Email Newsletter April

April finds us ending the Season of Lent and moving into the Easter Season.  We look forward to celebrating Holy Week with everyone.  Be sure to read the weekly bulletin or visit the parish website for more details about this month's activities.


Blessing of St. Raphael Statue

This Sunday, April 2nd at 11:00am we will Bless the new statue of St. Raphael.  Located in the Courtyard, this new bronze statue, dedicated to the families of St. Raphael Parish, will welcome everyone coming to celebrate at St. Raphael Church.  Please join us if you can. 

This year's final Fish Frys start are on March 31st and April 7th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.  Support our Youth Group and catch up with neighbors and friends, enjoy great deep fried Mahi-mahi and take a chance at one of the raffles.

Knights of Columbus - Open House

All men of the Parish are invited to the K of C Open House on Thursday April 6th at 7pm in the Parish Hall.  Find out what the "Knights" are all about and how to become an active member serving the Parish of St. Raphael and local community.  For more information contact David Bach at 727-527-2212




Bishop Gregory Parkes will be holding his last listening session to answer the following questions.

  1.  What are we doing well as a diocese? 
  2.  What things could we improve upon as a diocese? 
  3.  What things in ministry should we be  focusing on as a local Church?

LOCATION: St. Pete Catholic High School, 6333 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg FL.

Bishop Parkes would still like your feedback.  Please answer the questions via an online survey on our website or go to:

Divine Mercy Sunday

We invite you to join us for a special Holy Hour to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday.  The Chaplet will take place on April 23rd from 3pm until 4pm in the church.

Sunday Faith Formation End of Year Family Picnic

The picnic takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 10:45am until Noon.  Our Sunday families, Teach at Home Families, RCIA and all our Catechists are invited to celebrate the end of another year.  Pot Luck Assignments according to family last name  A-E: Vegetable Dish/Casserole  F-J: Salad of some sort; Meat Dish: Q-Z Dessert.


Youth Retreat - "River of Life" Registration

Middle School River of Life retreat at Tomahawk Lodge takes place the weekend of April 28th through April 30th.   1st come, 1st serve. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 18th.  Slots are limited.  Permission slips are due as soon as possible. 


Vacation Bible School [VBS] Registration Begins Now

From June 5th through June 9th from 9am until Noon the curious kids become hands-on inventors and discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.  Registration is $45 per child.  Adults who volunteer may bring one child free of charge.  For more information click here or contact Lynn Edmonds at 821-7989 x2116 or

This year Teen Scene is available for middle school youth entering 6th & 7th grade.



1st Communion - SUNDAY May 7th 11:30am


School May Crowning and Grandparents Day

- Has been moved to FRIDAY, May 12th 8:00am





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