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Traffic Spirituality

Are we Christian enough to pull over on life’s road to help others jumpstart their lives that have stopped for no reason for which they may be responsible?
Traffic Spirituality

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[Source: oblates.org]

Oblate Father Ed Ogden once reflected that getting stuck in traffic is a fine opportunity to stand still in solidarity with the poor. His point was profound and simple: Immobilized or slowed by traffic, we are then most like the poor because we, too, have so few choices. Our highway environment, despite our best efforts, completely limits us, preventing us from moving forward. Our lives are stalled. We are totally powerless. Perhaps this is why many grow to road rage.

When we arrive late for our appointments, those waiting to receive us are generally forgiving out of empathy because everyone has had the experience of being waylaid by traffic. However, when those who are poor are late or unable to meet expectations, are we or is our society equally forgiving? This level of discernment on our part could transform our solidarity with the poor, which comes with being stuck in traffic, to a conversion of attitude that mirrors the Gospel call to serve those on the margins of our society.

In The Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales invites us to keep company with the poor. For many, opportunities to live with and among the poor may not be frequent for us. Solidarity affords us a spiritual oneness to enter into a parallel experience of powerlessness, frustration, and even victimization of events that we have not caused. Yes, we can pray in traffic, including praying for the poor. Indeed, these are praiseworthy behaviors. But, once the dial of our car’s speedometer again moves to the right and we move forward, are we more compassionate with those whose life-traffic jams don’t resolve so readily?

As more of us take to the roads for summer vacations, let us be mindful of not just those who cannot afford a vacation but those whose lives are stuck by forces beyond their control. When our car stalls, we pray for a fellow traveler who can help us jumpstart the automobile. Sometimes lives are stalled. Are we Christian enough to pull over on life’s road to help others jumpstart their lives that have stopped for no reason for which they may be responsible?

Happy travels!

 

Second Collection to Benefit Sisters of Divine Providence

This weekend, our Second Collection will help the Sisters continue their mission to make God's Providence more visible in our world. (Please save your Peter’s Pence envelope that is dated for June 23/24 for the following weekend, June 30/July 1)

The Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence is an international community of women religious co-founded in Germany by Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, a social reformer and Bishop of Mainz, and Stephanie Amelia von Starkenfels de le Roche, a French noblewoman, known in the community as Mother Marie. 

The Sisters of Divine Providence make a vast impact through their spiritual, educational, health and social justice ministries. They are located in Pittsburgh (US homestead), St. Louis, Kingston, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. To learn more about the Sisters of Divine Providence, visit cdpsisters.org. Thank you for support the Sisters during the Second Collection at this weekend's Mass (June 23/24). 

Note

Please save your Peter’s Pence envelope that is dated for June 23/24 for the following weekend, June 30/July 1

Registration Open for 2018-2019 Faith Development

Register now for Faith Development for grades Pre-K through 12, beginning September 9th.

Registration for 2018-2019 Faith Development is now open!  Join us for opportunities for year round faith development including Faith First, Children’s Faith Development, JYM (Junior Youth Ministry), TYM (Total Youth Ministry) & Sacrament Preparation. 

Faith Development Classes begin September 9th:

Pre-K through 5th grade- 9:30 AM to 10:40 AM

JYM (6th through 8th grade)- 6:30 PM to 8 PM

TYM (9th through 12th grade)- 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Faith First Events:  Faith First aims to bring our parish family together (during the first weekend of the month) to grow in our Catholic faith & live out the Gospel values.  These events are multi-generational! We will take a break for the month of July & then kick off the start of the Faith Development year with a Movie Night on the lawn in August!

Sacrament Preparation: Please review criteria for Reconciliation, First Eucharist & Confirmation on the parish website under Worship & Sacraments.

Lastly, do you feel called to be a witness to the Gospel Message & help others deepen their relationship with Christ, all while strengthening your own faith?  Consider becoming a Catechist!

We are so excited for what is in store this year!  Register now!  For any additional questions or inquiries, please contact Leanne Woodward.

 

Retrouvaille: Rediscover Your Marriage

Retrouvaille is for couples in troubled marriages.

Retrouvaille* simply means "rediscovery." It is not a spiritual retreat, not a sensitivity group, not a seminar, not a social gathering. The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage. Many couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending. For confidential information or to apply to attend the program beginning with a weekend on October 12 in Raleigh, please call 800-470-2230 or 434-793-0242, email, or visit the website.

* pronounced retro-vi with a long i

The Laugh in Peace Tour, an Interfaith Event

The Laugh in Peace Tour invites audiences of Jews, Muslims, Christians and everybody in between to enjoy a marvelous evening of sustained, non-political laughter.

The Jewish Community Foundation invites you to join them for an evening of building stronger communities through laughter, humor and joy. Imagine top-notch comedy, three seasoned performers with unique "hooks," and, beneath it all, an implicit, but not preachy, message of healing and understanding. 

The Laugh in Peace Tour with Rabbi Bob Alper, Reverend Susan Sparks and Gibran Saleem. 

Monday, June 25 at 7 pm

Hosted at the Levin JCC (1937 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham)

$18 General Admission

Click HERE to purchase tickets

Summer and Fall Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend for married Christian couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together.

Don’t take a vacation from your marriage!  Come learn a technique of loving communication that you can use for the rest of your lives. It is a chance to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God.  Fill your marriage with joy!

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends:

Aug 3-5, 2018 in Chapel Hill, NC

Nov 9-11, 2018 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.

Project Rachel Support Group to Start in August

For women and men in the Triangle who are suffering from an abortion.

Abortion is one of the most common procedures in the US, experienced by millions of women, many of whom are Catholic. Abortion creates a wound in post-abortive woman (and men), resulting in spiritual and emotional problems. The Project Rachel ministry assists women and men who have been wounded by abortion to find truth and healing. 

