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Special Alert: Our Mass Schedule This Weekend
In light of the impending winter storm and the uncertainty of our being able to gain access to Green Hope HS on Sunday, we have decided to join forces with St. Andrew Catholic Church in Apex.

Father Daniel will be celebrating all the Masses at St. Andrew this weekend. You will have an opportunity to attend Mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday or at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Father Daniel will also be available for confessions before Mass on Saturday afternoon. 

We are grateful to our friends at St. Andrew for this opportunity and encourage you to travel on Sunday only if conditions are permissible.

All Masses will be livestreamed. The livestream links are available below:
We thank you for your patience and understanding with this change, and look forward to being back together the following Sunday at Green Hope HS. We hope everyone is staying safe and warm.


We return to Ordinary Time this week in the liturgical calendar. In these trying times, things are anything but ordinary. As we have all come to appreciate, each day of life offers an extraordinary opportunity to live in the moment and see the hand of God at work in our midst.

The difficulty for us can sometimes be our inability to see beyond the ordinary to where that encounter awaits us. It takes eyes of faith to look beyond the mundane — household chores, 9 to 5 in the office, another day of school work — to see how we can find God in our everyday moments of life. It takes effort, but the effort is worth it when we discover that moment.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't stop and think about the miracle of my life, of life in general, and what a blessing life is. It's at the core of what matters. Life is a gift, a blessing, an extraordinary event that sadly can be looked upon as mundane and, worse yet, looked upon as disposable, a choice.

Every life that comes to us comes from God. The only choice with life is life. Sadly that's not the case in our world today. The battle lines between pro-life and pro-choice folks have become just that, battle lines. Everyone speaks, but no one listens. Perhaps we might start something different in our journey within ourselves to understand better how beautiful life is, first, by acknowledging the gift of our own lives. Then recognize the life of our families, our community, and perhaps most compassionately, those whose lives are at risk in our world today — the unborn and those living on the edge.

I'm most grateful to the voices in our community who speak out for the vulnerable in our world. Those who will gather in Raleigh this Saturday with our bishop to pray and march, and those who will travel to Washington to march the following weekend.

And we know we cannot simply be pro-choice with no concern for the lives already here and at risk. We must be concerned about all life at risk. Let us pray for the success of those engaged in activism for the poor and the unborn in our world. Let us pray we too may grow in greater awareness and appreciation for the gift of our lives and, in this ordinary time, live lives of extraordinary love for God and one another.



 – Father Daniel
Generational Legacy Campaign
Our Generational Legacy Campaign is underway. Please consider participating in this effort to help furnish our Worship Center by dedicating an item to honor your loved one with a memorial or an honorarium gift. Please contact Michelle Yeh for more information. Payment is now available via our online giving portal.
White Flag Needs Volunteers
There are several homeless shelters in Wake County, set up several years ago in an attempt to "solve" the homeless "problem." Once these were established, people thought the problem was addressed, except for one really cold night when a homeless person was found frozen to death.  

This person's death made people realize that the shelters were inadequate to address the number of homeless people due to not reaching everyone. There are some people that can not be housed in a shelter for any number of reasons. There are always going to be people that won't be served by our current homeless shelter system. 

So what to do?
The Wake County Continuum of Care, a program to deal with homelessness, decided that on nights when it was going to be especially cold (and therefore dangerous), these shelters would literally put a white flag outside their doors to alert people they could get out of the cold just for the night, no questions asked. This seemed to be working fairly well until COVID hit.

In order to attempt to contain the COVID risk in shelters, they put in place a number of measures that precluded them from opening their doors on an as needed basis, like a cold night. To address this in 2020-21, the program turned an abandoned church off New Bern Avenue into an emergency shelter. It would open on cold nights to allow in as many people as would safely fit, men, women, and families. However, the building could only house 86 people, so on some nights, five to ten people were turned away.

The need for a White Flag Shelter didn't disappear in 2021. COVID still rages. But the abandoned church was no longer available. They found a new site, that could house as many as 110 people (men, women, and families). This new location is St. John's MCC. 

The St. John's community will be moving to new premises in January 2022 and the landlord will allow the entire current site to be used through March 2022. Recently, we filled up the 110 cots and had to turn away about 20 people. The need has grown from just last year.

How is a White Flag night determined?
White Flag nights are determined by the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End & Prevent Homelessness. A weekly list of nights is established based on weather forecasts. If the weather is going to be 35 degrees or below, a White Flag night is called.

What will be expected of you?
You will choose one of 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
You will provide support under the direction of paid staff. You will not be expected to be responsible or accountable. You will be a volunteer. Your role will be to serve.

How will this work?
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.

Where?
St. Johns MCC, 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh

You are not expected to work all nights. If you can only work one per week, month, or season, that is perfectly fine. You will be tired by the end of the night, but you will know that you did Mother Teresa's and God's work. You never know what impact you can have, even with just one person but the only way to have that impact is to do this work. We hope you will respond with "Yes!"

 
– Mark Swallow
Oak City Cares Project Coordinator
March, Novena, and Prayer Card
Raleigh March for Life
On January 15, there will be a March for Life in Raleigh. It is a short march but filled with the Spirit beginning around 1:30 p.m. For more information, please email Jim Duncan.

9 Days for Life Novena
Please stop by the Respect Life Ministry table on Sunday, January 23 and pick up a copy of the nationwide Respect Life Novena, 9 Days for Life. The Novena begins on January 19. It coincides with the March for Life in DC and the anniversary of Roe v Wade. In addition, we will be distributing our very own MTCC Respect Life prayer card.


Did you know?
You can sign up with a Respect Life committee member on Sunday to be on our notification list. This is strictly for purposes of sending to you via email pertinent and timely information concerning Respect Life from conception to natural death and all the wonderful moments in between. It is not a volunteer list but an effort to keep you informed.
 
– Jim Duncan
Respect Life Committee Coordinator

Rosary Rally for Life
Our Rosary Group will lead a Rosary to honor our Blessed Mother, to offer a prayer for all life, and to support those most vulnerable among us. All are invited to join us at the entrance of our future church site on 1221 Yates Store Road on Saturday, January 22 at noon, weather permitting.
Baptism Blessings
With great pleasure, please join us in welcoming our newest member. Elijah was baptized this past Saturday. Please pray that the sacrament of Baptism will introduce the love of Christ into his life. Congratulations to the Giles and Young families.
Looking for Your 2021 Contribution Statement?
We have gone paperless so your 2021 Contribution Statement will be sent via email before the end of January 2022. No action is required on your part unless you would like to confirm the email address we have on records.  

If you prefer a hard copy to be mailed, then please contact Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995 with any questions regarding this matter.  
Catholic Steward Tuition Rate Criteria
If you're interested in enrolling your child, grade kindergarten to 12, at any of the nearby Catholic schools such as Cardinal Gibbons High School or St. Mary Magdalene School, and would like to receive the Catholic steward tuition rate, please complete the school affiliation form which can be found on the school's website. 

Parishioners who apply for the St. Michael School should complete the Mother Teresa Stewardship Form which can be found here.  

Families who are active tithing members of Mother Teresa may be eligible to receive stewardship support of the Catholic tuition rate if all of the following criteria are satisfied:
  • Registered members of the parish within the last three months.
  • Attending Mass regularly as well as volunteering their time and talent with our ministries. This will be waived during COVID season.  
  • Contributing through identifiable offertory, priest welfare & retirement, and capital campaign through envelopes, checks, or electronic giving.
All completed forms should be scanned and sent to Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995 with any questions regarding stewardship support.
Last Call for Mission Trip
Last Call: Rising 9-12th graders to have one of the best challenges of their youth, serving on a Catholic mission trip with Mother Teresa families.

What: Mission trip to build, fix, paint homes of those in need, assist food banks, child centers and grow in faith with music, eucharistic adoration, and inspiring speakers. One adult to five teens ratio.

More info: Catholic Heart Workcamp

When: June 26 - July 2, 2022

Where: Knoxville, TN; stay in boy/girl separate floors or corridors in a high school; adults sleep in the hallway outside the room.

How: Drive with Safe Environment trained parents to TN. The registration cost has always been reduced through fundraising, $405 max. Adult volunteers expenses are covered as much as possible.

Why: To be the hands, feet, and smiles of Jesus to others, to serve as Mother Teresa suggests, and to have fun with hundreds of Catholic teens from across the USA.
 
Action needed: Save your spot with a non-refundable $100 check deposition.

Community support: Strong parish support shows the next generation that we believe in them while nurturing their budding spirits of compassion and generosity in caring for others. Thank you for keeping our Teen Family Group in your prayers.

Contact: Amy, Nicolle, and Michele for more information.
Wanted: Prayer Facilitator
Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to become more involved in the Mother Teresa faith community? We currently have two people facilitating the Thursday prayer group and are looking for a third to rotate every third week.

All are invited to join us virtually on Thursdays via Zoom. The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by 15 to 20 minutes of prayer. This prayer group is a response to the call to pray without ceasing. Prayer is focused on the intentions of our Mother Teresa community and changed weekly.

Interested in learning more? Contact Susan Swallow for details.
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
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.
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.

Joseph of Nazareth: The Story of the Man Closest to Christ
Scripture tells us that St. Joseph was a "just man" and that God gave him the most daunting task ever asked of a man–to be the husband of the woman who would give birth to the Messiah and the father and protector of this Holy Family. He would be the man closest to Christ.
Watch »
Lukas Storyteller: Saint Joseph and the Virtue of Obedience
Here's a story of St. Joseph helping the children to imitate his example and learn the virtue of obedience.
Watch »
Sign in to FORMED. Watch the movies anywhere, anytime on iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku ®.
Do Whatever He Tells You
The gospel reveals to us how Mary prays and intercedes in faith. At Cana, the mother of Jesus asks her son for the needs of a wedding feast; this is the sign of another feast – that of the wedding of the Lamb where he gives his body and blood at the request of the Church, his Bride. It is at the hour of the New Covenant, at the foot of the Cross, that Mary is heard as the Woman, the new Eve, the true Mother of all the living. (CCC 2618)

There often come times in our lives when it's difficult to determine what needs to be done, whether it's a choice of silence or words or a choice of deeds to be considered. It helps us greatly, in these moments, if we listen to advise from humans or from God.

"They have no wine!" Here in John's Gospel for this Second Sunday, Mary chooses words. She presents a need for Jesus to consider she is unable to fulfill. In this real-life situation, we see the first sign in John's Gospel, of the ability of Jesus to transcend the natural order. The time has come. Mary is ready for Jesus to show the world why he is here. The time has come for Jesus to begin his public ministry to the people of Israel.

"Do whatever he tells you." These last recorded words of the Blessed Mother in scripture are hidden in this account. The setting is not dramatic, but the words are full of the lived simplicity of a mother's lived experience of faith in her child. Cana is a sign of our thirst and our poverty in trying to satisfy that thirst. In this new beginning, Jesus devotes himself to others' needs in satisfying thirst at Calvary; Jesus cries that he thirsts as well revealing his humanness, his glory, and the hope of the deepening faith of his disciples.

Our current supply chain crisis is one thing, but do we thirst for faith, for hope, for love? We may, one day, run out of clean air and clean water. We may, one day, lack proper foods and medicines. There may, one day, be more instability, unrest, suffering, and destruction. But in all of this, the sign of Jesus' first miracle is that all life from God is abundant with the potential to transform us no matter the difficult times, or words, or actions we must consider.

Mary's concern for all needs, all dilemmas, and all decisions come to rest in her son. Like Mary, we must believe in Jesus. We must allow God to take the initiative in everything after presenting a need. Our faith must let God be God however God wills to be.


 
 
 
– Deacon Mike
 
Sunday, January 16 • Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Isaiah 62: 1-5; Psalm 96: 1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8, 9-10; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11; John 2: 1-11
Mass: 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Andrew, 3008 Old Raleigh Road

 
Monday, January 17 • Anthony, Abbot Obligatory Memorial
Readings: 1 Samuel 15: 16-23; Psalm 50: 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23; Mark 2: 18-22

Tuesday, January 18
Readings: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13; Psalm 89: 20, 21-22, 27-28; Mark 2: 23-28
Mass: 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 725 Magdala Place
Intention:
Pilar Ayala, requested by Brian and Lisa Irving

Wednesday, January 19

Readings: 1 Samuel 17: 32-33, 37, 40-51; Psalm 144: 1b, 2, 9-10; Mark 3: 1-6

Thursday, January 20
Readings: 1 Samuel 18: 6-9; 19: 1-7; Psalm 56: 2-3, 9-10a, 10b-12, 13-14; Mark 3: 7-12

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

Friday, January 21 • Agnes, Virgin, Martyr Obligatory Memorial

Readings: 1 Samuel 24: 3-21; Psalm 57: 2, 3-4, 6 and 11; Mark 3: 13-19

Saturday, January 22 • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Obligatory Memorial

Readings: 2 Samuel 1: 1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Psalm 80: 2-3, 5-7; Mark 3: 20-21
Rosary Rally for Life: 12 noon, 1221 Yates Store Road

 
Sunday, January 23  Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings: Nehemiah 8: 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19: 8, 9, 10, 15; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30 or 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14, 27; Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Intention
Joan Willemsen
Communion Service: 9:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS entrance)

Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Intention
Deceased members of Austin and Sobol family, requested by Ed and Kitty Austin
Altar flowers: In celebration of 50th wedding anniversary, requested by Ed and Kitty Austin


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
January 30 • Latin America 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.

Employment Opportunities

Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School is currently hiring faculty in the following disciplines: math, history, science, English, Spanish, theology, and health/PE. For more information and application instructions, visit the website.


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.

Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio

NCs largest Catholic radio station, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio has added a new radio show from EWTN to our local Catholic radio station's weekday line-up. The SonRise Morning Show, with co-hosts Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell, will air weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. Listen on-air or on the free Divine Mercy Radio App.

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.

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. 

Schedule of Events
February 5, 11 a.m. at St. Eugene Catholic Church, 608 Lions Club Rd, Wendell
March 5, 1 p.m. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius, 2510 Piney Plains Rd, Cary
April 2, 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 2844 Village Dr, Fayetteville

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.


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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Pastoral Care Line: (919) 600-1724

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

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