Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


     Thespians in our midst!  This weekend our St. Raphael students hit the stage for the theatrical production of Peter Pan Jr.  What an enormous undertaking for the children, director, staff, parents, and others involved.  They all came together for a wonderful event that we as a parish community truly enjoyed.  Thanks to all of you for a job well done!

     Mid-April is budget preparations for both the Church and the School, along with our planning for First Communion and Graduation.  Next weekend (April 29th) is also the final weekend for Sunday Faith Formation.  There are about 140 children here in the classrooms on Sunday mornings learning about the Catholic faith through parent volunteer teachers.  We also have about 50 students attending “Home School” Faith Formation as well.  These will be ending their sessions as well.  I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to the parents who continue to support our Faith Formation program.  It is a challenge for parents to continue strengthening their children’s faith formation through planned parish programs when lifestyles are so busy with outside interests and obligations. 

     Speaking of Faith Formation, another strong method today is through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) journey.  The RCIA is targeted for adults hoping to be baptized in the Catholic Church or for Christians who have not been catechized in Catholic Faith.  Normally they are sponsored by a member of the parish who can help nurture them through the process of learning the faith through prayer, ministry, and practices.  You can learn more about becoming an RCIA sponsor this week by visiting the sponsor table in the Narthex or contacting Lynn Edmonds directly.  Walking the journey with someone while sharing your faith along the way is an experience one never forgets. 

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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