Entries by Diocesan Publications

Liturgical Sewers/Tailors

Individuals skilled at sewing or serging are needed for mending or to sew new altar linens, baptismal bibs, banners, hangings, etc. Time Commitment: Sewers are called as needed and work is done in your home at your convenience. Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

Liturgy Office Help

Individuals with a couple of hours to offer on either a regular or occasional basis can help copy funeral booklets, collate information packets for sacramental preparation, file music, update choir binders and assist with other miscellaneous clerical duties. Time Commitment: Varies Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

Marriage Preparation Sponsor Couples

Meet with engaged couples three or four times in the sponsor’s home to share and discuss a variety of topics to help couples prepare for a successful, healthy and loving marriage. Resources are provided. Initial Training: 4 hour session Ongoing Formation: occasional Time Commitment: 3-5 couples per year Contact: Robert Frazier at (630) 615-7610 or rfrazier@st-raphael.com

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. […]

Plant Maintenance in Church

Must love living plants and know how to care for them. Caring for the plants is arranged to fit the schedules and needs of the people and plants involved. (If you drop off your child at school or for a rehearsal, you can do this as you wait.) Time Commitment: 2 hours per week Contact: Robert […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a group of lay people who are trained to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in our parish.   Stephen Ministry is based on the idea that all Christians are ministers. The responsibility for passing on God’s love is for all of us. Contact: Paul Betten at (630) 904-8792 or betten69@gmail.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 […]

Counseling Referrals

Counseling Referrals  Counseling resources are available through the Director of Service Ministry and Pastoral Care; counseling referrals can also be made. Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

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. The Church’s social teaching states “The goods of the earth are gifts from God, and they are intended by God for […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

Undy Sunday

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 […]

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 […]