Email Newsletter August

We hope that you are staying healthy this summer!  Be sure to visit the parish website www.st-raphaels.com to stay up to date throughout the month.


7pm Wednesday Mass

 

The 7:00pm Wednesday Mass will return on August 4th.  Benediction returns to it's normal time at 6:30pm.


K-8 Faith Formation

 

K-8th Grade Faith Formation will begin September 12th and registration is now open. Visit www.st-raphaels.com/270 to fill out the registration form.

1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion will begin in September.  Families of children entering the 2nd grade who have been baptized and are currently enrolled in Faith Formation or Catholic School and have completed last year will be contacted.  If you have any questions please contact the Faith Formation Office (727-821-7989) or ledmonds@st-raphaels.com.  We look forward to journeying with your children as they prepare to experience these wonderful Sacraments. 

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.


Office Closed

The Parish Office will be closed Friday, August 13th and Monday, August 16th.  We are having the rectory and office tented for termites.  Office hours will resume Tuesday morning at 8:30am.  If you planned to be at the Office those days, please call to make other arrangements.  Thank you for your understanding. 


COVID Update

As we see an increase in the number of Covid cases throughout the City, State and Nationally, we would like to reinforce the observance of Safety Protocols while on the Church campus.  We are going to look at events taking place around the Parish for the next 30 days.  Our primary focus is to help keep parishioners safe.  We will take reasonable steps to do our part and we ask that you help by doing your part.

  • We strongly recommend all parishioners wear masks and please repect physical distancing.
  • We are calling ALL group leaders planning to meet, to re-enforce expetations of safety.
  • We will continue sanitizing the Church on a regular basis and we will continue to accommodate areas of Physical Distancing. Please respect the space of others.
  • Communion protocol will remain in place. All ministers will continue to sanitize and wear masks while distributing communion.
  • All meetings at the Church will still respect the Physical Distancing protocol and operate with reduced numbers.
  • You can help us by continuing to observe Physical Distancing throughout the Church campus.
  • Please wash your hands regularly. There is hand sanitizer located throughout the campus buildings as well.
  • If you or anyone in your family are at risk or unwell, please stay home.

We genuinely appreciate your patience as we adapt to changing conditions in our community. If we regrouop, maintain our environment, and focus on keeping Mass safe, we can continue moving SAFELY forward.

Thank you for your understanding and may God continue to bless St. Raphael’s and our parishioners.


Online Giving Update

The Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) Online Giving website is getting an upgrade. Shortly you will receive an email from OSV letting you know the website has been upgraded and will look different. All of your information and recurring gifts will remain the same and you will not need to change anything for your gift to continue.

The email will have a link for you to review your information on file with OSV. The only change for you is that your email address will become your User ID. Your password will remain the same.

If you have any questions you can contact Christan Aisenbrey in the parish office at 727-821-7989.


We are working on updating our communication software which allows for instant communication of important information from the parish.  Please see the bulletin for more details and thank you for your patience.  


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 via zoom, Tuesdays beginning August 24th (this is a date change from the bulletin) from 9:30am-11:00am or 7:00pm-8:30pm. For more information on the program, contact Judi Anderson at jranderson541@yahoo.com.


Welcome Back 

Monday, August 9th

St. Raphael School begins classes on Monday, August 9th 2021!  Contact St. Raphael School for more information at 727-821-9663.

For more school information visit the school website.


Please be Aware

No clergy or lay person affiliated with the Catholic Church would ever send an email or text requesting money.  Any and all correspondence of that nature is a scam and should not be responded to. 

 

 
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