Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This coming Monday our nation observes Veterans Day and in connection with the bishops of the United States has authorized a “once every three-year” appeal for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.  Though chaplains are paid by the government, the government does not support the administration of the archdiocese of the military, which is in need of financial support.  Since they don’t have parishes, this collection affords the opportunity for all parishes to support this unique archdiocese that supports the Catholic families of our armed services.  Envelopes are available for your use on the oak table in the gathering space.

This Wednesday, November 13, 2013 is the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first United States citizen to be canonized; she became a US citizen in 1909. Her deep trust in the loving care of her God gave her the strength to be a valiant woman doing the work of Christ.  The Bishops of the United States have called for a National Call-In Day to Congress.  “On that day, we ask Catholics and supporters of immigrants to call their Congressional Representatives with this simple message: “Support a path to citizenship and oppose the SAFE Act.”  All you need to do is simply dial (toll free) 855-589-5698.  You will be prompted to enter your zip code and then will be routed to your particular representative’s office. Then urge the office to “support a path to citizenship and oppose the SAFE Act.”   It’s that easy to do our part to “welcome the stranger” in our midst.  For more information about our Church’s teaching about immigration please go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org.

It’s hard not to notice all the trees that have been taken down by the city of Raleigh in preparation of the widening of Leesville Road.  The city engineer who is serving as the project manager for the Leesville Road widening project advised us that the tree clearing currently underway is in preparation for the re-locating of the various utilities. The actual widening project is not expected to begin until sometime after the first of the year. Bids for the project have not yet been advertised, nor has been  a contract awarded for the actual widening project.  We’ve created a space on our parish website (www.stfrancisraleigh.org/leesville_road) that will     include more information as it becomes available to us.  It also has a link to the city of Raleigh’s “Leesville Road widening project,” which provides an overview of the entire project.

On the next page is an update about the adjacent property to our parish Bethany Hills Baptist Church put together by Ben Whitehouse, Director of Operations.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark