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Young men: Learn about priesthood at annual pilgrimage

Join us for a pilgrimage to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on February 8 – 10.

The annual pilgrimage welcomes young men, ages 17 to 35, to imagine life in seminary. Potential candidates must have a Letter of Recommendation from their pastor. Participants will travel to Washington, D.C. together on Friday, February 8 and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine and fellowship with seminarians before traveling to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. On Saturday, seminarians there will engage candidates in prayer, Mass and a tour of the campus. Candidates will visit the Shrine of St. John Neumann and return to campus for dinner and an evening of games and fellowship before returning on Sunday morning.

For more information contact Fr. Philip Tighe or visit https://ncpriest.org/pilgrimage-to-seminary/.

 

Catholic Charities, Carolina Hurricanes team up to raise funds for Florence recovery

Catholic Charities has partnered with the Carolina Hurricanes to raise funds for Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

Cheer on the Hurricanes on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. as they take on the Vegas Golden Knights at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes will donate $5 per ticket purchased to help Catholic Charities continue to serve our neighbors in need.

For more information, please visit the Catholic Charities website or contact Daniel Altenau at (919) 821-9767.

    

Upcoming Protecting God's Children, Safe Environment Training

On Tuesday, January 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Holy Infant will offer the Diocesan Safe Environment Training.

This session is the safe environment training that is required by the Diocese of Raleigh for all clergy, employees and those in volunteer leadership positions working with children and youth.  The session will help equip adults with skills to recognize and report child maltreatment.  In cooperation with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, more than 25,000 diocesan staff and volunteers have been trained on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.  This training allows all parishioners to be diligent in our efforts to be a safe and sacred place for children to grow in age, wisdom, and faith.

This session is for initial safe environment training or for those needing the five year renewal.  All parishioners are invited to attend.  Please call 919-973-0012 or email Leanne Woodward to register. 

The Indivisibility of the Body and Blood of Christ

The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ are wholly present in each species of the Eucharist.

As Catholics, we believe that at Mass, during the Consecration, the bread and wine are truly and substantially changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

We cannot separate the Body of Christ from the Blood of Christ. When we receive His Body, we have also received His Blood, whether we receive the consecrated host or the consecrated wine. They cannot be separated! We are not receiving half of Jesus when we receive one or the other. We have received 100% of Christ when we receive either species.

As far back as the Council of Trent, the Church has held that:

“There is no Divine precept binding the laity or non-celebrating priests to receive the sacrament under both kinds (Trent, sess. XXI, c. i.) (c) By reason of the hypostatic union and of the indivisibility of His glorified humanity, Christ is really present and is received whole and entire, body and blood, soul and Divinity, under either species alone; nor, as regards the fruits of the sacrament, is the communicant under one kind deprived of any grace necessary for salvation (Trent, Sess. XXI, c., iii).”

At Holy Infant, we have maintained a practice of serving both the Precious Body and the Precious Blood during Communion. However, we have omitted offering the Precious Blood on occasion, for example during flu season or for pastoral reasons.

 

January Faith First: A Night with the STARS

On the Feast of the Epiphany, gifts and talents were brought to life as parishioners of all ages were the stars of the stage.

The Christmas season is a season of celebration, including the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.  We recall the visit of the Magi to the newborn Jesus:

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:9–12). 

The Epiphany of Jesus teaches us that Jesus’ coming into the world was important to the whole world and that the Good News of Jesus Christ is meant for everyone!  Just as the three kings brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus, we too are called to share our gifts and talents with all! 

                                            

The Magi Lounge Talent Show was truly a multi-generational event, showcasing the talents of parishioners of all ages.  Talents included piano performances, magic tricks, jokes/riddle telling, a dramatic declamation, the garbacello, poetry, singing while flying a drone, a duet on the clarinet, a solo on the recorder, a rapping youth minister, a performance on the violin, a karate kata, several singing-guitar duets, a guitar solo, and improv acting.  A good time was had by all!  

                             

                                 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the talents you have given us.  We know that every person is gifted with different abilities and that all good thing comes from you.  May we never take for granted the unique talents you have given us.  Help us to focus on our gifts and not our shortcomings.  Move our hearts to be motivated to do what we can with what you have given us.   We want invest our gifts wisely & use our talents for your glory, Lord.  We ask this through Your name.  Amen.

Mass, reception celebrates Sacrament of Marriage

Join us on Friday, February 8 for a special Mass and reception.

A renewal of vows with a blessing for married couples will take place during the Mass which starts at 6 p.m. The event is free but registration is required to attend the reception that follows. The New Horizons Band will be the entertainment for the evening's event.  Please bring an appetizer to share for 12 or more. Bring your own wine or beer. RSVP to Mary Shaver by February 1 at 919-544-7135 or marys@holyinfantchurch.org.

 

 

Christmas Came Early With Share Your Christmas Support

The Share Your Christmas Ministry gift return that took place earlier this year had another wonderful year all thanks to the extremely generous support and dedication of Holy Infant’s parishioners.

   

The Share Your Christmas Ministry had another wonderful year thanks to 57 dedicated Ministry members & the extremely generous support of Holy Infant’s parishioners.  Additional thanks to Jason Langlois, owner of Packaging Express in Woodcroft, who freely gave a delivery truck as well as his time to drive the red tag gifts to the Volunteer Center of Durham.  A special thanks to the Knights of Columbus and all Ministry volunteers who made calls, wrote down names, collected, sorted and/or delivered presents.  And an extra special thanks to our new Ministry members helping this year: Richard & Louise Kowalsky as well as Nick & Bridgette Foster. Altogether, we collected $5220 in grocery cards for Catholic Charities, Baby Love and Pregnancy Support Services.  We also collected 71 gift bags with baby supplies or children’s coats, all delivered by a parish member to Welcome Baby’s Giving Closet.  Finally, we helped 56 families (91 individuals) with Durham Social Services (red tags) and 15 families (87 individuals) with Catholic Charities (green tags) celebrate Christmas by purchasing $12000+ in Christmas gifts.  Once again, we have enjoyed celebrating the season with all of you, and we are humbled and grateful for your support of the Christmas ministry. 

God bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Robin Bolte & Ivy Anthony

Share Your Christmas Coordinators

Bringing Holy Communion to our Sick and Homebound

Those who serve in this ministry are asked to give an hour or two of their time, once or twice a month following the Sunday morning (8:30) Mass. If you are interested in seeing if this ministry is for you, come and see! We invite you to accompany an EMOC (Extraordinary Minister of Communion) as they share both the Word and the Eucharist with those they visit.

More information about serving as an EMOC to the Sick and Homebound or contact one of the following people:

Lynn Sale, Don Stanger or Rosalie Chamberlain

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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.