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NC State Fair provides opportunity for attendees to Respect Life

The fair offers more than just delicious food, rides & games, and a glimpse at all things NC. Two Holy Infant parishioners volunteered at the NC Right to Life exhibit booth this year. READ MORE about their experience here.

The fair may only come once a year, but the opportunity to advocate & support the right to life is ongoing.  North Carolina Right to Life (NCRTL) was founded for the purpose of educating the public about abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.  At the fair, parishioners volunteered to pass out "Choose Life" stickers and request signatures for a petition to end abortion.  Some fair goers stopped by to say thank you, some to pick up literature, & others to make a donation.  A very rewarding moment, as reflected upon by Leanne Woodward, was when a pregnant woman and her spouse came by, pointed at the display and exclaimed "that's how big our baby is!"  "What a beautiful way to celebrate the anticipation of their son or daughter's birth with this family."  Anna Cheatle, also a Holy Infant parishioner, reflected on why she chose to volunteer at the NCRTL exhibit:

"I volunteered because Pro-Life is something I feel very strongly about!  It was instilled in me by my parents and my religious beliefs. When God creates a new precious life, who are we to decide if that life lives or dies?  As a nurse, I have been blessed to be able to witness new life enter this world at all gestational ages.  I have also held a tiny newborn in the palm of my hand as it passed away to heaven.  It breaks my heart to image someone actually choosing this pathway for any child of God.  I want to be a voice for all the unborn children who have no voice.  If you are reading this, thank your mother today because she chose life." 

Looking for ways to respect, support & advocate for life at every age & stage?  Contact Diane Gerding, our Respect Life Ministry coordinator.  

**If you desire healing from a past abortion, you're invited to experience the love of Jesus Christ at a Project Rachel weekend retreat November 9-11, 2018. The retreat, for both women and men, is strictly confidential and includes discussions, spiritual exercises, the sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service, and a Mass of the Resurrection.**

Health Ministry seeks to protect parishioners from the Flu this year

This past weekend the Health Ministry coordinated Holy Infant's annual flu clinic. 52 parishioners took advantage of the service and got their flu shot, a new record for our yearly flu clinic!

Flu season typically runs from October through March and it is not too late to get your flu shot!  Help protect you, your family, and the community from this season’s strains of the flu!  Your primary care provider or local pharmacy are great resources to get a flu shot if you missed out on our on-site clinic.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has helpful resources regarding the flu.  Remember the best way to prevent the flu is to get your flu shot.  Thank you again to all who participated and supported this initiative!

Are you an active or retired healthcare professional?  Consider joining Holy Infant's Health Ministry!  Contact Chris Woodward for details & questions regarding this ministry. 

Bishop Zarama reminds us of our presence in the Body of Christ

While celebrating Mass at Holy Infant on October 7, Bishop Zarama reminded us that we have both physical & spiritual hunger that needs to be satiated, and of the value of our participation in the Church.

In continued celebration of the 48th anniversary of Holy Infant as a parish community, Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama was the celebrant and homilist at the 11 AM Mass on October 7.  Bishop Zarama was greeted with joyful singing from our combined youth & adult choirs.  During his homily, the Bishop provided some comedic relief to the topic of our participation in building up the Church, the Body of Christ.  He compared how we act/react when we go out to eat at a restaurant versus how we act/react going to Mass.  Through the laughter, part of the take away message was this: how are we promoting and building up the Kingdom of God?  Bishop Zarama provided much needed food for thought during his visit.    

After the celebration, the Bishop engaged in a meet & greet with parishioners.  Check out photos from the Bishop's visit HERE.   

The parish community of Holy Infant would like to thank Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama for celebrating Mass with us.  We are so blessed to have him as the shepherd of the flock within the Diocese of Raleigh. 

2018 Parish Picnic: Celebrating 48 Years as a Parish Community

The Parish Picnic was a highlight event to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Holy Infant, as well as a coming together of our entire parish family for community building & faith-sharing.

Food, fun & fellowship were the key ingredients to this year's parish picnic celebration!  Young parishioners enjoyed climbing aboard a City of Durham firetruck, creating masks and sun visors at the arts & crafts table, and jumping around in the bounce houses.  Adults enjoyed socializing with fellow parishioners, both new and  familiar; catching up on current life happenings and reminiscing on year's past.  The Health Ministry featured several booths including a hand washing station, flu shot facts, and a dementia awareness virtual reality simulation activity--all in an effort to keep our parishioners safe, healthy & informed.  

