Ordinary Time

This is the Church, the vineyard of the Lord, the fertile Mother and caring Teacher, not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour oil and wine on people’s wound; who doesn’t see humanity as a house of glass to judge or categorize people.

This is the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and composed of sinners, needful of God’s mercy.

This is the Church, the true bride of Christ, who seeks to be faithful to her spouse and to her doctrine.

It is the Church that is not afraid to eat and drink with prostitutes and publicans.

The Church that has the doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent, and not only the just or those who believe they are perfect!

The Church that is not ashamed of the fallen brother and pretends not to see him, but on the contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to encourage him to take up the journey again and accompany him toward a definitive encounter with her Spouse, in the heavenly Jerusalem.

[We are the Church.] May the Lord accompany us, and guide us in this journey for the glory of His Name.
Pope Francis

Invite your friends to this discussion specifically for MEN. Oct 21

Catholic Men: Would you like to strengthen your faith and be a real world example of Christ? Do you want to be prepared as the spiritual leader of your family and a better servant to God? Join Men of Faith as we welcome Deacon Brad Watkins who will discuss Where Faith and the Modern Man Meet: Understanding How Our Catholic Faith is the Cornerstone of Manhood. We meet Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7pm in the Lewis Room. Invite your friends to join in this discussion specifically for men. Please contact Bill Washburn at billwashburn5@gmail.com with any questions or to RSVP.

Funeral for Marjorie Sullivan

A funeral mass will be held for Marjorie Sullivan on Thursday, Oct 23 at 11 am in the Mary Chapel.  Please pray for Marjorie and her family.

Alegria! Heritage Fest is Oct 24, 6-9 pm Ignatius Hall

2014-Heritage-Logo-datedPlease join us for desserts from around the world as we celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures at St. Raphael Parish. The event will feature a variety of ethnic performances. Please bring a dessert to share which does not require refrigeration or heating. Teach us something about your dessert contribution! Label the dessert with name, country, ingredients and a bit of history about the dish. And use a disposable tray or container.  Come!

Come to the Galleria Craft Fair Oct 25

SONY DSC2014 Galleria Craft Fair – Sat Oct 25, 9 am – 4:30 pm in Ignatius Hall. Over 50 vendors. Crafts include: paper crafts, Christmas items, jewelry, pottery, baby items, kitchen items, doll clothes, candles, soaps, dip mixes, wreaths and much more! Free admission and multiple raffles. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Please visit www.galleriacraftfair.com for more details.

Youth Ministry Serves!!!

Youth Gleaners t15 youths and 6 parents from our Youth Ministry came together last Saturday for a morning of service, prayer and relationship building.  We drove 45 minutes to Benson and joined hundreds of gleaners gather sweet potatoes. Enjoy our photos!

Do You Love Weddings?

weddingGenesis-2-24 wallpaper4God tCan you see yourself assisting our Priests as they perform these beautiful, memorable ceremonies? We are in the process of developing teams of Wedding Coordinators. The role of a wedding coordinator includes greeting the bridal parties at the wedding rehearsals, directing  the ceremony walk through with the priest, and assisting at the wedding ceremony itself. If you are interested, please contact Mickey McGoldrick at 865.5705 or mcgoldrickm@saintraphael.org.

New Compassionate Care Ministry

Our Compassionate Care Ministry has several things planned for you this Fall. Join us Nov 5 at 6pm in the Sanctuary

We will start in the sanctuary with a procession to the Columbarium. This service of remembrance is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, whether or not they were parishioners, had their funeral here or lived in another area, are inurned here or elsewhere. Come hear comforting readings, pray with others, honor your loved one, and celebrate our risen Lord, especially if you find this hard. Here’s a time just for you.

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Do You Donate to United Way?

United WayUNITED WAY DONOR DESIGNATION FOR SAINT RAPHAEL: Did you know that you can designate your donation to benefit St. Raphael Catholic Church? Donor designations can be made at the time you make your pledge to United Way. Simply indicate that you would like for your donation to be designated to St. Raphael, and they will send us a check after you have made your gift. For more information, ask your United Way Campaign Coordinator or contact Sherry Hiltbrunner 865.5732 hiltbrunners@saintraphael.org in the Parish Business Office.