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Christmas Eve Mass at Mother Teresa
Please join your Mother Teresa faith family for our Christmas Eve Mass:
     Friday, December 24 at 2:30 p.m.
     Green Hope HS parking lot

In case of inclement weather, please be on the lookout for an announcement from us via email, Facebook, Twitter, or myParish app. We look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior with you.
Calling All Angels and Shepherds
Christmas Pageant
It's not too late to participate in the Children's Christmas Pageant. While the major roles are taken, we'll continue to take sign-ups for angels, shepherds, and animals up to the day of the event. Please arrive at 1 p.m. on December 24 for rehearsal. For more information, please email Chrissi Harmon, our Christmas Pageant Director.

The Christmas Pageant will occur at the beginning of the Christmas Eve Mass. The pageant is exceedingly fun for the children, and hopefully, they will also leave the event with a new appreciation for the Christmas story and its meaning. 

Children's Choir
It's such a joy to celebrate the wonder of Christmas with the voices of children. We invite all singers aged 4 to 14 to join the choir. Please email our Children's Choir Director, Gioia Bliss, so that she can send you the songs to practice singing at home.
Year-End Giving
As you begin year-end tax planning, please consider adding Mother Teresa Catholic Church to your Christmas list and consider a variety of giving opportunities. A special year-end gift to the parish can make a significant difference to our community.

Charitable donations to be included for the current tax year must be submitted or postmarked by December 31. 

Where can I direct my gift?
  • Christmas collection to help us receive the $15K matching gift from a generous parishioner.
  • The Capital Campaign to help us build the Worship Center on 1125 Mother Teresa Drive.
  • The Sunday offertory to help offset the general operating expenses.
  • The Priest Welfare and Retirement fund to care for our retired priests.
How can I give?
  • Contribute online via WeShare before midnight on December 31.
  • Donate stock by completing and following the instructions on this stock donation form. If the gift is for the tax year 2021, then please initiate and make sure the stock is transferred to the diocese account by December 31.
  • Send Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) directly to MTCC to avoid paying taxes and reduce your adjusted gross income.
  • Mail your check to the following address by December 31 or earlier:
       Mother Teresa Catholic Church
       10030 Green Level Church Road
       Suite 802 #1092
       Cary, NC 27519
For more information on how you can help make a difference by contributing a year-end gift to our parish, please contact Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity to Mother Teresa throughout this past year!
A Note from the Parish Office

The parish "office" will be closed for the Christmas holiday and reopen on January 3. Fr. Daniel and the staff will be taking a short break and having a quiet week. We wish you and yours a very blessed Christmas.

For any emergency pastoral care needs, please contact our Pastoral Care line at (919) 600-1724.

There will be no Tuesday morning Mass at St. Mary Magdalene on December 28.
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Training
Interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? Or getting a refresher course if you are one already?

Training will be offered in the Green Hope HS cafeteria on Sunday, January 9 from 9:40 to 10:20 a.m. This training will meet the requirements for the certification by the Diocese of Raleigh required every five years.

For more information and to sign up, please email Ellen Kunkel.
White Flag Needs Volunteers
White Flag is a cold-weather shelter program in Raleigh and Wake County. If the overnight temperature drops to 35 degrees or below, the homeless can go to White Flag Shelters to get out of the cold.

The Men's White Flag Shelter is at St. John's MCC Church, 622 Maywood Ave, Raleigh. That shelter is set up to accept men, women, and families but primarily serves men. They need volunteers.

The shelter opens from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on those nights that are declared as White Flag by the Raleigh/Wake County Collation to end homelessness.

Volunteers help by registering people as they enter, handing them a brown bag dinner from St. Andrew's Brown Bag Ministry, escorting them to their cot, and performing general chaperoning activities. There are three shifts:
  • 4 to 8 p.m. to help with the greatest influx of people
  • 8 p.m. to 12 midnight to offer chaperone and other support activities
  • 12 midnight to 8 a.m. to chaperone and then get coffee and a small breakfast to help get people on their way
If you're interested in volunteering with this amazing ministry, please email Mark Swallow. Mark will be in touch with you with more information and then you can decide if or how much you can help.
– Mark Swallow
Oak City Cares Project Coordinator
Read and Feed Needs Tutors
Read and Feed is looking for additional tutors to work with students in kindergarten through fifth grade once or twice a week throughout the school year. There are more than 20 sites throughout Wake County including St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Tutors need to be 18 or older, but 15 to 17-year-olds can tutor if they're paired with a parent or guardian.

The St. Michael’s site meets on Tuesdays from 6:15 to 8 p.m. When tutors arrive, they collect books and games to work with their students. Students get a donated meal and the tutors sit with them to talk about their week and discuss their interests. When the students finish their meal, they move on to playing literacy games and reading with their tutors. 

During the evening, we encourage students to choose three take-home books for their own personal library. Tutors keep track of the books read with the student and the literacy activities done that week. Each site is only able to accept as many students as they have tutors. St. Michael has a waiting list of students interested in their site.

Currently, everyone is required to wear masks while there.

If you're interested in volunteering, visit the volunteer page of the Read and Feed. If you’d like to learn more, please email Susan Swallow.

You may also help Read and Feed by donating new and gently used kindergarten through fifth-grade books. Place the books at the Read and Feed sign located in the cafeteria on the bench near the side entrance when you come to Mass on Sundays at Green Hope HS. You may also donate a meal to a site or help at the Read and Feed office.

Check the website to complete the volunteer application and discover more about other ways you can impact students struggling with literacy skills that need community support.

– Susan Swallow
Read and Feed Project Coordinator
Social Media in Our Church
Mother Teresa Parish uses several social media programs to keep you informed of parish activities, email, Facebook, Twitter, our website, and the myParish phone app.

We use the myParish app to push out late-breaking info through the app, so we encourage you all to download it to your phone. Go to Apple's AppStore or Google's PlayStore to download it.

If you need help with that, contact our Communications Director. Email Matt Young or call (919) 428-3404.

The app also has selected homilies, readings, bulletins, events, many prayers, daily inspirations, readings for the day, and much, much more. 
Lighting the Candle of Love
On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we lit the candle of love. Michael and Theresa Langdale lit the candle at the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Michael is our Sacristan and helps with setting up the altar. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, Matt and Carolyn McCormick lit the candle representing the Pastoral Council. We're most grateful for their faithfulness and inspiration to do small things with great love.

To view more photos, visit our Facebook page.
FORMED Picks of the Month

Here are our suggested movies or presentations for the Advent/Christmas season.

The True Meaning of Christmas

Do you love Christmas traditions but don’t know where they come from? Tune in for Dr. Michael Patrick Barber’s Advent reflections and learn the meaning behind your favorite Christmas pastimes.
Watch »
Brother Francis: The Days of Advent

Brother Francis leads us on a daily journey in this special seasonal celebration of the coming of the Lord! Featuring meditations, prayers, and suggested activities to keep our focus on Christ this Christmas.
Watch »
Sign in to FORMED. Watch the movies anywhere, anytime on iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku ®.
Parish Mailing Address
For those who have asked for Fr. Daniel's and Deacon Mike's mailing address, please use this following address:

                Mother Teresa Catholic Church
                10030 Green Level Church Road
                Suite 802 #1092
                Cary, NC 27519 

WeShare, our online giving program, offers a donor match program for every new recurring donor added between November 1 and December 31. Won't you please consider?

If you use WeShare weekly for donations but haven’t signed up for the recurring feature, you can help our parish earn up to $1,000. WeShare will match each new recurring first gift, up to $50, to that maximum. More than one installment must be set up with the first recurring donation to occur in December.

Thank you to the eight families who have signed up as part of this matching program. Currently, only 27% of our families use WeShare for their offertory giving. Why not give it a try and join in on this great opportunity. The setup is simple, look for the instructions here.

Any questions, please email Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995.

Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in the annual Respect Life Novena, 9 Days for Life, from January 19 to 27. Get daily intentions, brief reflections, and more.

Your Respect Life Committee will be at both Masses on January 9 and 16. Please stop by to sign up for future notices and pick up the 9 Days for Life Novena prayer.

Please consider joining the Raleigh Respect Life March on Saturday, January 15. It is a short walk but filled with the Spirit. For more information, please email Jim Duncan .

Did you know?
God's love — individual, real, unchanging — is the true source of our worth, identity, and dignity. It really is not a question of who we are. Because God's love will never change, nothing can reduce our God-given dignity, and nothing can diminish the immeasurable worth of our lives—Born and Unborn.

