5:30pm Mass will resume this Sunday, August 9th.
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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 on updates throughout the month.


 RCIA

This Saturday, July 25th we will be welcoming three people into the Church at the 4:30pm Mass.  Congratulations to Athena Burton, Rosie Burton & Julie Clifton. 

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 ledmonds@st-raphaels.com for more information and consultation.


Why Do They March

The wounds of racism, past and present, are surfacing. I would like to invite you to an opportunity for education and preparation to help lead our Catholic community, or even just your own friends and family, in navigating this difficult and sometimes overwhelming subject. On Monday, July 27 at 7 PM the Diocese will be hosting an online event, Why Do They March? Answering the Questions that Divide Us so that Understanding and Love Can Unite Us. In 1979, the bishops of the United States released Brothers and Sisters to Us, a teaching document on racism for our American context and set the tone for pastoral care. After the events in Charlottesville in 2018, our church realized it was time to reevaluate the present context of racism and adjust our pastoral endeavors, by releasing a new pastoral letter entitled Open Wide Our Hearts. The letter is a powerful invitation for all the people of God to “face courageously the vice of racism, to reach out generously to the victims of this evil, to assist the conversion needed in those who still harbor racism, and to begin to change policies and structures that allow racism to persist.” The adage that ‘God gave us two ears and one mouth’ shows the importance of listening over talking. To genuinely listen and hear out others changes our hearts, offers healing for others, and offers an opportunity for closer unity in journeying this Christian life together.  This dialogue is being presented by four Diocese of St. Petersburg leaders with interest and experience in the topic.  Please go to our website (St-Raphaels.com) or the Diocese website (DOSP.ORG) to read more information and to register for the event – Why Do They March?”


Masses

Public Masses will continue Saturday at 4:30pm, Sunday at 8am, 9:30am & 11:30am.  5:30pm Mass will return on August 9th. Confessions are available from 3:30pm-4:15pm in the Cry room or by appt. 

We will continue to film the Saturday 4:30pm Mass, which will be available on the Parish website Sunday morning for all who feel safer at home.

For the safety of others we ask all in attendence to wear a mask and follow social distancing requirements.


K-8 Faith Formation

 

K-8th Grade Faith Formation will begin after Labor Day and everyone will be starting the program at home.  We will be creating an orientation video in the next few weeks to go over the program and families will be notified when it is available.

1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion will also start out virtually, an orientation video will be created to outline the program and explain the process.  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.


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 on Zoom beginning Tuesday, August 11th and Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm on Zoom beginning Wednesday, August 12th.  For more information on the program, contact Harriet Learson at (210)722-0948 or hlearsonphd@gmail.com.


Welcome Back 

Monday, August 24th

St. Raphael School begins classes on Monday, August 24th 2020!  Contact St. Raphael School for more information at 727-821-9663.

For more school information visit the school website.


Construction Updates

The work in the old church building is coming along well.  The work is scheduled to be completed at the end of August and we will have a new parish hall and the school will be connected with a new hallway.

The new fencing around the school is almost complete, we are waiting on a few of the special ordered gates.


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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