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We say it every year, how time flies! Here we are on the brink of Christmas, and the church offers for our consideration the story of the Visitation, the pregnant Mary’s visit to her pregnant kinswoman Elizabeth.

Mary comes to Elizabeth with a new world in her womb. Of course, every child who is born brings with it a new world, for every person who enters our world changes it. Relationships are reconfigured, a unique perspective is introduced, history is set on a new trajectory.

But in the case of Mary, the new world in her womb is something even more radically new. A world in which the mighty are cast from their thrones and the lowly are lifted up. A world in which the hungry are filled with good things and the rich are sent away empty. A world in which God and humanity are united and heaven is joined to earth.

Yes, Elizabeth’s greeting of Mary as blessed and the unborn John the Baptist leaping in her womb in recognition of the Messiah whom Mary bears, seems to be a fitting prelude to the joy and beauty of Christmas. Joyfully, we look forward to our last Christmas celebration at Green Hope HS on Friday, December 24. Next year at this time, we will be in our new home. How different a celebration that will be!

In these final days ahead of Christmastide, take time to breathe, to pray, to meditate on this mysterious encounter of these two women, and consider how God might be calling you this Advent season to bear his word in your life.


 
– Fr. Daniel
Year-End Giving
As you begin year-end tax planning, please consider adding Mother Teresa Catholic Mission 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?
  • 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!
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, you can send Mark Swallow an email or signup at one of the Masses this weekend. 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
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.
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. 
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.
Christmas Flowers and Honorarium Cards
How grateful we are to be able to gather together on Christmas Eve to give praise to God for all the blessings from above.

If you would like to help beautify our altar, you will have an opportunity to sponsor a few Christmas flowers or to purchase a Mother Teresa honorarium card as a meaningful way to honor those we cherish in our hearts.

Click here to submit the names of your loved ones to be included in our Christmas prayer list that will be placed on the altar during our Christmas Eve Mass.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness while supporting our parish this Christmas season. 
Christmas Loved Ones »
Calling All Angels and Shepherds
Christmas Pageant
It's not too late to participate in the Children's Christmas Pageant. While the major roles have been assigned, we will continue to take participation sign-ups for angels, shepherds, and animals all the way up to the day of the event. 

Pageant costume sizing and distribution is this Sunday, December 19. Please pick up your child's costume after 10:30 a.m. Mass. For more information, please email Chrissi Harmon, our Christmas Pageant Director.

The Christmas Pageant will take place 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.
Growing in Faith and Love Together
Our thanks to the sixth-grade Faith Formation students for showing us an example of love, faith, and fellowship. The students created and decorated this awesome Thank You banner to show their appreciation for Healthcare Heroes during the COVID pandemic. Mother Teresa parishioners signed the banner after Mass last Sunday. The Administrators at WakeMed in Cary were thrilled to receive this banner.
Lighting the Candle of Joy
On the Third Sunday of Advent, we lit the candle of joy. Matt and Chris Young lit the candle at the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Matt is our Communication Director who works behind the scene keeping us all posted through social media.

At the 10:30 a.m. Mass, Richard, Erlinda, and Stephen Meyer lit the candle. Richard is our Sacristan and helps with setting up the altar. We're most grateful for their faithfulness and inspiration to do small things with great love.

Advent is a season of reflection, anticipation, and joyful hope, reminding us to look forward to the promised return of Our Lord Jesus Christ. When we anticipate one another in love and support and service, we give the gift of the everlasting presence of the living God. We wish you and your family a peaceful Advent journey.

To view more photos, visit our Facebook page.
Advent Reconciliation
Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ with peaceful hearts.
 
Father Daniel will be available for confession on Sunday, December 19 after both Masses. Please take this opportunity to experience God's grace and healing through forgiveness.

In addition, there will be Advent Reconciliation Service on Friday, December 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael.

Check out these great resources available through FORMED about the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The St. Andrew Christmas Novena is often called the Christmas Anticipation Prayer. It's traditionally recited fifteen times every day from the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle on November 30 until Christmas. This Advent, let us prepare our hearts to truly receive Christ at Christmas.
Grow closer to our Lord this Advent season. Daily reflections and enrichment are available through FORMED. 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 in matters of faith and morals. Sign up here.
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 

Only a few more weeks to take action and help MTCC receive the donor match program. 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 by December 31 to take advantage of this matching gift offer.

