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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
Sunday, December 8, 2013For this Second Sunday of Advent, we hear of John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. In this week's Gospel, Matthew describes the work and preaching of John the Baptist.John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets of Israel, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. In fact, the description of John found in this reading is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In this reading, John directs a particularly pointed call to repentance to the Pharisees and Sadducees, parties within the Jewish community of the first century.John marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have practiced ritual washings for similar purposes, and John's baptism may have been related to the practices of the Essenes, a Jewish sect of the first century. John's baptism can be understood as an anticipation of Christian baptism. In this passage, John himself alludes to the difference between his baptism and the one yet to come: “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11).In this reading, John makes very clear that his relationship to the Messiah yet to come (Jesus) is one of service and subservience: “. . . the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals” (Matthew 3:11). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, today's passage is followed by Jesus' baptism by John, an event that is attested to in all four of the Gospels and appears to have been the start of Jesus' public ministry.John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus in the first century, we, too, are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by our repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives, as John did, the coming of the Lord.Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. Fr. Greg Wednesday, Dec. 11 - ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE at 7PM. Thursday, Dec. 12- The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 6PM followed with aMexican Dinner in the Parish Hall with Music and Dance.NOTE: A new tab is added under the Administrative Life tab above with a list of the parish staff members and their email addresses andoffice hours.