Ordinary Time

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.
Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Join us at Saint Raphael as we love God.

Father Michael Proterra, S.J.

Proterra250A message from our pastor, Father Hurley

With sadness, yet also in the sure hope of the Resurrection, I write to inform you that Fr. Michael Proterra, S.J. passed away peacefully Thursday in Baltimore.  He was surrounded by family and brother Jesuits, including Fr. Robert Hussey, S.J.

In the Church’s ancient hymn of praise, the Te Deum, we sing out to the Lord:
You overcame the sting of death, and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

We give thanks to God for Fr. Proterra’s many years of faithful service at St. Raphael.  Even as we grieve his loss, we know that in death life is changed, not ended.  With our prayers we entrust him the merciful love of Jesus, as we allow Jesus to console us.

We will be planning a memorial Mass for Fr. Proterra at St. Raphael’s.  Details will be forthcoming.

In Christ,
Fr. Phil Hurley, S.J.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Our New Pastor Gets Installed Sept 2

Hurley Phillip RSt. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church
Celebrates the installation of our 8th Pastor,
Fr. Phillip R. Hurley, S.J.
Join us on Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Mass begins at 6:30 PM
A dessert reception will follow
in Ignatius Hall

Fair Raffle Winners

rides (8)Congratulations to Diana Coidan, Jenifer Maryak, and Joan Wilson, winners of our annual Parish Fair Raffle.

Proceeds benefit our parish ministries.

Sign Up for Read and Feed Sept 6-7 in the Atrium

Read and Feed is coming to St. Raphael!  Stop by our informational table Sept 6 and 7 after the masses to learn about volunteering as a tutor or support person, or to learn how your child might benefit from this reading program.  We plan to launch the program ReadAndFeedthe first week of October, it will meet on Wednesday evenings in the Lewis Room from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  This free program is fun, engaging and works to build reading confidence and ability. Children receive a hot dinner and focused attention with plenty of built in incentives. Volunteers will receive training and support. Contact John Griswold at jgris136@yahoo.com or 617-828-4492 for more information or stop by our table on September 6 and 7 to learn more.

Summer Mini Classes Were A Big Success

ECC creative mini classThis summer we held five mini classes for prospective families. Each week for 45 minutes we introduced children and their parents to different programs we offer here at St. Raphael Preschool. The programs we included were music, creative movement, science, faith formation and art. While many of the families returned multiple times to enjoy the next mini class, each week we did welcome new faces. Over the five weeks we conducted these classes, 30 new families were introduced to St. Raphael Preschool and all the wonderful things our school offers! Several of them enjoyed their time here so much they are now registered students.

A great big thank you to the following teachers that helped us this summer: Ms. Susan, Ms. Sadler, Ms. Molly, and Ms. Sandy.  These classes were a huge success with helping to increase the presence of our Preschool in the community.

Watch for New Sept Envelopes

OSV envelope St Peter PaulcWe are updating our envelopes starting in September. You will now get envelopes highlighting a saint each month. In September you can read about St. Peter Claver – fun reading for your children too! Our Deacon Madey Parish Relief envelopes will still be pink and the Diocesan Priest Retirement collection will still be blue, but take a look at our new Debt Reduction envelopes. Together, we can do great things for God.

Can You Teach the Faith on Sunday Evenings?

WE ARE IN NEED OF 6 YOUNG ADULTS/ADULTS TO MINISTER TO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH AS TEACHERS OF THE FAITH DURING OUR SUNDAY FAITH FORMATION GATHERING.  “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” –Jesus

PLEASE pray about it!!! AND CONTACT JEREMY ROCA  jroca@saintraphael.org FOR MORE DETAILS.


We’re moving forward in our efforts to re-vision how we reach out to those who are visiting us, perhaps exploring a return to the church or learning about what it means to be a Catholic Christian. In the next couple of months you’ll begin to see some changes in our atrium as we move to a resource that is manned during our gatherings and offers warm interactions as well as technology and print resources to our community. Interested in participating or hearing more?  Please connect with Janet Schirripa, Lay Ministry Support Coordinator at 919-865-5704 or jschirripa@saintraphael.org. Especially if you are new to the parish, thinking of returning or joining, we’d love to hear your perspectives and needs, it would be a great way to jump into things.


DO YOU LOVE THE LORD? DO YOU LOVE THE YOUTH? Please consider serving as Youth Ministry Team Leader. Serving as a ‘youth minister,’ you will be

  1. Growing in your relationship with the Lord,
  2. Building relationships with youth of our parish,
  3. Being present at Youth Group Nights and

Talk to Jeremy Roco jroca@saintraphael.org today.