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EMail Newsletter March

March begins with the First Sunday 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 www.st-raphaels.com for more details about this month's activities.


Health Fair

St. Raphael Faith Community Nursing Ministry is presenting their first Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, February 29th from 9am-2pm in the Parish Center.  This is a free event for all.  There will be diverse health exhibitors, raffles, testing, and exams.  To see the list of Exhibitors visit the Parish Website.  For more information or questions email straphfcn@gmail.com or call 727-492-8088.

St. Raphael Family Fish Fry

Join us every Friday in Lent for our annual Family Fish Fry dinners beginning February 28th 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.

After the Fish Fry head over to the Church for Stations of the Cross at 7pm each Friday.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00am on the second Sunday in March. Remember to SPRING AHEAD on Sunday, March 8th.


Our Lenten Parish Mission will be Monday through Wednesday, March 9th, 10th and 11th at 7pm.  The theme this year is "Open Our Hearts," a deepening of our spiritual lives requires a radical expansion of the heart in order to be authentic.  It entails replacing a heart of stone with a heart of Flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).  We welcome our speaker Kathy Hendricks a National Cathechtical Consultant for William H. Sadlier, publisher of religious education resources for children and families.     

KOC  Pancake Breakfast

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a complimentary Pancake Breakfast following the 8am and 9:30am Masses on Sunday, March 15th.  Take the morning off from cooking and join the Knights for fellowship and a tasty breakfast.

St. Raphael School Auction

Roaring 20s

Join us on Saturday, March 21st starting at 5:30pm for the St. Raphael School Auction, at the Women's Club.  Come to support our school! Tickets are available online at www.straphaelschool.net.

Blood Pressure Screening 

Faith Community Nurses will be offering Blood Pressure Screening on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd in the Parish Hall following all Masses, except the Sunday 5:30pm Mass.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Registration for participants and volunteers will begin soon.  Climb aboard for mountains of fun at the Rocky Railway!  VBS will take place June 15th-19th for children grades K-5.

Lenten Reconciliation Opportunites

Saturday Reconciliation- Individual reconciliation will be available every Saturday from 3:30pm-4:15pm

Lenten Reconciliation- will take place on Tuesday, March 31st at 7pm. There will be multiple priests available to hear confessions.

Holy Week Reconciliation- Monday, April 6th, 9:00-9:30am and 6:30-7pm; Tuesday, April 7th, 8:30-9:30am and 6:30-7pm.

Please Pray for our RCIA candidates who will be continuting their journey to becoming members of the Church over this lenten season. 

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 My Beloved Son Forgiven
For Children: Let's Learn about Lent-Brother Francis The Jesus Stories


Some of these links require access to FORMED.  Search for St. Raphael Church, St. Petersburg when signing up.

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