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Saturday 5:30 pm Sunday 8:30 am 11:30 am Daily Masses Tuesday: 07:00 pm Wednesday: 08:30 am Thursday: 08:30 am *  Friday: 08:30 am * School Mass when ACS is in Session No Masses on Mondays  or Saturday mornings Holy Days of Obligation and other Observances: Please check back here  for scheduled Roman  Catholic Holy Days of  Obligation or Church  Observations. These  Mass times will also be  published in the Parish  bulletin Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays: 4 - 5:00pm To schedule an  appointment, please  contact the Parish  Office
Welcome to the Catholic community of Annunciation Roman Catholic Parish- Church and School. We are  a Roman Catholic Parish within the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina with  approximately 680 families.  We have over 40 ministries, committees, groups, and  organizations. Our campus includes Annunciation  Catholic School, founded in 1954 with  currently 160 students in pre-K3 thru grade 8.   Students not  attending Annunciation Catholic School attend faith formation classes on  Sunday mornings during the  school year. All high school aged youth are invited to  participate in total youth ministry, which includes  service, social activities, and family building.  This is our Annunciation Catholic Parish Website. As you  browse around, please take the  time to send an e-mail message to our webmaster, especially if you have  any suggestions  or comments about content or format.   "God Bless!" - Annunciation Catholic Family  

Message from the Pastor

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Sunday, April 13, 2014 Today is Palm/Passion Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week, the days during which we journey with Jesus to the cross and anticipate His Resurrection on Easter. Today's liturgy begins with the procession with palms to remind us of Jesus' triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. The events of Jesus' Passion are proclaimed in its entirety in today's Liturgy of the Word. Those events will be proclaimed once again when we celebrate the liturgies of the Triduum later this week starting with Holy Thursday's Mass of the Lord's Supper, Good Friday of the Lord's Passion, and the Easter Vigil. These liturgies take on special importance for those entering the Church because they invite the catechumens and the community to enter together into the central mysteries of our faith. Today we read the Passion of Jesus as found in the Gospel of Matthew (on Good Friday, we will read the Passion of Jesus from the Gospel of John). The story of Jesus' Passion and death in Matthew's Gospel focuses primarlity on the obedience of Jesus to the will of his Father. As Jesus sends his disciples to prepare for Passover, he indicates that the events to come are all a part of the will of the Father. While Jesus prays in the garden, he prays three times to the Father to take away the cup of suffering, but each time, Jesus concludes by affirming his obedience to the Father's will. Even Matthew's description of Jesus' death shows Jesus' obedience to the Father. Another theme of Matthew's Gospel is to show Jesus as the fulfillment of all of Scripture. Throughout the Passion narrative, Matthew cites and alludes to Scripture to show that the events of Jesus' Passion and death are in accordance with all that was foretold by the prophets and kings. And if the events were foretold, then God is in control. Jesus acts in obedience to the Father even in death, so that sins may be forgiven. Matthew makes this clear in the story of the Lord's Supper. As Jesus blesses the chalice, he says: “. . . for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) There are many vantage points from which to engage in Jesus' Passion. In the characters of Matthew's Gospel, we find reflections of ourselves and the many ways in which we sometimes respond to Jesus. Sometimes we are like Judas, who betrays Jesus and comes to regret it. We are sometimes like Peter, who denies him, or like the disciples, who fell asleep during Jesus' darkest hour but then act rashly and violently at his arrest. Sometimes we are like Simon the Cyrene, who is pressed into service to help Jesus carry his cross. Sometimes we are like the Sanhedrin leaders who fear Jesus or like Pontius Pilate, who washed his hands of the whole affair. Jesus dies so that our sins will be forgiven. The events of Jesus' Passion, death, and Resurrection are called the Paschal Mystery. No amount of study can ever exhaust or explain the depth of Jesus’ love for us as he shed his body and blood for us. After we have examined and studied our lives and the stories we have received about these events, we are left with one final task—to be reconciled with God for the forgiveness of sins. May we come to experience new life through His risen Son. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, Fr. Greg April 16 - Wednesday night at 7PM is Tenebrae Prayer Service. NOTE:  Please see the bulletin for Holy Week Services. Parish Office is closed Thur. & Friday.                                                 MADE WITH XARA
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