We, the Parish of Saint 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, centered around 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, talend and treasure.
Approved by the St. Raphael Parish Council 10/26/2010
The parish office is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm and by appointment. Please call 228-9800 or 228-2962.
CHRISTMAS 2014 [Psalm 96]
Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord
Psalm 96 is song of praise to the Lord who comes to establish his justice in the world. This psalm is used as responsorial for Christmas midnight Mass to proclaim the birth of Christ. The church invites all to praise the benevolent love of God, manifested in Jesus Christ. The psalm affirms that the universe belongs to God and it is symbol of generosity and harmony; on the other-hand, human mind is divisive and destructive.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the parish mission planned for March 7-11, 2015. Father Frank Desiderio will be presenting "Can you let go of a grudge? A spirituality of forgiveness". (Learn more about Father Desiderio)
Our 2nd Annual Family Sunday is March 15, 2015. Bishop Michael Warfel will be here to celebrate Mass with us!
It is our prayer that St. Raphael Parish is a community that characterizes the following vision:
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.
This vision will be a guide for all planning and pastoral work that is done in each of our four faith communities.