Entries by Diocesan Publications

Friday, 3rd Week of Lent by Deacon Len

The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Yesterday we received some difficult news from Bishop Pates, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Joliet. “All […]

Altar Servers

Youth, grades 5 and up who minister at the 5:00pm, 9:00am, 10:45am and 12:30pm Masses, Holy Days and liturgies with the Bishop. Initial Training: 1 session with priest or deacon Ongoing Formation: Annual meeting Time Commitment: 1 – 2 masses per month Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com


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 2019 study is “A Walk with Three Disciples:  Mary, Jacob and John.” Join us for this exciting study beginning September 25 and continuing through April 15. Participants choose to attend […]


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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young Adult Ministries

The Young Adult ministry, “Circles,” welcomes young adults age 21-30. This ministry connects married and single adults in a spirit of acceptance to share their journey of faith. As the future of the Church, St. Raphael looks to engage and empower young adults with the faith, resources and enthusiasm to bring the spirit of God alive in their world. Dates: […]

Art and Environment 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: Called as needed. Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

Baptism Planner & Coordinator

Meet with the families of children being baptized in the coordinator’s home to plan the baptism details and involvement of people. Welcome all on the day of the baptism and assist the deacon / priest with the set up and the details. Initial Training: Training session then mentoring by an experienced baptismal liturgy planner. Ongoing Formation: as needed Time Commitment: […]

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 […]

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 […]