The Maronite Catholic Mission of Saint Sharbel in Raleigh will host the relics of its patron saint.
The sacred relics are making their way to Maronite parishes around the country in honor of the 50th anniversary of St. Sharbel’s beatification.
Saint Sharbel was born Joseph Makhlouf in Lebanon in 1828. As a young man he became a monk and joined the Corps of the Lebanese Maronite Order, choosing the name Sharbel for himself. He lived the pious life of a priest before leaving his monastery to become a hermit.
He spent 23 years living in silence and spending his time in prayer and toiling in fields. Followers say that after his death on Christmas Eve in 1898, a light began to shine from his tomb, so his body was exhumed and was found to be intact and bleeding and sweating.
Since his death, thousands of miracles have been attributed to him, and he was declared a saint in 1977.
The sacred relics will be welcomed and enthroned at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and there will be a special prayer and healing service. On Sunday, Mass will be celebrated in the presence of the relics at 1 p.m., and a luncheon will follow.
The services will take place at the Chapel of Mary Mother of Angels at St. Francis of Assisi on Leesville Road in Raleigh. For more about the relics, go to www.scmcnc.org.
Episcopalians from across Wake County have joined together to build a Habitat for Humanity house this Lenten season.
Episcopalians have pledged volunteer support and $65,000 to build the house on Skinner Drive in Raleigh. At a ceremony to begin raising the walls, the Right Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, reminded volunteers that Lent isn’t always about giving things up – it is also a time to take on more.
The future homeowner has committed to 250 hours of sweat equity during the build before he purchases the property with an affordable mortgage.
The congregations partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County are St. Augustine’s University, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Christ Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, Church of the Nativity, the Episcopal Campus Ministry - Raleigh and the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
The Social Justice Committee of Fairmont United Methodist Church will host a discussion by Manzoor Cheema, founder of the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia and co-founder of Muslims for Social Justice.
The event is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, at Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host its monthly Coffeehouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.
This ministry offers fellowship and fun to adults of all abilities. The church expects 200 guests and needs 25 adult and youth volunteers to help with set-up, greeting, serving and cleanup. Volunteering is an opportunity for families to serve together. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
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