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Parish Life

The Parish Life Commission works to develop "parish inreach" through community building and fellowship and offering programs and events to enrich and support the lives of the members of Holy Infant. 

For more information or to join any of the groups below, please contact the ministry coordinator in the Parish Life Commission.

Funeral Reception Committee

The Funeral Reception Committee provides receptions following funerals for parishioners and their family members. Committee members provide the food. The time commitment required is one hour before the funeral to one hour after the reception, plus time to prepare food.

Health Ministry

This ministry offers enrichment and support in the lives of the Holy Infant faith community by promoting opportunities to increase awareness that a sound mind and body enhance a sound spirit.

HI Society

The HI Society ministry plans and implements social events to foster fellowship among parishioners aged 40 and over.

Holy Infant Golf Association (HIGA)

HIGA brings parish members with an interest in golf together on a regular basis to share the game and fellowship. This ministry is designed to foster new relationships and to provide opportunities to gather together on a routine basis.

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee encourages all members, whether new or long-time, to participate in the social, spiritual, and liturgical life of Holy Infant. Events to enhance parish social life include: Registration/Orientation Events, parish picnics, holiday celebrations and similar events. Time commitment varies according to the activities scheduled. To help make these festivities fun and successful, volunteers are always welcome — and needed.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic lay organization in the world, comprised of over 1.75 million men and more than 14,000 local councils worldwide. Since 1951 the knights of our local Maria Immaculata Council have served the Durham community through programs that support the church, the clergy, families and youth. Membership is open to all Catholic men age 18 years and older who are committed to making their community a better place while supporting the Church.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch (Overeaters Anonymous) is a fellowship of people who share the common problems of compulsive overeating. All are welcome who think they may be compulsive overeaters.

New Parishioner Orientation Events

The New Parishioner Orientation Events Committee welcomes all new members, providing an opportunity to learn more about the organization of the parish and its various ministries. New members are encouraged to participate in the life of the parish by contributing their Time, Talent and Treasure. The Committee sponsors these events periodically throughout the year. Volunteers are needed for set-up and clean-up, food preparation, greeting new parishioners, and initial and follow-up contact.

Social Activities

This ministry hosts a variety of social activities for parishioners during the year such as Oktoberfest and the Pancake Supper. Members are involved in event planning, promotion, facilities and food preparation and entertainment.

Stephen Ministry

"Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2, NRSV).

Lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—are equipped and empowered through the Stephen Series system to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Stephen Ministry is appropriate for people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation, long-term care, chronic illness, terminal illness, job loss, loss of a home, military deployment, the onset of a disability, loneliness, spiritual crisis, or other life struggles.

Young Adult Ministry

This Ministry is comprised of single, married, and divorced people in their 20s and 30s who meet for spiritual enrichment, faith sharing, social activities and participation in various ministries and outreach projects. Social activities include movie nights, plays, game nights, baseball and hockey games, brunches, dinners and similar pastimes.


PRAYER and DEVOTION

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. All are welcome to pray with the centering prayer group on Tuesday mornings. The group is affiliated with Triangle Contemplative Outreach.  

Marian Prayer Group 

The Marian Prayer Group is dedicated to Jesus through a devotion to Our Lady. When we gather together, we rest in Mary's gentle, loving embrace, and we offer all of our prayers for Her intercession. We pray the Holy Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Litany of Loreto, as well as prayers for the Pope, our bishop and all priests. All are welcome. 

Prayer Network

The Prayer Network is comprised of parishioners who pray for any needs requested by our parish community. Prayer requests are emailed to ministry members daily.  All prayer requests are kept confidential within the network. 

Rosary Making Group 

This group is sponsored and funded through the Knights of Columbus to make and donate rosaries for any person or group who needs a rosary. This can be from Holy Infant, Holy Cross or Immaculate Conception. We make corded, beaded and string beaded rosaries.  The rosaries have gone to Fr. Mike in New Jersey, Guatemala, England and saint Bernadette, a small church in the mountains of NC. For more information contact Rey Ramirez at 919-544-3641. 

Servants of God Prayer Group

This group normally meets two Saturday evenings of the month. They regularly attend charismatic conferences and work closely with diocesan charismatic activities.

Vocations Prayer Group

The Vocations Prayer Group prays regularly by name for our diocesan and Oblate seminarians.