Email Newsletter December

Attached is the December monthly email.  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 about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim Sherwood


Cub Scout Pack 219 and the Knights of Columbus are hosting their 17th Annual Santa Breakfast on Sunday, December 2nd 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 cameras. Proceeds will benefit Pinellas Hope. 

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 16th.  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.

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


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 Sun, Dec. 16th and 23rd 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- Dec. 2nd*, 9th, & 16th (*Dec. 2nd- no class for grades k-2 due to Santa Breakfast)

1st Reconciliation for our second grade students will be on Monday, December 3rd at 6:30pm in the Church. Pray for our students who are receiving this sacrament. 

Masses for the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation, will be on Friday, December 7th at 7:00pm and on Saturday, December 8th at 8am.  This Solemnity honors Mary who was conceived without original sin.  Mary is the patron saint of the United States, we view this Holy Day of Obligation even though it falls on a Saturday.  

The Council of Catholic Women are holding their Annual Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 8th after the 8am mass from 9am-12pm in the Parish Hall.  All women of the parish are welcome!  Make your reservation by sending a $9 check (payable to St. Raphael CCW) to Marlene D'Abramo.  For questions, contact Marlene D"Abramo: 727-528-9563.

The Parish Advent Reconciliation Liturgy takes place on Tuesday, December 11th, 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 13th at 9:00am and 7:00pm . Please contact the School Office at 727-821-9663 for tickets or more detailed information about the concerts.

Formed- Experience Advent with Dr. Tim Gray

Advent begins this weekend! Enrich your Advent preparation with daily videos from Dr. Tim Gray that will ready your heart for the coming of Christ. Adult reflections are also available in Spanish. Add on children’s reflections with Brother Francis to get the whole family spiritually prepared for Christmas!


St Raphael Parish Code 3951db (case sensitive). All programs are free and a good way to enrich your faith and that of your family. 


*Wednesday, December 26th there will be an 8am mass, but no adoration and no 7pm Mass.

St. Raphael Church and School Office Schedules


 School Dismisses on Friday, December 21st at noon and classes resume on Monday, January, 7th 2019.


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, December 24th through Wednesday, December 26th.  The office will be open from 8am until noon Thursday, December 27th, Friday, December 28th, and Monday, December 31st. Closed on Tuesday, January 1st, and will resume regular hours on Wednesday, January 2nd. 

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