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.