– Jim Duncan
Respect Life Committee Coordinator
God Hidden in Family Life
The fourth commandment opens the second table of the Decalogue. It shows  us the order of charity. God has willed that, after him, we should honor our parents to whom we owe life and who have handed on to us the knowledge of God. We are obliged to honor and respect all those whom God, for our good, has vested with authority. (CCC 2197)

Every child presents to their parents a challenge and a sign. Children watch parents. They take on values. They learn attitudes towards God, country, race, money, clothes, health, and leisure. They acquire mannerisms and manners. They get the feel of things like love, prejudice, fear, and ambition. They first see what it is like to talk freely, to be held tenderly, to depend on another, and to trust.

Our scripture readings for this feast seem not to be reflective of the demise and decimation of family life and values in our modern, enlightened society today. Yet we cannot blame governments for this. Governments may or may not support family values; they don't construct them. As people of faith, we bear the responsibility for building a solid family life.

We are the ones who must ask why family life has been discarded. The Holy Family lived in times of civil unrest, high taxes, and occupation by a foreign power. Our tensions are broken homes and single-parent families, child abuse and parental addictions, gang alternatives to family, and the peer pressure fueled by social media and politically correct behavior. In our day, even our elderly are not honored nor respected as they deserve to be.

The turmoil the Holy Family's experienced should assure us that they are like our families, in that loves bonds deepen amid trial and tension gaining mutual good for all. Practicing ordinary family values of patience and forgiveness has us do more than overlook faults or give second chances. They introduce us to a wonder hidden within them and within each one of us. 

By reflecting on these wonders beyond our grasp, we're introduced to God in our midst and so we grow in wisdom, age, and grace before God, one another, and society. The lost boy in the temple in today's Gospel is the one who raises us to new life, returns us to the father, and fills us with hope to overcome tensions, loneliness, and heartbreak. This and only this enables love to blossom in the embrace of family nurturing faith in the life in the Spirit.

This is worth "keeping in our heart." This, and only this, honors God and each other. 

– Deacon Mike
Sunday, December 26  Feast of the Holy Family
Readings: 1 Samuel 1: 20-22, 24-28 or Sirach 3: 2-6, 12-14; Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10; 1 John 3: 1-2, 21-24 or Colossians 3: 12-21; Luke 2: 41-52
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Intention: Mother Teresa Families

Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Raymond Conroy, requested by Brian and Lisa Irving
Altar Flowers: Christmas Loved Ones

Monday, December 27 • Feast of John, Apostle
Readings: 1 John 1: 1-4; Psalm 97: 1-2, 5-6, 11-12;  John 20: 1a and 2-8

Tuesday, December 28 • Feast of the Holy Innocents
Readings: 1 John 1: 5 – 2: 2; Psalm 124: 2-3, 4-5, 7b-8; Matthew 2: 13-18
No Mass at St. Mary Magdalene

Wednesday, December 29

Readings: 1 John 2: 3-11; Psalm 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6; Luke 2: 22-35

Thursday, December 30
Readings: 1 John 2: 12-17; Psalm 96: 7-8a, 8b-9, 10; Luke 2: 36-40

Friday, December 31

Readings: 1 John 2: 18-21; Psalm 96: 1-2, 11-12, 13; John 1: 1-18

Saturday, January 1 
 The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God
Readings: Numbers 6: 22-27; Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4: 4-7; Luke 2: 16-21
Sunday, January 2  The Epiphany of the Lord
Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3: 2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2: 1-12
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
James Douglas, requested by Gloria Douglas
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Sonny "Leon" Hartman, requested by Camille Hartman

To request a Mass intention, please email the parish office.
To listen to the daily scripture readings, click here.
Altar Flowers Sponsorship

Sponsoring altar flowers is a wonderful way to honor a loved one, commemorate a special event, and contribute to the beauty of Mass. Sponsors will receive the beautiful flowers after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Please contact the parish office or submit your donation through WeShare.
To be included on the prayer list, email the Pastoral Care Ministry or call (919) 600-1724.
Small Businesses Directory

Check out our informal directory of small businesses. If you are a parishioner or a sponsor, and the owner or operator of a small business or franchise, please fill out this form to be listed.
Special Collection in December

Did you know that you can make online donations for special collections via WeShare? Just follow this link:

December 8 • Immaculate Conception
December 25 • Christmas and Priest Welfare & Retirement

We're grateful you chose Mother Teresa as your parish to grow with us together in faith. Your generosity allows us to continue our tradition of love and charity, inspired by our patron saint.

We humbly ask for your continued financial support, please consider giving through one of these methods:

WeShare. A one-time or recurring gift via WeShare. View instructions, here.

Sunday Basket. In-person collection when you come to Mass.

Mail. Send your gift to Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 10030 Green Level Church Road, Suite 802 #1092, Cary, NC 27519.

