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Diocese of Raleigh Annual Priests Retreat
September 2022
The following notes were addressed to priests by the Retreat Master,
but may be beneficial for everyone!

Beloved, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God
that you have through the imposition of my hands.” -2 Tm 1:6 

Eucharistic Revival in the Church, in the world, must begin with the man who stands at the altar. How do we 1) prepare for Mass beforehand? 2) celebrate Mass? 3) give thanks afterward? Give time to the Lord for thanksgiving. 

God enters our world through the Eucharist. God transforms our world through the Eucharist. 

At Mass we celebrate the way God has entered and transformed our world. In the Eucharist there is a “river of goodness” wider than all the evil that could ever exist. If you have said one Mass, you have done more for the world than any Head of State, ambassador, etc. 

Bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.” - 2 Tm 1:8 

Resentment is the poison you drink, hoping the other person dies. I will carry it to the grave and it will kill me. Resentment prevents us from being the person God wants us to be. 

Disappointments purify us. Life’s purpose is not to gratify us but to purify us. Does our success make us more like Christ? No. We are not called to be successful but faithful. We must persevere through our failures and disappointments. The greatest challenge to Christian life is success, not failure. In all things we should have the disposition of Christ: humility in doing God’s will. 
Donations for the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Tabernacle $ 10,000 / Main Altar $ 9,000
Pulpit $ 8,000 / Baptismal Font $ 7,000
Presider’s Chair $ 6,000 / Deacon's Chair $ 5,000
Altar Server Chair $ 4,000 / Sanctuary Lamp $ 3,000
Credence Table $ 2,500/ Pews $2,000

Recognition will be given for donating a Chapel Appointment, such as in whose Memory the donation is made, as well as the donor’s name (unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous).

For more information on donating a Chapel Appointment, please contact Fr. Mark, [email protected], or 910-754-8544, Ext 3.

(Note: There may be more than one donor for the same Appointment. For example, the Sanctuary Lamp will need year-round candle refills. Appointments made of wood will need upkeep and cleaning. Multiple donors for the same Appointment will greatly benefit our parish!)
Eucharistic Adoration 

Eucharistic Adoration in the St. Patrick Chapel — located in our new administrative building, The McGivney Center — is scheduled to begin Monday, October 24th at 9:30 am. Adoration hours will initially be between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Adorers are invited to sign up using the signup sheets available in the Gathering Space. Please also take an instruction sheet from the notebook at that time. For more information call Anita Vevasis 910-579-3544 or Kelly Holthaus 443-630-9910.
St. Brendan Columbarium

The Saint Brendan Columbarium is a sacred space, a prayerful place of reverence, and a place to remember and honor the devout. Catholic cemetery grounds are consecrated. These sacred grounds are an extension of the Catholic Church. We have begun building our new phase. If you would like to purchase a Columbarium niche please call Rusty in the office at 910-754-8544 ext. 6. There are 24 in-ground niches.

Please remember there should not be decorations on the stones, i.e., stickers, rosaries, flowers (real or artificial), or any kind of tape as the glue may ruin the stone. Also no statues should be placed inside the columbarium. These guidelines are so the entire Columbarium will look neat, clean, and uniform.
Special Request for Ride to Mass Answered

Our request for a ride to Mass for a parishioner was answered.
We now have volunteers. Thank you!
Click on the button above for information in scheduling Mass Intentions.
October 16, 2022
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Exodus 17:8-13
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8