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Billy Atwell
Phone: (919) 821-9732

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Anjanette Wiley
Phone: (919) 821-9730

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Kate Turgeon Watson
Phone: 919-821-9738

Web Manager
Michelle Heeden King

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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.
To receive Bulletin Updates via email, contact: Anjanette Wiley at

Announcements are available as Word and PDF at the bottom of the page

The APRIL 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: April 18, 2017

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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.

 April 29-30 Bulletin Announcement Parents, guardians, and adults who care for children face many challenges when trying to help keep children safer in today’s fast-paced world. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) offers easy-to-use safety resources to help address these challenges. NCMEC’s Web site offers a range of practical information for parents and guardians that will help keep children safe from harm at:

29 - 30 de abril – Anuncio en el Boletín Informativo  Los padres, custodios y adultos que cuidan niños, enfrentan constantes desafíos cuando se trata de ayudar a mantener a los niños protegidos en este mundo acelerado. El “National Center for Missing and Exploited Children” (NCMEC, por sus siglas en ingles), ofrece recursos fáciles de usar para ayudar a abordar estos desafíos. El NCMEC, ofrece una variedad de información práctica, para los padres y custodios que ayudan a mantener a los niños protegidos de cualquier daño. Esta información se encuentra en el sitio web: 

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL abril 29- abril 30 2017 Por todos los padres de familia que enseñan a sus hijos tener cuidado en este mundo y no tener miedo; y que el amor de Dios apoye a los padres de familia y a los niños, para que sean todos libres de abuso. Roguemos al Señor.

April 29- April 30 2017 We pray for all parents who are trying to teach their children to be careful in our world but not frightened; may the love of God support parents and children so all may be free from abuse. We pray to the Lord

Handicapped Encounter Christ (HEC) is seeking volunteers for its Retreat Program on June 2 and 3rd at the Agape Retreat Center in Fuquay Varina.  HEC enriches the spiritual and social life of ALL who participate, while also meeting the specific needs of adults with physical disabilities. For more information contact Marty and Charlie Coe (919 832 7237)..

A Night of Praise and Worship Charismatic Renewal Diocesan Wide Event hosted by St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church “Sing to the Lord a new song: Sing to the Lord, bless His name. Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.” Psalm 96: 1-2 Please join us as we come together to sing songs of praise and worship with live music and lift both our hands and our hearts to the Lord! All Catholics Welcome! When: Saturday April 22nd ,2017 at 7:00 pm\ Where: St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church 1005 Wilbon Rd. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 For more information contact: Debbie Rony: Jeanine Trembly: Or go to Catholic Charismatic Services of the Diocese of Raleigh:

Please come and join our St. Padre Pio Prayer Group that meets monthly, by celebrating  Mass on the 1st Saturday of each  month. Our last Mass is May 13. 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

Ignatian Retreat for Men May 19-21, 2017 Avila Retreat Center, Durham, NC St. Luke’s and St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus Councils, in collaboration with St. Raphael’s Office of Life Long Faith Formation, are sponsoring this silent retreat weekend for Catholic men. Men of the diocese are invited.  It starts Friday (5/19) at about 5 PM and closes Sunday (5/21) around noon.  

The Theme is “God’s Creation and our place in it.”  Fr. Peter Murray, S.J., Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael the Archangel, will direct the retreat, drawing on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This will be a weekend of prayer, listening and contemplation.  Mass is scheduled on Sunday. There will be (optional) time for familiar devotions, personal prayer and reflection, and meetings with Father.

Avila is a unique retreat environment -- a peaceful and reflective setting for meditation and prayerful walks around the wooded landscape. The $185 cost for the three-day retreat includes an overnight private room for two nights, dinners, breakfasts and lunches.

Contact Jim Haag at 919-995-1057 (  Or make reservation by sending a $85 deposit to K of C Council #12455 -- note Men’s Retreat to:  Ignatian Men’s Retreat, C/O Jim Haag, 500 Emerywood Dr., Raleigh, NC 27515. 

Ignited By Truth Speaker Series Saturday Evening, April 29, 2017 6:30-10:00pm St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Greenville. Jesse Romero presents two talks: “Spiritual Warfare: Put on the armor of God” – AND – “Catholic Evangelization: A Call to Holiness”. Admission $10.  Register at 919.789.1428 Download Flyer

Ignited By Truth Series de Conferencistas  ¡Venga y Oiga Conferencias en Español!  El 30 de Abril del 2017 de las 1:45 pm a las 4:15 pm  En la Iglesia Católica de San Gabriel en Greenville, Carolina del Norte  ¡Evangelización en Fuego!  Presentadas por Jesse Romero: 1. Los Cuatro Pilares del Matrimonio Católico  2. Evangelización Católica: Un Llamado a Ser Santo  Costo de Admisión: $10.00  ¡Enciendanse!

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

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  May 21, and June 11 at 5:30 at Cardinal Gibbons HS. For more information, contact Celia Keator at

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.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.”  Enliven and find more joy in your marriage by participating in a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next weekends are: Jun 23-25, 2017 in Chapel Hill, NC and Jul 7-9, 2017 in Greenville, SC. 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. 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT Please publish in your bulletin as often as possible through June 10/11. The Diocesan Tribunal seeks women and men volunteers who are interested in assisting people seeking a declaration of nullity of a prior marriage.  A compassionate ear and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are the main requirements.  Bilingual skills are helpful but not necessary. For more information or to register, please call or e-mail Mrs. Vikki Newell (919-821-9759; by June 16, 2017.

El Tribunal Diocesano busca personas voluntarias que estén interesadas en ayudar a las parejas que desean iniciar el proceso de declaración de nulidad de su matrimonio. Los requisitos principales son: ser compasivo, mantener una estricta confidencialidad y verdaderamente ser bilingüe. Para mayor información o para registrarse, por favor comuníquese con la Sra. Vikki Newell al 919-821-9759 o vía email a antes del 16 de junio del 2017.

Divorced?    Remarried?    Planning  to  marry  someone  who  is  divorced?    Do  you  have  questions  about freedom  to  marry  in  the  Catholic  Church?    Did  you  know  that  the  Tribunal  is  available  to  answer  these  and   any  other  questions  you  may  have  about  remarriage  in  the  Church?    Please contact  Mrs.  Vikki  Newell 919- 821-9759 with  your  questions,  or  you  may  wish  to  visit  our  website for  further  information.   We welcome the  opportunity  to  help   you.

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).

Pro-Life Bulletin Announcements

Tradition teaches us Christ was conceived on the Feast of the Annunciation. We will watch the parallel development of “Thomas” in the womb beginning on March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation) until December 25.  The Office of Human Life and Dignity is making available a series of bulletin messages describing the fetal development of “Thomas.” Each week we will send out the messages to the parishes.  Please consider inserting these messages in the bulletin for the upcoming weeks and each week through December 25. Download Fetal Development of Thomas

April 30 (week 6)
Thomas is now 10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg and he is developing rapidly.  His heart is pumping increasing quantities of blood through his body.  The placenta forms a unique barrier between mother and her baby.  The baby likely has a different blood type, different DNA and is not part of the mother’s body.
“Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows.”  (Luke 12:7) 

Intercessions for Life

April 23rd    Sunday of Divine Mercy

For men and women afraid to confess  their participation in abortion: May the assurance of God’s everlasting love  give them courage to seek forgiveness;

We pray to the Lord:   

23 de abril    Domingo de la Divina Misericordia Por los hombres y mujeres que tienen miedo a confesar  su participación en un aborto: Para que la garantía del amor eterno de Dios  les dé el valor de buscar el perdón; roguemos al Señor:   

April 30th    Third Sunday of Easter
For the Church: May the living and enduring Word of God unite the faithful in heartfelt care for all human life.
We pray to the Lord:

30 de abril  3º Domingo de Pascua
Por la Iglesia: Para que la Palabra viva y eterna de Dios una a los fieles en un cuidado sincero por toda vida humana.
roguemos al Señor:

Word of Life

April 30th  
“If we are filled with the love of God, a culture of encounter and solidarity  will begin to bloom.”
Serene Attentiveness to God’s Creation USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, 2016–17 Respect Life Program

30 de abril   “Si estamos llenos del amor de Dios, comenzará a florecer una cultura de encuentro y solidaridad”.
Serena atención a la Creación de Dios ( Secretariado de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB,  Programa Respetemos la Vida 2016–2017