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A Joyful Christmas Celebration
We're grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with our Mother Teresa family and friends on Christmas Eve. Our heartfelt gratitude to the many wonderful volunteers who transformed an ordinary parking lot turned into an extraordinary place to receive God in our midst. Thank you for making our celebration joyful.

The photo slideshow here tells our story. A picture is worth a thousand words. There are more photos on Bob Witchger's Flickr site, and on the MTCC Shutterfly site.

It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. – Mother Teresa 
Our Worship Center Is Going Up
Happy New Year from the Building and Land Use Committee. It’s hard to believe that we’ve now been under construction for more than six months. With the exceptional efforts of our team, we are excitedly anticipating the opening of our worship center, including the memorial garden and columbarium, in September 2022. 

The land that will become the site of our new church is finally taking shape, literally. Exciting things continue to evolve regarding the development of our future home. Here are a few highlights.

The site construction area clearing began in June. The stormwater pond construction was completed in August. Since the land has a significant variation in elevation across the site, the building pad had to be raised substantially toward rebalancing the grades to accommodate our functional design. 

In October, we completed the installation of the column footings and the floor slab. We started installing on-site utilities including storm sewer, waterline, and sanitary sewer extensions. In November, we raised the roof and now have the building structure and exterior framing in place.

By December’s end, our goal is to complete site grading, primary utility installation, and the building structure. Hitting this important milestone will effectively protect the interior of the building while work progresses through the winter. 

Thank you for the tremendous support, prayers, and encouragement in our journey.

 – Jeff Vittert
Building and Land Use Committee
A Christmas Gift
Please pick up a A Minute in the Church book when you come to Sunday Mass at Green Hope HS.

The book has 51 one-minute teachings about the Mass. These include the names of the vessels and vestments to lessons on the deeper meaning behind the rituals and gestures.

This book will help you come to a greater understanding of the Mass and prepare for the first celebration in our new worship center this year.
Sunday Mass at Green Hope
Thank you for continuing to support your parish in these ever-changing times. If you've been coming, you know how joyful it has been to be in the company of one another and to receive the Sacraments. If you haven’t ventured out to see us, we invite you to join us and be renewed in the Eucharist.

Please come to worship together as God's people on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of Green Hope HS.

The Eucharist is the anchor of our Catholic faith, and we need this nourishment to sustain our spirit. In this extraordinary time, let's be strengthened in faith together at Mass.
Face Mask Reminder
A gentle reminder that the Wake County Public School System requires face coverings for all visitors entering school buildings. That includes our Sunday Mass at Green Hope HS. Parishioners are encouraged to comply with the school's requirement and wear a face mask.
Year-End Giving
As the year is coming to a close, please consider adding Mother Teresa Catholic Church as a giving opportunity. 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. Wishing you and yours abundant blessings, good health, and happy moments in the new year!

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

Mother Teresa Parish has a parish-wide subscription to a premier online platform called FORMED available to every parishioner. FORMED is an online catechetical resource tool for learning and inspiration to make us better informed and formed Catholics. There is something for every family member to help them grow closer to Christ and his church. Sign up here.

Each month, we'll suggest a movie or presentation for your family to watch, one for adults and one for children. Here are our suggestions to continue your journey of faith in January.

The Story of the Nativity: The Truth of Christmas

Explore the true story of Mary and Joseph, Jesus's miraculous conception, the birth of John the Baptist, the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Star of Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus.
Watch »
Lukas Storyteller: The True Meaning of Christmas

Lukas and Noah will help children understand the true story of Christmas and how the birth of the Son of God should change our hearts.
Watch »
Sign in to FORMED. Watch the movies anywhere, anytime on iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku ®.

