Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          Congratulations to St. Raphael’s newest graduates!  On Monday at 4:30pm, St. Raphael School will celebrate its 54th graduation class.  We have thirty students in total graduating this year.  I had the privilege of getting to know them along the way since many of them received First Communion my first year here as pastor.  Time sure has flown by.  To our graduating students and their families, congratulations and may God bless you! 

          Teachers and students use this last week to wrap things up and get ready for the summer.  The 2016-17 school year ends for students following Mass on Friday.  I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to the school faculty and staff for the outstanding and professional work they provide our students.  There will be some new faces in the faculty next year as we say good bye to four retiring teachers.  We wish them well as they move on and enjoy a new chapter in their lives.

          Summer is usually a time when we work on some major projects around the parish complex and this year is no exception.  Although we are still finalizing some dates, the two big issues will be replacing the AC system in the Parish Hall (which manages the Hall, Band Room, and Youth Room) and painting the exterior of the entire parish complex.  There may be some inconveniences around the complex as these and other projects are completed before the start of school on August 9th.  Thank you for your understanding and support with these endeavors.  

          Coming to a close for the summer are also the Bible Study and Faith Circle gatherings.  It is a wonderful and an amazing thing to see so many people who want to get together and learn more about their faith and the scriptures.  My sincere thanks and appreciation to Marybeth Finster who has singlehandedly recruited and encouraged not only participants but also small group leaders to help us continue growing.  Marybeth does this on her own, relying on one or two staff members for contact and support.  To all the participants, I hope that our Faith Circles and Bible Studies have helped to enhance your spiritual life and knowledge and of the Faith.  The bulletin will be updated with plans for new sessions beginning in the fall.

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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