Entries by Julie Duffin

Rainbows for Grieving Children

This program is structured, age-specific, peer support groups, facilitated by 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 and heal among peers; they no longer feel alone in their grief; and can gain confidence […]

Formed: Catholic Faith On Demand

  You are invited to join the St Raphael Parish FORMED community! The Augustine Institute, partnering with Ignatius Press, launched FORMED as a revolutionary online service offering unprecedented access to a vast array of high end digital Catholic content! Through FORMED On Demand, you now have convenient access to a vast library of high quality and […]

Parish Mission – March 10, 11 & 12

Our Lent Parish Mission with Mike Patin will be Sun., Mar. 10 at 5 pm and Mon. & Tue., Mar. 11 & 12 at 7 pm. A pizza dinner will follow the Sun. session and a reception will be held after Mon. & Tue. Families and individuals are encouraged to attend this Lenten retreat that […]

Elements of the Catholic Mass

 The Liturgical Life Commission highly recommends this video series and study guides for enriching your understanding and participation in the litrugy. They are using the same for their own ongoing formation and discussion.  http://www.elementsofthecatholicmass.com/episodes

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 […]