Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen

He is Risen, Alleluia!  Holy Week was a very busy week of activity.  All the planning was in place well ahead of time, but it finally came to fruition this past week.  I want to sincerely thank all the ministry volunteers and staff who helped to make this Holy Week and Easter run so well.  You probably didn’t see that the maintenance crew began the week early getting things ready.  You also probably didn’t see the many music ministers, both traditional and Praise Band, preparing and practicing.  You likely didn’t see the Lectors, Sacristans, Ushers, Decorators, Altar Server families, and other ministers checking and double checking their responsibilities, schedules, and planning accordingly.  All of this was done to help our St. Raphael parish family celebrate a joyful Easter in our liturgical gatherings of Holy Week.

I want to extend a welcome to Garrett Mackie who was baptized at the Easter Vigil.  This did not happen overnight.  He was supported by our many RCIA catechists, and coordinated by our Director of Faith Formation, Lynn Edmonds.  Thank you all for your support and example to Garrett.

I also welcome those who may have been away from the practice of their faith or returning to church after some time away.  Whether since Christmas or several years, know that we welcome you all in charity and are happy to have you with us to celebrate Easter!  We hope that your time with us is spiritually enriching and that you prayerfully consider worshipping with us more regularly.  The Church is the family of God and we are brothers and sisters in Christ.  Sometimes siblings have squabbles or lose touch for a time, but they are still family.  The same is true in the parish family, so welcome back home!  Pull up a pew and stay awhile.

Next up, in two weeks (May 5th), we celebrate First Communion with our Second Graders at the 11:30am Mass.  Keep them in your prayers.  Happy Easter! 

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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