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Reserve Your Columbarium Niche

When we drew up plans to raise our permanent church home on Yates Store Road, we took a risk by including building a columbarium. Still, that risk will pay off in substantial savings in construction costs if we build the columbarium at the same time as our worship space.

We need to raise $350,000 to cover the projected up-front costs. Currently, we’re about 70 niches short of that goal. To date, we have sold approximately 50 Niches and 20 Memorial Wall Inscriptions.

As you’ve been hearing the message from Father Daniel for the past weeks, everyone should have a plan for their final resting place. A final resting place at the site of our new Mother Teresa community home would be a blessing, and, if you purchase a niche now, a savings.

A columbarium is the modern-day embodiment of the early church tradition of having a burial spot near the church. The Mother Teresa Parish Columbarium will include niches for cremated remains and a memorial wall honoring the deceased of the parish and their loved ones.

In 2016, the Catholic Church determined cremation does not contradict Catholic teaching on the immortality of the soul or the hope of the resurrection of the dead. It recognized legitimate reasons for cremation so long as the ashes are laid to rest in a sacred place. A columbarium is a proper place for us to remember the departed.

The pre-construction pricing will be much less than the post-construction pricing. Act now to take advantage of pre-construction pricing of $3,000 per niche. In addition, you have an opportunity to honor a loved one by purchasing a memorial wall inscription with a personalized message or scripture. You’ll contribute to a meaningful, permanent element of the Memorial Garden. 

There is no significant financial risk for securing your niche. If your plans change, you’ll be able to get a refund, less a nominal administration fee.

To receive an information packet, please provide your contact information here. For more information about purchasing a niche or memorial wall inscription, visit the Memorial Garden section on our Mother Teresa website.

Either buying a niche or a memorial inscription will help us reach our goal. Thank you for your valued consideration in helping us fund the reality of our Memorial Garden.

– Lou Mamo
Columbarium Committee
Spread Christmas Joy
Our Christmas gift collection will be this Sunday, November 21 at Green Hope HS. Please bring your donation when you come to Mass.

In addition, there will be a collection on Tuesday, November 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. parking lot at St. Michael's Conference Center, 830 High House Road.

It's not too late to sign up to donate gifts or to volunteer. All gifts from the list will be appreciated. If you cannot deliver your gifts, we'll be happy to pick them up.

Thank you for helping to spread Christmas joy. For more information, email Pat Galloway or call (919) 467-6925.
Sign up to help »
Thankful, Grateful, Truly Blessed
Bulletin board created by Ashley Steinlage.

Sometimes we need reminders to be thankful for our abundant blessings and to show gratitude for the people and all those things we have in our lives.

We want to hear from you. Would you share what you are thankful for? Click here to submit your response. We'll publish the list anonymously in our newsletter during Thanksgiving week.

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
What are you thankful for? »
Sunday Morning at Green Hope
In this season of thanksgiving and gathering with family and friends, we invite you to spend some time with your church family. Please come to hear God’s word, receive the Eucharist, and rejoice in one another’s company.

We’ll continue celebrating 8:30 a.m. Mass in the cafeteria. There’s a wide-open space behind the altar for those who wish to keep their distance. You may bring your folding chair to set up in the hallway if you’re not comfortable sitting on a cafeteria bench.

We’ll also continue celebrating 10:30 a.m. Mass in the auditorium. The tiered sections at the back of the auditorium are set up for alternate row seating for those who want to keep their distance.

We’re most grateful to all those who assist us in these efforts to keep our community growing stronger together in faith, love, and hope.

View photos on the Mother Teresa Facebook page.
Habitat Build Comes to a Close
Despite delays, a pandemic, and supply chain havoc, the Habitat for Humanity build on Trimble Avenue was a great success! St. Michael's has finished their 10-week build commitment for the house on Trimble Ave. and Habitat is currently working with the future homeowner to complete the paperwork.

With the 25th-anniversary build coming to a close, Deacon Mark Westrick, Tina Arnold, and all the ministry leads at St. Michaels all expressed their gratitude to our community at Mother Teresa for our commitment of time, talent, and treasure to this project. We are honored to have been able to assist on this project and are humbled by the generosity of our community.

As an extended thank you to volunteers who assisted in any way, we have a limited number of St. Michael's 25th Anniversary Habitat Build t-shirts. If you helped with labor, transportation, meals, monetary donations, or even just moral support and would like a t-shirt, just reach out to Jim Duffy, and let him know your size. Quantities are limited, and not all sizes may be available.

Be on the lookout for other Habitat for Humanity opportunities, and remember you can volunteer as an individual at any Habitat Wake build sites by visiting the website. Thank you, and God Bless!

– Will McGowan and Jim Duffy
MTCC Habitat Team Co-Coordinators
Advent Calendars Help Uganda Parish
If you didn't get a chance to pick up your Advent calendar last week, please stop by the St. Matia Mulumba table this Sunday. Thank you for your free-will donation to help Fr. Charles’ rural church community in Uganda.

Donations will support ongoing efforts of nutrition, health, and education projects under the Compassion Program at St. Matia. We give HOPE to the poor by showing them that others care.

To make an impact, you can:
  • Donate electronically through our WeShare page.
  • Drop your cash or check in the Sunday collection or campaign baskets with a notation of Fr. Charles Compassion Program on the envelope or in the memo line.
  • Mail your donation to Mother Teresa Catholic Church, 10030 Green Level Church Road, Suite 802 #1092, Cary, NC 27519.
For more information on how to help, visit the St. Matia Mulumba page or email Judy Adkins.
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.
  • 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!

WeShare, our online giving program is offering a donor match program for every new recurring donor added between November 1 and December 31. If you use WeShare but have never used the recurring feature, that would count as part of this program.

WeShare will match each recurring first gift, up to $50, with a maximum match of $1,000 per organization. To be eligible for the matching gift, more than one installment must be set up and the first recurring gift must be transacted by December 31.  

To date, only three parishioners have taken advantage of this donor match program. Please join in on this great opportunity. The setup is easy and one less thing to think about when you cannot attend Mass in person. Instructions to set up can be found here.

Thank you for joining in on this effort. Any questions, please email Michelle Yeh or call (972) 898-7995.
Your holiday shopping can help make a difference, at no additional cost to you!

When you shop at or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned on within Settings, you'll find the same products and same low prices as the Amazon you already know, plus, they donate a portion of your purchases to Mother Teresa. 
Especially in the month of November, we remember with thankfulness, our beloved deceased family members who have passed to eternal life with Our Lord. We come seeking to learn of God’s love and to open our lives to the help and strength that He can give us as we continue the journey of life without them.

Click here to submit the names of your loved ones to be included in our All Souls prayer list that will be placed on the altar during all our Masses in November.

All Souls Remembrance Prayer List »

The Respect Life Council had its first meeting this past week. We are happy to report we are off and running! There are a number of initiatives that the council is working on, including the March for Life in Raleigh, coming up in January.

Also in January, stay tuned for information about the 9 Day for Life Novena which will take place in conjunction with the USCCB and the March for Life in Washington, DC.

On November 18, several of our council members, along with a number of other parishioners, are joining thousands of the faithful across the country in a nationwide ecumenical prayer service for the Dobbs case coming before the Supreme Court on December 1, 2021. The Court’s ruling in this case could bring into question the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade itself.

Did you know?
If a baby had been born just 25 weeks after conception, the baby's chance of survival would be 50 to 80%. By 28 weeks, it is up to 90%, and that is still months before full-term birth.
Truth Reveals Our Hearts
From the beginning of Christian history, the assertion of Christ’s lordship over the world and over history has implicitly recognized that man should not submit his personal freedom in an absolute manner to any earthly power… (CCC 450).

As we wait in joyful hope for the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, another church year has come to a close on this 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time in Cycle B. Each three-year cycle of liturgy scripture readings reflects on our king, from the first coming at his birth, through his ministry and journey to the Passion and Easter events, and up to the end of the time of history.  
In today’s Gospel for this feast, we revisit the Passion as Jesus encounters the Roman governor, Pilate. They share a frank discussion of their mutual situations during that Passover week in Jerusalem. Jesus answers the question of his kingship, confirming his unique status never before seen in history. He tells Pilate that his subjects follow him by listening to his voice for direction and leadership, causing them to belong to this kingdom life of truth.

Even as an innocent prisoner alone and powerless, Jesus proclaims his kingship as he offers Pilate a transparent look at his kingdom, which Pilate can see is not a threat to the Roman Empire. As it is for many today, transparency for Pilate is less about finding the truth and more about placing blame. Today’s media, and those who work in it, want to call all citizens to a consciousness no one can possess because transparency is not necessarily truth.

Truth is transparent because Jesus’ kingdom of truth that sets humans free competes with the appetites of our senses and the envious greed that drives all of us to want to be superior to others and enjoy their moments of downfall, whether public or private. Transparency is not truth because it does not rejoice in the truth. It prefers dwelling on the shame and triumphing in un-forgiveness.

Jesus reigns as our king when truth is established between ourselves and him. When we finally reconcile, recognize, and respond to Jesus’s truth, he offers us friendship, intimacy, and love. When we accept Jesus as friend, we become ready to accept him as Christ the King. Would you prefer a God who grants all your requests or a God who simply shares all his thoughts with you?

Hearing his voice and following him challenges us to more than just time, talent, and treasure. Our challenge is to share our experience of Jesus with each other. The truth will help us reveal our hearts, joys, hopes, fears, and pains. That is real transparency! 

