Entries by Julie Duffin

Weekly Gift Card Sales after Masses starting Thanksgiving weekend

We will be starting weekly sales after Masses starting Thanksgiving Weekend. All gift card purchases benefit Mission Activities through Service Ministry. You pay full price and we receive a rebate. Many of the restaurant gift cards return about 8-10% and Fannie May returns 25%! Other gift cards are available for purchase, which you may write […]

Fall Yard Work Service Opportunities available

Parish Service Response Team The Service Ministry Office is seeking individuals, families, Knights of Columbus or other parish groups who would like to participate in this service activity. People are needed to assist other parishioners with basic household tasks. There is a great need now helping our seniors with leaf raking and yard work!! Contact Barry […]

Thanksgiving Day Mass – November 22 @ 9:00am

Our Thanksgiving Day Mass will be Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 am. You are encouraged to bring one or more nonperishable food items that will be distributed to those in need through Loaves and Fishes. It has been our parish custom to include this procession of gifts for the poor during our Thanksgiving Mass. What […]

Christmas Sharing Adopt-a-Family – families still available

This year St. Raphael Church has committed to assisting 160 families (400 children) who are clients of the Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. Please consider “adopting” one of these families by purchasing gifts for their children. Individuals, families, small Christian communities, school and RE groups, and neighborhoods are all welcome to adopt by choosing from […]

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 […]