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St. Raphael, The Archangel



 

Our parish is dedicated to the Archangel, St. Raphael, one of three angels mentioned by name in the bible (the others are Michael and Gabriel). Raphael is a main character in the book of Tobit where he appears in disguise as a fellow Israelite and accompanies Tobit's son, Tobiah, on a long journey. Raphael's feast day is September 29th. He is considered the patron saint of travelers.

In the back of the church there hangs a tapestry-painting of St. Raphael that was rendered by Tatiana McKinney, a Venice area artist.

Click the picture of tapestry to enlarge


MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR



Welcome to our parish family at St. Raphael. We hope our community of faith will be a source of peace and a sign of God's love for you.



 
 
 
  • MISSION STATEMENT
  • We the parish of St. Raphael in Englewood, part of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, recognize ourselves to be a community of believers in Jesus Christ. We have been called through baptism to continue the life and mission of Jesus Christ on earth. Although of different backgrounds and origins we form one family of God.

    This unity is rooted in our common faith in Jesus the Lord, who guides us through His Vicar on earth, our Holy Father the Pope. Led by our local Bishop, we see ourselves as co-ministers of the mysteries of God, called to witness to what we are in Jesus - a redeemed, holy people - and to proclaim the good news entrusted to us by Him.

    Our efforts are thus directed towards areas of worship, education, charity and service.

    We seek the blessing and help of God as we work together toward our common goal. We rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction and wisdom in all our efforts.
     
     

    WE WORSHIP...



    Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:00 PM,  (Jan. thru mid April  - 5:30 PM)
    Sunday Masses - 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
    Weekday Mass - 8:30 AM
    Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) - Saturdays 9:00-9:30 AM, 2:30-3:00 PM
    Sacrament of the Sick - Anointing is available for those anticipating surgery  upon request.
     

    Devotions

    To deepen and enrich the spiritual life of our parishioners, St. Raphael's offers a variety of devotions during the year.

    Rosary ...recited daily before the weekday mass; you are invited to join.

    Special Marian Devotions... May and October

    First Friday - Holy Hour, Benediction and Adoration until 4PM.

    Lent ...Stations of the Cross on Fridays mornings following Mass.


     

    PARISH PENITENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES
     

    Sacrament of Reconciliation... every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2:30 P.M.

    Communal Penance Services are offered during Advent  with an opportunity for private confessions.
     

    Ministries

    To the sick: Our hospitalized Catholic patients in Englewood Hospital are visited  by a priest, Deacon or a Eucharistic Minister bringing Holy Communion. Our homebound parishioners are visited weekly by Eucharistic Ministers.

    Altar servers: In our parish, the altar servers may be men and women as well as boys and girls.

    Eucharistic Ministers: Each lay person accepted as a Eucharistic Minister is given individual preparation and instructions. They distribute the Eucharist to the congregation as well as to the sick, homebound, nursing homes and ACLF's in our parish boundaries.

    Lectors: Men and women are invited to use their communication skills to proclaim the richness of Scripture to the congregation.

    Ushers: Men and women are invited to become ushers, ministers of hospitality, who contribute greatly to the dignity of liturgical services by greeting parishioners, seating them and when necessary leading them in the proper procedure of the liturgy.

    Bereavement:  Ministers of Consolation offer sympathy upon the death of a parishioner and help the family plan the funeral liturgy. 

    Music: Praising the Lord in song is fundamental to the celebration of the liturgy. Parishioners with an interest in singing or playing a musical instrument are invited to join in this parish worship.
     


     

                                                                                                                                                                               Sunday Mornings 10:00AM-11:30AM                                           


    Sacrament Preparation



    First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist:

    Confirmation: R.C.I.A.
    For those who wish to become Catholic Christians, we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.),  The process culminates in the Easter Vigil when all are received into the faith by the community. Contact the parish office for information

    *The process is for people who are:

    -Unbaptized

    -Baptized Christian in another denomination

    -Catholic but have not received Eucharist or Confirmation

     

    IF INTERESTED IN OBTAINING MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE  @ 941-474-9595

     

     

        

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