WELCOME TO ST. RAPHAEL PARISH!
512 High St. Medford, MA 02155
If you are a newcomer to our parish, please accept our invitation to introduce yourself to a member of our staff. We are confident that you will find a welcoming spirit that is reflected in liturgical hospitality, inclusion and most of all, to those with special challenges. We pray that as you join our parish in prayer, sacrament and presence that you will also grace us with your talents and support according to your means.
To register as a parishioner, click HERE for our Registration form PDF, or click HERE to submit an email request and we will send you a registration form via email. You can also call the Parish Center Office and we will be happy to mail it out to you.
Mass Schedule: September - May
Sunday: 7:30 AM, 9:15 AM,
11:30 AM & 5:00 PM
Daily Mass: Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00 AM
Saturday: 4:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM
Daily Mass: Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00 AM
GRAND ANNUAL LETTER
Dear Friend and Parishioner,
Everyone enjoys the change in season from summer to fall. This is more true now than it ever was, as we are slowly but surely coming out of the impact of a virus that has dominated our lives for so long.
The vibrancy and vitality of our parishioners, school and Religious Education staff have certainly sustained us. A crucial component to our making it through the pandemic has been the Annual Parish Support Collection. It was just a few years ago that this Collection was the source of funding for the installation of wireless internet access [“wi fi”] in the Church. Without it we would not have been able to broadcast the weekly Mass, via Facebook and on local cable, that has become a regular part of our parish outreach.
Of course everything begins with the great generosity of our parishioners. Since the COVID 19 breakout, our weekly offertory is only down by 3%. This remarkable accomplishment resulted from the increase in on-line giving. We urge those who can, to avail themselves of this easy method of contributing.
Participation in the Annual Parish Support Collection has allowed us to address the much needed capital improvements to our Parish. Here are but a few:
New Parish fire alarm panel Preschool play area
Installation of an oil tank monitoring system Driveway repair due to oil tank work
Parish elevator repair Repairs to Cafe milk coolers
New water heater
Once again, I respectfully request your participation in our Annual Parish Support collection that is scheduled for the weekend of October 30/31. I am sensitive to the many financial demands that you face, and I ask that, if you have the means, you make a gift of $350.00.
My deepest gratitude for your unwavering commitment to our parish. As we journey together bound by our faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, be assured that you and your families are always in my prayers.
May God Bless You,
Father Paul Coughlin
514 High Street
Medford, MA 02155
LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES
Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, Massachusetts 02184
Dear Cardinal Sean,
We are blessed to offer to you our parish pastoral plan for Saint Raphael Parish in Medford, Massachusetts. We thoughtfully understand our responsibility as a stand alone collaborative, and embrace our role in the New Evangelization to create Disciples in Mission.
This plan is the collaboration of a diverse group of volunteers from throughout the parish, who have worked passionately and tirelessly to draw from various experiences within the parish. It reflects many hours of discussion and debate, information gathering and synthesizing, and most importantly prayer.
Our Plan Writing Team Members include:
Mary Brennan Bill Caddigan Ralph DeNisco Kaitlyn Feeney
Rosemarie Giovino Katie LeLacheur Aaron Lindaman Jackie Madigan
Frank O'Leary Maria Scott Alisa Simmons Ryan Stewart
We also recognize and thank Chris Donoghue, Evangelization Consultant from the Archdiocese of Boston and Jen DeNisco, Saint Raphael Parish Disciples in Mission Coordinator for their guidance throughout this process.
Saint Raphael Parish has continually been a vibrant and engaged community of believers, but even with this, we recognize our ability to grow and improve as a people of faith. Our pastoral plan highlights four goal areas on which to focus over the next three years, while we continue to do our best in every aspect of parish life.
As with any endeavor, prayer must be the first and most focal point of accomplishing our goals. For without the guidance and blessing of Jesus Christ, we would be lost.
We ask for your prayers, as we ask for the prayers and support from each member of our parish.
Reverend Paul Coughlin
“Saint Raphael is a Catholic community committed, with God’s grace, to living gospel values and sharing these with all people. As a Eucharistic people united in faith and worship, we affirm the gifts of the Spirit among us and celebrate the uniqueness of each of our members. Supporting one another in love, we strive to respect and use these diverse gifts in joyful service to those within our parish and beyond.”
Saint Raphael Parish Statement on Violence Toward Asians and Asian Americans
The Parish Family of Saint Raphael Parish, embracing the teaching of the Catholic Church that “[E]very form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, color, social conditions, language, or religion must be curbed and eradicated as incompatible with God’s design” raises it voice in solidarity with all others calling for an end to all racist acts, attitudes and behavior directed against any human beings and, in light of current murders and violence targeting people of Asian ancestry, we pray most especially for our Asian sisters and brothers. Mary Queen of Peace, Pray for Us.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. Embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Thank you Jack Kean!
Readings for the week of December 5, 2021
- Sunday: Bar 5:1-9 / Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6  / Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3:1-6
- Monday: Is 35:1-10 / Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 [cf. Is 35:4f] / Lk 5:17-26
- Tuesday: Is 40:1-11 / Ps 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13 [cf. Is 40:10ab] / Mt 18:12-14
- Wednesday: Gn 3:9-15, 20 / Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4  / Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 / Lk 1:26-38
- Thursday: Is 41:13-20 / Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab  / Mt 11:11-15
- Friday: Is 48:17-19 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [cf. Jn 8:12] / Mt 11:16-19
- Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 / Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19  / Mt 17:9a, 10-13
- Next Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a / Is12:2-3, 4, 5-6  / Phil 4:4-7 / Lk 3:10-18
There are no upcoming scheduled events.
Pastor & Administrator
Parish Secretary & Tuition Manager
Director of Religious Education
Assistant - Religious Education
School Development Office