Mass Coordinators – Weekends & Funerals

Must possess a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist and be good at organization. Mass Coordinators work with the Liturgy Director to ensure things run as planned at Sunday liturgy, coordinate all of the ministries at a particular Mass, ensure all ministry spots are filled, coordinate special activities with priest, liturgist, ministers & parishioners.


Initial Training: Mentoring by an experienced Mass Coordinator.

Ongoing Formation: Meets seasonally

Time Commitment: Serve 2 – 3 times per month


Contact: Lynn Wilson at (630) 615-7616 or lwilson@st-raphael.com

Rosary For Life

The rosary is prayed every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.

Members of the Re-affirming Life ministry pray the rosary for all aspects of life, from conception to natural death. All are welcome to join in prayer as we pray for an end to a culture of death, for an end to a lack of respect for life in all its stages.  Come pray for a Culture of Life!


Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

 

Wedding Coordinators

Must understand the Catholic marriage ritual and desire to serve others in a joyous ministry. Must also appreciate the importance of working with adults and their families at a critical stage of their faith life. Coordinators conduct the wedding rehearsal with another hostess (usually the evening before the wedding), arrive an hour before the wedding to make sure that all is ready and to greet the couple and guests. Coordinators ensure that the liturgy or ceremony runs smoothly and stay after to make sure that everything is put away before the weekend liturgies.


Initial Training: Hands-on training with an experienced wedding hostess
Time Commitment: 1 – 2 times per month (busiest time is May – end of October)


Contact: Lynn Wilson at (630) 615-7616 or lwilson@st-raphael.com

Annulment Support Services

Have you heard that annulments take years to process and cost thousands of dollars? Have you heard that someone with children or someone who had been married a long time cannot get an annulment? Have you heard that your ex-spouse must cooperate in the annulment process or that you have to know someone important to get an annulment?

Each of these statements is false!

If you or someone you know would like to receive accurate information about the annulment process, St. Raphael has an annulment support team. The field advocates on this team have received training through the Diocese of Joliet’s Marriage Tribunal and Family Ministries Office and can help answer your questions or assist in navigating the annulment process.


Contact: Deacon Kurt Lange at (630) 615-7607 or klange@st-raphael.com

Career Networking

The purpose of the Career Transition Networking Group is to encourage networking as an effective tool in the job search, provide insights into effective networking and establish a network of contacts as a “jumping off” point for a networking campaign.

The group meets on the fourth Saturday of each month. Meetings begin at 9:00am with a guest speaker followed by small group structured networking from 10:00-noon.

The Career Transition Networking Group provides support to people who are in transition between jobs of who are considering changing jobs or careers.  The group’s focus is networking as a critical skill in the job search process.  Please join us if you are in transition or if you are employed and interested in assisting others.

Job Search Resources

We are looking for volunteers to assist with planning and help facilitate our meetings.  Contact Steve Susina at steve@susina.com if you are interested in helping in this way.


Contact: Steve Susina at steve@susina.com

Funeral Luncheons

Parishioners may request a buffet luncheon at St. Raphael immediately after a funeral Mass for their loved one. Members of our faith community are “on call” to prepare food and bring it to the Church, or to help serve the lunch. There is no cost to parishioners for this meal.

Volunteers are always needed to provide or prepare food and to help serve at the funeral luncheons.


Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

 

Visiting the Sick & Homebound

Parishioners visit the homebound, those in hospitals, and those in nursing homes to pray with them, share the Eucharist, and to serve as a listening presence. Parish priests are also available for the Sacraments of Anointing the Sick, and Reconciliation.

Home Visitation

Parishioners who are trained Ministers of Care visit the homebound to pray with them, share the Eucharist, and to serve as a listening presence.

Time Commitment: Varies depending upon the needs and number of the people you are visiting each week.

Hospital Ministry

Parishioners who have been trained as Ministers of Care bring comfort and reassurance to Catholics at Edward Hospital by talking, listening, praying, and sharing the Eucharist.  These ministers are assigned specific floors to visit on Tuesdays and Fridays of each week (other days are covered by Ministers of Care from other Naperville parishes).  Hospital Ministers may visit the hospital at their convenience during the hospital’s regular visiting hours.

Time Commitment: Varies depending on the number and the needs of the Catholic patients being visited.

Nursing Home Ministry

Parishioners visit with the residents of The Pearl. These parishioners are trained to lead communion services and to distribute the Eucharist to residents.

Time Commitment: Varies, typically a 1 to 2 hour commitment each time.


Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com