As I write this the week before Christmas, I want to thank everyone who helped with our Christmas celebrations, which as you can imagine take a lot of planning and coordination from a lot of people. Thanks to all. As you saw, we changed our Christmas Eve mass schedule this year. As some of you may know, Fr. Jim Sabak, who has been with us here at St. Francis since October 2017, also holds the position of Director of Worship for the Diocese of Raleigh, and Jim sent a memo to the parishes of the diocese with a request that Christmas Eve masses begin no earlier than 4:00pm. This was a change for us from past years. We know, of course, that crowds can be big on Christmas Eve, and that it’s not easy to find parking on that day, but we friars, along with our staff, agreed that 4:00pm is the best time to start our Christmas Eve masses. As always, we are grateful for your ongoing presence and support of St. Francis.
Sometimes people ask us about the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, which used to be known as extreme unction, or last rites. Anointing of the sick is one of the seven sacraments of the Church, and it’s meant not just for the dying, but for anyone who is sick. If you or someone you know would like to be anointed, please contact us as far ahead of time as possible, and we can arrange for the anointing here at the church if it’s convenient for you. In these last days of 2018, we wish you a blessed and happy new year as we usher in 2019….
Blessings on your year!