Interested in helping with local mission trips?

Jordan River Farm is a ministry through the Joliet Diocese. The Service Ministry of St. Raphael Church is looking into creating a team of adult volunteers to assist with this effort. We would begin with a daylong mission trip. Activities would include painting and repairing homes, prayer and fellowship. If you are interested in joining the team contact Barry O’Donnell at the Service Ministry Office

40 Days for Life – Sept. 22-Oct. 31

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that brings together the body of Christ for 40 days of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism.  Forty Days for Life is gearing up and Planned Parenthood in Aurora will be a site to pray for an end to abortion again this September 22- October 31. 

St. Raphael will staff the prayer efforts on Friday October 8 from 7am-7pm. Join us for an hour of prayer.

Men’s Silent Retreat – October 2 & 3

All men of the parish are invited to attend a silent retreat on the beautiful grounds of the Portiuncula Center for Prayer in Frankfort, IL. The overnight retreat begins and 9:00 am on Saturday, October 2 and runs through noon on Sunday, October 3.

The retreat will focus on the theme of Eucharist and will include daily mass, talks by priests, a healing service, adoration, reconciliation, rosary, stations of the cross and plenty of quiet time. Cost: $125.

Click here to register and pay. Questions? Contact Deacon Kurt at

Online giving is getting easier

Our Online Giving is getting an upgrade to a newer, easier-to-use platform! If you currently give online, you will soon be receiving an email with instructions on how to log into the new system. Best of all, your existing payment and donation information will be migrated over so you will not have to set up your gifts again! Keep an eye on your email for more information coming very soon. 

COVID-19 Protocols.

The Church will be open daily till 6 pm for private prayer. The weekend mass schedule remains the same for now.
• Saturday: 5:00p.m.
• Sunday: 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m. & 12:00p.m.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

The dispensation to attend Sunday Mass remains in place for the time being, with the Diocese’s intention is to provide parishes and parishioners the opportunity to navigate and adjust to these new guidelines and protocols. 

Sr. Briege McKenna books available

St Raphael has been fortunate enough to acquire a limited number of books referenced during our last Parish Mission with Sister Briege McKenna. They are now available for purchase online.Sister Briege’s inspiring message of healing and the power of the Sacraments in her life gave our mission goers hope and their spirits uplifted in her personal account of how our lives can be changed as we seek out and encounter Christ in our faith journeys.  These books are a must read in this turbulent time in our world.

Miracles Do Happen by Sr. Briege McKenna

The Power of the Sacraments by Sr. Briege McKenna

I Will Come Myself (Experiencing the Risen Christ) by Father Kevin Scanlon

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