Entries by Julie Duffin

Service projects update – thank you!!

Thanks to all who participated in the Aunt Mary Storybook project!! Over $900 was raised for this prison ministry. Special thanks to our coordinator Mary Walsh. Feed My Starving Children Parish Service Project! Thanks to all who served April 13. (Some of our participants below.)                       […]

Totus Tuus Registration Now Open – June 9-14 (volunteers needed, too!)

Registration is now open for our summer Totus Tuus program. Grades 1-6 program runs Monday–Friday from 9:00am- 2:30pm. $35 per child. Grades 7-12 program runs Sunday–Thursday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. $15 per teen. Click here to open the online registration website. Volunteers needed, too! We are also looking for some awesome families to host a lunch or dinner for […]

St. Vincent de Paul clothing & household item drive – May 18 & 19

The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be in our parking lot the weekend of May 18-19! Saturday, May 18: 12 noon-6:00pm Sunday, May 19: 7:00am-2:00pm Bags will be available after Masses the weekend of May 4-5. We will accept……. Clothing, shoes, linens and books in good or bad condition. Unusable clothing, shoes, linens and even books […]

Organ concert – May 17

Highly acclaimed organist, Isabelle Demers, will present a free concert at St. Raphael on Fri., May 17 at 7:30 pm. You don’t want to miss the exciting program that she has prepared particularly for our instrument.

Mother’s Day ‘Spiritual Bouquet’ Cards available – May 4 & 5

Mother’s Day Spiritual Bouquets will be available for purchase after Masses on May 4, 5 in the Founders Room as well as the parish office. Each card is available for only $10 each and is appropriate to give for mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, aunts, step-mothers and spiritual mothers. These special Mothers’ Day intentions will be remembered once […]

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 […]

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 […]