Pastor's Pen

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Hard to believe that November is here already, and next weekend is time to Fall Back (time change).  You will also notice that next weekend Masses will be a bit different.  Sunday, November 1st, is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Feast Day that supersedes a regular Sunday celebration so the Mass and Readings will be those of All Saints Day.  It might be fun for you to take this week to discover a little about your namesake Saint.

You may have heard that on Saturday, October 31, 2020 Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified, meaning he will be called “Blessed” and basically one step a way from being declared a Saint.  Fr. McGivney founded the Knights in New Haven, Connecticut back in 1882.  The Knights of Columbus are quite proud of this event, (and should be).  The Knights have about 2 million members worldwide.  I am happy and proud to know that we have a very dedicated group of Knights here at St. Raphael.  They will be present around the courtyard next weekend and will be participating in a Corporate Mass (when they attend as one body) at the 9:30am Mass.  I want to express my thanks and appreciation to our Knights, especially the Grand Knight, Mr. Kevin Greeno, and the Grand Knights who helped guide the way before him.  They have established a sound, ministry focused community here at St. Raphael.

As we slowly continue back in on site ministry let me assure you that we are taking time and patience as we open to more and more gatherings.  We continue to remind those, as best we can, if you need to stay home and quarantine, please do so, that is so much more important than a meeting or gathering.  Please also know that as we approach the upcoming days of Thanksgiving and Advent our parishes are working closely with the Bishop’s office to anticipate plans for the upcoming seasons.  As many of you know, planning out more than 2 or 3 weeks right now is challenging.  Let us all continue to pray for those affected by the coronavirus and for an effective resolve.

Lastly, next Sunday at the 5:30pm Mass we will recognize our Confirmation Candidates.  We have 33 students, working through the challenges of covid19 to prepare for the Sacrament planned for the end of January.  I want to extend my appreciation to Mike Specht and the entire Confirmation Formation Team for their dedication and efforts.

Have a good week,

 Fr. Curtis Carro

 

 
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