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Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Dear Pastor and Bulletin Editor/Publisher,

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 (http://www.wwme.org/) on your parish website. Contact us and we can provide information about WWME and a logo that can be used. Thanks!

Please include the bulletin announcement shown below in your Sunday, April 25th, 2021 parish bulletin.

Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his life for us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on Aug 27-29, 2021 in HICKORY, NC and Nov 5-7, 2021 in ATLANTIC BEACH, NC. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: https://NCMarriageDiscovery.org or contact us at applications@NCMarriageDiscovery.org or 704-315-2144.

If you do not wish to use the weekly scripture bulletin announcements provided, you may use this announcement for the entire month of April.

Covid disrupting your lives? Don’t let the stresses destroy your marriage. Join us for a virtual or in person Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Take a weekend away at a Worldwide Marriage Encounter to gain a richer, fuller married life together. Attend a Marriage Encounter weekend and learn the tools needed to keep your marriage strong. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Aug 27-29, 2021 in HICKORY, NC and Nov 5-7, 2021 in ATLANTIC BEACH, NC. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: https://NCMarriageDiscovery.org or contact us at applications@NCMarriageDiscovery.org or 704-315-2144.


Retreat: The Heart of Mary

Spend a weekend deepening your understanding and devotion to the Blessed Mother. Find out why so many people today seek out Mary for peace, direction and hope, and how she might be able to give the same to you. From May 7-9, the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC, is offering a weekend retreat – a perfect gift to share with your mother for Mother’s Day. To dovetail with your particular Mother’s Day plans, we have options for one night or two, plus some for commuter sessions and even a separate Mother’s Day Sunday brunch. In addition to powerful talks, you’ll be able to enjoy our beautiful setting in full springtime bloom and delicious full-course meals prepared by our own Executive Chef. Visit www.catholicconference.org/mary, email info@catholicconference.org, or call 828.327.7441 for more information.


Ignited by Truth

The 18th annual Ignited By Truth Conference will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10am-5pm ET on the IBT YouTube Channel. Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Schmitz, Fr. Chris Alar, Matthew Leonard, Patricia Sandoval, and John Pridmore. Register at IgnitedByTruth.org for FREE access, including weekly pre-conference talks!

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Estate Planning Webinar

The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh presents a Virtual Catholic Estate Planning Webinar, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 10:00– 11:15 a.m. Topics will include:

  • Your 4-Key Estate Planning Documents
  • Establishing Your Beneficiary Designations
  • Proper Asset Titling
  • Estate Planning Is For Everyone
  • Planning to Protect Those You Love
  • Planning to Build a World You Wish to See

Guest Speakers may include: Ryan Flood, Planned Giving Specialist, The Foundation; Charles “Chess” Griffin, Estate Planning Attorney, Kirschbaum, Nanney, Keenan & Griffin, P.A.

This is a free seminar and no solicitations will be made. For more information or to reserve a virtual seat, call Alicia Hastings, 919-568-1065 or email executive.assistant@FoundationDOR.org.

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Retrouvaille

Dear Pastors and Administrators,

Please continue to publish bulletin announcements for the upcoming Retrouvaille Program scheduled to take place in the Research Triangle Park area in October 2021. Many couples are experiencing additional stress and strain on their marriages due to the Covid-19 restrictions. For this reason, we are asking you to publish the following bulletin announcements in your bulletin or in any media communication you utilize to inform your parishioners. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Let us continue to pray for one another,

Dave and Fran Polovick
Retrouvaille Financial and Publicity Team
910-619-8325

Please publish April 18, 2021:
“We were the couple who never fought. We don't like conflict so we just didn't talk. Never. Discussed. Issues.” Sound familiar? Retrouvaille is a marriage help program that teaches effective communication. The presenting team, three couples and a priest, presents practical tools to enable you to take a good look at many areas of your relationship. They have been there and done that. They will tell you what worked for them. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021, call 800-470-2230, or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com, or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish April 25, 2021:
The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship to restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship. It is a Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, where couples of all faiths or no faith background attend. Presenters are not trained marriage counselors. This is a peer based ministry. The presenters have all been there, done that and worse. They offer practical tools that they themselves used to rediscover their love. For confidential information or to apply to attend the beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021, call 800-470-2230, or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com, or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish May 2, 2021:
Retrouvaille is for couples with marriages that are struggling, not communicating well, and those who are considering marriage separation or divorce. It is also for those who are already separated or divorced that want marriage help. Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021, call 800-470-2230, or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com, or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish May 9, 2021:
“Our marriage had gone cold.  We were living as roommates.”    Sound familiar?  The Retrouvaille Program offers tools to rediscover a loving marriage. Tens of thousands of struggling marriages have successfully overcome their marital problems by attending the program.  It begins with a weekend experience that is followed by a series of follow-up sessions to help keep you on track.  For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021 call 800-470-2230 or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish May 16, 2021:
“We were the couple who never fought. We don't like conflict so we just didn't talk. Never. Discussed. Issues.”  Sound familiar?  Retrouvaille is a marriage help program that teaches effective communication.  The presenting team, three couples and a priest, presents practical tools to enable you to take a good look at many areas of your relationship. They have been there and done that. They will tell you what worked for them.  For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021 call 800-470-2230 or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish May 23, 2021:
The Retrouvaille Program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationship to restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship.  It is a Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, where couples of all faiths or no faith background attend.  Presenters are not trained marriage counselors. This is a peer based ministry. The presenters have all been there, done that and worse. They offer practical tools that they themselves used to rediscover their love.  For confidential information or to apply to attend the beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021 call 800-470-2230 or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.

Please publish May 30, 2021:
Retrouvaille is for couples with marriages that are struggling, not communicating well, and those who are considering marriage separation or divorce. It is also for those who are already separated or divorced that want marriage help. Some couples come to Retrouvaille during the initial signs of a marriage problem. Other couples are in a state of despair and hopelessness when they attend the program. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with the weekend of October 22, 2021 call 800-470-2230 or email: retrouvaillenc@msn.com or visit the web site at www.helpourmarriage.org.


Give to BAA

Bulletin editors: Bulletin announcements and social media posts have been created for each week of the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Please visit the BAA Resources for Parishes page to access the content for the week you are working on. Thank you!


Catholic Charities - Virtual Toast to the Gala

Join Catholic Charities for our 2021 “Virtual Toast to the Gala” on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Catholic Charities Gala will be reformatted into a virtual event, which not only allows for the health and safety of our guests, but also provides an opportunity for all members of the Diocese of Raleigh to learn about the impact of Catholic Charities.

The virtual event will be live streamed for all to enjoy. For more information, or to support this year’s Gala, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/toast-gala, or email Katey Fithian, Director of Development, at Katey.Fithian@ccharitiesdor.org.


NC Catholics Volunteer

Join NC Catholics Volunteer in 2021 to repair and rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence. Work sites are available and Tarboro, NC (Tar River Deanery) and in Wilmington, NC (Cape Fear Deanery).

Over 3 years after Hurricane Matthew, many families still have not returned to their homes. All experience levels are welcome to join in helping rebuild our neighbor’s homes. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Altenau at Daniel.Altenau@ccharitiesdor.org or at (984) 900 - 3115. Spots are limited so sign up now! Visit our website for more information: www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/NCCV


Employment Opportunities

Visit the Diocese of Raleigh Employment Opportunities page for current job listings at diocesan offices, parishes and schools, as well as some regional positions: dioceseofraleigh.org/employment


Courage / Encourage

Courage is a prayer and fellowship group that assists individuals with same sex attraction (SSA) to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. For more information email: courage.sacred.heart@gmail.com, or call 984-289-9489, or visit couragerc.org. Strict confidentiality is maintained.

EnCourage is the affiliate support group for parents, friends and family members of loved ones with SSA. EnCourage helps members to focus on their own spiritual development and offers a supportive environment to share information and guidance for maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones. Anyone wanting to speak to an EnCourage member, either in a one on one meeting or phone call until COVID restrictions are lifted for regular meetings again, please don't hesitate to reach out. For more information email: encourage.sacred.heart@gmail.com, or call 984-221-0730. Strict confidentiality is maintained.


Be the Light

¡Alimenta tu relación de pareja!

Ante esta situación que actualmente viven las parroquias, donde muy pocas de ellas han retomado sus actividades presenciales y por lo tantomuy pocas oportunidades de tener retiros de parejas, la diócesis de Raleigh, en unión con el ministerio de "Testigos de Amor" (Witness to Love) te ofrecen un retiro virtual para parejas "SEAN LA LUZ". Puedes hacerlo desde la comodidad de tu casa y a la hora que desees. Además, es completamente gratis. Vívelo, aprovéchalo, fortalece tu matrimonio y alimenta tu amor.

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Marriage Preparation

Taller diocesano de preparación matrimonial
Invitamos a todas las parejas que estén comprometidas y se encuentren en el proceso de recibir el Sacramento del Matrimonio, a participar en el taller diocesano de preparación matrimonial. Este taller consiste de un día: de 8:30 am a 4:00pm. En este día, las parejas profundizarán en su vocación al Sacramento del Matrimonio, y obtendrán herramientas que les ayudarán, no solo a prepararse para el día de la boda, sino para su vida matrimonial. Los temas que se tratarán en el taller son: “El Matrimonio como sacramento”; La economía en el hogar”, “Comunicación y resolución de conflictos”, “Amor y sexualidad”, “La Planificación Natural de la Familia” y “El perdón”, entre otros. Las fechas y lugares en que se llevarán a cabo estos talleres los podrás encontrar en: https://raldioc.configio.com/go/unidos2020.  Para más información comunícate con Roberto Cortes, Coordinador de Vida Matrimonial, al teléfono (919) 821-9735 o envía un correo electrónico a roberto.cortes@raldioc.org.

¿Te Gustaría servirle a Dios junto con tu pareja?
Si estás sintiendo el llamado de Dios a servir a los demás, te invitamos a servir en pareja en este ministerio de vida matrimonial. Estamos buscando matrimonios que nos ayuden en la preparación de las parejas que se van a casar. Puedes aportar tus talentos y ponerte al servicio del Señor. Llevarás a cabo una función de acuerdo a tus capacidades y además podrás aprender desarrollar otras funciones. Solo necesitamos tus “ganas de servir”, contáctanos. Para más información comunícate con Roberto Cortes, Coordinador de Vida Matrimonial, al teléfono (919) 821-9735 o envía un correo electrónico a roberto.cortes@raldioc.org.