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
Epiphany: Seek God Where He Is Found
Creation is the foundation of "all God’s saving plans," the beginning of the history of salvation that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of Creation and reveals the end for which... from the beginning, God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ. (CCC 280) 

Webster’s dictionary defines the word epiphany (lower case) as, "an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a moment in which one suddenly sees or understands something in a new or very clear way." Our traditional Judeo-Christian understanding of Epiphany (capitalized) is that of "manifestation," something divine occurring that's objectively perceived by everyone.

Whether perceived subjectively or objectively the Magi from the East seemed to understand that "in the heavens" something important enough for a road trip. This is the greatest example they give to us to remember on this 12th Day of Christmas. For this Feast of the Epiphany, there is no manifestation of God without a passion for seeking his face. There is no revelation without a quest for his love. There is no wake-up in our darkness if we do not raise our eyes to heaven. To appreciate this mystery, like the Magi, our essential response is to seek God where he is to be found.

On this 12th day of Christmas, the Magi see the reality of God’s greatest gift to the created order, the fulfillment of his promise in the Garden of Eden. Though they are unaware of the Jewish creation account, the Magi see the true origin of gift-giving as the giver draws closer to the one who receives the gift. Epiphany reminds us we must give gifts in response to what God has revealed because in imitating God the giver we receive God the gift.

The Magi are strangers unaccustomed to Jewish traditions and way of life. They represent all who are not Jews and are thought to be neglected by God. Are there still strangers in our lives? Are there people from whom we would never want to receive a gift? The Magi’s star and dreams show us all that in this Christ Child there is no room for any elitist behavior of religion, race, ethnicity, or economic class.

Like the Magi, we too search for God on our feast days, but he also comes to us in the dull ordinariness of life. We search for God in the orations of our pope, bishops, and priests but he also comes to us in the simple words of strangers, family, friends, and especially children. The child in the manger will later teach that we must seek God in the weakest and least of God’s people in creation.

In this search, we will find understanding. In sharing this search, we will discover the illumination of a glimmer of hope, a facet of faith, and a clue to where true charity lies. This manifestation is the splendor of the star and the dream.

– Deacon Mike

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

Monday, January 3 • Christmas Weekday
Readings: 1 John 3: 22 – 4: 6; Psalm 2: 7bc-8, 10-11; Matthew 4: 12-17, 23-25

Tuesday, January 4 • Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious Obligatory Memorial
Readings: 1 John 4: 7-10; Psalm 72: 1-2, 3-4, 7-8; Mark 6: 34-44
Mass: 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 725 Magdala Place
Ellen Cahill

Wednesday, January 5 • John Neumann, Bishop Obligatory Memorial

Readings: 1 John 4: 11-18; Psalm 72: 1-2, 10, 12-13; Mark 6: 45-52

Thursday, January 6 • Christmas Weekday
Readings: 1 John 4: 19 – 5: 4; Psalm 72: 1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17; Luke 4: 14-22

Prayer Group: 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Friday, January 7 • Christmas Weekday

Readings: 1 John 5: 5-13; Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20; Luke 5: 12-16

Saturday, January 8 • Christmas Weekday

Readings: 1 John 5: 14-21; Psalm 149: 1-2, 3-4, 5 and 6a and 9b; John 3: 22-30
Sunday, January 9  The Baptism of the Lord
Readings: Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11; Psalm 104: 1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30; Titus 2: 11-14; 3: 4-7; Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Joe Puskar, requested by Carolyn Puskar
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
James Boyle, requested by Jim and Dee Boyle
Altar Flowers: In loving memory of
 James Boyle, sponsored by Jim and Dee Boyle

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 January

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

January 1 • Mary Mother of God Collection

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.
Diocese of Raleigh’s Synodal Journey 

In response to Holy Father Pope Francis’ call, under the guiding title "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission," Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama has begun the Diocese of Raleigh’s synodal journey by launching an online survey. In-persons sessions will follow the survey. Everyone in the diocese, including those no longer affiliated with the church, those from other faiths, or no particular faith, are invited to provide their thoughts regarding the mission of the Catholic Church.

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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