Dear Brothers and Sisters,

FriarCongratulations to Bro. Casey Cole, OFM from our parish who professed simple vows as a Franciscan friar last week at our Franciscan Interprovincial novitiate in Burlington, Wisconsin.  Casey is the son of Mark and Kathy Cole, and has two wonderful sisters.  On August 19 Casey begins post-novitiate formation for priestly ministry at our friary in Silver Spring, MD, Holy Name College with studies at Catholic University in DC.  For more information about Casey’s journey or to learn about becoming a friar, please click here.   

Next week we are fortunate to have with us Cardinal McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington DC and former archbishop of Newark, NJ.  He will celebrate the Saturday 5:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 am Masses.  You are invited to join him for a conversation on immigration from the Church’s perspective Sunday at 1:00 pm in Clare Fellowship Hall.

Since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shore last Autumn, our parish has been very generous in responding with time, talent and treasure.

Fr. David Convertino, OFM, wrote his thanks on behalf of all the people whose lives were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Our donations and continuing prayerful support is greatly appreciated as the friars continue to respond to the needs of people whose lives were impacted.  Several of our parishioners also responded in person.  Fr. Russell Griffin, the rector of St. Uriel the Archangel is Sea Girt wrote:

We had the honor of hosting a team of recovery workers from your parish. As I am sure you are well aware, the Jersey Shore suffered greatly from Hurricane Sandy. So many people have been left homeless and lives radically changed forever. The recovery work crew, which you sent up to us, was a real blessing from God.  I cannot thank you enough for sending these godly messengers of St. Francis to our hurricane ravaged shores. Recently, I received a very generous check from your parish. It should be us from St. Uriel’s who should be sending you the check. It was most kind and generous! You should be proud of these “missionaries of Christ” which you sent. They served in the spirit of our merciful Savior and St. Francis himself.  My heartfelt appreciation for all that you have done for us here on the Jersey Shore. We will continue to lift your parish up in prayer at Mass. May God continue to bless the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh.

Thank you to all the stewards of our parish whose generosity reaches well beyond our campus.

Peace and all good,

Fr. Mark