Food this year included Filipino cuisine, Indian cuisine, fried chicken, hot dogs with all the fixin's, Marco's pizza, Bandido's Tacos, Mad Popper popcorn, and a dessert & ice cream bar.  Everyone walked away full & happy!

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the parish picnic a wonderful event for our parish community! A special thanks to Elizabeth Hicks, Joyce Cervati, Rey Ramirez & the Knights of Columbus, and all volunteers who helped make the picnic a success!

Check out images of all the fun HERE.  We look forward to seeing you at next year's picnic!

November Faith First: Listening to God's Call

The first week of November is National Vocations Awareness Week. Join us for Faith First on November 4th after the 11 AM Mass to discover ways of fostering vocations in yourself, your family and in our entire parish community.

Discovering & fostering vocations in ourselves, our families & in our parish community supports our common goal of uplifting Christian believers towards a life of holiness.  Pope Francis says:

“We will never discover the special, personal calling that God has in mind for us if we remain enclosed in ourselves, in our usual way of doing things..."

So the question becomes how do we open ourselves to hearing God's voice?

On Sunday, November 4th from 12:30-2:30 PM, Oblate Seminarian Joseph McDaniels and Sr. Kelly Williams, RSM will join our parish community in a conversation on how they heard God's call & responded.  Additionally, Kelly's parents, Lori and Mike Williams, will be here to help parents better understand how to help children foster their vocation & be open to whichever vocation God is calling them.

                                                                      

                                 Sr. Kelly Williams, RSM              Oblate Seminarian Joseph McDaniels

This event is for parishioners of all ages.  There will be breakout sessions for young children/youth and teens/young adults.  Lunch will be provided.  The event is FREE, but please RSVP HERE so that we can have an accurate list of attendees for our meal together.      

October 2018: The Month of the Holy Rosary

During October, the Month of the Holy Rosary, Pope Francis invites & encourages all the faithful to pray the rosary. READ MORE to learn about a prayer hour for parents on October 21st, as well as other tips for praying the rosary.

The Rosary is a uniquely Catholic form of meditative prayer.  Praying the Rosary is a way for all to draw together in communion and fellowship.  In the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis, the pope reflects on the beauty and necessity of the Rosary: 

"Here I would like to emphasize the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to all, great and small, the educated and those with little education. It is the prayer of the Holy Rosary. In the Rosary we turn to the Virgin Mary so that she may guide us to an ever closer union with her Son Jesus to bring us into conformity with him, to have his sentiments and to behave like him. Indeed, in the Rosary while we repeat the Hail Mary we meditate on the Mysteries, on the events of Christ’s life, so as to know and love him ever better. The Rosary is an effective means for opening ourselves to God, for it helps us to overcome egotism and to bring peace to hearts, in the family, in society and in the world." 

Praying the Rosary for all ages: 

  • Decade by Decade: don’t worry if your attention span wanes before you finish; go as far as you can, then pick up where you left off next time.
  • The Traveling Rosary: say the Rosary on the way to/from work, to/from school or on a family vacation.  Check out Podcasts or Apps that help guide you through the Rosary. 
  • Bring the Rosary to Life: as you pray each mystery, ask your children to act out the scene being described.
  • Join Holy Infant's Rosary Making Group: this ministry is open to any teen or adult group or individual who wishes to  make rosaries on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.  This group meet at 3 PM in the St. Leonie Aviat Room. 
  • Join a Marian Prayer Group: this group is dedicated to Jesus through a devotion to Our Lady.  This group prays Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Litany of Loreto, as well as prayers for the Pope, our bishop and all priests.  The Marian Prayer Group meets every Thursday after morning Mass, except the 1st Thursday which is Eucharistic Adoration. 
  • Parents Praying Together: parents of children of all ages are welcome to come pray together on Sunday, October 21st 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM in the church.  This hour of prayer will include the Rosary, petitions and prayers for mothers & fathers.   

Hurricane Florence Relief: Assisting those in most need

Most Reverend, Bishop Rafael Zarama has asked parishioners from the diocese to assist our neighbors who were deeply affected by the recent storm that has shattered our state.

"In recent days, we have seen the heartbreaking photographs and video reports of those who have been impacted so severely by the wind, rain, and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. I ask that you pray for those who have lost their lives, those who have been injured, and for those who have lost homes and possessions. I also ask for prayers for the brave first responders who have been so helpful in the rescue and relief. This is a time for our Catholic community to come together and to assist our neighbors in North Carolina who are in most need."

- Bishop Rafael Luis Zarama, Diocese of Raleigh

AT HOLY INFANT:

There was a Special (2nd) Collection held after ALL Masses last weekend (October 13 -14th).  Thank you for your donations towards this ongoing effort.  These funds will be used to establish points of distribution which will supply food, water, and basic supplies to families throughout impacted areas, to provide direct financial assistance to help families access safe and stable housing, to compassionately service those impacted by this traumatic event, and to support long-term NC Catholics Volunteer disaster recovery projects.

** COMING SOON:  We will also be hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive November 10th and 11th to benefit those affected by Hurricane Florence.  Details coming soon! **

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP AROUND THE DIOCESE:

If you would like to help Catholic Charities assist families impacted by Hurricane Florence across central and eastern North Carolina, there are several ways you can do so at this time:

DONATE TODAY

  • Financial Donations: Disasters are rapidly changing events and financial donations allow us to adapt to the situation and best meet the needs of the survivors. Donate online or text RECOVER1 to 51555.
  • Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/volunteerflorence to learn about volunteer opportunities across the Diocese of Raleigh.
  • In-Kind Donations: If you would like to donate in-kind goods, an online page has been set up where you can purchase items, and they will be shipped in bulk to our offices. This helps streamline coordination of the supplies we anticipate receiving. You can find the list of needed items here.
  • Pray: Survivors are going through what may be the most traumatic experience in their lives. Staff and volunteers are working around the clock to provide some relief during this challenging situation. Your prayers for all involved are greatly needed at this time.

Thank you for your support of your neighbors impacted by this disaster.

Calling all youth who love to sing!

Does your child love to sing? Is he or she in 3rd grade or older? Why not have them try out for our Youth Choir?

An informal audition is necessary and rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm in church. Seasoned instrumentalists are also are welcome to try out.

For more information, contact Francine at 919-973-0007 or francineb@holyinfantchurch.org.

Stephen Ministry: Providing one-to-one care to those in need

Read more about how you can help a loved one during a time of need and prayer.

THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND AT ALL MASSES: OCTOBER 6 - 7TH!

A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person, who is experiencing a crisis, such as grief, divorce, job loss, or a chronic or terminal illness.   He/she meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Men are paired with men; women with women. Your support in the second offering on October 7th will help keep Stephen Ministry vibrant and strong at Holy Infant.

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry. It draws its name from St. Stephen, the first deacon who was chosen  to provide caring ministry to those in need. Since the days of the Apostles, caring ministry has been a hallmark of the Christian faith community—and is at the heart of Stephen Ministry. Holy Infant is one of over 13,000 Christian congregations from all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries that have embraced Stephen Ministry. We now have 24 Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Leaders attend a Leader’s Training Course to be able to lead this ministry. They develop key skills to recruit, train and support Stephen Ministers. They learn how to build awareness for Stephen Ministry, how to connect Stephen Ministers with people who need care, and how to provide ongoing supervision and continuing education for Stephen Ministers.

Watch video testimonies from Stephen Ministry care receivers

If you think that you or someone you know might benefit from a Stephen Minister, please contact Father Robert or Lynn Sale.

Some of our Holy Infant Stephen Ministers 

 

School is back in session - why not learn how to have a better marriage?

Plan now to attend a Marriage Encounter weekend in November 2018 or March 2019.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been enriching marriages for 50 years. Sign up today to attend an upcoming weekend:

  • November 9-11, 2018 in Atlantic Beach, NC
  • March 1-3, 2019 in Hickory, NC

Early sign up is recommended. For more information, visit our website, email applications@NCMarriageDiscovery.org, or call 704-315-2144.

Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Retreat for Women and Men

Don't miss this beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion November 9-11, 2018.

If you desire healing from a past abortion, you're invited to experience the love of Jesus Christ at a Project Rachel weekend retreat November 9-11, 2018. The retreat, for both women and men, is strictly confidential and includes discussions, spiritual exercises, the sacrament of Reconciliation, a Memorial Service, and a Mass of the Resurrection. 

