Email Newsletter January

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2021!  Please know that you are in our prayers for this New Year and that the Lord shed His grace upon you.   Be sure to visit the parish website www.st-raphaels.com for updates.


Mary, Mother of God

Friday, January 1st is commonly a Holy Day of Obligation, however the obligation is lifted this year because of the dispensation from attending Mass. The faithful are encouraged to attend Mass.  Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31st at 5:30pm and Thursday, January 1st at 9:30am and 7pm. There will be no 8am Mass on January 1st. 


Sunday Faith Formation Returns

After a few weeks off, our Sunday Faith Formation program will continue virtually on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.  Middle School Faith Formation will be in the Parish Hall on Thursday, January 14th at 6:30pm.  There will also be virtual sessions for families who have a child receiving First Holy Communion. The sessions are at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 5th OR on Monday, January 11th.


Youth Ministry

High School youth ministry will kick off the spring semester on January 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Parish Center.

Middle School Youth Ministry will kick off the spring semester on January 4th from 6:30pm-8pm in the Parish Center.

Please pray for our Confirmandi who will be spending January 9th on retreat as part of their preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in February.


New Database

Over the last two months our office has converted to a new database system, which manages both our membership and contributions.  As with any conversion, we and the company have done our best to transfer the information accurately however you can well imagine with 20 years of history there may be some kinks. We continue to audit and correct.  The more significant issues may be that you may receive emails or envelopes when you thought you were “off the list.”  Please pardon our error and just let the office know if we need to correct something. 


Manresa Retreat

"Finding Christ in the World"
January 10-April 4th

Do you have a yearning to know and love God better, to know more clearly where you are, and to have a real love for Jesus Christ?  Then this retreat is for you.  In the midst of busy schedules this retreat invites God to break into you daily life through a journey of prayer.
This retreat includes video presentations by Father Casey Beaumier, S.J. of Boston College, along with a retreat manual.  The retreat can be done individually or one can join a small live or zoom group.
This is an excellent way to start the New Year and to refresh your spiritual life ending at Easter time.
For more information and how to order materials or get into a group, email: Judi Anderson   jranderson@reagan.com or Harriet A. Learson Ph.D. hlearsonphd@gmail.com


Blood Drive
Sunday January 17th- 9am-12pm

The Oneblood bus will be here on Sunday, January 17th from 9am to 12:30pm.  Appointments are highly encouraged.  Go to www.oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code 12102 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.  Masks are required.  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.  


Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20th

St. Raphael School and Parish Office are closed Monday, January 18th to honor the sacrifices and humanitarian works toward racial harmony of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Normal schedules resume on Tuesday, January 19th.


Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week across the nation begins Sunday, January 31st and continues through Friday February 5th.   More details about Catholic Schools Week  will be in the February Newsletter.    


Covid-19 Vaccine

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released at statement concerning vaccines that have been developed to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.  You can read the statement here. 

 
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