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

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

The MARCH 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: March 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.

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

Regional Charismatic Prayer Group Gathering The Mission of the Church Conference presented by New Creation Ministries Hosted by One in the Spirit Prayer Group, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 2817 Poole Rd, Raleigh NC 27610 Saturday, March 25th, 2017 9am-2pm 2817 Poole Rd, Raleigh NC 27610 For more information, please contact Wendy Edwards: or go to Catholic Charismatic Services of The Diocese of Raleigh: We also invite anyone who wants to join a charismatic prayer group or is interested in starting one at their parish to join us!

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 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

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. 

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 March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 11 at 5:30 at Cardinal Gibbons HS. For more information, contact Celia Keator at

Sunday, March 26th, 2017 “Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the LORD looks into the heart." Let your spouse see into your heart better by working through a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is Jun 23-25, 2017 in Chapel Hill, 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.

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

March 26 (week 1)

The Miracle of Life.  At conception the gender of the child is determined by the father’s sperm.  We are going to name this tiny new human being “Thomas.”  Thomas has not yet implanted into the wall of the uterus so no one but God knows of his existence.  God has known us and loved us from all eternity. "Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature." (Genesis 2:7)

Intercessions for Life -March

March 26th   Fourth Sunday of Lent  

For all Christians: Through the eyes of faith, may we see and treat each other as masterpieces of God’s creation;

We pray to the Lord:  

26 de marzo   4º Domingo de Cuaresma  

Por todos los cristianos: Para que mediante los ojos de la fe,  nos veamos y tratemos mutuamente como obras maestras de la creación de Dios; 

roguemos al Señor:

Word of Life-March

March 26th       

“When God created each of us, He did so with precision and purpose, and He looks on each of us with love that cannot be outdone in intensity or tenderness.”

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities Respect Life Program Flyer: Masterpieces of God’s Creation 

26 de marzo

“Cuando Dios creó a cada uno de nosotros, lo hizo con precisión y un propósito, y nos mira a cada uno con un amor que no puede superarse en intensidad o ternura”.

Secretariado de Actividades Pro-Vida de la USCCB Folleto del Programa Respetemos la Vida: Obras maestras de la creación de Dios