Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. John Peck for not only finding the right craftsman to refinish the wooden front doors of the church but then also paying for the work.  For about ten days on and off, Zena and her assistant sanded, finished, and painted the doors and hardware to put a good marine weather protection on the doors.  It was the perfect time, going so well with the recent exterior painting.  Thank you, John.

          The work inside the church continues day-by-day addressing years of pealing, nicking, and cracking drywall and seams and then refreshed with a coat of paint.  This process is repairing damage from some past leaks but also some older damage from the first few years of the building settling.  We are a bit more than half way through the process.  They will soon be finishing the beams that run from the front to the back of the church.  Again, thank you for your patience during this process; it is well worth the time to have it done correctly.

          This week the soccer field area begins the transformation to carnival atmosphere as we prepare for the St. Raphael Festival.  The Festival runs noon to 11pm on Friday and Saturday and then from noon until 7pm on Sunday.  It is always such great event for the families of St. Raphael.  With the rides, the games, the food, the fellowship, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I hope you will be able to join us as it is one of the major fund raisers for St. Raphael School.  My thanks to the many people who are offering their time to make this event a success. 

          This Sunday at the 5:30pm Mass we will recognize the 45 students preparing for Confirmation.  These 9th Graders have been meeting at scheduled times for their small group sacramental formation which has been going very well.  The work and instruction is both challenging and fun as they explore more deeply the Gospel message of discipleship.  We look forward to their upcoming Confirmation Mass on January 14th

See you at the Festival!

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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