honeycutt at for more information regarding this support group. 

Project Rachel Retreat Easter Gift of Healing.  If you are suffering from an abortion, experience the love of Jesus Christ at a Project Rachel weekend retreat April 28-30, 2017.  The weekend retreat, for both women and men, will combine discussions, spiritual exercises, and the sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service, and a Mass of the Resurrection.  Participation is strictly confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy.  For more information or to register for the retreat, contact Project Rachel at or call (919) 852-1021. Brochures in English and Spanish are located_ (state where). The cost is $150 for lodging, meals and all retreat materials.  If you have a financial burden, some assistance is available.  Registration deadline is April 15, 2017.

Divorciado? Vuelto a casar? Pensando en casarse con alguien que se divorció? ¿Tiene preguntas acerca de la libertad de casarse en la Iglesia Católica? ¿Sabía usted que el Tribunal está disponible para responder a estas y otras preguntas que usted pueda tener acerca de volverse a casar en la Iglesia? Por favor, póngase en contacto con el Sra. Teresa Aldahondo (919-821-9758 or con sus preguntas, o usted puede visitar nuestro sitio web  para más información. Damos la bienvenida a la oportunidad de poder ayudarle.

Elimination of Fees for a Declaration of Nullity.  As of July 1, 2015, the Diocese of Raleigh eliminated all costs associated with a Declaration of Nullity.  Bishop Burbidge decided the Diocese will absorb all costs related to the nullity process in order to make it more accessible to those who have been previously married and divorced.  If you are interested in beginning or learning more about the nullity process, please contact Mrs. Susan Stanton (919-821-9754) or Mrs. Vikki Newell (919 821-9759).  If you speak Spanish, please contact Ms Teresa Aldahondo (919-821-9758).

Eliminación de Honorarios para la Declaración de Nulidad.   Desde el primero de julio, del 2015, la Diócesis de Raleigh elimino todos los costos asociados con la Declaración de Nulidad.  El Obispo Burbidge decidió que la Diócesis absorbería los costos relacionados con el proceso de nulidad, de esta manera hacer que el proceso de nulidad sea más asequible para aquellos que han estado casados y divorciados previamente. Si está interesado en conocer o aprender más acerca del proceso de nulidad, por favor contactar a la Sra. Susan Stanton (919-821-9754) o Sra. Vikki Newell (919-821-9759).  Para Español, contactar a la Sra. Teresa Aldahondo (919-821-9758).

Rediscover Your MarriageRetrouvaille simply means 'rediscovery'. The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. Many couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending. Retrouvaille is a not spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, not a social gathering. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with a weekend on February 17, 2017 call 800-470-2230 or email: or visit the web site at

Word of Life and Intercessions

February 26th   Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

For those who suffer: May they be surrounded  by loving family and friends who walk with them in their suffering: We pray to the Lord:  

26 de febrero 8º Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

Por los que sufren: Para que estén rodeados  por familiares y amigos amorosos que caminen con ellos en su sufrimiento: Roguemos al Señor:

February 26th       

“Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. … Every life is worth living.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Respect Life Program Flyer,  

Domingo, 26 de febrero de 2017

 “Cada vida es un regalo bueno y perfecto, dure un momento o cien años. En cada etapa y en cada circunstancia, el amor de Dios sostiene nuestra existencia. … Cada vida merece vivir.” 

Secretariado de Actividades Pro Vida de la USCCB  Volante del Programa Respetemos la Vida,