For more information or to register, contact Project Rachel at project.rachel@raldioc.org or call 919-852-1021. Cost is $150 for lodging, meals, and all retreat materials.  If you have a financial burden, some assistance is available. 

Please register by October 26, 2018.

Busy Families Connect and Grow with Mass Transit Cards

Looking for a quick and effective way to engage the entire family in reflection on Mass each week?

Mass Transit cards offer a quick and effective way to engage the entire family in reflection on Mass each week.  All Faith Development families are encouraged to pick up a packet of cards outside the Faith Development Office.  It's short, easy to use and portable enough to take along in the car!

Just as sports and academic challenges require preparation, so does Mass. Children (and parents!) need to ready their hearts and minds to be active participants in the Eucharist. In the process of helping their children understand the message and apply it to their lives, parents will also come to a greater awareness of all the Mass has to offer them in their daily journey, with all its joys and struggles.

The new packet includes a card for each Sunday from August 26 through November 4.  New cards will be released quarterly.  The front of each card notes the day, the Lectionary readings, a key quotation from one of the readings, a family-friendly reflection, a one or two-sentence prayer, and a reflection question. The back of each card provides some simple questions to write in, including what Mass they attended, the color of the priest’s vestments, one insight from the homily, and something special they noticed at Mass that day.

Completed cards should be returned the following week to a box outside the Faith Development office.  Families who actively participate will be entered into a drawing to win a faith-centered family prize pack!

Please contact Leanne Woodward with questions.

Respect Life celebration wraps up with tremendous success and contributions to local area

The Respect Life Committee extends generous gratitude to all parishioners who donated new baby items and gift cards for our Respect Life celebration.

Your generosity blessed many in our local area who seek help and support from Pregnancy Support Services and Catholic Charities.  During the week of October 13-14, the following 684 gifts were delivered:

Food Gift Cards totaling:                          $750.00

Onesies:                                                        166

Sleepers:                                                       165

Socks                                                             81 pairs

Baby Blankets:                                               50

Baby Wipes:                                                  41 containers

Other Items:                                                   12

Towels:                                                           71

Washcloths:                                                  24

Other:                                                              12

Formula:                                                         15 containers

Diapers:                                                          52  boxes/packs

totaling 2,656 individual diapers

            To our 48 volunteers who helped give out gift tags, sort, count, bag and deliver the items to the two ministries, be assured that the gift of your time extended a blessing to many.  Special thanks to the Holy Infant parish community for celebrating LIFE and being the hands and feet of Christ, offering hope and encouragement to women in crisis pregnancies and families experiencing an economic crisis in our area.  You are awesome!

            During the month of October, please take time to check out the assortment of Respect Life reading materials available in the reading rack in the atrium.  Read and pass the articles onto family and friends.  Keep informed of the current life issues facing our society today. 

“Every Life:  Cherished, Chosen, Sent”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops….2018 

Achievements to Celebrate: Highlighting Fiscal Year 2018

Holy Infant has many Faith Development, Liturgical, and Financial achievements to celebrate over the last 12 months that would not be possible without the support of our parish family.

Achievements to Celebrate
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

  • 453 parishioners involved in over 65 active ministries
  • Over 150 children, youth, and teens enrolled in Faith Development
  • Hundreds of service hours completed by teens
  • Doubled participation in multi-generational Faith First
  • 31 Baptisms
  • 23 children received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
  • 12 teens received the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • Reception of 6 individuals into Full Communion with the Catholic Church
  • 8 new Stephen Ministers trained
  • New faith formation initiatives including:
    • Mass Transit Cards for families
    • A Project of Love: Spiritual Reflection for young couples
    • Spirituality for Everyday Life series for Adults
    • Religious Book Club for Adults
  • New ministers added to our Hosts & Greeters
  • New Altar Servers, Lectors, and Eucharistic Ministers in training
  • Dedicated Funeral Committee worked tirelessly at many funeral receptions
  • 30 devoted Adult Choir members serving at all 3 Masses
  • New Youth Choir - 20 members who sing alternately at the 5:30 pm & 11:00 am Masses
  • Oblate event - Live Jesus NC 2018 Retreat - hosted at Holy Infant
  • 4 percent increase in First Offertory collections
  • 217 parishioners participating in E-giving for their First Offertory gifts
  • Addition of nearly $100,000 to capital reserves
  • Over $55,000 in donations to charitable organizations
  • $85,000 in donations to special national collections
  • Continued strong commitment to the building campaign with over $3.4 million in pledges
  • $100,000 pledged to the 2018 BAA campaign

 To see the 2017-2018 Financial Summary please click here.

