We, the Parish of Saint Raphael, are the People of God called to further the mission of Jesus Christ.
We see as our purpose the bringing of active members of our parish,
as well as inactive Catholics and the unchurched, into a deeper union with God.
We do this by living the Gospel, in word and action, centered around the celebration of the Eucharist.
We believe that today, more than any other time, we are called to form a community based on
interdependence as the one Body of Christ.
We do this by deepening our knowledge and understanding of the treasure of our Catholic faith,
and by giving to our church family with our time, talend and treasure.
Approved by the St. Raphael Parish Council 10/26/2010
Breaking Open the Word [Jer. 31:31-34]
I will make a new covenant
and remember their sin no more
5th Sunday Lent, year B
This is a significant passage from Jeremiah that talks about a ‘new covenant’. In the Old
Testament, here is the only reference to a ‘new covenant’. Covenant derives from the Hebrew word berith means ‘to cut’. It refers to cutting of animals into two parts and treaty making parties passing between them and establishing a covenant. Conditions of the covenant are normally carved into tablets of clay or stone [The ten commandments were regulations of covenant God made with the people of Israel].
The parish office is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm and by appointment. Please call 228-9800 or 228-2962.
Known by the Latin name of Lectio Divina, or 'Divine Reading', this is a centuries
old method of praying with Scriptures.
This method is especially suited to praying the psalms, parts of the prophets, wisdom
literature, and the epistles.
• First, choose the passage you intend to pray.
• Enter into the prayer in a quiet place in a comfortable yet attentive posture.
• Mark the start of the prayer by recognizing you are in the presence of God.
• Be aware of your own needs
- what gift or grace do you feel you need to ask of God?
• Slowly read the passage
• Stop where a word of phrase strikes you.
Savor it, stay with it as long as there is something in it for you.
The passage may trigger thoughts on your own life - that is fine.
• Talk to God in your own words, or simply stay in silence before God.
• When you are ready, or if you become distracted, move on to the next phrase, and again, stop when something strikes you. Take your time.
• When your prayer time is finished, end with a short prayer.
The idea is not so much to think about the passage as to let it engage your feelings, emotions and life. Try 15 to 20 minutes every day.
The questions to ask when looking back on the prayer are:
What struck me?
How did I react and feel?
Does this tell me anything about God, myself, or the way I relate to God or to others?