Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May God bless you and your family! 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 High-lands 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.
Enclosed with this letter you will discover all the many opportunities that are available for you to actively serve, grow, and learn more about your Catholic faith. Stewardship, which is comprised of time, talent, and treasure, is our way of life here at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church. We are committed to forming active and caring disciples who will help share and implement our overall mission. 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.
Please know that my door is open if I can ever be of assistance. If you would like to meet, please contact the Parish Office at (502) 458-2500. I look forward to getting to know you and again it is my honor to serve and to lead you. Let us pray for one another and let us daily, strive for greatness!
St. Raphael the Archangel…Pray for us!
Respectfully, yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. Shayne R. Duvall Pastor