Entries by Julie Duffin

Spring FMSC service day on April 14 – register by March 23

St. Raphael Spring Service Day at: Feed My Starving Children on April 14 Each year St. Raphael hosts a Spring Service Day at Feed My Starving Children. Parishioners pack meals specifically formulated for children which are shipped to 70 countries around the world. Last year 166 St. Raphael volunteers packed 139,104 meals sent to El Salvador, Barbado, Guatamala […]

Lent Schedule & Regulations

  Abstain from meat Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt. Fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Fasting means having only one full […]

Bereavement/Grief Support

The Service Ministry & Pastoral Care office provides the following list of support groups at St. Raphael or in the local area.   Bereavement Support Groups Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a self-help support group where people help people through the difficult experience of death of a spouse, divorce, or in the process of divorce. We are a non-profit ministry of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Our focus is on the Spiritual, Intellectual and Emotional growth of our members. People from all […]

Blood Pressure Screening

High Blood Pressure is a silent disease which is a contributing factor to many serious illnesses. Be proactive about your health and have your blood pressure checked by one of our registered nurses! Third Weekend of the Month (August – June) • after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday • after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 […]

Parish Response Team

            Willing parishioners provide services to parishioners that need assistance. As a need is surfaced a notification is sent out to those on the team. Some of the services are leaf raking and yard work, minor household chores or repair, and other assorted tasks. Date: Year round Time Commitment: According […]

Bereavement Group

Open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The group meets weekly for a six-week time period. Offered once or twice a year. Time Commitment: Meets for 6 weeks, once or twice a year. Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

Samaritan Ministry

The Samaritan Ministry administers 40% of our 5% parish tithe (or 2% of Sunday collections excluding Easter).  Non-profit organizations seeking funding are invited to submit an application for this portion of our tithe each November.  Members of our Samaritan Ministry meet each January to discern the recipients of the current fiscal year’s tithe. These parish […]

Reaffirming Life/ Pro-Life

Members of this ministry work to preserve the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death and support pro-life activities. With the Diocesan Life Office, educational resources on life issues such as caring for the aged, the death penalty, opportunities for political action, pastoral care services for crisis pregnancies and post-abortion reconciliation are […]

Men with a Mission

Discover how God is active in the lives of the men of St Raphael; an opportunity to meet and grow in faith with your brothers in Christ.  Pray together, share your stories, support one another as life happens to all of us.  Social activities, spiritual events and service projects highlight this mission. There are currently […]