 We want to thank you and look forward to celebrating new successes with you in the upcoming year.

Fr. Robert & the staff at Holy Infant

Does your ministry have an achievement to highlight from the past year? We want to hear from you! 
Email Mary with your exciting news.

New Durham-Chapel Hill Catholic High School plans moving forward

The diocese has begun a series of studies to explore the feasibility of expanding Catholic high school options in areas served by the Diocese of Raleigh.

(Article written by the Diocese of Raleigh website)

08-20-2018

The diocese has begun a series of studies to explore the feasibility of expanding Catholic high school options in areas served by the Diocese of Raleigh.

The four regions that will be evaluated through this process are:

  • the Coastal region (including New Bern/Havelock/Jacksonville/Morehead City);
  • the Fayetteville region (including Pinehurst and Southern Pines);
  • the Triangle region (Chapel Hill and Durham);
  • and the Wilmington region.

 

The Durham-Chapel Hill region is the first area for evaluation. A School Study Committee has been established to move the process forward and provide leadership and expertise throughout the study.

The committee’s role is to assist in evaluating the potential for a new Catholic high school; review research and reports provided by the consultant; and provide insight, experience and vision throughout the study process.

At the present time, community demographic data along with information regarding parish and Catholic school data trends have been researched. The goal of the data portion of the study is to provide a foundation for determining the strength of the potential student-pool in areas from which the proposed school could draw enrollment and ensure sustainability for the future.

Additionally, our consultant from the Meitler group has conducted meetings and interviews with a number of individuals and parent groups to enhance relationships, garner anecdotal information, and build interest and excitement in this great initiative. Meetings include the diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, local Catholic elementary school principals, and groups of interested parents and parishioners to learn more about the local community and invite them to participate in this study.

An online survey will be available for parents with children 12 years of age and younger to measure the level of interest in a new high school in the Durham-Chapel Hill area and their willingness to possibly enroll their children. This survey is critical to determine the potential enrollment of the proposed high school which, if sufficient, leads to next steps that include estimating costs, creating a funding model, establishing a timeline for next steps in planning and, ultimately, moving toward a campaign to open the school.

All parish and Catholic school parents with children ages 12 and younger are invited to take part in the survey process. Additional information regarding the survey and how to access it will be available in early September through parish and school announcements as well as on the Diocese of Raleigh website.

In October 2018, the Pinehurst and Southern Pines area will begin the process of the feasibility study.

Bishop Zarama's Response to the PA Report, additional resources regarding scandal

Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama, Bishop of the Raleigh diocese and other leaders respond to the recent report made by the Attorney General in Pennsylvania.

Read Bishop Zarama's Response concerning the most recent PA report

Also: Auxiliary Bishop Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles shares his thoughts and provides multiple resources at his Word on Fire website.

Also: Popular Ascension Presents video host Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain of the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry in Duluth, Minnesota, calls for each of us not to leave, but to lead.

Also: Well-known lecturer and writer Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, shares his recent reflectionsHow to Respond (August 27) and An Ode to the Church (September 3).

Filipino BBQ brings in faith, family and fun

We have an update regarding the Filipino BBQ that took place earlier this month!

UPDATE ON THE Filipino BBQ Fundraiser!

Thank you to all volunteers who helped out with this wonderful fundraiser.

We are happy to announce that we made a total of $4,146.90!  The proceeds will go towards the Altar Campaign in the new Church.

Please go to the website to view pictures from the event.

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First off, we thank the Lord for giving us sunshine on that day, instead of the predicted rain. I believed it was the Divine Infant Jesus intercession. As far as the event, the BBQ and the fixings were very well received. It was well attended by parishioners and non-parishioners.  Even though the number of barbecues sold has yet to be determined, we sold out.  The proceeds from this sale will go to the altar for the new church.

This would not have been possible were it not for the support of the church and the volunteers, We thank Elizabeth Hicks for her assistance in determining the logistics of the operation. We were fortunate to have the Knights of Columbus to take care of the grounds prior to this event. 

