On Mother’s Day, May 13th, the noon Mass will begin with a procession honoring Our Blessed Mother, Mary, the Mother of Jesus. All interested in joining the procession, please arrive at the church hall by 11:15 am. Those who have just received their First Holy Communion are invited to wear their special dresses or suits and lead the procession.
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On Thursday, November 23th, St. Raphael will be celebrating two Masses for Thanksgiving. We will celebrate Mass at 6:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Parishioners are encouraged to bring food to be blessed that they will then share with their families.
El Paso- Most of us have experienced it; when we go to church to worship God we enter a world that is what we dream life will be. It is a place where God is honored, hope is restored and strangers become brothers and sisters. Church is a place where peace and love reign.
Although facts are still limited regarding the shooter and his motives, it is likely that hatred took possession of his heart. A hate-filled heart cannot tolerate signs of God's kingdom.
Our prayers go out for those members of the First Baptist Church who have given the ultimate witness. We extend our deepest condolences and offer prayers for each of their grieving families and to the entire community of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
As with any act of terror we must not allow evil behavior to make us fearful or to prevent us from doing what is right. Ultimately we know that the love of God will be victorious. At the same time, we will be proactive in working with our diocesan parishes to ensure Emergency Action Plans are in place and maintained accordingly.
Bp. Mark J. Seitz
Bishop, Diocese of El Paso
In Gratitude for all of those in the Healing Profession as our Patron St. Raphael, the intention for the 5:00 pm Mass on September 30, 2017 will be to bless and honor all of our parishioners who daily toil to bring comfort and healing as caretakers of the sick, as nurse practitioners, as nurses, as nurses' aides, as physicians, as physicians' aides, as pharmacists, as technicians, and for those who bring spiritual healing for those who are dying. If you are in a healing profession please attend the Mass and bring your families.
The Young Adult Faith Formation group will begin a 4-week study on the Sacrament of Confession starting on Tuesday, September 19th at 7pm in the Rectory.
If you've ever wondered why you need to confess your sins to a priest, where the Sacrament of Confession can be found in the Bible, or why the Catholic Church encourages people to attend the Sacrament... this class is for YOU! All young adults in their 20s and 30s are invited to join us.
The Adult Bible Study will begin the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday, September 10th, 2017. This year, the Gospel of Luke will be studied.
The same lesson is offered four times each week: Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the School Library; Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the School Library; Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Rectory Room 5 & 6; and, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the School Library.
To register, contact David Bailey at 915-592-2546.
On Tuesday, July 18th, Bishop Mark J. Seitz signed his first pastoral letter to the faithful of the Diocese of El Paso titled Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away. We encourage the parishioners of St. Raphael Parish to read Bishop Seitz's letter. For photos of when Bishop Seitz signed his letter, click here.
St. Raphael Men's Association
The Men's Association of St. Raphael is selling ticket's for the 42nd Annual Car Raffle Dinner that will be held on:
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017.
Tickets are $250 and can be purchased from any member of the ministry.
For any more information contact Charlie Madrid