Entries by Diocesan Publications

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 […]

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 […]

Children’s Choirs

Joyful Noise Choir (Kindergarten – 2nd grade) Our youngest music makers praise God in song through learning simple rhythms and gestures to songs that help them pray. They rehearse once a weekly and sing at various liturgies throughout the year (Sept-May). Rehearsals Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:15 pm    Youth Choir (Grades 3 – 7) The Youth Choir […]

Instrumental Ministry

These individuals give greater praise to the Lord in the celebration of our liturgy as they share their talents for playing musical instruments.  They add harmony and greater melody to the assembly’s sung prayer.  A basic knowledge of their own instrument is required, along with an ability to read music and a dedication to practicing […]

Hesed House

Hesed House, Inc. is a center for ministries that provides services to poor and homeless people.  Services include a Food Pantry, a Soup Kitchen and an emergency overnight shelter. Hesed House Website                      Directions to Hesed House St. Raphael has several opportunities for serving at Hesed House: […]

Hope in Action

“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, ‘It is necessary that all participate, each […]

Loaves & Fishes Community Services

This pantry began in a small closet at St. Raphael in 1984 and has now grown to become its own not-for-profit agency serving over 10,000 people (over 4,000 children and 2,500 households) per month. St. Raphael continues its support of the pantry by collecting non-perishable food each Sunday and providing envelopes for monetary donations the […]

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The purpose of St.Vincent de Paul is the spiritual growth and development of its members by offering person-to-person service to the poor. St. Vincent de Paul works within the parish boundaries of St. Raphael; referring requests from outside our boundaries to the caller’s parish. The St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Raphael oversees the […]

Transitional Housing

This ministry meets the needs of homeless families who are committed to working their way out of homelessness by providing temporary, rent-free, transitional housing for a period of up to two years. Bridge Communities provides the necessary structure and legal framework to make the lease commitment, screens potential families, trains volunteer mentors to facilitate the […]

Mission Trips

Week long mission trip opportunities for incoming freshmen through adult leaders are available. Formation for mission participants begins in January and continues until the trip. Different sites are selected each year. Contact: Chris Traub at (630) 615-7609 or ctraub@st-raphael.com

Raphael Peer Ministry (RPM)

Teens wanting to develop a closer relationship with Christ and have fellowship with peers come together with adult leaders and have fun sharing their faith through activities, games, prayer and discussion. Each week’s program is planned by teen(s), college students or adults. RPM members are encouraged to take leadership roles on retreats, trips and social […]

REACH – Special Needs Programs

REACH, Religious Education Apostalate for Christian Handicapped, serves children ages 6 years and up.  Children are grouped according to age and/or ability. Each group has a Lead Catechist and each student is assigned a Helper Catechist. Classes are held twice a month on Saturday mornings from September to April. Sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. […]

Confirmation Small Group Catechists

Confirmation Catechists walk with a small group of students for two years as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Groups meet two to three times a month from October through May in the catechists’ homes. The focus of these groups is community building, faith formation, liturgy, service, and topical discussions. All materials are supplied by […]

Rainbows

Rainbows registration 2019-2020   Rainbows for All Children offers structured, age-specific, peer support groups, facilitated by trained adults, for children who are grieving the loss of a family member as a result of death, divorce, or other traumatic separation event. Children are able to grieve, communicate with, and heal among peers.  They no longer feel […]

Adult Choirs

St. Raphael Choir 10:45 Mass Rehearsals Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm The St. Raphael Choir ministers at the 10:45am Mass and many special liturgies and events through out the year (Sept thru Pentecost). This choir uses music of many styles and genres from the great classical composers to the music of our time and church today. […]