Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Happy Feast of Francis of Assisi!  Please join in the celebration of FrancisFest this afternoon throughout the campus following the 11:30 Mass.

Congratulations to the 156 youth of the parish who celebrated with Bishop Burbidge the Sacrament of Confirmation Saturday morning at 11:00 am. We have much to be proud of in the young men and women of our parish community.  May the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, courage, counsel, piety, and fear of the Lord that were confirmed in you continue to manifest themselves in your lives for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Thank you to the many catechists and volunteers who have helped to prepare our young people for Confirmation and to the many who created FrancisFest for our enjoyment this weekend!

Towards the end of last year the sound system in the church, installed during the original construction in 1996 began to fail. At first the issues were believed to be minor, but soon major components began to fail and it was determined that a system replacement would be needed. A committee of parishioners with subject matter expertise and/or representing a range of liturgical ministries (lectors, choir members, musicians, arts and environment, etc.) was formed.

I’m grateful to the following who served on the committee: Judy Barton; Charlie Douglas; Jamie Hoarty; Charlie Mathys; Cyndi Schnupper; Tom Wolf; and Mike Wrzesien. Pastoral staff members Jim Wahl, Coordinator of Liturgy and Music;  Ben Whitehouse, Director of Parish Operations; and Marc Kielty, Coordinator of Ministry Support, also served on the committee. The committee worked for several months reflecting on church documents concerning the importance of intelligible speech and quality music and sound during liturgies; investigating available technologies and how they can play a part in engaging parishioners in the worship experience; identifying and visiting various churches that had recently undertaken similar projects; and investigating vendors from across the state. Ultimately, AvCon of Cary was selected and they embarked on an aggressive three month process to develop, engineer, and install a state-of-the-art system for us with  completion in time for our celebration this weekend.

For the last three weeks AvCon and their partners have worked day and night to install and tune the system that we hear today.  I want to thank the committee, AvCon, and especially all of you for your patience and monetary gifts during this process. It is our hope that this new sound system will enhance our worship experience for years to come as we gather as the body of Christ.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark