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Meet Your Pastoral Council
In order for a parish to function effectively as a community of believers, each church in a diocese enlists the laity as advisors to assist the pastor in his leadership responsibilities. Your pastoral council representatives are looking forward to meeting you, listening to your feedback, and helping us grow as a parish community. Together, we can make Mother Teresa parish an even better place to worship. You're welcome to email your feedback to our Pastoral Council Chair, Ed Simanskis.

Here are five short biographies of the pastoral council members. If you missed the first five posted in our newsletter last week, view here.
Chris Rayala
Chris describes the Rayala household as consisting of his wife, two children, his mother-in-law, and a dog. They've attended Mother Teresa Parish since 2015. Chris loves the relatively small size of our community and considers Mother Teresa community his spiritual family. As a family physician, he thoroughly enjoys serving our community as part of our emergency medical team. He's been on the pastoral council since 2019. In his off time, he enjoys photography.
Greg Duffy
Greg has been a member of the pastoral council for the last two years. Greg and his wife Shelly have two boys, they have lived in Cary since 2010, and have been at Mother Teresa for more than six years. They traveled around the U.S. and Europe during Greg's time as an Air Force Officer. Since retiring from the military, Greg has worked at UNC Health. He enjoys flying and serving as a flight instructor when not working, spending time with family, or supporting church activities. He says he's blessed to be part of a great and caring community that strives to follow in Mother Teresa's footsteps and help those in need. As a council member, Greg looks forward to serving our community, supporting and enabling our continued fellowship, and transitioning to in-person and preparations for our new home on Mother Teresa Drive.  
Mary Jane "MJ" Bettman
Mother Teresa Parish and her neighbors in Carolina Preserve are an integral part of MJ's extended family. Originally from the beautiful state of Michigan, she has lived in North Carolina for 28 years and is happily retired after 30 years at IBM. A few of her fulfilling volunteer activities include being an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and serving on the parish council, mercy council, new parishioner welcome, Respect Life and Kindness committee. MJ has been focused on our new Worship Center by being involved in our Capital Campaign and a member of the Columbarium committee. She is involved with the CP Newman Club and a huge Hurricanes hockey fan.
Melissa Wesdock
Melissa has been a Mother Teresa parishioner for more than 15 years and served as a catechist in the faith formation program and Vacation Bible School. She's been on the pastoral council since 2017. Her husband, Chuck, is involved in the Reader ministry. They have two children, Alex and Kaitlyn, who participate as altar servers. Melissa works as an occupational therapy assistant. Describing herself as a "good listener," she feels she can listen to everyone's concerns and take them back to the council to get their concerns solved. She likes to go hiking and backpacking.
Savariyar Innasimuthu
Savariyar has been a member of Mother Teresa Parish for 11 years. He grew up in India with eight siblings. His eldest brother is Father Arul Samy who ministers to a village in India. And his older sister, Sister Maria Koratti, teaches at an elementary school in India. He and his wife, Lourdu, have been married for 26 years. Lourdu teaches faith formation classes, serves as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, and participates in youth ministry. They have four kids, Franco, Sarah, Hannah, and David. Savariyar has been on the pastoral council for two years. He's also serving in the liturgical ministry, setting up the altar, and ushering. His hobbies are writing, walking, and running marathons.
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!
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 »
It's Christmas Pageant Time
We're delighted to share that the Christmas Pageant will be live and in-person again this year, a favorite tradition to see our children telling the Christmas Story accompanied by the Children's Choir. 

Christmas Pageant Sign Up
The Christmas Pageant will occur at the beginning of our Christmas Eve Mass outdoors at Green Hope HS. All children, kindergarten and older, are welcome to participate. Please fill out a registration form.

Complete all forms by December 10. We will assign roles on December 12 and distribute costumes on December 19.

For more information about the Christmas Pageant, please email our Pageant Director, Chrissi Harmon.

Children's Choir Sign Up
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.
Christmas Pageant Sign Up »
Operation LAMB
Whatsoever you do to the least among my brethren, that you do unto me.
– Matthew 25:40

The Knights of Columbus are extremely grateful to everyone who supported children with special needs at last week's Operation LAMB Tootsie Roll fundraiser. We give extra special thanks to all of you who have worked with children with special needs.

We heard many heartwarming stories and were able to collect more than $1,000 which will support local teachers. Thank you once again for your support of this worthy cause.

If you're interested in attending the Operation LAMB disbursement ceremony on February 21 and meeting more of the teachers this program supports, please contact Will McGowan.

– William McGowan
Knights of Columbus Member
Thank You from Uganda
As the year ends, Fr. Charles Lugenda, pastor of St. Matia Mulumba, sends a special message for assisting his parish throughout this difficult year.

"We are extending our heartfelt gratitude to you and all your collaborators for allowing us to be on your shoulders to reach out to the most vulnerable in our communities. The impact of your financial assistance and moral support is greatly felt and appreciated.

Our felt needs keep on changing but you have always been ready to lend us a helping hand. No financial aid from you will ever be small. God knows how to multiply and increase it to make a big difference in our own lives. For all the beneficiaries of your assistance please do know that we all hold you dear in our hearts and prayers."

For more information on our efforts to assist St. Matia, visit our website.
– Judy Adkins
Chair, St. Matia Mulumba Board
Lighting the Candle of Peace
On the Second Sunday of Advent, we lit the candle of peace. Our Durham Community Food Pantry project coordinator, Jim Duffy, lit the candle at the 8:30 a.m. Mass.  At the 10:30 a.m. Mass Paul Wolf, our Finance Council Chair, and his wife, Maryann, lit the candle. 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 Bob Witchger's Advent photo album.
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 or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned on within Settings. Amazon donates a portion of your purchases to Mother Teresa.

