Email Newsletter December

December brings us the season of Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.  Advent, a time of hopeful anticipation, gives us opportunities to find quiet moments during the busy times of the holiday season.  Be sure to visit the parish website www.st-raphaels.com about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim Sherwood


Boy Scout Troop 219 is selling fresh Christmas trees! Come and find your tree beginning Saturday, November 30th; Monday-Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 9am-8pm.



 

Advent begins this weekend! Start a new tradition and join Bishop Gergory Parkes for the Advent Prayer Project. Sign up at www.dosp.org/adventprayer or text Prayer2019 to 84576 to receive a prayer video for each day of Advent.


The St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree is located in the Narthex.  Please take an ornament from the tree to support this ministry that helps meet the needs of families in our community.  Wrapped gifts are to be returned with ornament attached by Sunday, December 15th.  Please see the bulletin for more details. For gift certiļ¬cates or checks, please drop them into the St. Vincent de Paul box next to the Christmas Giving Tree.


1st Reconciliation for our second grade students will take place on Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm in the Church. Pray for the children as they receive this Sacrament and as they continue to prepare to receive 1st Holy Communion in May.


The Council of Catholic Women are holding their Annual Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 7th after the 8am Mass in the Parish Hall.  All women of the parish are welcome!  Make your reservation by sending a $10 check (payable to St. Raphael CCW) to Marlene D'Abramo; 4710 Bay St. NE #203, St. Petersburg, FL 33703.  For questions, contact Louise Barrett: 727-821-2561.



 

Cub Scout Pack 219 and the Knights of Columbus are hosting their 18th Annual Santa Breakfast on Sunday, December 8th from 9:00am-11:30am in the Parish Center. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast including pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.  There will be crafts and a visit by Santa, so bring your camera. Proceeds will benefit Pinellas Hope. 


Faith Formation News


 

Children's Christmas Eve Pageant- All young people of the parish in Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to participate in the pageant at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. The pageant rehearsals will be held on Sunday, December 15th and 22nd at 12:30pm in Room A. Call Lynn in the Parish Office, 821-7989 ext 2116 to sign up to participate. 
 

Sunday Faith Formation Classes- K-5: Dec. 8th and 15th; Middle School Dec. 12th 



 

Since December 8th is the Second Sunday of Advent this year, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is transferred to Monday, December 9th.  Therefore, it is not a holy day of obligation in 2019.  It is still a solemnity of the Church so all the faithful are encouraged to attend Mass on this day in honor of the Blessed Virigin Mary.  Mass will be celebrated at 8am (School Mass) on December 9th.



 

The Parish Advent Reconciliation Liturgy takes place on Tuesday, December 10th, at 7pm. The liturgy concludes with an opportunity for individual reconciliation, with several priests available. Advent and Lent are the two times each year the parish is invited to come together to celebrate this Rite as a community.



 

St. Raphael School Christmas Concert will be Thursday, December 12th at 9:00am and 7:00pm.  Please contact the School Office at 727-821-9663 for tickets or more detailed information about the concerts.


The SRCS Dad's Club invites all Church and School Families to the Family Pasta Dinner and Holiday Movie Night on Saturday, December 14th.  Dinner is at 5pm the Movie will begin at sunset.  Dinner with sides and a drink is $5.  Sodas, coffee and snacks are $1 each.  Movie is free. Bring chairs and blankets and don't miss this opportunity to get in the Christmas Spirit.  



St. Raphael Church and School Office Schedules

 

 School Dismisses on Friday, December 20th at noon and classes resume on Monday, January, 6th 2020.

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Parish Office Hours

Monday, December 23rd: 8am-4pm
Tuesday-Thursday, December 24-26th: Closed
Friday, December 27th: 8am-12pm
Monday-Tuesday, December 30th-31st: 8am-12pm
Wednesday, January 1st: Closed
Thursday-Friday, January 2nd-3rd: 8am-12pm
Regular Parish Office hours will resume on Monday, January 6th.

 
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