Entries by Diocesan Publications


Catholics Reflecting Experiencing Evangelizing Declaring Scripture   CREEDS Members’ page CREEDS is a parish wide bible study designed to meet the spiritual hunger of both beginners and veterans. The 2018 study will kick off with the Letter to the Hebrews, reflect on several of Jesus’s discourses and signs, then look at King David, Esther, Judith, Mary […]


What is Cursillo?  
Cursillo is an opportunity to form and live in community with other Catholics and clergy members. It is immersed in Catholic Doctrine and the Sacraments. Cursillo is patterned on Jesus’ own example. He searched out and welcomed a small group of disciples, trained them by word and example and inspired them with […]

Emmaus Ministry for 50+

The Emmaus ministry is for older adult parishioners who have built their spiritual path to God and are looking to share their experiences of growth of faith throughout life with others.  All parishioners aged 50 and over are invited and encouraged to attend. Emmaus events include social, spiritual and service activities. Dates: Outings occur throughout […]

Faith Breakfasts

The Faith Breakfast Talk Series is designed to feed us spiritually, mentally and physically. Faith Breakfasts are offered periodically throughout the year and feature diverse yet crucial topics to today’s modern Catholic. Recent Faith Breakfasts have focused on such issues as marriage, spirituality, leadership, and scripture. Come join us for hearty nourishment for your body, […]

Friday Morning Prayer Group

Join us in Room 167 on First Friday mornings after Mass.  The main purpose of this prayer group is to encourage praise and worship to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. After opening with a song and a prayer for protection, we ask for guidance of the Holy Spirit. We continue Praise through: Songs and […]

Living Word Scripture Study

Come join us as we break open the Word in a lectionary-based Scripture study. Read, ponder, share and pray in a small group setting as we learn to apply the Sunday Scriptures to our lives today. All are welcome. Come and see where the Spirit is leading you. Dates: Thursday mornings 9:30- 11:30 am Time […]

Community of Catholic Mothers

Community of Catholic Mothers welcomes Catholic women who would like to grow in their roles as mothers, wives, and family spiritual leaders. Meetings are held twice a month on Thursday mornings and childcare is available. As a group, we aim to: Enhance our spirituality as individuals, women, mothers, and loving partners Validate and affirm the role […]

Online Learning – VLCFF

Empower yourself with knowledge of your faith!  Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation(VLCFF) is a growing initiative to offer adult religious education and faith formation anytime and anywhere via the internet. It is an internet based distance learning initiative which supports adult faith, lay ecclesial ministry and catechetical formation of the Church. The VLCFF is […]

Parish Library

The St. Raphael parish library is located in Room 137. Books, CD’s, DVD’s, audio recordings, periodicals, reference materials and children’s books are available. The complete CREEDS and St. Raphael Readers collections are also available. New materials are displayed monthly and seasonal choices are available. Come in anytime to browse and borrow. Time Commitment: Volunteers are […]

Small Christian Communities

What is a Small Christian Community? Small Christian Communities (SCCs) are groups of 8-12 adults who come together regularly in one another’s homes to pray, share their faith stories, read and reflect on the scriptures and seek ways to respond to God’s presence in their lives. SCCs are modeled on the early church communities: gatherings […]

Art and Environment Committee and Seasonal Decorators

Responsible for the appropriate decoration of the liturgical space. Committee members are expected to have or to develop an understanding of art in general, liturgical art, the liturgical seasons and the principles of liturgical decoration. Time Commitment: Committee members meet monthly. Seasonal Decorators are called as needed. Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

Baptism Liturgy Coordinators

Must appreciate the importance of working with families at a critical stage of their faith life and understand the importance of Baptism in the life of the church. Coordinators are responsible for the preparation of the baptismal ceremony. The families of all the children being baptized on a particular date meet with the planner in […]

Baptism Preparation Facilitators

Must love children, appreciate the importance of working with families at a critical stage of their faith life and understand the importance of Baptism in the life of the church. Facilitators conduct the monthly, 1-1/2 hour baptismal preparation sessions that teach the theology of baptism and the responsibility of the family in the faith life […]

Eucharistic Adoration

“The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord […]

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

Must possess a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist and a joyful desire to share it with the community. Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist must be Confirmed, Catholic and in good standing with the Church. They must be officially mandated for service by the Diocese of Joliet (obtained by the parish). Special Ministers have […]


Greeters who have warm and hospitable personalities greet the assembly in the narthex, staff the welcome desk and assist with questions, parish information and registrations. Initial Training: One two hour session. Ongoing Formation: Annual workshop expected Time Commitment: Serve about twice a month Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

Hospitality Ministry Host Teams (Ushers)

Must love people, be gracious and hospitable, love to smile and like to talk with people.  Arrive about 20-30 minutes before Mass to ensure that all is ready. Duties include reserving pews, greeting people at the door, seating people, keeping the communion procession orderly, taking up the collection, choosing individuals to present the gifts, passing […]


Lectors/Commentators (Adults and High School Students) Must possess a love and respect for the scriptures and be gifted with public-speaking skills. Lectors proclaim the scripture readings, read the Opening Comment, Penitential Rite and Announcements, etc. Initial Training: Two 2 hour sessions required Ongoing Formation: Attendance at 1 – 2 workshops per year & practice at home before reading. […]