Entries by Julie Duffin

Applications Now Being Accepted For Annual Special Appeal

St. Raphael is currently accepting applications for funds to be used for organizations in ministry. The Special Appeal is an annual collection held during the Advent season and traditionally given to deserving ministries outside the parish. A committee of parishioners of St. Raphael Church will select the Special Appeal recipient. To qualify, the ministry applying […]

Five Ways To Help Stop Family Separation

            Members from our parish joined Bishop Conlon at a rally against family separation in Joliet on June 30. Click the link below for information and links on 5 ways you can help stop immigrant family separation. Five Ways You Can Help Stop Family Separation

Registration for Rainbows Program 2018-19 now open

Rainbows for all Children is a peer support group, led by trained facilitators, for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one due to death, divorce, deployment, incarceration, a long-term illness, or another life-altering event.  Over 83% of children in the U.S. will experience one or more of these traumatic events at some […]

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 […]

Men with a Mission

Discover how God is active in the lives of the men of St Raphael; an opportunity to meet and grow in faith with your brothers in Christ.  Pray together, share your stories, support one another as life happens to all of us.  Social activities, spiritual events and service projects highlight this mission. There are currently […]