Photos by Jane WinsteadSt. Raphael parishioners gathered in the Parish Center for the Cub Scout Santa Breakfast recently.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Photos by Jane Winstead
St. Raphael parishioners made short work of nearly clearing the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree of ornament tags on Sunday. Wrapped presents coming soon.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Photos by Jane WinsteadThe St. Raphael Festival got off to a rousing start Friday night, with throngs of parishioners and visitors coming for food, music and rides. The festival continues through Sunday.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
By Julie Musselman
Youth Minister, Kaitlin Berger, associate pastor, Fr. Sojan and CCW member/parent chaperons ( Marybeth Finster, Julie Musselman, Donna Condon, Lisette Shields, Andrea Vigrass, Beatriz Crespo, Tonya Harrington ) escorted about 20 of our St Raphael School middle school students to pray for the end to Abortion during the diocesan wide 40 Days for Life campaign.
The group began by meeting for 8 am mass along w/ the entire 6th grade class . Fr. Sojan blessed all those who would be heading to the abortion clinic on Central Ave and reminded us our baptismal anointing of "priest, prophet and king." He told us we need to stand up and be seen for the unborn. Being the feast day of St Therese of Lisieux, her intercession was invoked.
The group joined about 20 other members of the diocese already there at Central Ave (Marlene and Sonny D'Abramo and Joanne and Bob Burkhardt, Maggie Moren, Susan Ugan, Rosemary Early, Kathy Guckenberger, Stephanie Graham, Peter Zareas, Mary Wilson, Tara Kipp and girls and Mary Lou Price), and prayed the rosary, quietly holding 40 Days for Life Signs. Many cars passing by honked and waved to show their support.
As we left, one student commented how good he felt to have been there. Many thanked the chaperons for taking them.
Photos by Jane WinsteadSt. Raphael parishioners participate in a prayer service at the All Women's Health Center in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to help bring a positive, upbeat pro-life message to the city. Parishioners will also participate in a day of prayer on Saturday, October 19 as part of the nationwide 40 Days for Life movement.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Fr.Tim's talk at 9:30 Mass Sunday about the Annual Pastoral Appeal offers some interesting facts about annual effort to raise money to support diocese programs. Fr. Tim noted that St. Raphael is only about $60,000 short. That's amazing, actually.
More finance-savvy parishioners should correct me if I'm wrong but this may be the smallest deficit in many years, certainly in recent memory.
I think it represents an amazing opportunity. Here's the thing, as Fr. Tim notes in the video, about 33% of registered households in the parish have donated or pledged about $200,000. That leaves about 980 families who haven't given anything.
What if we had a culture of 100% giving in our parish? Here's the astounding math: If 980 families who haven't given anything gave $5 a week for the 14 weeks left in the year, St. Raphael would exceed its goal. In fact, money would come back to St. Raphael.
Yes, $5 a week for 14 weeks. Now I know that even that might be a stretch for some people, and that's fine. If everyone in our parish gave whatever they felt they could, no matter how small, it could still be done.
100%. Think of it!
Why give to the Annual Pastoral Appeal? APA supports many ministries of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Some services from the diocese even come back to the parish – every day, as Fr. Tim notes in the video.
This is just my opinion – one parishioner. It was not solicited by Fr. Tim, nor approved by him. Seems to me this is doable. And that it ought to be a matter of parish pride to be a 100% parish. What do you think?
– T. Allan Smith
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Photos by Jane Winstead
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He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and a former parishioner at St. Raphael.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, at St. Paul's Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 6 at St. Paul's.
Please pray for Dick's wife, Glenda, and their family. Here is a link to the obituary for Dick Haight in the Tampa Bay Times.
Photos by Jane WinsteadKnights of Columbus prepared a free pancake breakfast for St. Raphael parishioners on Sunday, September 1. It is just one more way in which the K of C give back to the parish and diocese community.
Photos by Jane WinsteadFr. Sojan experienced his first St. Raphael Children's Mass last week. The Student Council made a presentation.
Photos by Jane WinsteadThings are back into full swing with school under way and numerous school activities being planned. Fr. Tim celebrated the first school Children's Mass of the year recently. Fr. Tim punctuated his homily with an amazing magic trick to make an important point.
Photos by Jane WinsteadFather Sojan celebrated his first Mass at the Shore Acres nursing home on Wednesday, August 21. Parishioners assisted with the Mass.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Photos by Mary StoftA reception for Father Sojan Punakkattu, our new parochial vicar, was held on Sunday, July 7, in the Parish Center. Parishioners turned out to welcome him to St. Raphael. Members of the Knights of Columbus served a pancake breakfast to honor the occasion.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Photos by Jane WinsteadSt Raphael parishioners said goodbye to Fr. Dominic Corona as he prepared to leave for his new assignment at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini parish in Spring Hill. We're thankful for the three years he spent with us and honored that St. Raphael was his first parish. Godspeed, Fr. Corona.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Photos by Jane Winstead9:30 a.m. Mass Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013
11:30 a.m. Mass Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013
Easter Bunny Breakfast and Hunt, March 24, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Unleashing the Power of Marriage is a special afternoon event that will explore practical ways for couples to grow in their relationship with one another. Come join us! After the 5:30 Mass on Sunday. Click on the brochure to get a larger version of the registration form.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Photos by Jane WinsteadCatholic Schools Week got off to a rousing start on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Mass with St. Raphael Catholic School Children's Choir offering spiritual songs as part of the Mass and students participating in the readings. Kathy Bogataj, the school principal, spoke on the value of a Catholic education. The theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools Raise the Standards. The observance continues through Saturday, February 2. Principal Kathy Bogataj discusses the importance of a Catholic education.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Photos by Jane WinsteadParishioners celebrated the founding of St. Raphael Catholic Church with a 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. It was the fifth of six events marking the beginning of the parish in 1962. The final event in the series will be the Bishop's Mass and Reception on February 10.