Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          For those who regularly attend the 4:30pm, 8am, or 11:30am Masses, I am sad to report that our cantor, Jordan Campbell, will be leaving St. Raphael at the end of August.  Over the years Jordan has been preparing and working with local Opera companies and she now has an opportunity to tour with the opera.  This is a wonderful chance for her to continue to grow in her area of expertise and desire.  We will miss her wonderful demeanor and beautiful voice, but we also wish the best in her future endeavors.  Paul is currently seeking a replacement with some professional singing experience to fill the void from her leaving.  Jordan, thank you!

          Now that school is back in session we begin to gear up for the return of our Faith Formation opportunities.  For those interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for our adults seeking to deepen their Faith awareness and reflection.  We have the Bible Study and Faith Circles, and for our children we have our Sunday Faith Formation programs and our Teach at Home Program.  We are also beginning to gather registrations and names for First Reconciliation and First Communion as well as Confirmation.  I have the easy job to just remind you.  If you are seeking information about any of these areas, please check the bulletin or website for registration or contact information. 

          Last June Bishop Parkes introduced a Vision Statement for the Diocese of St. Petersburg and during the month of September he will be sharing more of the details with us pastors and other parish formation and pastoral leadership.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the vision statement, please check the link on our website or the brochures available in the Narthex or Parish Office. 

          Finally, please join me in extending your prayers and sympathy to Fr. Kevin on the death of his brother, Martin Jr.  He was buried in New York this past week.

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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