Email Newsletter May


May Email Newsletter

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all mothers.  We celebrate these women in a special way this month. You can read the weekly bulletin or visit the parish website for more details about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim Sherwood

Tuesday Evening Rosary


May is the month of Mary and with her intercession we are encouraged to pray the Rosary.  It might be just the right time to join our Tuesday Evening Rosary Group who gather at 6:30pm in the Reservation Chapel.

1st Holy Communion - Sunday May 6th  at  11:30am


Congratulations to the 44 children receiving 1st Communion this Sunday, May 6th at the 11:30am Mass.  We know the Church will be filled with excited parents and grandparents, as the children receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time.  What joy this day brings!   [Don't forget to get your 1st Communion picture next to the statue of St. Raphael!]


May Crowning


On Saturday, May 5th the CCW will honor the Blessed Mother with a May Crowning at their monthly 8am Mass.  The School children will honor the Blessed Mother at the School Mass on Thursday, May 10th. 

 Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen!

Happy Mother’s Day



We are offering the annual Spiritual Bouquet for those who would like to remember their mothers (living or deceased) on Mother’s Day, May 13th.  Please contact the Parish Office 727-821-7989 no later than Monday afternoon, May 7th to arrange for a card.  The suggested offering is $10.  Mothers will be remembered at all Masses that weekend.

Congratulations to Deacons Tim Williford, Kyle Bell, and Lou Turcotte


On Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 11:00 am Bishop Gregory Parkes will ordain these men into the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.  The ordination takes place at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg) and is open to the public. There will be a reception following the Ordinations.

Vacation Bible School [VBS] Registration is open!

Vacation Bible School, "Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus", runs from Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 8th from 9am until Noon.  For more information click here or contact Lynn Edmonds at 821-7989 x2116 or

PARENTS - This is a great way to start off the summer and have fun with your kids.  WE NEED YOUR HELP on the VBS Team.  Contact Lynn to find ways that you can help with Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, Snack Creations, or Fun with Games.

Teen Scene is available for middle school youth entering 6th & 7th grade.

School Spring Concert


This year's student musical concert and art show will take place on Tuesday, May 15th at 9am and 7pm.  Come out and enjoy the musical and artistic talents of all our children.  Contact the School Office (727-821-9663) for information about tickets. 


The Church honors Mary in the month of May and FORMED, our parish link to spiritual enrichment, features seveal books and audios about the Blessed Mother, but don't stop there! There are many more talks, movies and books on and about Mary.  Check out offering a variety of Catholic content including books, movies, scripture study, educational videos and more.  Our parish access code is 3951db.


Take an opportunity to catch up with our Faith Community Nurses on May 19th or 20th.  This will be the last weekend opportunity until next September.  Sponsored by BayCare Systems, these parish nurses volunteer their time to help keep our parish members up to date on many of today's health concerns.


Congratulations Graduates!


Congratulations to our 25 eighth grade students graduating on Monday, May 21st at 4:30pm.  Our prayers and good wishes are with them as they mark this important milestone in their lives. May God watch over them in their continuing journey.

Our thanks and appreciation to the parents, teachers and staff who have supported them through these years. 

For the remaining St. Raphael Students, classes will end on Friday, May 25th with an early dismissal!


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