In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope St. John Paul II recognized the full range of threats against human life, from poverty and malnutrition to murder and war. He places particular emphasis, however, on threats to life at its beginning and end, precisely when it is most in need of protection.

In modern times, children in their mothers’ wombs and those approaching the end of their lives are certainly among the "least of these" in our world’s estimation. Practices such as abortion and assisted suicide tragically reject the truth that human life is always to be cherished and defended with loving concern. 

Did you know?
Though it is often helpful to also have written, signed documentation, no living will can ever replace clear conversations about our faith-guided principles. The best option is to choose an agent who will make medical decisions on our behalf in accord with our Catholic faith and church teaching.

– Jim Duncan
Respect Life Committee Coordinator
Joy a Reminder God is With Us
With Creation, God does not abandon his creatures to themselves. He not only gives them being and existence, but also, and at every moment, upholds them and sustains them in being, enables them to act, and brings them to their final end. Recognizing this utter dependence with respect to the Creator is a source of wisdom and freedom, of joy and confidence. (CCC 301)

On this Gaudete Sunday of the second year of the pandemic, we should try to make sense of the difference between happiness and joy because this difference is exactly why we should "rejoice."

Happiness governs our senses, appetites, and bodies, while joy is all about God, our souls, and our spirits. So despite all the uncertainty, all the natural and man-made disasters, and all of our sins and mistakes, joy reminds us to remember that God is always with us, loving us, sustaining us.

Many people, present and past, reject the truth God exists, God created us with a human nature, and we should live according to that nature. The joy Advent calls us to comes from these unyielding truths. Our reliance and dependence on these facts bring joy amid difficult and dangerous times. 

To prepare for the joy of the Messiah, in today's Gospel, John the Baptist's hearers are touched by God's word, not water. They yearn to know how to address their emptiness caused by their failure to act according to their created nature and so desire to calm and still their wounded hearts.

John's advice to all people is to be generous in sharing what you have with those who have nothing. To tax collectors or all governing officials, his advice is, stop cheating people. To soldiers or those charged with order or protection, he says, stop using violence to bully and extort people.

According to Thomas Merton, "the desire to please God does, in fact, please God." We know from Scripture, "faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

So, hearing this word of God from John the Baptist then and today for the first time should remind all people of the moral consciousness built-in human nature. John's hearers knew they were not ready for the first advent of Jesus. We, too, should realize we're not prepared for the second advent. So in hearing God's word, both groups then and now seem to prefer to be wheat gathered and not chaff burned. 

– Deacon Mike
Sunday, December 12  Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)
Readings: Zephaniah 3: 14-18a; Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6 (6); Philippians 4: 4-7; Luke 3: 10-18
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
 Denise Noonan, requested by Mary Ann McNeill
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Vincent Rega, requested by Ann Rega
Altar Flowers: In thanksgiving

Monday, December 13  Lucy, Virgin, Martyr Obligatory Memorial
Readings: Numbers 24: 2-7, 15-17a; Psalm 25: 4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9;  Matthew 21: 23-27

Tuesday, December 14  John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor Obligatory Memorial
Readings: Zephaniah 3: 1-2, 9-13; Psalm 34: 2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23; Matthew 21: 28-32
Mass: 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 725 Magdala Place
 Pat Carey, requested by Carole Ostrowski

Wednesday, December 15

Readings: Isaiah 45: 6c-8, 18, 21c-25; Psalm 85: 9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14; Luke 7: 18b-23

Thursday, December 16
Readings: Isaiah 54: 1-10; Psalm 30: 2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b; Luke 7: 24-30

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

Friday, December 17 
 Advent Weekday (O Sapientia)
Readings: Isaiah 48: 17-19; Psalm 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6;  Matthew 11: 16-19

Saturday, December 18 
 Advent Weekday (O Adonai)
Readings: Jeremiah 23: 5-8; Psalm 72: 1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1: 18-25

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)
 Priscilla Pflueger, requested by Samantha Sites
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
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

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

We've added more businesses to our informal directory of small businesses. Please 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.
Advent Reconciliation Services

Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent helps us to prepare for the coming of Christ with peaceful hearts.

Friday, December 10
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis, Raleigh
7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Eugene, Wendell

Tuesday, December 14
7 to 9 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, Raleigh

Wednesday, December 15 
10 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest
7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Bernadette, Fuquay Varina

Friday, December 17
7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael the Archangel, Cary

Tuesday, December 21
11 to 12:30 p.m. at St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina

Longest Night

Over the course of the last year, you may have lost a loved one, lost a job or financial security, have become stressed or overwhelmed in so much uncertainty, or are just unable to celebrate Christmas traditions as you always have.

Whatever the case, bring those burdens to the Lord at the Longest Night on Tuesday, December 21 at 7 p.m. at St. John Fisher Chapel located on the St. Thomas More South Campus, 632 Laurel Hill Road, Chapel Hill. Overflow parking available at St. Thomas More Church. Livestream:

New Year’s Retreat

Begin the New Year focusing on God’s healing, hope, and promise. Join Retreat Master, Father John Michalowski, SJ, in Finding Our Everyday God in a venue that provides space for both engaging discussion and private reflection.

There’ll be time for Mass, confession, and adoration. There will also be time to reflect, explore our beautiful grounds, or sit in our lounge and enjoy the gas logs.

The special price of $260 per person (double occupancy) includes all meals including a New Year’s Eve banquet, two nights lodging, retreat fees, and access to the beautiful grounds Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, NC. Register now. For more information, email or call (828) 327-7441.

Project Rachel Post Abortion Healing Retreat

If you desire healing from a past abortion, you are 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.

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.

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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