EMail Newsletter March

The beginging of March leads to The Holy Seaon of Lent.  This season is a journey of faith through our Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.  Be sure to visit the parish website for more details about this month's activities.


Ash Wednesday

Lent begins, Wednesday, March 6th.  Masses will be held at 8:00am (school Mass) and 7:00pm.  A Liturgy with Ashes will be held at Noon.  Weekly Stations of the Cross begin Friday, March 8th at 7:00pm and School led stations on Tuesday at 2:10pm beginning March 12th.  

St. Raphael Friday Fish Fry


Join us for our Friday Fish Fry Dinners starting Friday, March 8th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  Sponsored by our Youth Ministry and supported by the Knights of Columbus, this weekly Lenten event brings families and friends together for fellowship and great tasting food while supporting our Youth Ministry.

Blood Pressure Screening 

Faith Community Nurses will return to offer Blood Pressure Screening on the 2nd Weekend of the Month.  This month it will be Saturday, March 9th and Sunday March 10th in the Parish Hall.

2nd Annual Family Movie Night

The St. Raphael Catholic School Dad's Club invites all church and school families to their 2nd Annual Pig Roast and Family Big Screen Movie Night on Saturday, March 9th starting at 5:30pm.  The Sunset Movie, Pixar's "Inside Out" will begin at 6:30pm.  $5 Dinner includes pork, sides and drink.  Snacks will be available for $1.  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie! 

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00am on the second Sunday in March. Remember to SPRING AHEAD on Sunday, March 10th.

KOC  Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a complimentary Pancake Breakfast following the 8am and 9:30am Masses on Sunday, March 10th.  Take the morning off from cooking and join the Knights for fellowship and a tasty breakfast.

Roof Project Update

After an aniticipated start of the roof project in the beginning of Februrary, there have been some delays that have requried a push to the start of the projects.  The projected start of the roof will begin on March 11th.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Registration for participants and volunteers will begin March 15th.  VBS will take place June 17th-21st for children grades K-5.

St. Raphael School Auction


Join us on Saturday, March 16th starting at 6pm for the St. Raphael School Auction.  Tickets are available online at

Parish Blood Drive

The Oneblood bus will be here on Sunday, March 24th from 9am to 1:00pm.   To schedule an appointment go to and use our sponsor code 06497.  Roll up your sleeve and help the many people who depend on blood donors like you! 


Save the dates for our Lenten Parish Mission with Fr. Tom Donaldson April 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 7pm.  The Parish Lenten Reconciliation will take place as part of the Mission on Tuesday, April 2nd. 

Additional Inspiration for Lent


Lent is a time of prayer. Here are some resources for everyone to use this Lent.   

Preparing for Lent Reflections on Lent Into the Desert
Opening the Word Daily Meditation for Lent Forgiven
For Children: Let's Pray-Brother Francis Lukas Storyteller


Some of these links require access to FORMED.  The FORMED access code for St. Raphael is 3951db. 

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