A Message from Father David
Dear Parish Family of St. Mary, Mother of the Church,
The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood:
"The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection; it is the Blood which courses through the veins of His risen, glorified, living body at the right hand of God the Father in heaven; it is the Blood made present on our altars by the words of Consecration; it is the Blood which merited sanctifying grace for us and through it washes and beautifies our soul and inaugurates the beginning of eternal life in it."
Devotion to the Precious Blood is not a spiritual option, it is a spiritual obligation, and that not only for priests, but for every follower of Christ. I really believe that one of the symptoms of modern society (and I would even include, sadly, modern Catholic society) one of the symptoms of a growing, gnawing secularism is the lessening and the weakening of devotion to the Precious Blood. Devotion, as we know, is a composite of three elements: It is first- veneration, it is secondly- invocation, and it is thirdly- imitation. In other words, devotion to the Precious Blood of Christ, the Lamb of God who was slain, is first of all to be veneration on our part, which is a composite of knowledge, love, and adoration. We are to study to come to a deeper understanding of what those two casual words, Precious Blood, really mean.
I found this passage in the oldest document, outside of sacred scripture, from the first century of the Christian era – to be exact, from Pope St. Clement I, dated about 96 A.D. Says Pope Clement: "Let us fix our gaze on the Blood of Christ and realize how truly precious It is, seeing that it was poured out for our salvation and brought the grace of conversion to the whole world."
To understand the meaning of the Precious Blood we must get some comprehension of the gravity of sin, of the awfulness of offending God, because it required the Blood of the Son of God to forgive that sin. We are living in an age in which to sin has become fashionable.
This veneration of the Precious Blood, which is the first element in our devotion to the Precious Blood means that we have a deep sensitivity to the awfulness of sin. Sin must be terrible. It must be awful. It must be the most dreadful thing in the universe. Why? Because it cost the living God in human form the shedding of His Blood.
Yours faithfully in the Holy Name,
Father David M. Chiantella
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Bishop's Annual Appeal
Last year, donations to the Bishop's Annual Appeal helped our diocese to celebrate 3,299 baptisms, 690 marriages, 1,958 confirmations, and 1,735 first communions. Youth and adult sacrament preparation, catechist formation, and marriage preparation and support are all aided by your BAA donations. Thank you!
We have kicked off our Annual Bishops Annual Appeal fundraising effort to support many important works in the diocese and in our parish. Thank you to everyone that has already completed and returned their pledge card. If you haven’t had a chance yet, it’s never been easier. You can go to http://www.GiveToBAA.org and securely complete your pledge today.
Thank you for your continued generous support of our parish and our community.
The 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal funds many ministries in the areas of charity, evangelization, and worship. The Bishop’s Annual Appeal will provide over $7 million in the upcoming year to help those in physical and spiritual need. Our parish's goal is $83,294. Funds raised are distributed:
- 24% to education: sacramental preparation, Catholic school support, catechist formation, youth ministry and retreats, college campus ministry, continuing education for clergy
- 22% to ministry: hospital ministry, financial help to rural parishes, safe environment training, formation of permanent deacons, special diocesan liturgies
- 22% to Catholic Charities: disaster services, family crisis support, food pantries, immigration services. Over 58,000 people were helped last year, and 3 million pounds of food were distributed
- 13% to communications: bilingual media programming, NC Catholics magazine, social media, video, the diocesan website, dioceseofraleigh.org
- 11% to marriage, family, and respect life: marriage preparation, marriage support, natural family planning, promoting a culture of life and dignity, post-abortion healing, prison ministry
- 8% to seminarians and vocations: outreach to those discerning a vocation and tuition, room & board, books, and formation support for the 20 men studying for the priesthood
Thank you for your participation in meeting this year's goal. You can donate online at www.GiveToBAA.org or pick up a pledge packet in the church.