September 3, 2015

Dear Friend,
Thank you for signing up with us for the Assembly of Hope & Mercy, Friday September 18- 2015, at the Saint John Francis Regis Chapel at Regis University!
I would also like to invite you to join us and our special guest and refugee families at the Saint Rafka Lebanese festival on Saturday and Sunday September 12- 13. The Festival will be from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday and from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday. In addition to the Festival’s great food and fun, we will have two special and moving events during the Festival I am sure will be of interest to you:
– On Saturday, September 12, at 5:30 pm, we will pause our Festival for Candlelight Prayer Vigil for the Refugees and Procession of the Holy Cross.
– On Sunday, we will start the day with the Divine Liturgy for the Christian Martyrs and for Peace in the Middle East. Mass will begin at 9:00 am.
These events, and the Festival as a whole, will allow you and your family and friends to enjoy the St. Rafka community and meet our special guests before the Assembly of Hope & Mercy.
On behalf of myself, the community of Saint Rafka, and the team at Mission of Hope and Mercy, we thank you for continuing to support the endeavor of helping the oppressed and feeding the hungry, and for protecting Christianity in the lands where it began!
May Saint Rafka reward you all with the Peace of Christ and his Divine Protection at all times.
We love you and thank you for being instruments of great hope!

Fr Andre Y Sebastian Mahanna
Pastor, St. Rafka Maronite Church
Director of Office of Ecumenism and Inter Religious Relations
Director of Saint Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy