Email Newsletter February

The February newsletter highlights of some of our activities happening this month.  Be sure to visit the parish website www.st-raphaels.com for more details about this month's activities.


Scout Sunday

The Boy Scouts will observe Scout Sunday at the 11:30am Mass on Sunday, February 7th, in recognition of their founding in February 1910.  The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community, and faith.   Keep our scouts in your prayers.


No 5:30pm Mass, February 7th


To support the Bucs and help you with your personal planning the 5:30pm Mass, next Sunday, February 7th has been cancelled.  – Go Bucs!


Making New Catholics

On February 14th at the 9:30am Mass we will welcome 4 individuals into the Catholic Church.  On Sunday February 21st at the 9:30am Mass we celebrate the Rite of Elections for Robert Mitchell III who becomes an Elect preparing for baptism at Easter. 


Presidents' Day

The School and Parish Office will also be closed on Monday, February 15th in recognition of Presidents' Day. 


Year of St. Joseph

Marking the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, the Holy Father has proclaimed a "Year of Saint Joseph" from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.  Fr. Curtis will be guiding a 33 day Consecration to Saint Joseph beginning February 15th ending on March 19th, the feast of Saint Joseph.  Keep an eye on the bulletin for more details on participating. 


APA

This year's Annual Pastoral Appeal (APA), "Hope in the Lord" begins this month.  For the last seven years St. Raphael has been successful in meeting our APA assessment.  This coming year our assessment is $245,929.  With your continued support we will again meet our goal.  APA envelopes are available in the Narthex and they are also available in your envelope packet.  You may also give through our parish Online Giving or through the Diocese Online Giving account.  THANK YOU for your continued support.


Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday- February 17th

Lent begins, Wednesday, February 17th.  There are Masses at 8am and 7pm.  There will be a Liturgy with Ashes at Noon.  (The students and faculty will attend a school only mass).  Weekly Stations of the Cross begins, Friday, February 19th at 7pm in the Church. 

Starting February 20th, Confession will be available on Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:15pm, Sunday from 10:30am-11:30am (in the confessionals) and Wednesday at 6:30pm (in the Courtyard).


Fish Fry 2021

The weekly Fish Fry Dinners will be starting Friday, February 19th from 5:30pm to 7pm.  This year the fish fry will be drive thru only.  Families are welcome to picnic in the parish field.  Come pick up your dinner and support our Youth Ministry with the help of our Knights of Columbus.


Confirmation

Once again, we welcome Bishop Gregory Parkes who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, February 20th at the 10am for our 29 individuals and their families as they share in this great Sacrament of Initiation.  This Mass is by invitation only.


Save the Date

Parish Mission

Save the Date for the Parish Lenten Mission March 8-10, 2021 at 7pm presented by Fr. Ken Paulli!


Handbag and Jewelry Sale

St. Raphael's Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring an outdoor parish event in place of the annual Pack Rat Rummage Sale.  The Handbag and Jewelry Sale will be held on Saturday March 13th 8:30am to 10:30am in the Courtyard.  Donations are needed now!  Bring donations to the February 6th CCW Meeting or contact Louise Barrett at amblab@aol.com or 727-215-2563.  Mark your calendar, tell friends and family!  Great Gifts for Easter & Mother's Day!

 
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