Caring for God’s Creation

The Catholic Church’s social teaching challenges all Catholics to build a just and holy society.  There are seven main themes of the Church’s social teaching.  One of the seven themes is Caring for God’s Creation.

mark graphicThe Church’s social teaching states “The goods of the earth are gifts from God, and they are intended by God for the benefit of everyone. There is a “social mortgage” that guides our use of the world’s goods, and we have a responsibility to care for these goods as stewards and trustees, not as mere consumers and users. How we treat the environment is a measure of our stewardship, a sign of our respect for the Creator.”

Activities such as eye glasses collection, empty ink cartridges, bulletin submissions and prayer services/ presentations occur during the year.

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

Christmas Sharing

St. Raphael’s Annual Christmas Sharing Program provides an opportunity for parishioners to help needy families and individuals in our community.

There are two ways to participate:

Adopt-A-Family – A parish family or group sponsors a needy family by purchasing gifts for each child in the family. Families of all sizes are available for adoption. Each family provides a gift “wish list.” Sponsor families or parish groups should call Barry O’Donnell 630-615-7613, in early November to be assigned an adoptive family.

“Giving Tree” gifts – Tags are available on the trees in the Church Narthex. Parishioners may select a tag from the tree in late November (Thanksgiving weekend). On the back of each tag is a gift item to be purchased.


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

Service Day

Parishioners come together in the spirit of serving others.

Parishioners of all ages join together at the Feed My Starving Children Packing Facility and pack meals to be sent to hungry children throughout the world. Service Day takes place on a Saturday in March or April. Registration begins in February.


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

Special Appeal

The Special Appeal was initiated in 1975 when a group of parishioners asked if there was something they could do during the holiday season to combat Christmas materialism. It was proposed that we put aside 10% of what we would normally spend on presents and ‘adopt’ the recipient of the Appeal as our extra family member to whom we give a present.

Proposals from non-profit organizations seeking seed money for new programs are solicited throughout the fall. The Special Appeal committee then meets to review submitted proposals and discern a recipient of the Appeal. During the Lenten season parishioners make donations to this non-profit organization.

Some previous recipients of Special Appeal funding are:  Holy Family Parish in Pass Christian, Mississippi, St. Luke’s Catholic Mission in Bruce, Mississippi, Global Friends in Action in Sambia, Project Harambee in Kenya, Hesed House and Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.


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

Undy Sunday

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Most people take things like underwear for granted.  Catholic Charities has found that low-income families and seniors living on poverty-level incomes do not spend money on underwear even though they desperately need it.

St. Raphael partners with Catholic Charities during its annual Undy Sunday drive. One Sunday in October, new underwear is collected to benefit the children, adults and seniors who receive support from Catholic Charities. St. Raphael parishioners deliver the underwear to a site selected by Catholic Charities. All sizes of underwear, undershirts, socks and pajamas are needed.


Volunteers are needed to:

• Donate items during the collection

• 1 – 2 people needed to collect donated items from the school and from the Narthex and store them in a room on the St. Raphael campus.

• 1 – 2 people needed to sort and count items

• 1 – 2 people needed to deliver items Catholic Charities


Date: October

Time Commitment: Varies


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

Boy Scouts

Troop 510 was chartered in 1965 to St. Raphael Church in Naperville, IL. The troop has over 70 active scouts, who range in age from 11-17, holding ranks from Tenderfoot up through Eagle. Over 50 scouts have made Eagle since 1965. Active first year scouts will achieve First Class within one year of joining. You do not have to be a parishioner or catholic to belong to boy scouts.

The Troop holds weekly troop meetings and monthly troop campouts year round, and holds Court of Honor awards ceremonies four times a year. Every summer the troop spends a full week at BSA Camp Owasippe Summer Camp in northern Michigan. The troop offers High Adventure programs for older scouts such as Philmont, Sea Base, Boundary Waters, and a special program for third year scouts in West Virginia (activities include whitewater rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing).

The troop’s active merit badge program is led by the troop’s many merit badge counselors. Via the effective fund-raising program that provides for excellent equipment and activities, Scouts can pay for summer camp fees and personal gear by earning “scout credit” during fundraisers. The troop sponsors Service Projects throughout the year at many community locations.

Visit the Troop 510 Website

Donut Sunday

Donuts! Coffee! Juice!

Typically served the Third Sunday of the month
Following the 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 masses

The children in Religious Education are the proud helpers at this event. It is an opportunity for the children to give back to the parish and experience doing service for others. Each month a different Grade Level is responsible for set up, clean up and serving donuts and beverages.  Join us!

Knights of Columbus

Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age or older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

 

Visit the Knights of Columbus website for more information.

Parish Pastoral Council

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Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

The Parish Pastoral Council is the coordinating and unifying structure of the parish community. It strives to be the means of attaining full participation by the whole parish in achieving the parish mission by giving all a voice in encouraging, guiding, and directing the various aspects of parish life. In addition to our pastor and associate pastor, the Pastoral Council includes a representative from each commission and three at-large members. Discernment for new members occurs in the spring.

Pastoral Council meetings are held on the second Monday of every month in Room 167. All are welcome to attend.

The PPC welcomes your thoughts, questions and concerns. Contact the PPC Executive Committee via email: pastoralcouncil@st-raphael.com.


Parish Commissions

The ministries of St. Raphael are grouped into six categories:

  • Adult Faith Formation
  • Liturgical Life
  • School
  • Religious Education (Grade 1 – 8)
  • Youth Ministry Commission (High School)
  • Service Ministry and Pastoral Care
  • Administration and Planning

Each of these groups has a leadership body known as a commission. Commissions meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm (except July and August) to coordinate specific areas of ministry.
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PPC Minutes

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