Email Newsletter December

Attached is the December monthly email.  December brings us the season of Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.  Advent, a time of hopeful anticipation, gives us opportunities to find quiet moments during the busy times of the holiday season.  Be sure to visit the parish website about this month's activities.

Fr. Tim Sherwood

St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree



The St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree is located in the Narthex.  Please take an ornament from the tree to support this ministry that helps meet the needs of families in our community.  Wrapped gifts are to be returned with ornament attached by Sunday, December 10th.  Please see the bulletin for more details. For gift certiļ¬cates or checks, please drop them into the St. Vincent de Paul box next to the Christmas Giving Tree.

Advent Faith Circles



Prepare for Christmas and grow in your faith with the Advent faith circles.  Visit the Faith Circles page for full list of groups being offered.

  • Advent: Preparing for Christ and Stop. Drop. Pray: Mondays, 10-11:45am starting Nov. 27
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory: Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm starting Nov. 28
  • Advent: Anima: Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm starting Nov. 28
  • St. Patrick: Thursday's, 2-3:30pm starting Nov. 30

Christmas Trees

Boy Scout Troop 219 is selling Fresh Christmas Trees! Come and find your tree: Monday-Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-8pm.

Santa Breakfast



Cub Scout Pack 219 and the Knights of Columbus are hosting their 16th Annual Santa Breakfast on Sunday, December 3rd from 9:00am-11:30am in the parish center. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast including pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.  There will be crafts and a visit by Santa, so bring your cameras. Proceeds with benefit Pinellas Hope. 

1st Reconciliation


1st Reconciliation for our second grade students will be on Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm in the church. Pray for our students that are receiving this sacrament. 

Immaculate Conception 


Masses for the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation, will be on Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm and on Friday, December 8th at 8am (School Mass) and 7pm.  This Solemnity honors Mary who was conceived without original sin.

CCW Annual Christmas Breakfast



The Council of Catholic Women are holding their Annual Christmas Breakfast on Saturday, December 9th after the 8am mass from 9am-12pm in the Parish Hall.  All CCW members are welcome!  Make your reservation by sending a $9 check to Mary Ball.  For questions, contact Mary Ball: 727-528-9563.

Life Teen Family Night


Families of teens in 8th-12th grades are welcome to join us at Life Teen on December 10th at 5:30pm mass and afterwards, 6:30pm-8pm, for dinner and some friendly family competition and Advent Reflection to get you into the spirit of Advent!  Please RSVP to Kaitlin in the Youth Ministy Office at

School Christmas Concert



St. Raphael School Christmas Concert will be December 14th at 9:00am and 7:00pm . Please contact the School Office at 727-821-9663 for tickets or more detailed information about the concerts.

Advent Reconciliation



The Parish Advent Reconciliation Liturgy takes place on Tuesday, December 19th, at 7pm. The Liturgy concludes with an opportunity for individual reconciliation, with several priests available. Advent and Lent are the two times each year the parish is invited to come together to celebrate this Rite as a community.

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Just a reminder to check out FORMED.ORG offering a variety of Catholic Content including books, movies, scripture study, educational videos and more. To prepare our hearts for Advent and the birth of the Christ Child, please log into there you will find a plethora of resources to enrich our beautiful faith. The Advent Study takes you on an exploration of the mystery of the incarnation, the Virgin Birth and the events surrounding the arrival of Jesus.


This month's featured talk is The Splendor of our Church which examines the Church in the writings of the Synoptic Gospels. Taught by Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Brant Pitre and Dr. John Bergsma. They unpack the vast riches of the Church found in the New Testament.

St Raphael Parish Code 3951db (case sensitive). All programs are free and a good way to enrich your faith and that of your family. If you need assistance logging in or have questions, call Bonnie Condon 727-580-1238 or email



As you might have noticed, the 4th Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas Eve this year, which means we have two mass observances in one weekend. Sunday masses (4th Sunday of Advent) will be Saturday evening (4:30pm) and Sunday morning (8am & 9:30am).  Christmas Eve Masses will be Sunday at 4pm, 6pm, and 11pm and Christmas Day (Monday) will be 9:30am & 11:30am.  


St. Raphael Church and School Office Schedules


 School Dismisses on Wednesday, December 20th at Noon and classes resume on Wednesday, January, 3rd 2018.


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, December 25th and Tuesday December 26th.  The office will be open from 8am until Noon Wednesday December 27th through Friday, December 29th and closed, Monday, January 1st and Tuesday January 2nd, resuming regular hours on Wednesday, January 3rd. 

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