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Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. 


take place every Friday in Lent. The Soup Supper starts at 6PM, followed at 7PM by the Stations of the Cross and Benediction.

The first soup supper will take place on Friday February 16.

Lenten Penance Services in the Raleigh Deanery

The Raleigh Diocese is offering combined penance services for Lent.
When multiple parishes are holding a joint service, the hosting parish is noted in parentheses.

Feb. 26, Monday 7pm
(St. Francis of Assisi) in Raleigh and St. Luke the Evangelist

Feb. 27, Tuesday 7pm
Our Lady of the Rosary, Louisburg 

Feb. 28, Wednesday 11am
St. Francis of Assisi, Raleigh

Feb. 28, Wednesday 7pm
St. Eugene, Wendell

March 1, Thursday 7pm
(Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral) in Raleigh and St. Joseph, Doggett Center, St. Mary

March 6, Tuesday 7pm
St. Catherine of Sienna, Wake Forest

March 7, Wednesday 7pm
St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina

March 8, Thursday 7pm
(St. Mary Magdalene) in Apex and St. Andrew the Apostle

March 13, Tuesday 11am
St. Catherine of Siena, Wake Forest

March 13, Tuesday 7pm
(St. Raphael the Archangel) in Raleigh and Our Lady of Lourdes

March 14, Wednesday 11am
(St. Raphael the Archangel) in Raleigh and Our Lady of Lourdes

March 14, Wednesday 7pm
(St. Michael the Archangel) in Cary and St. Teresa of Calcutta Mission

March 20, Tuesday 11am
St. Bernadette, Fuquay-Varina

March 21, Wednesday 11am
(St. Michael the Archangel) in Cary and St. Teresa of Calcutta Mission

March 21, Wednesday 7pm
(St. Raphael the Archangel) in Raleigh and Our Lady of Lourdes

March 22, Thursday 7pm
Our Lady of La Vang, Raleigh

Four Levels of Happiness Podcast Now Available

The Four Levels of Happiness
A Lecture by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.d
Father Spitzer has created a system called “The Four Levels of Happiness” to teach high school and college students (as well as adults) the different kinds of happiness – from their sources to their effects. Read more about Fr. Spitzer's lecture.



Msgr. Ingham's homilies are available in audio format through the podcast link or iTunes.

These audio files are offered to parishioners and visitors to this site as a spiritual resource so that one’s faith life may be enhanced and strengthened by closer observation and reflection. Please share the homilies with anyone whom you believe would benefit from hearing them. 

Every Wednesday is Church Night at St. Joseph's
Please join us for:

Adoration and Confessions 5:30 - 7:00pm
Rosary and Latin Novena to Mary 7:00pm           
Mass 7:30pm          

For more information on our Wednesday Evening Schedule

Unauthorized Solicitations on the St. Joseph's Grounds

Through Catholic Parish Outreach and many services of Catholic Charities -  as well as initiatives in our own parish - many in need are helped with assistance of many kinds. The monthly “Share” collection permits us to respond to crises. I must, however, urge worshipers at St. Joseph’s not to give money to those appealing for it af-ter our services, near the doors of the church and in the parking areas. And as a matter of general caution, we request all to lock the doors of their cars during Mass, Sundays and weekdays.

Infant Baptisms 

Over the years, St. Joseph’s has made great efforts to schedule Baptisms on the day of the parents’ request, and usually individually. All of our parishioners know that this is not the situation in parishes much smaller than ours, not to speak of the large parishes in our area.

Alas, the scheduling is getting more and more complex. We are trying to confer Holy Baptism to infants at least monthly, on Saturdays.

Do not have relatives locked into travel plans before arrangements are secured at the Church! There are also requirements for godparents which the Parish Secretary can convey.

Contact: Parish Office at 919-231-6364

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