Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last weekend we observed Accountability Sunday, in which I and Bob Randolph spoke at each of our liturgies to provide an accounting of our stewardship.  Many thanks to Bob for his terrific leadership and to all the members of the financial council for sharing their expertise.  All registered households of the parish received the FY 2012 Annual Report in the mail.  If you did not receive a copy or would like to register, please call the parish office.

Through the parish tithe, 10% of our offertory supports the ministries of justice and peace.  In light of Catholic Social Teaching, parish ministries offer a three-tiered approach of charitable outreach (directly alleviating poverty symptoms), advocacy (addressing root causes), and education (why does this poverty exist and spiritual formation in these efforts).  Some examples of ministries addressing poverty include:

• Fair Trade Market (the last weekend of October) highlights the connection between poverty and consumer behavior and offers a chance to purchase items that provide a living wage to workers.

• Brown Bag Ministry makes and delivers lunches to an elderly, subsidized housing community in Durham on Saturdays.

• St. Francis Feeds prepares a monthly meal for neighborhood families in southeast Raleigh.

• St. Francis Inn reaches out to the homeless and hungry in Philadelphia. Delegation trips occur several times each year.

• Restoring Hope provides material and emotional support to families in transitional housing.

• St. Francis Builds constructs, rebuilds and refurbishes homes through Habitat for Humanity and Disaster Recovery trips.

• Support Circles/Care Teams consist of groups of parishioners who “encircle” people living on the margins, helping them transition toward stability.

• Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network provides food and support to homeless families by hosting them on the parish campus four weeks each year.

• Passage Home is a community development corporation serving the homeless, ex-offenders and families living in poverty in Wake County with housing, jobs and neighborhood revitalization.

• Catholic Parish Outreach serves the needs of our brothers and sisters facing difficult financial times by providing food and clothing.

• Inter-Faith Food Shuttle collects and distributes food to our brothers and sisters in need in Wake County.

• Job Connections is a support ministry providing encouragement, education, and job search skills to people in search of employment.  A ministry of Care and Wellness.

• JustFaith is a 30-week program of education and formation around Catholic Social Teaching.

Thank you for your contributions to the offertory which afford us the opportunity to reach out to our community. To inquire further about any of these ministries, contact information is available near the back of the bulletin and in the Stewardship Center.  Frank Lesko is our Coordinator of  Justice and Peace. Please give him a call if you’d like to volunteer your time and talent.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark