Entries by Julie Duffin

Women’s CRHP Renewal Weekend – February 8 & 9

CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH Hope!  It is a word that carries us.  It is a word that reminds us of God’s promise!  It is what we see through the kindness of others.  Come experience Seeds of Hope at our CHRP retreat.  Take some time to reflect, pray, and rethink priorities.  Join us for a weekend […]

Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with us! January 26 – 31

    Sunday, January 26th – Friday, January 31st is National Catholic Schools Week. This is the annual commemoration of Catholic education in the United States. St. Raphael students will be involved in activities all week that celebrate their pride in the value of their Catholic education. At each mass the weekend of Jan 25/26, […]

St. Raphael Catholic School Open House – January 26 at 10:00am

Serving preschool through 8th grade St. Raphael School educates the whole child. In addition to providing academic excellence, our faculty fosters Catholic values, morals and principles to prepare each student for a life of faith, service and integrity. Students learn and grow in a Christ-centered, loving, family environment in small classes where they are known […]

Info about our 2020 Mission Speaker – Sister Briege McKenna

Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C. was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at the age of fifteen. Following her final vows and after suffering for more than three years with rheumatoid arthritis, she was transferred to her community in Tampa, Florida with the hope that the Florida sunshine would relieve her suffering. […]

Prison/ Jail Outreach

• Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project – an annual fundraiser supporting prison ministry. This initiative enables inmates to record themselves reading books to their children. The books and CD recordings are then given to the child.  • JUST of DuPage – offers opportunities to volunteer at the DuPage County Jail.

Short Term Mission Work

St. Raphael supports parish and Diocesan efforts to be involved in mission activities locally, nationally and internationally. This involves possible volunteer workers, fundraising and support efforts for the mission activities. One ongoing fundraising activity is the Gift Cards for Good program. Purchasing gift cards through this program provides a percentage of the gift card purchase […]

DuPage PADS

St. Raphael Knights of Columbus sponsor a monthly service hosted at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville. Shift volunteers are needed for 5:30-9:00pm, 9:00pm-12:00am, 12:00-3:00am, 3:00-5:30am, 5:30-8:00am. Food donations are also needed for dinner and breakfast. Date: second Thursday of the month Time Commitment: 4 hours per month Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

Bereavement/Grief Support

The Service Ministry & Pastoral Care office provides the following list of support groups at St. Raphael or in the local area.   Bereavement Support Groups Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a self-help support group where people help people through the difficult experience of death of a spouse, divorce, or in the process of divorce. We are a non-profit ministry of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Our focus is on the Spiritual, Intellectual and Emotional growth of our members. People from all […]

Blood Pressure Screening

High Blood Pressure is a silent disease which is a contributing factor to many serious illnesses. Be proactive about your health and have your blood pressure checked by one of our registered nurses! Third Weekend of the Month (August – June) • after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday • after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 […]

Parish Response Team

            Willing parishioners provide services to parishioners that need assistance. As a need is surfaced a notification is sent out to those on the team. Some of the services are leaf raking and yard work, minor household chores or repair, and other assorted tasks. Date: Year round Time Commitment: According […]

Bereavement Group

Open to anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. The group meets weekly for a six-week time period. Offered once or twice a year. Time Commitment: Meets for 6 weeks, once or twice a year. Contact: Barry O’Donnell at (630) 615-7613 or bodonnell@st-raphael.com

Samaritan Ministry

The Samaritan Ministry administers 40% of our 5% parish tithe (or 2% of Sunday collections excluding Easter).  Non-profit organizations seeking funding are invited to submit an application for this portion of our tithe each November.  Members of our Samaritan Ministry meet each January to discern the recipients of the current fiscal year’s tithe. These parish […]

Pro-Life

Members of this ministry work to preserve the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death and support pro-life activities. With the Diocesan Life Office, educational resources on life issues such as caring for the aged, the death penalty, opportunities for political action, pastoral care services for crisis pregnancies and post-abortion reconciliation are […]