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October 14, 2020

  • Click here to download the Annual Report booklet for 2019-2020
  • The Annual Parish Meeting will take place Monday, October 26, at 6 pm via livestream. The livestream will start about 10 minutes before the event to give people time to join.
  • Reduced Office Hours: Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our area, parish office hours will be from 8:30 am–12 pm beginning Monday, October 19.
  • Our staff will primarily work from home beginning Monday, October 19, as well. If you need to reach staff members, you can find their email addresses at raphael.org/about/staff by clicking on the staff member's name.


October 12, 2020

  • We have received word today that Fr. Kevin’s COVID-19 test is positive. He is feeling fine. He will remain in quarantine until he is no longer able to spread the virus. In accord with CDC guidelines, we anticipate Fr. Kevin to return, if nothing changes, on Friday, October 16.  
  • Fr. Tom has tested negative. He will remain in quarantine through Tuesday, October 20.  
  • Both priests have been in isolation since Wednesday morning, October 7. They thank everyone for your prayers. Please keep those who are seriously ill with this virus, their families, and healthcare workers in prayer.

October 6, 2020

  • There will be no in-person youth formation sessions for the month of October. We will communicate to families no later than October 29th how we will move forward for the month of November taking into account the recommendations of the Winnebago county health department and the Green Bay Diocese.
  • The director of religious education will hold office hours via Zoom to be available to all families who have children in Faith Formation at St. Raphael. The purpose of the office hours are to answer any questions and concerns you may have as you work with your children at home. The DRE will provide resources for prayer or to collaborate with you on ways to help engage your child in RE and/or any digital learning you are doing at home. Click here to view and sign up for the DRE's virtual office hours.


October 5, 2020

  • Bishop Ricken has reinstated the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, in effect until further notice. 
  • We will continue to celebrate the Mass every weekend for those who are able to attend and are willing to strictly follow the proper health protocols. 
  • The wearing of masks is mandatory at Masses. 
  • Click here to read the letter from the bishop.


October 3, 2020

  • As we asked last week, so this week. Please use good care and caution when being out and about these days. The COVID situation in Oshkosh is such that those who have health concerns for themselves or others do not need to come to Mass this weekend. There is always a dispensation for health reasons.
  • If you are able to come, please be careful, as people have been throughout this time. Let's continue to keep good physical distance from one another and continue to wear our masks, wash our hands, and be respectful.


September 30, 2020


September 25, 2020

  • We want to urge you to use caution and good judgment when leaving home in the coming days, including coming to Mass.

    Thursday afternoon, the Winnebago County Health Department issued an update detailing the critical rate of spread of COVID in our community right now.  Currently, the Oshkosh-Neenah area is #1 in the country where cases are rising the fastest.

    After consultation with the Diocesan COVID Monitoring Team and after reviewing the information from Winnebago County, we ask everyone to keep safety foremost in mind.  Bishop Ricken foresaw situations where the obligation to attend Mass would not apply in specific times and places.  Bishop’s recent decree reminded us that individuals who “in their well-formed consciences believe that going into public places – including Sunday worship at Mass – would place their health or the health of their loved ones in serious jeopardy” are not bound by the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  That may apply to you or your family at this time.

    While we will continue our regular weekend Masses, please use good judgment in deciding whether to come.  Please err on the side of safety.  Our parish will continue to livestream Mass on Sunday at 9 am and broadcast the same 9 am Mass on WOSH 1490 AM, while WFRV Local 5 has the television broadcast of Mass with Bishop Ricken on Sunday at 10 am.

    For those who come to Mass this weekend, please continue to use care and caution for yourself and others through continued and careful mask usage, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  Our parish will continue to sanitize and disinfect common areas and high-touch surfaces.

    Let us continue to pray for one another, especially those most affected by this virus.

  


September 10, 2020

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation times have changed slightly.
    Confessions continue to be each Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.  The change is the addition of confessions on Wednesday evening at 8 pm. (There will not longer be confessions on Sunday afternoon.)