The next Support Group begins on the Saturdays in August. If you have experienced an abortion and would like more information about the support group, email or call 919-852-1021. Calls and appointments are kept strictly confidential.

A "Growing" Ministry Needs Your Help

The Food Justice Garden Ministry works year-round to feed our Durham neighbors. You can help by donating produce from your own garden or helping out at the garden at Holy Infant!

In fall of 2011, a group of volunteers cleared out the woods next to the parish center to create the Holy Infant garden. From 2012 through 2017, the garden produced over 10,392 pounds of fresh produce for local pantries. This gardening effort has expanded into the Food Justice Garden Ministry with involvement in several Durham initiatives to eliminate hunger and strengthen the local farming communities - End Hunger Durham, Durham Farm and Food Network, Bread for the World. 

Home Gardeners : Can You Plant a Row to Donate?

Last year Holy Infant’s “Lettuce Pray” program began inviting parishioners to donate extra produce from their own gardens once a month. This year, the ministry invites home gardeners to plant a row for neighbors.  This extra produce can be dropped off at the garden during regular Holy Infant garden workdays: Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 8:30am – 10:30am and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm -7:00pm. As a bonus, you may get a chance to harvest some crops or pull a few weeds!

Interested in Joining the Watering Team or Helping at Regular Garden Workdays?

This “growing” ministry also has growing needs. They specifically need a dedicated watering team. Mother Nature sometimes needs help.  And can always use more hands at the regular garden workdays. Anyone interested should contact Bobi Gallagher at 919-225-2457 or bobi.gallagher@gmail.com

Pitch in for Charity at the July 27 Bulls Game

Support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh by purchasing tickets to the Durham Bulls game on July 27.

Pitch in for Charity and support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh by coming to an evening of baseball with the Durham Bulls at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday, July 27th at 7:05 pm. A portion of every ticket purchased through the Catholic Charities link will support our work!

Enjoy this Food Truck Friday with the Bulls and be sure to stay for fireworks after the game!

 For more information, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/BullsPitch4Charity or contact Daniel Altenau at (919) 821-9767 or at Daniel.Altenau@raldioc.org.

 

Can't Make the Game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park? Check out these other game around the Diocese of Raleigh!

July 13 : Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium 

Pitch in for Charity and support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh by coming to an evening of baseball with the Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium on Friday, July 13th at 7:00 pm. A portion of every ticket purchased through the “Catholic Charities – Pitch in for Charity” group will support our work! Stay for fireworks after the game!

For more information about the game, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/MudcatsPitch4Charity or contact Daniel Altenau at (919) 821-9767 or Daniel.Altenau@raldioc.org.

July 20 : Wilming Sharks at Legion Stadium

Pitch in for Charity and support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh by coming to an evening of baseball with the Wilmington Sharks at Legion Stadium on Friday, July 20th at 7:00 pm. A portion of every ticket purchased through the Catholic Charities link will support our work! Stay for fireworks after the game!

For more information about the game, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesRaleigh.org/SharksPitch4Charity or contact Daniel Altenau at (919) 821-9767 or Daniel.Altenau@raldioc.org.

Deacon Michael Coveyou to be Ordained on June 23

All are invited to the ordination of Deacon Coveyou, whom Holy Infant children and families have prayed for and written to for the past several years.

Over the past several years, the children & families preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion have been praying for and writing to Deacon Michael Coveyou.  We are happy to announce that Deacon Michael Coveyou will be ordained  this summer.  The Office of Vocations within the Diocese of Raleigh invites all to join the seminarians of the Diocese of Raleigh for Holy Hour on June 22 at 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh.  Additionally, ordination, which is open to the public, is scheduled for June 23 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.  Please continue to pray for vocations, that those who are called will serve the Church will do so with unfailing love, courage and vision for the people whom they serve.  May the Holy Spirit guide them to be faithful to the Gospel and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Read more about Deacon Michael Coveyou on his Diocese of Raleigh Office of Vocations profile 

Save the Date for the DeSales Youth Service Retreat at Holy Infant!

All rising 7th to 12 graders are invited to attend the daily retreat in Durham from July 24-26.

Spend some time this summer growing in your relationship with God, learning about your community & serving others during the DeSales Youth Service Retreat.  The DSW Youth Retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24th through Thursday July 26th from 9 AM to 4 PM each day. 

The theme for this retreat is Spiritual Friendship!  St Francis de Sales said, "great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily."  Keeping this quote in mind, participants will focus on prayer, reflection, service, fellowship and overall fun. 

The retreat is open to rising 7th graders to 12th graders.  If youth younger than a rising 7th grader wish to participate, they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  A suggested donation of $35 is welcome in order to support the retreat and the ministries which we will serve that week. Please register by July 10 .

Contact Lea Chiquito with questions : lea.chiquito@gmail.com

All Are Invited to the Celebration of Freedom Mass

The Diocese of Raleigh invites all to attend a Celebration of Freedom Mass with Bishop Zarama on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2817 Poole Road, Raleigh. A reception and picnic sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will follow the Mass.

This event is part of Religious Freedom Week, a celebration of our religious freedom from June 22 to 29, 2018. The theme this year is “Serving Others in God’s Love” and will celebrate the values of our faith with respect to the gift of life, marriage, conscience rights, and many humanitarian concerns. 

During Religious Freedom Week, the faithful are encouraged to pray for the intention of preserving and promoting religious freedom and to dedicate any of their regularly scheduled devotions such as Holy Hours or the Holy Rosary to this intention. For more information go to USCCB Religious Freedom Week.

For more information and educational resources on the Fortnight for Freedom, contact Mary Beth Phillips at Marybeth.phillips@raldioc.org or 919-719-8267.

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.