Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen

This Tuesday is our Advent Reconciliation Service beginning at 7pm.  Several priests will be available and, aside from our regularly scheduled Saturday afternoons, it will be the only opportunity before Christmas.  For those participating there will be a CD entitled Lectio Prayer, which provides insight into using daily Scripture for prayer.  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.  Last week our 2nd grade class and the school all had an opportunity to take part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  I want to thank the teachers and catechists for having them so well prepared.    

Last Saturday morning the CCW had their annual Christmas Breakfast.  After celebrating Mass together (on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception), we gathered in the Parish Center for the annual breakfast, taking pictures and gift gathering for Shore Acres Nursing Home.  This is an opportune time to express my tremendous gratitude and appreciation for all that the CCW members do for our parish.  They are involved in most every hospitality and service ministry of our parish; truly an important part of what makes this parish function.  My sincere thanks to the dedicated officers and members who continually find ways to give of themselves to minister here at St. Raphael.  Thank you, ladies, and may you have a Happy Advent and Merry Christmas.  The prayers and thanks of our entire parish community go out to you.  

Our 38 candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are rounding the corner with their final interviews and class finishing this week.  It is a wonderful chance for these young people to interact with each other as they discuss the impact that faith can have on their lives and how they can implement the Gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Works of Mercy.  I want to extend my appreciation to Mike Specht, our Youth Director, as well as his assistant, Amy Pittendreigh, and the volunteer catechists.  They have done a great job in preparing our candidates for this sacrament.  

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only about two weeks away.  I hope that somewhere in the hustle and bustle you can take some time to reflect on the spiritual side of the season.  Find some time also to connect (or reconnect) with family and friends.

Please check the bulletin for the parish and school events as well as the Christmas schedules.  And for those who have information for the bulletin, be sure to check the publication schedules. 

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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