Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May God bless you! It is my joy and my honor to welcome you to our parish community of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church. For 70 years, this great parish community has served the people of the upper Highlands and the surrounding neighborhoods with joy, with pride, and with a Christ centered focus. I am excited to have been appointed your new pastor in June, and I look forward to loving, serving, and knowing you and your family. As I mentioned in my first homily which I delivered upon my arrival as your new pastor, I stated that the only way our great traditions can continue is if we do it together.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said, “This world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness!” That is our mission and our focus at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, and you will soon discover how great you are in the eyes of God, and how greatly you are needed for our parish.
We are a family and it is important that we make connections – connections with God, with one another, and with our wider community. Our Stewardship Renewal each year gives us the opportunity to do just that. You will find enclosed your Stewardship Renewal Booklet. Please take some time with your family or just yourself to go through it and prayerfully reflect on your gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure that can be shared with your Parish family. As we are updating our database, if any of your information needs to be updated at any time, please let us know by contacting the parish office.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
Fr. Shayne R. Duvall, Pastoral Administrator