Pope Francis - Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope on March 13, 2013
Break Open the Word [Romans 15:4-9] Christ Saves Everyone
II Sunday, Advent, Year A [Year of Grace]
In the second reading for this Sunday from Romans, Paul discusses the Advent theme that Christ is the Savior of mankind and that the mission of the church is to work with God’s grace to achieve harmony among all people in the world by reconciling all in Jesus Christ, who is Lord. Harmony must be experienced, first, within the church community. There are those in the church who are spiritually weak and others who are
strong in faith. The strong is required to support the weak by prayer and example. Weakness in a disciple is not edifying but it is acknowledged; compassionate outreach of the strong is necessary to inspire the weak. Paul’s reasoning for this teaching is that Christ was willing to suffer humiliation and abuse to the extent of giving his own life. Those who confess Jesus as Lord also must be cautious no to cause the fall of fellow Christians.
Following the example of Christ, Paul made himself weak, his liberty, comfort, for the sake of Christ, so that the gospel be made known to all [evangelization]. Paul considers his mission as God’s power at work. God’s power/grace of reconciliation is working through every member of the church and its goal is that all may acknowledge the Lordship of Christ, the glory of God. The original failure of man was not to seek first the glory of God that brought division in the world. In Christ, through his obedience, the glory and praise of God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is restored; all mankind [Jews and gentiles] is invited to share this glory in Christ. Paul argues that Jesus is not a mere Jewish Messiah but God’s gift of salvation to humanity.
Religious Vocations Discernment Retreat
A Religious Vocations Discernment Retreat for young men high school age through college is schedule from Noon Sunday, December 29th until Noon Monday, December 30th at St. Mary’s Parish in Livingston.Any young man who has an inclination toward a religious vocation and is searching for an opportunity to help discern the call of God in their lives is invited. Parishioners are asked to submit the names and contact information of young men who possess the qualities for a religious vocation to their pastor, parish administrator or parish life coordinator. Once names and contact information is received and forwarded to Bishop Warfel, he will provide a personal invitation to join him and several priests and seminarians from the Diocese at St. Mary Parish in Livingston for the overnight retreat. Detailed information will be provided with each personal invitation.
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St. Raphael Church was built in 1895 and Jesuit Father J.B. Moskopp was appointed as the first resident pastor in 1906. At that time, the parish included all of Valley County and the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The original church survived a fire in 1913, but was completely destroyed by another fire in 1937. Less than six months later, the present concrete church was built.
St. Raphael Parish currently consists of the church in Glasgow as well as three missions: Holy Family in Glentana, Queen of Angels in Nashua, St. Albert in Hinsdale, and a Chapel of Occasional Worship, Our Lady of the Lake, in Fort Peck.
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Our 'Saint of the Month' for December is --- St. John of Kanty, Priest - read about him in the 'Saints' Quick Link at the top of this page.
Sister Christopher Weber's Memorial Card and Words of Remembrance are posted on the Obituaries page (found in the Quick Links above).
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St. Raphael Parish Vision Statement This vision will be a guide for all planning and pastoral work that is done in each of our four faith communities.
1. Where all members as Disciples of Christ are encouraged to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through a focus on Sacred Scriptures and the Sacraments, especially the Sunday Eucharist. 2. Where Liturgy is celebrated with the full, conscious and active participation of the members. 3. Where sacraments are readily available and all Catholics are able to receive them throughout all stages of life. 4. Where the sanctity of human life is supported from conception to natural death. 5. Where all people feel welcomed and experience hospitality and spirituality. 6. Where the many gifts of the faithful are discovered, affirmed and developed to build a vibrant Catholic community. 7. Where everyone is responsive to persons who are in need, vulnerable or marginalized. 8. Where religious education and faith formation are provided for all ages. 9. Where stewardship is a way of life and where all parish ministries are fully staffed and funded, and our building and facilities are regularly maintained. 10. Where evangelization is understood as a responsibility of all, efforts to invite people into the Church are fruitful, and the Rite of Christian Initiation is fully celebrated. 11. Where members actively encourage vocations to religious life and the priesthood. 12. Where the ministries of our Bishop are supported and funded. 13. Where we acknowledge and embrace the history of our parish and the sacrifices previously made and use that history of sacrifice as a model for our future.
St. Raphael Parish Mission Statement
We, the Parish of St. 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,
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, talent and treasure.
Approved by the St. Raphael Parish Council