Come Join Us
In the recent letter you received from Fr. Gene, he mentions that on Monday, May 4th we will begin hosting parish virtual gatherings using a conference application called Zoom. Our May schedule is below where on a weekly basis we will hold three 30 minute faith centered services. The focus will be on coming together around song, prayer and Gospel scripture, with a member of the clergy providing a reflection. Once a week a rosary will be prayed.
The letter you received recently in the mail included the private parish access link for a smartphone, laptop or computer. There is also a call in number to use if you wish to join with your phone.
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The Food Pantry will be opening on May 16th.
Next “Reach Out Saturday” May 16
9:00 am – 11:00 am, Parish Center
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Building Our Future Together
Three-Year Pastoral Plan 2019 – 2021
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Building On Our Past Securing Our Future
Our results from the Building on Our Past, Securing Our Future Program were encouraging. Almost 28% of the parishioners who gave to the Sunday offertory in the last year made a commitment for the next year.
Good and faithful stewards of God’s creation, thank you! God bless you and your family! In the service of the Lord, Fr. Gene P Daguplo
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Featured Ministry: Extraordinary Ministers Of Holy Communion
The reception of Holy Eucharist is the most intimate act a faithful Catholic can enter into with Our Lord. Truly it is Christ Himself who is received when one receives Holy Communion. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are graced with the privilege of sharing Christ’s Body and Blood with others. This ministry must, therefore, be regarded with the utmost dignity and reverence. Ministers should possess sufficient maturity and make sure to not call attention to themselves or to distract from the flow of the celebration. All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine. Extraordinary ministers connect the Church to the home or hospital, when needed. When we return to our pews after receiving Communion, we see those that gather at the altar to be handed the Eucharist by the priest for distribution to those that are unable to attend Mass because of health issues or other circumstances. After Mass, when we leave the church and begin our Sunday activities, these individuals carry the most Holy Eucharist out into the community – to homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
They are indeed extraordinary – both in terms of their roles in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, as well as outside of the Church – however, that is not why they are called as such. The Extraordinary Minister is called extraordinary in order to distinguish him or her from the ordinary minister of Holy Communion, who is a bishop, priest, or deacon (Code of Canon Law, c. 910)
Many have witnessed the blessing of their services to the Church. For those who are sick or home bound, it is heartwarming and comforting to see a familiar face walk into the room. The visit, the prayers and the Eucharist are truly gifts for them. Will you answer God’s call to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs)? To sign-up and serve the ministry, please contact the Rectory (609) 585-7049 or Lou Monticchio.
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Know someone needing assistance with food, housing, drug addiction, mental health, domestic violence or immigration? Contact Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton CatholicCharitiesTrenton.
Due to the Coronavirus there will be NO bingo until further notice
In addition to traditional bingo we host a progressive currently: $413.25.
Next week will be 51 numbers and the amount will go up each week.
Please take a few minutes to enjoy the three videos below.
From left to right: Fr. Gene’s 60TH Birthday and Installation, Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Ireland 2018 and Did you know, about St. Raphael – Holy Angels.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
St. Raphael School Open Registration
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St Raphael School 2019 STREAM CAMP