– Deacon Mike
Sunday, November 21 • The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Readings: Daniel 7: 13-14; Psalm 93: 1, 1-2, 5 (1a); Revelation 1: 5-8; John 18: 33b-37
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Carole Curto, requested by Ed and Pat Delcogliano
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Intention: In celebration of the 60th wedding anniversary, requested by Jim and Eileen Major
Altar Flowers: In celebration of the 60th wedding anniversary, sponsored by Jim and Eileen Major

Monday, November 22 • Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr Obligatory Memorial
Readings: Daniel 1: 1-6, 8-20; Daniel 3: 52, 53, 54, 55, 56; Luke 21: 1-4

Tuesday, November 23
Readings: Daniel 2: 31-45; Daniel 3: 57, 58, 59, 60, 61; Luke 21: 5-11
Mass: 9 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene, 725 Magdala Place
 Anthony Finnerty

Wednesday, November 24 • Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, Martyr, and Companions, Martyrs Obligatory Memorial
Readings: Daniel 5: 1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Daniel 3: 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67; Luke 21: 12-19

Thursday, November 25
Readings: Daniel 6: 12-28; Daniel 3: 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74; Luke 21: 20-28
Prayer Group: 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Friday, November 26
Readings: Daniel 7: 2-14; Daniel 3: 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81; Luke 21: 29-33

Saturday, November 27
Readings: Daniel 7: 15-27; Daniel 3: 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87; Luke 21: 34-36

Sunday, November 28 • First Sunday of Advent
Readings: Jeremiah 33: 14-16; Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b); 1 Thessalonians 3: 12 – 4: 2; Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36
Mass: 8:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
George Francis Gramling Jr., requested by Jack and Kathy Sites
Rosary: 9:45 a.m. (Green Hope HS cafeteria)
Mass: 10:30 a.m. (Green Hope HS auditorium)
Claire Mersch
Altar Flowers: In loving memory of 
Claire Mersch

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 November

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

November 1 • All Saints Day
November 2 • All Souls Day
November 21 • Campaign for Human Development

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.
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.

We hope you will take time to sign up for FORMED and scroll through the hundreds of offerings from writings of the saints, short films of instruction, and presentations by Catholic authors 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.

Please follow these steps to sign up:
   1. Visit
   2. Click Sign Up
   3. Select "Sign Up As A Parishioner"
   4. Find Mother Teresa Catholic Church in Cary, NC
   5. Enter your email
   6. Click Sign Up - and you're in!

Remember, learning never stops. We're never too late to learn something new, especially regarding this treasured faith each of us has been given.
FORMED Movie Picks of the Month

FORMED has a variety of faith formation materials for all ages. 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 November.

The Last Things

This film presents the reality of death and what will follow for every person: first the particular Judgment before God, then Heaven or Hell as our destination for all eternity. The Catholic teaching on Purgatory is also explained, giving examples from the Scriptures and philosophy.
Watch »
The Saints: Our Heavenly Friends
A wonderful way to help children better understand who the saints are and why they are so very important. Learn about the wonderful comfort, encouragement, and help given through those who serve God in His Heavenly Kingdom.
Watch »
Sign in to FORMED. Watch the movies anywhere, anytime on iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Fire TV, Roku ®.

Holy Hours at St. Joseph Church

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8, 1870. For this reason, Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Raleigh will dedicate Holy Hours to our patron to close out the Year of Saint Joseph.

On the days indicated below, Fr. Peter Devereux will expose the Blessed Sacrament, which will be followed by quiet time, a brief reflection on our patron, Compline (Night Prayers) of the Church and Benediction. You can participate from home as well via our live stream link on our website.

Holy Hours from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
November 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29
December 3, 4, 6

Rosary for Our Nation

Ignited By Truth is organizing First Saturday events each month in 2021 to honor Our Lady of Fatima’s request for first Saturdays. A Rosary and also the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed. Marian hymns will also be sung. Please join us as we pray for our country on Saturday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. at Halifax Mall, 300 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.
Please 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. Event will be held outside the church. Please dress weather-appropriate. For more information, visit
St. Michael’s Communications Coordinator

Are you passionate about spreading the Gospel and sharing the Good News? Do you have the gift for communicating through visual and written mediums? The Communications Coordinator seeks to keep current parishioners engaged and in the know through traditional parish communications channels (bulletin, website, newsletter, social media) while also developing marketing and communication strategies that allow the parish to reach out into the community and continue to build disciples. Visit the website to learn more.

St. Mary Magdalene School Admissions

Interested in a Catholic Education for your child next school year? Applications for the 2022-23 school year is available online.

St. Michael Catholic School Open House

Give the gift of Catholic education. Come learn why St. Michael Catholic School is such a special place to learn and grow in Christ. Come join an in-person tour:
  • Thursday, December 2 at 6 p.m. (full-day PreK to Grade 8)
  • Thursday, December 9 at 6 p.m. (Middle School Only) 
St. Michael Catholic School provides a Christ-centered Catholic education, with a focus on academic excellence, and the development of the whole person, through our core values of reverence, service, and leadership. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year open on January 5, 2022. For more information and to RSVP, visit our website.

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, 2022, 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.

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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