Fr. Tim's Pastor's Pen


          Now that we have replaced the organ we will once again work to bring back a choir to the 11:30am Mass.  As mentioned late last year, we were hoping to develop a schola but the voice ranges required never did work out.  With Easter season approaching, we are seeking voices for the 11:30am choir.  Paul Dixon (, our organist and choir director, will be contacting the former members but new people are also encouraged to join.  If you have a desire to “Sing to the Lord” please contact Paul directly to begin rehearsal sessions.  As in the past, rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm in room A.  You can also contact Paul by chatting with him after the 4:30pm Saturday or the 11:30am Mass on Sunday.  It will be a wonderful accompaniment to our new organ. 

          This Sunday at 2:30pm Bishop Parkes will celebrate the Rite of Election for those unbaptized men and women preparing to enter the Catholic Faith this coming Easter.  A little different than in years past, Bishop Parkes has returned to the ritual of celebrating one Liturgy on Sunday for the catechumen (the unbaptized).  His desire is that parishes will be more encouraged to receive the already baptized more often.  We at St. Raphael have practiced this for years.  In fact, four to six times each year we have “Received” someone into the Catholic Faith, which includes their profession of Faith, Confirmation and First Communion.  This year, joined by Lynn Edmonds and Deacon Jim (who both serve on the Diocesan RCIA Committee), I will be presenting our one catechumen, Alana Cook, at the Rite.  Please keep Alana in your prayers as she continues her Lenten journey.

          The cat is out of the bag, but I want to make it official.  We are blessed to have Bishop Robert Lynch, the former Bishop of our Diocese, offer our Parish Mission during Lent.  He will speak at all the Masses during the weekend of March 10th & 11th, and then will present his Mission “Seeking the Merciful Face of God” at 7pm each night, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12th to 14th.  We will also celebrate the Parish Reconciliation Service on that Wednesday Evening.  Many priests and parishioners who have had the opportunity of attending his Missions tell us it is a wonderful experience.  Save those dates now!

          May your Lent be truly spiritually enriching.  And don’t forget the Fish Fry on Fridays!

Your friend in Christ,

Fr. Timothy H. Sherwood

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