EMail Newsletter September

Happy Labor Day!  We hope that everyone finds time away from their work, whatever it may be, and find time to relax with family or friends.   September is a time that many parish activities begin again; we welcome the busy pace that September brings.  Please visit the website for more details about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim

Special Event

Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm

Mr. Joseph DiVito, our Diocesan Attorney, will be offering a presentation entitled "What our Church Has Done to Safeguard Children" on Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm in the Parish Center.  This evening is intended to help inform our parents and adult parish members about the Diocese of St. Petersburg's protocols. 


KOC  Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, September 2nd

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast following the 8am and 9:30am Masses on Sunday, September 2nd in the Parish Center.  Begin September right, take the morning off from cooking and join the Knights for fellowship and a tasty breakfast.

Sunday Faith Formation

FIRST DAY - Sunday September 9th


Sunday Faith Formation Classes begin promptly at 10:45am on Sunday, September 9th.  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.

6th and 7th grade parents have a meeting during the first class on September 9th at 10:45am in the 6th grade classroom.  

There is a Teach-at-Home parent meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th in the St. Joseph Room.  Grades K-7th: 7pm-7:30pm; 8th grade: 7:30pm-8pm

Sunday Faith Formation Teacher Assistants are still needed for all grades.  Contact Lynn, 

First Reconciliation and First Communion

The First Reconciliation and First Communion class takes place on Tuesday, September 4th or  Monday, September 10th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  If you have yet to register please contact our Faith Formation Office at 727-821-7989 or

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.

Father Daughter Dance

"I Love You to the Moon and Back"

Friday, September 14th 6:30pm - 9:30pm


All school age girls of St. Raphael's Catholic School and parish are invited to bring dad, grandfather, or other father figure to enjoy a night under the stars filled with fun, music, dancing and games.  Photographers will be on hand!  Cost is $40 per couple or $50 for two or more daughters.  Contact Katherine Zehr at 602-741-7847, for more information.                             

Faith Community Nursing

Blood Pressure Screening Returns - September 15th & 16th 


St. Raphael Faith Community Nursing will be offering Blood Pressure Screenings on the 3rd weekend of the month in the Parish Hall following all Masses, except Sunday at 5:30pm. 

Altar Server Training

Sunday, September 16th or Monday, September 17th


Altar Server training will take place on Sunday, September 16th, from 1pm to 2:30pm or on Monday, September 17th, from 6 to 7pm.

All servers through 7th grade are expected to attend two trainings per year.  Those in 3rd grade and who have received 1st Communion are welcome to join us.  Please contact Mr. Mark Early at 688-8266 or St-Raphael-Altar-Server for questions or more information.

Bible Study Returns


The Wednesday Morning Bible Study begins September 5th with "Fulfilled" by Sonya Corbit.  The program runs from 9:15am until 10:45am.  To register or for more information, please contact Marybeth Finster at   

The Wednesday Evening Bible Study will begin September 19th with "Lectio-Eucharist".  The sessions begin after the 7pm Mass (7:30pm) and run until about 9:00pm.  For more information or to register, please contact Tara Kipp at

Faith Circles Resume


Faith Circles begin again.  At least six weekly Faith Circles will be meeting at different locations and times with discussions on various topics including Consoling the Heart of Jesus, Decision Point, Lectio-Eucharist, Mystery of God, and St. Teresa of Avila. Watch the bulletin or our website for specific details on how to sign up.

Youth Ministry 


High School & Middle School Ministries have begun.  Teens are welcome to join our nights and to invite friends!

  • High School youth gather for 5:30pm Mass on Sundays, followed by dinner in the Parish Center, and the night's topic in the youth room.
  • Middle School youth come together on Mondays, from 6:30pm-8pm in the Parish Center.  We have fun while building our faith.

Check out our website  for all the details, monthly calendar, and subscribe to our regular parent updates by emailing Amy at to get on our email list.

KOC Italian Family "Knight"

Saturday, September 22nd at 6:30pm


Help St. Raphael Knights of Columbus (Council 10157) support their charities by joining us on Saturday, September 22nd in the Parish Center for their 5th annual Italian Family "Knight."  For tickets or informaton contact Mr. Terry Winstead at 727-688-6340.

40 Days for Life

September 26th through November 4th


St Raphael Parish Respect Life Committee will once again participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  Our dates to pray outside the All Women's Health Center are October 9th and October 13th.  This is an opportunity to support the dignity of human life beginning with conception.  The recent incidents raised in the media make this an opportune time for us to act and speak out as Christians.  Sign-up will take place in the Narthex the weekends of Sept 23/23 and September 29/30, or contact Mary Stoft, 422-4001 to sign up.

Parish Blood Drive

September 30th 9am-1pm


The OneBlood bus will be here on Sunday, September 30th from 9:00am to 1:00pm.   Roll up your sleeve and help the many people who depend on blood donors like you!  You  can schedule an appointment by going to Our sponsor code is 06497.


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