Bank Bill-pay. Contact your bank for details.

Text-to-give. Text keyword MTCC to 800-950-9952. Click on the WeShare link. Complete your gift.

Stock, Bonds, IRAs, Estate Planning. Give with added tax benefits from stocks, bonds, or IRA's or list Mother Teresa Catholic Mission as a beneficiary in your estate planned giving.

For more information, please email Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995. Thank you for your unwavering support and faithfulness to Mother Teresa Catholic Church.
Christmas Letter from Our Bishop

Rosary for Our Nation

Ignited By Truth is organizing first Saturday events each month in 2022 to honor Our Lady of Fatima’s request. We will pray a Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and sing Marian hymns. Please join us as we pray for our country on January 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill.

Join us in reverent and peaceful prayer and singing as we place our beloved nation under the Mantle of Mary, Mother of God. Bring your whole family; all are welcome! The event will be outside. Please dress weather-appropriate. For more information, visit

Project Rachel Post Abortion Healing Retreat

If you desire healing from a past abortion, you're invited to experience the love of Jesus Christ at a Project Rachel weekend retreat from January 7 to 9 in the Raleigh area.

The weekend retreat is strictly confidential for both women and men and includes discussions, spiritual exercises, the sacrament of reconciliation, a Memorial Service, and a Mass of the Resurrection.

Participation offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion. For more information or to register for the retreat, visit the website.

Surviving Divorce Program

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 2718 Overbrook Drive, Raleigh, is pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting DVD ministry to men and women who have suffered from divorce: Surviving Divorce Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family.

The 12-week program features 30-minute DVD segments each week with discussions to follow. Whether you are separated, divorced ten days ago, or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone.

Beginning on January 10 through April 4, we will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fallon Center lounge. The cost is $25 per person and is payable at the first meeting. This Catholic program is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and is open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel, and clarity before or after a divorce.

We will limit the number of participants to ten vaccinated individuals in the interest of safety/social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Contact Debbie Locke or Dulce Rodriguez for a registration form.

Mass for Life

Pray to support moms in need and for the legal protection of unborn children.

Diocesan Mass for Life at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
Saturday, January 15 at 11 a.m. Bilingual Rosary starts at 10:30 a.m.

March for Life at Bicentennial Plaza
12:45 p.m. Youth & College Rally
1:15 p.m. Main Rally
2:30 p.m. March for Life begins

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children." The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides resources to help parishes, schools, families, ministries, and individual Catholics participate in this important day of prayer and penance.

Understanding the Human Person

Would you like to understand the truth about sexuality, love, marriage, parenting, and family and be able to express it to others? You'll learn this and more at the Family Honor weekend course, Understanding the Human Person, to be held at St. Michael on February 4 and 5.

Topics include St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, The Roots of the Sexual Revolution, Fertility Appreciation, Male-female complementarity, Child development and the importance of Family, Gender identity and gender confusion.

The course fee is $150 and includes approximately 12 hours of instruction, books, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Early bird $25 discount if registration is received by January 15. For more information, contact Mary Beth Phillips or register here.

Please pray for our seminarians by name and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For more information, visit
Our Mission
Inspired by our patron saint, the welcoming community of Mother Teresa Catholic Church is engaged in service to Christ and committed to the evangelization of His people with great love.

Our People
Pastor – Father Daniel Oschwald
Deacon – Deacon Mike Walsh
Parish Administrator – Angela Sentosa, (919) 623-1751
Business Manager – Michelle Yeh, (972) 898-7995
Pastoral Care – Jean and Donna, (919) 600-1724
Communications – Matt Young, (919) 428-3404
Faith Formation (Love) – Nicole Swannack
Faith Formation (Grow) – Kim Wisniewski
Faith Formation (Shine) – Nicolle Pollaci
Pastoral Council – Ed Simanskis
Finance Council – Paul Wolf
Mercy Council – Mary Ann McNeill
Capital Campaign – Joe Steinlage
Teen Family Group – Amy, Nicolle, and Michele

Please contact the parish office.

Parish Registration
If you have thought about making Mother Teresa Parish your spiritual home, please take a moment to formally register with us.
Mother Teresa Office  
Phone: (919) 623-1751
Pastoral Care Line: (919) 600-1724


Mailing Address
10030 Green Level Church Road • Suite 802 #1092 • Cary, NC 27519

Future Church Property
1125 Mother Teresa Drive • Cary, NC 27519

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