A Message from Father David
Dear Parish Family of St. Mary, Mother of the Church,
The month of June is dedicated to The Sacred Heart of Jesus.
This month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.
As we begin to feel the warmth of summer, we can reflect that we celebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 11) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 12). God is Love and the Sacred Heart of Jesus — present on earth in the Blessed Sacrament — is the human manifestation of God's Love for men. Appropriately June is considered the month for weddings where human hearts join and cooperate with the Creator in bringing forth new life. The family they create is a human reflection of the Blessed Trinity. Also, on June 1 we celebrated the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, Patroness of our parish. On June 6 we renew our belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord and Savior in the Blessed Sacrament by celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).
Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church's piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work.
Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous. Some have been explicitly approved and frequently recommended by the Apostolic See. Among these, mention should be made of the following:
Personal consecration, described by Pius XI as "undoubtedly the principal devotional practice used in relation to the Sacred Heart" (Miserentissimus redemptor).
Family consecration to the Sacred Heart, in which the family, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony already participating in the mystery of the unity and love of Christ for the Church, is dedicated to Christ so that he might reign in the hearts of all its members (Aliae concessiones).
Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, approved for the whole Church in 1891, which is evidently biblical in character and to which many indulgences have been attached (Aliae concessiones).
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart
The act of reparation, a prayer with which the faithful, mindful of the infinite goodness of Christ, implore mercy for the offences committed in so many ways against his Sacred Heart (Aliae concessiones).
The Practice of the First Fridays
The pious practice of the first Fridays of the month which derives from the "great promises" made by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary. At a time when sacramental communion was very rare among the faithful, the first Friday devotion contributed significantly to a renewed use of the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist. In our own times, the devotion to the first Fridays, even if practised correctly, may not always lead to the desired spiritual fruits. Hence, the faithful require constant instruction so that any reduction of the practice to mere credulity is avoided and an active faith encouraged so that the faithful may undertake their commitment to the Gospel correctly in their lives. They should also be reminded of the absolute preeminence of Sunday, the "primordial feast" (Sacrosanctum Concilium), which should be marked by the full participation of the faithful at the celebration of the Holy Mass.
In the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Jesus gives these twelve promises for those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart.
- I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
- I will establish peace in their families.
- I will console them in all their troubles.
- They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
- I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
- Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
- Tepid souls shall become fervent.
- Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
- I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
- I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
- Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
- The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.
Yours faithfully in the Holy Name,
Father David Chiantella
Our priests will never send an email or text requesting money or gift cards. Our clergy email addresses end in @raldioc.org
Nuestros sacerdotes nunca enviarán un correo electrónico o mensaje de texto solicitando dinero o tarjetas de regalo.
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Saturday at 5 PM (English)
Sábado a 7 PM (Español)
Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM (English)
Domingo a mediodía (Español)
The diocese is livestreaming Masses on its YouTube channel. See https://dioceseofraleigh.org/news/online-spiritual-resources for a link to the Masses.
- First and third Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6:30 PM in English.
- Second and fourth Wednesdays from 6 PM to 7:30 PM in Spanish.
- Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM in English.
- By appointment with a priest. Please email the priest to arrange the appointment.
Las oficinas parroquiales están abiertas de lunes a jueves de 9 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.
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.