EMail Newsletter September

Happy Labor Day!  We hope that everyone finds time away from their work, whatever it may be, and finds time to relax with family.  The Parish and School Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.  Please visit the website www.st-raphaels.com for updates throughout the month.


Mass Times

As a reminder we will be continuing to record the Saturday 4:30pm Mass and will be available on the parish website for Sunday Morning.  We will continue to have all Masses, Saturday at 4:30pm, Sunday at 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am & 5:30pm.  For the safety of all those in attendence please continue to wear masks while you are in the church.  Thank You!


Sunday Faith Formation

FIRST DAY - Sunday September 13th

K-5 Faith Formation will begin Sunday, September 13th at 11am via Zoom,  for both Sunday classes and Teach at Home Families.  If you have yet to register, you may  Register here.  Please contact Lynn Edmonds in the  Faith Formation Office for further information or assistance.  We look forward to the Sunday Faith Formation program, helping our young children become better aware of their relationship with Jesus.
Middle School Faith Formation will begin Thursday, September 10th at 6:30pm via Zoom.


First Reconciliation and First Communion

The First Reconciliation and First Communion class takes place on Tuesday, September 8th, Monday, September 14th or Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30pm via zoom.  If you have yet to register, please contact Lynn Edmonds in our Faith Formation Office at 727-821-7989 or ledmonds@st-raphaels.com.

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.


Youth Ministry

High School & Middle School Ministries will begin in September.  Teens are welcome to join our nights and to invite friends!

  • High School youth group will Kick-Off on Sunday, September 13th after the 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, followed by dinner in the Parish Center, and the night's theme.  
  • Middle School youth will Kick-Off on Monday, September 14th, from 6:30pm-8pm in the Parish Center.  We have fun while building our faith!

Check out our website www.st-raphaels.weebly.com  for all the details, Covid information, and the monthly calendar.


Confirmation 2020-2021


 

We hope the start of the school year has gone smoothly for all our families!  In October we will begin our formation sessions for those receiving Confirmation this academic year.  Families currently on our list should have received an email on the afternoon of Thursday, August 27th, with details.  If you have a 9th grader or above who still needs this Sacrament and have not received communications, please email Mike at mspecht@st-raphaels.com.  If you know you are on our list but did not get an email to your main inbox, check your spam folder or make sure we have the most up to date information for you in our system. 


RCIA

Are you or someone you know thinking about becoming Catholic?  That can be a daunting thought.  You do not have to decide now, rather journey with us for a while to see if its what God is calling you.  Take the next step, contact Lynn Edmonds to have an initial conversation where your questions can be answered, and you can learn more about the journey.  Please contact Lynn at 821-7989 or ledmonds@st-raphaels.com.  RCIA will begin meeting September 13th via Zoom.


Bible Study & Faith Circles

Bible Study and Faith Circles have new virtual groups forming.  Wednesday morning bible study will begin September 9th and Wednesday evening bible study will begin September 16th.  Visit https://www.st-raphaels.com/80 to learn more about bible study and the Faith Circle scripture studies and to sign up.  


Blood Drive

Sunday, September 13th 9am-1pm

The Oneblood bus will be here on Sunday, September 13th from 9am to 1pm.  Appointments are highly encouraged.  Go to https://donor.oneblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/977541 to make an appointment.  Roll up your sleeve and help the many people who depend on blood donors like you!  

Items to be aware:  Donating may be a slower process as only four donors are allowed on the bus at a time and the stricter sanitation process between each donor.  All donations are being tested for the Covid-19 antibody which is done in their lab.  Results are available on the donor portal within a week.  


Construction Updates

The fencing around the school is complete and the gates near the courtyard will be locked during school hours, but will be open evenings and on weekends for access to the church.  

The old church building renovations are nearing the end.  Walls are being painting and cabinets are being installed in the parish hall and we are waiting on new doors to be delivered.  We are excited for the renovations to our new parish hall!


School Mass 

With the start of school, school Mass will return on Thursdays at 8am and as a reminder all church doors will be locked except for the main Church doors into the Narthex, for the safety for our students.  


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