Last but not the least, we thank the Filipino community for volunteering to make this event a success. We thank everyone working in harmony to accomplish the task at hand. This is what we call in the Philippines, the "Bayanihan Spirit", i.e., everybody working together for a common purpose. Just to let you know it took more than 15 hours to cut the meat and thread them onto skewers, to say the least. You probably observed on the day of the event, there were five grills used to get them cooking, and these took many hours, too We have pictures of these. Marian Yap's husband took most of the pictures for this event, please see the photo album.

Participate in easy and cost-free financial support for our Catholic schools

Just link your Harris Teeter VIC card to your favorite school(s).

If you're a Harris Teeter shopper, their Together in Education (TIE) program provides real funding to your favorite schools.  All you need to do is link your VIC reward card to up to 5 schools of your choice. Then every time you purchase Harris Teeter brands, HT donates a percentage of your purchase to the school(s) to which your VIC card is linked. There's no cost to you and no limit to how much a school can earn every August through May, though you must re-link your card each academic year.

The choice of school(s) is entirely yours, though of course the Catholic schools attended by most Holy Infant students would very much appreciate your support by linking your card to their TIE number:

  • Immaculata Catholic School, Durham - TIE number: 1357
  • St. Thomas More Catholic School, Chapel Hill - TIE number: 1821
  • Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh - TIE number: 1841

Anyone who shops at Harris Teeter and uses their VIC card can participate; you don't need to have school-age children or grandchildren or any children. To learn more and to link your VIC card, just sign up online.

Since 1998 Harris Teeter has donated over $27 million to Together In Education participating schools.  If you're a Harris Teeter shopper, please consider helping our Catholic schools by participating in this program.

Holy Infant Pilgrimage to the Passion Play in Oberammergau - May 2020!

The Passion Play is the highlight of our 9 Day Pilgrimage - a Journey to Austria & Germany (May 28-June 5). This 380-year-old tradition is regarded as the most important passion play in the world and is an amazing pilgrimage journey. The extravagant production, which takes place only every 10 years, features 2500+ actors – all residents of the village -- as they reenact the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ.

This 380-year-old tradition is regarded as the most important passion play in the world and is an amazing pilgrimage journey. The extravagant production, which takes place only every 10 years, features 2500+ actors – all residents of the village -- as they reenact the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Did you miss the information meeting on August 23? Contact Lynn Sale to learn more about this pilgrimage. Deposits are due in December.

We will travel with Catholic Travel Centre.

(The same company that we traveled with to the Holy Land in 2017.)

9 Day Pilgrimage - a Journey to Austria & Germany  May 27-June 5

Visiting: Vienna, Durnstein, Melk Abbey, Salzburg, Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, Munich & more!

Hotel Overnights (7): Vienna (2), Salzburg (2), Oberammergau Area (2), Munich (1)

 

Passion Play 2020 in Oberammergau Official Trailer

 

Inclement Weather Operations Policy

Severe weather is a year-round possibility that can affect liturgies and parish activities.

Our parish policy follows.

Weekdays During the 9-Month School Year

  • Mornings - The parish conforms to Durham Public Schools' pronouncements: delayed opening of schools or cancellation of classes affects parish office hours and cancels morning liturgy. (Exception: When DPS are delayed as a result of low temperatures and no other harsh weather conditions, parish office hours and morning liturgy will continue as scheduled.) For details, check the top of any page of the website for a Special Alert (see graphic below) or call the Parish Center voice mail greeting at (919) 544-7135.
  • Afternoons and Evenings – Any cancellation of liturgies or parish activities will be announced near the top of all pages of the website via Special Alert (see graphic below) and on the Parish Center voice mail greeting:  call (919) 544-7135.

Weekdays When School is Not in Session (holidays and summer)

  • Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings – Any cancellation of liturgies or parish activities will be announced near the top of all pages of the website via Special Alert (see graphic below) and on the Parish Center voice mail greeting: call (919) 544-7135.

Weekends

  • Saturday Vigil / Sunday Masses – Regular weekend Masses will not be cancelled for inclement weather unless announced directly by the diocese.  As a parishioner, always consider circumstances which may affect your personal safety with respect to your attendance at Mass.
  • Activities other than Masses – Any cancellations of activities other than regular weekend Masses will be announced near the top of all pages of the website via Special Alert (see graphic below) and on the Parish Center voice mail greeting: call (919) 544-7135.