Thank you to the five 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.
Shop AmazonSmile
   

Your holiday shopping can help make a difference when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3029002 or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned on within Settings. Amazon donates a portion of your purchases to Mother Teresa.

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
Make Haste to Answer God's Call
In the Old Testament, the revelation of prayer comes between the fall and the restoration of man, that is, between God’s sorrowful call to his first children; "Where are you? What have you done?" and the response of God’s only Son on coming into the world, "lo, I have come to do your will, O God." Prayer is bound up with human history, for it is the relationship with God in historical events. (CCC 2568)

Have you ever done anything in haste? We seem to hurry at everything in our day, sometimes to do good, sometimes not so good. Our culture teaches us that haste makes waste. Does it? We hasten to what we feel is important to us, whether towards loved ones, a special event or function, or a Black Friday or holiday sale. Self-interest usually stimulates our desire to do something quickly.

Our Gospel story for this Fourth Sunday in Advent describes the very young Mary making haste to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary has just encountered the angel of the Lord announcing to her the favored place she has in God's plan for the fulfillment of salvation. Mary has answered God's call of "where are you?" Though her understanding of what she experienced is incomplete, she nevertheless agrees to participate in whatever God has in mind.

Mary desires to validate the angel's message in her visit to her much older, childless cousin. Her self-interest tells her that if Elizabeth is with child, then her prayer experience is genuine and not imagined. Wanting to "go in haste" does not mean Mary lacks faith. It is a sign of hope for herself, Israel, and the world.

We have all had moments, however brief, when we have been sure that God has touched us with a thought, a word, or a glimpse of what might be. How we act on these moments determines how we progress in our relationship with God. Being reflective and pondering or being static in our understanding is our response. Still, we cannot ignore the possibility that God wants to draw more out of our actions than just thoughts or anxiousness.

Like Mary, our example in faith, we must take a chance and see. We must venture out in the hope of the validity of our moments, and sometimes, we must do that in spiritual haste proving to ourselves that God will fulfill what has been spoken to us, "Where are you?"


 
 
 
– Deacon Mike
Sunday, December 19  Fourth Sunday of Advent (O Radix Jesse)
Readings: Micah 5: 1-4a; Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19 (4); Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Intention
 Priscilla Pflueger, requested by Samantha Sites
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Intention
Deceased members of the Bonello, Whartenby, and Hergenroeder families, requested by Mary Jane Bonello
Altar Flowers: In loving memory of deceased members of the Bonello, Whartenby, and Hergenroeder families, sponsored by Mary Jane Bonello

Monday, December 20 Advent Weekday (O Clavis David)
Readings: Isaiah 7: 10-14; Psalm 24: 1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6; Luke 1: 26-38

Tuesday, December 21  Advent Weekday (O Oriens)
Readings: Songs 2: 8-14 or Zephaniah 3: 14-18a; Psalm 33: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1: 39-45
Mass: 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 725 Magdala Place
Intention:
 Gloria Madigan, requested by Diana Barnett

Wednesday, December 22 • Advent Weekday (O Rex Gentium)

Readings: 1 Samuel 1: 24-28; 1 Samuel 2: 1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd; Luke 1: 46-56

Thursday, December 23  Advent Weekday (O Emmanuel) 
Readings: Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25: 4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14; Luke 1: 57-66


Friday, December 24 
 The Nativity of the Lord Vigil
Readings: Isaiah 9: 1-6; Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14
Mass: 2:30 p.m. (Green Hope HS parking lot)
Intention: In thanksgiving to all our capital campaign benefactors

Altar Flowers: Christmas Loved Ones

Saturday, December 25 
 The Nativity of the Lord
Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98: 1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6 (3c); Hebrews 1: 1-6; John 1: 1-18

 
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)
Intention
Raymond Conroy, requested by Brian and Lisa Irving


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, and help them out if you can. 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 IgnitedByTruth.org.

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 ncpriest.org.
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

 
Sacraments
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.
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10030 Green Level Church Road • Suite 802 #1092 • Cary, NC 27519

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