Pope Francis - Argentinian Cardinal Bergoglio was elected Pope on March 13, 2013
First Annual Family Sunday
March 9 St. Raphael Parish Center 9:00-11:30am Presentation on Family Issues
for Parents and Adults with Drs. Dan McGuire and Sarah Spangler, University of Great Falls
Children’s Liturgy for grades pre-schoo1-2
Children’s Bible Adventures for grades 3-5
Living the Eucharist for Teens for grades 6-8 and 9-12 11:30am Mass in the gym for the entire parish 12:30pm Lunch will be served Register online at straphaelparish.net or call the office at 228-9800 There is not a registration fee but a free will offering will be suggestedBreak Open the Word [Psalm 62] Rest in God alone, my soul 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 62 is a song of confidence and trust in God. The Lord, his love is like rock, a refuge. According to some commentators the Psalmist was persecuted and he took refuge in the temple or he was sick and ardently prayed to express his trust in God. Prayer of trust is also seen as a profession of faith. The wealthy and powerful seek the Psalmist’s destruction but his trust in the Lord cannot be shaken by physical violence or psychological torture or any setbacks in life! Finding one’s true peace in the Lord is considered as salvation/refuge. The Psalmist goes through some real troubles and challenges in life. Adversities are not going to shake his trust in the Lord; his faith is firm, ‘he stands still in the Lord’. An essential aspect of ‘trust in God’ is patient waiting, inner calm. God is unshaken ground of existence. If God is source of life, he is also the ultimate guarantor of salvation.
Faith is like an armor, a support to face tribulations in life; it is not about avoiding unpleasant happenings in life, illness, loss etc. The Psalm’s message is to face crisis with faith rather than complaining and giving up! A threat to one’s well-being might last for a long time. It is a legitimate prayer, ‘how long, O Lord’ this suffering? Suffering and resurrection of Christ is the answer to the ‘how long O Lord’ prayer; wait for that Easter moment. When crisis is on going, valley of death would seem real, but the Lord is the green pastures of life. Psalmist also confesses his dependency on God. Naturally we resist dependency but spiritually it means to acknowledge God as ground of being and that his grace surrounds us like air or sunlight that encompasses us. Such knowledge inspires, ‘to pour out your heart’ to the Lord [prayer]-heartfelt, sincere prayer is encouraged when in distress. Prayer is always a vehicle of grace. Prayer works in us in many supportive ways: as courage, hope, peace, joy, healing etc. More than material benefits, God’s love is the ultimate reward for one who trusts in Him.
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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, and St. Albert in Hinsdale.
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Our 'Saint of the Month' for March is --- St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church - read about him in the 'Saints' Quick Link at the top of this page.
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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