Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you to all who participated in our parish mission this past week with ValLimar Jansen.  I hope you were inspired as I was by Val’s invitation to deeper faith in our triune God through her storytelling, music, and poetry.  Please consider joining a small Christian community (SCC) during this upcoming season of Lent.  It is a wonderful way to continue to learn more about the Word of God by “breaking open” the scriptures in a small setting.  We are blessed to be a large vibrant community of faith and yet it can sometimes be hard to feel connected.  SCC’s are a great way to feel a sense of belonging and connection with fellow parishioners.  For more information, please email Gladys at gladys.whitehouse@stfrancisraleigh.org.

This weekend we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an open house for our preschool, elementary, and middle schools.  All parishioners are encouraged to come and see the marvelous learning that is taking place through these important ministries of our parish.  Naturally if you have school aged children age 2 through grade 8 you’ll want to attend.  If you don’t have school aged children, please take a tour and let us impress you with the ways in which we are forming disciples of Jesus Christ through faith formation and academic excellence.   I hope to see you Sunday afternoon following the 11:30 Mass at the open house.

Congratulations to our preschool celebrating 20 years and The Franciscan School receiving a Blue Ribbon Award from the US Department of Education.  Please join Bishop Burbidge for the Eucharist this Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 am in the church.  Following Mass, Bishop will bless the newly installed mosaics of Francis and Clare on the front of

St. Mary of the Angels Chapel.  He will also be presented with our most recent LEED certification for the Siena Center for Lifelong Learning.  As you know we received Gold certification for Elizabeth Hall, Assisi Community Center and the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, and Tuesday we will receive Silver certification for Siena.

We have begun a series of receptions to share information about Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral to be built in Raleigh.  I encourage you to come and be informed about the historic endeavor.  Representatives from the diocese will be present to answer questions you may have.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark