Dear Brothers and Sisters,

With the end of our fiscal year June 30, the pastoral staff is busy preparing our annual report to provide an accounting of our stewardship of time, talent and treasure.  Our annual “Accountability Sunday” on August 4 will provide an opportunity for Bob Randolph (chair of our finance council) and I to speak with you about this.

Last week at our “all hands” monthly staff meeting, we also looked ahead to what FY 13 will hold for us.  Of particular importance is the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict has declared to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II.  Fr. Bill is working on a special Distinguished Theologians Series in collaboration with the Jesuits at St. Raphael’s to help us gain a deeper appreciation of the importance of this council.

The official opening of the year of faith for the Diocese of Raleigh will be at Catholic Convocation 2012 to be held Saturday, October 20 at St. Michael’s Church in Cary.  The day-long event begins with Mass celebrated by Bishop Burbidge.  The keynote address will be delivered by Reverend Peter John Cameron, OP, editor of Magnificat magazine.  Over 50 workshops will be offered throughout the day.  Catholic Convocation is open to all seeking to grow spiritually and gain new insights into our Catholic faith.

On Sunday evening October 21 we will open the Year of Faith as a parish with Fr. Ken Himes, OFM a friar of our Holy Name Province and professor of moral theology at Boston College who will offer a keynote presentation incorporating the Year of Faith and our call as Catholics to be faithful citizens especially during a presidential election year.

Fr. Emmet continues to get settled back at St. Anthony’s parish in Butler, NJ, where he came from when he accepted my invitation to join us on a temporary basis.  He recently corresponded:  Just a wee note to express my heartfelt thanks to each of you. Your kindness and generosity shown me has been overwhelming. You have taught me so much and shared with me – your homes, lives, hearts, pain as well as your joy and hopes!  I shall be forever grateful. It goes without saying, I miss you all more than I express in writing.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark