Parish Mission & Vision

Parish Mission & Vision

In 2006, the parish completed a Parish Plan to direct our activities for the next several years. In this process we identified seven fundamental elements that we value as a parish community. In all that we do as a parish, we strive to demonstrate the importance of the following:

• Sacramental life
• Ongoing education and faith formation
• Active participation in parish life
• Being an integrated, welcoming community
• Compassion and service to all
• The vitality of Catholic Social Teaching
• Evangelization through proclaiming and living the Gospel

Our Mission

We are a diverse community who celebrates Christ’s presence in Word and Sacrament and we extend that presence to the wider community.

Our Vision

Saint Raphael Parish is a vibrant Catholic community, where a broad diversity of people come together to pray, worship, learn, share, and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ. Recognized as a significant historical, cultural, moral and spiritual center, our parish serves its own members and the larger community.

Inspired by Liturgy of Word and Sacrament, our members go out into the world as living examples of Christ’s love and presence among us.

Our members challenge themselves to continually grow deeper in faith through scripture study, spiritual retreats and small faith communities.

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, our community actively pursues peace and justice, and responds with compassion and generosity to the needs of those around us.

The children of our parish have access to a stellar parochial school, featuring a diverse student body, academic excellence and a strong faith-based program of learning. The parish eagerly meets the challenge of supporting our youth as active members through relevant faith formation and numerous opportunities to participate in the life of the parish.

Saint Raphael Parish benefits from a pastor who encourages the involvement of dedicated and talented lay people, sharing with him the leadership and responsibilities of the parish. Parishioners create a dynamic and vital faith community through the generous sharing of their skills, experiences, time and resources