Email Newsletter June

We hope that your families have a safe and restful summer.  It is also a good time to catch up on some spiritual reading or viewing.  Be sure to read the weekly bulletin or visit the parish website for more details about activities at St. Raphael. 


8th Grade Graduation

Congratulations to another graduating class of St. Raphael School.  The Class of 2017 moves on to high school this fall.  They leave with good experiences and as better people of faith because of their interactions here at St. Raphael.  I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Bogataj and the entire School Staff for their dedication and attention to these young people.  May they carry with them the love of Christ that they experienced here at St. Raphael School.

VBS (Vacation Bible School) is here!


From June 5th through June 9th from 9am until noon the kids will travel through adventures of the bible.  Maker Fun Factory "Created by God, built for purpose" is a wonderful way for all children, grades 1 through 7 to reinforce that they are God's creation.  Registration is closed.  For more information click here or contact Lynn Edmonds at 821-7989 x2116 or


Pardon our dust!

Just a reminder that there will be a few repair projects and painting taking place starting mid June and running through July.  Some of the work may inhibit access or create restricted walking in the Courtyard area of the church.


Summer is here and we have opportunities for spiritual reading and viewing. Explore Formed, it is a GREAT resource for our parish family.​​   St Raphael Parish Code 3951db (case sensitive).

June 17th

St. Raphael Parish is offering a Spiritual Bouquet for those who would like to remember their fathers (living or deceased) on Father’s Day.  Please contact the Parish Office no later than Monday afternoon, June 12th  to arrange for a card, (727-821-7989) the suggested offering is $10.  Fathers will be remembered at all Masses that weekend.

Once again we will use the occasion of Father’s Day to support the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center with the Baby Bottle Boomerang.  Take home a baby bottle and fill it with change, bills or checks and return it the following weekend.  The funds collected provide services to women who are facing unplanned pregnancy.

 Summer Faith Circles & Bible Study

The 8 week program by Bishop Barron, "Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Lively Virtues" will gather on Wednesday mornings June 7th through July 26 from 9:15am until 10:15am.  See the bulletin or contact Marie Gregg  ( for information.

"Surrender" by Fr. Larry Richards will be the subject of study on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm beginning June 7th.  Contact Tara Kipp ( for additional information.

Lisette Shields and Karen Boland will lead a group reflecting on Matthew Kelly's book "Resisting Happiness"  Please contact Lisette at for information about this Thursday morning group beginning June 15th. 



Summer Youth Events

Please keep our youth in your thoughts and prayers during the summer.  36 Middle School teens and 5 adults will be attending Hidden Lake Youth Camp in GA June 18th.  A group of 14 will be attending Stubenville Atlanta during the 2nd weekend of July.  Each Tuesday this summer the teens will be participating in a feeding program sponsored by "Feeding America - Tampa Bay."  This program provides lunches for children in South St. Petersburg who are on a government sponsored school lunch program. Weekly Life Teen and Edge evenings will resume in September.   Watch the bulletin for various summer events.

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