News and Events

Summer Bible Study, July 8 – 29

This summer, Saint Raphael Parish will offer a four week study on Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm,  July 8-29.  This letter is one of the earliest New Testament documents and shows how the early church handled the important theological issues that allowed it to grow, in particular the issue of whether new Christians had to follow an essentially Jewish way of life.  Saint Paul was firmly convinced that Jesus Christ had brought in a new era of life in the Spirit, and he argues persuasively about how faith in Christ should be lived out in the contemporary world.  We will meet in the downstairs Pastor’s Classroom.  Facilitated by Pastoral Assistant Anna Wallich.

The Purple Baby Hat Project –

Saint Raphael Parish’s Giving Hands Knit & Crochet Group is participating in the Click for Babies project to provide purple hats for babies born in local hospitals.  Click for Babies is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, in particular ‘shaken baby syndrome.’  “Frustration with infant crying is the the number one thing that triggers a person to shake or harm a baby, so it is important for parents and caregivers to know what to expect from newborns. That way they can be prepared to handle this incredibly stressful and frustrating time.”

The purple hats are a reminder to parents of a baby’s need to cry – the hats are distributed to needy parents in the fall along with a pamphlet and short video about early child development and care.  Please contact the Parish Office at 623-2604 for more information – we will be collecting hats in Septembers to donate to this cause.

Giving Hands Knit & Crochet, Thursday September 11

Giving Hands Knitters and Crocheters will meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the back of the sanctuary.  We work on a variety of projects for community outreach such as hats and mittens for elementary school children, baby hats and blankets for crisis pregnancy centers and neo-natal care units in area hospitals, prayer shawls for the sick, and baptismal blankets for the parish.

We have many patterns for many levels of expertise ~ whether you are a novice or experienced knitter, you are most welcome!  Please contact Anna Wallich at 603-623-2604  or if you have any questions.

Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday Evenings

Choir rehearsal will resume in September. 

Do you like to sing?  Our choir rehearses during the school year on Wednesday evenings at 7:30-8:45 pm with director Dennis Delay and organist Lyle Hamel, who lead us through the pieces we are going to sing during the coming weeks (no need to read music).  The choir rehearses briefly on Sunday at 9 am before singing at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass.  The choir also sings at other significant liturgical Masses, Feast Days and Holy Days.