Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          It seems like I have included more financial issues lately than I usually care to mention.  We are off to a good start with our 2018 APA campaign.  Many of you have already pledged, and even paid, your support.  Thank you for your quick response.  I hope that we can get an increase in the number of families participating, no matter how small the contribution.  Now is the time to help if you haven’t supported APA in the past.  We are also adding to the support of the new organ.  In less than three months, we are just over $20,000 to having the organ 100% funded through your gifts.  I thank all who have supported this necessary improvement for the parish. 

          March will be a busy month for us here at St. Raphael.  On March 3rd our CCW will sponsor the annual 90’s party.  It started two or three years ago as an event to celebrate the birthdays of those in the parish who are 90 or older.  The first event was a huge success and it has been growing.  We especially remember those who may have no one to celebrate those landmark days with them.  On March 10th the School holds their annual Auction.  This is one of the most effective fund raisers for the School, managed and run by the Home & School Association.  Be sure to go to either the School or Parish website to find out more information about the auction; or better yet, get your tickets!  That same weekend begins our Lenten Mission with Bishop Lynch.  Our former Diocesan Bishop leads us on the Lenten Mission entitled “Seeking the Merciful Face of God.”  Then, before we know it, we will be preparing for Holy Week which starts in one month. 

          Finally, as we continue on this 2nd Sunday of Lent, I want to remind everyone of the many Lenten opportunities we have for anyone and everyone to strengthen their spiritual life with God.  Last Monday evening in the Parish Hall we had the first “A Lent to Remember” meeting.  This is an hour set aside for four Mondays during Lent to help the busy person reflect on his or her relationship with God.  Over 40 people came to this first evening.  Please consider participating in this or one of the many other small faith community events active in the parish.

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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