Email Newsletter August

We hope that you enjoy the last few days of summer!  Be sure to visit the parish website for more details about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim

Sunday Faith Formation Registration

August 1st

Registration for K-8th Grade Faith Formation and Teach at Home begins August 1st.  To find out more about these programs and to register, visit our Faith Formation page on our website

For Parents of Middle School students attending St. Raphael's Faith Formation Program Click Here for new information on the updated Middle School Program.

Registration for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion has been mailed out.  Families of children entering the 2nd grade who have been baptized and are currently enrolled in Faith Formation or Catholic School and have completed the previous year were contacted.  For those families anticipating 1st Communion, if you have not received an invitation, please contact the Faith Formation Office (727-821-7989) or  We look forward to journeying with your children as they prepare to experience these wonderful Sacraments.  The Orientation Meeting is on Sunday, August 11th from 10:45am until 11:45am in the Parish Center.

If you have a child who has not been baptized, or is in Grade 3 and up, and has not made their First Communion, please contact the Faith Formation Office so we can assist you in bringing your children to the sacraments.

Lectio Prayer

Lectio Prayer is a 6-week program breaking open the principles of Lectio Divina, praying with the scriptures.  Dr. Tim Gray guides us through the simple steps for finding intimacy with God through prayer.  There are two opportunities to join this program, Tuesdays from 9:15am-10:45am in Room A beginning Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesdays from 7:30pm-9pm in Room B beginning Wednesday, August 7th.  For more information on the program, contact Harriet Learson at (210)722-0948 or

Blood Drive

The Oneblood bus will be here on Sunday, August 11th from 9am to 1:00pm.  To schedule an appointment go to and use our sponsor code 12102.  Roll up your sleeve and help the many people who depend on blood donors like you! 

Welcome Back 

Monday, August 12th

St. Raphael School begins classes on Monday, August 12th 2019 with assembly at 7:50am!  Contact St. Raphael School for more information at 727-821-9663.

There will be an optional school supply drop off on Thursday, August 8th from 8am-11am.

The School Welcome Back Dinner is scheduled for Friday, August 16th at 5:30pm.

For more school information visit the school website.

Assumption of Mary - Holy Day of Obligation 

August 15th

Wednesday, August 15th we celebrate the feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mass will be celebrated three times for this Holy Day. 

Wednesday, August 14 at 7pm- Vigil Mass
Thursday, August 15th at 8am- School Mass
Thursday, August 15th at 7pm

Edge and Life Teen

High school teens are invited to come to our fall Kick-off Sunday, August 25th.  Mass at 5:30pm, dinner and Life Teen Night 6:30pm- 8:30pm.

Middle school teens are invited to our fall Kick-off Monday, August 26th from 6:30-8pm.  

If you have any questions about our programs or to see upcoming events visit our website, or contact the Youth Office 727-821-7989.

Confirmation 2019

August 25th

Confirmation Orientation is Sunday, August 25th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the Parish Hall.  Details about Confirmation preparation will be provided at this meeting.  Families with teens eligible for Confirmation have been notified.  If you have any questions please contact our Youth Minister, Mike Specht at


Does your faith direct and inspire your daily living?  Would you like to help another who is on the journey to becoming Catholic grow in their friendship with God?  Not the "teacher type," but would like to make a meaningful impact on another's faith? To find out more about helping with RCIA Click Here!

Do you know someone who is considering becoming Catholic? Help them take the next step, have them contact Lynn Edmonds for more information and consultation.

Catechists Needed

 If you have a desire and willingness to help share the beauty of our Catholic faith with young people please contact the Parish Office, (727) 821-7989 or

6th Annual KOC Italian Family Knight

Help St. Raphael Knights of Columbus (Council 10157) support their charities by joining us on Saturday, September 21st in the Parish Center. For tickets or informaton contact Mr. Terry Winstead at 727-688-6340.

Construction Updates

The new flooring in the Church has been completed. Thank you for your patience as we completed this project.  With the new flooring, a new listening system was installed for those who have hearing aids.  Switch your device to "T" (Telephone) to connect to the Hearing Loop System.  Audiofetch is still available in the church if you would like to continue using it.  

The main school and Parish Center roofing project has been completed. We will now move to replacing the Foreign Language Room roof and a few roof repairs on other buildings on campus.

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