Happy Anniversary Bishop Hicks!


September 29, 2022

Dear Parish Secretaries, Communications Staff and Bulletin Editors,

Today, Bishop Hicks celebrates his second anniversary in the Diocese of Joliet AND the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels.

Hoy, el Obispo Hicks celebra su segundo aniversario en la Diócesis de Joliet Y la fiesta de los Santos Arcángeles Miguel, Gabriel y Rafael.

Our Bulletin

Click on the most recent date to view our bulletin. This is a digital copy. This includes are variety of information and announcements. You will read about what is going on in our youth and adult mysteries as well.

CREEDS Scripture Study begins September 21

Registration Directions: when you click the registration form you will see that you can also pay for the registration fee. A separate tab will open to pay the $75.00 registration fee. The $75 registration fee includes the 24-week study and all materials. If you prefer, you can fill out the form, submit and then go to the registration link after. If you prefer to fill out a paper registration form, there are copies at the church office at the front desk.

Topic Insights into the Early Church:
Corinthians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon & James

CREEDS is a parish wide bible study designed to meet the spiritual hunger of both beginners and veterans. This year, under the guidance of Fr. Bob Carroll, O.Carm., Ph.D., we will continue to explore the story of the early Church through Pauline letters written to the Corinthians, Timothy, Titus and Philemon, and the letter of James to the Jewish-Christian communities of the Diaspora. Through these letters we will enter the world of the early Christians. We will experience the challenges and conflict that they face as they try to live according to “The Way” that they have accepted by their baptism into the mystery of Christ. And, with them, we will receive the support, encouragement, admonishment, and guidance necessary to live as the Body of Christ.

The 2022 study will begin on Wednesday, September 21 and will continue through April 26, Participants choose to attend either the morning session from 9:30-11:30am or the evening session from 7:00-9:00pm on Wednesdays.   Whether this is your first-time studying scripture, or you are a seasoned veteran, CREEDS will enhance your faith life in wonderful ways through prayer, individual study, small group discussion and large group presentation. Fr. Bob Carroll is the author and lecturer for CREEDS and welcomes active participation at the weekly meetings.

Contact: If you have questions or concerns, please call Luanne Roth at (630) 229-1876.

OCIA: Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

OCIA-Order of Christian Initiation of Adults

(Formerly RCIA)
Are you interested in becoming Catholic?

Is the Lord calling you to complete the sacraments you missed when you were younger?

OCIA is here to assist you on your journey! The OCIA is a process for fully initiating adults into the Catholic faith.

We can help:

Those who have never been baptized.

Those who were baptized and raised in a Christian church and now may want to become Catholic. Baptized Catholics who never completed their initiation through the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Contact Deacon Kurt for more information at klange@st-raphael.com

Window Project Update

On August 1st the skylight windows replacement bean in the church. Our window replacement is necessary due to the failure of the seals on the windows which causes constant leakage in our church. The project is scheduled to be completed on August 13th . We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Following completion of the windows project, the flat roof on the church will be replaced. We are very fortunate that with proper maintenance, our 25 year roof has lasted almost 30 years. Thank you to all who support the parish and also for your donations to our Capital Improvement Fund, on-line and in the monthly envelope, your generosity allows us to do these works without needing a special collection.

Welcome Fr. Tom!

It is July which heralds the assignment of a new Parochial Vicar for us here at St. Raphael. Please pray for Fr. Tom as he joins our parish family. Father Tom Logue grew up at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale where he began his education in our Catholic Faith first thinking of priesthood during daily mass with his dad at the age of 5. After attending the parochial school there and towards the end of his time in high school at Fenwick in Oak Park, Father Tom had a transformative experience of the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus and heard Him ask Father Tom to give us life over to him in the priesthood. During his time at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, after growing ever-deeper in his conviction of the realty of Jesus Resurrection from the dead and His deep goodness, Father Tom entered St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN. After his graduation he spent a few years working with high school students as a youth minister in Joliet and Elmhurst before entering Mudelein seminary where he completed his priestly formation before his ordination of May 21st, 2022.

Child Lector Ministry is Back!

We are pleased to announce the return of the Child Lector Ministry. Open to children in grades three through eight. Child Lectors attend monthly training sessions at which they reflect on the scripture readings. They are then assigned to proclaim God’s Word at the 8:00am Mass, Children’s Liturgies of the Word and prayer services.

If your child would like to join the program next year, there will be a mandatory orientation held on Sunday, September 11 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Church. Monthly trainings are held once a month, September through May.

Space is limited. To learn more about this ministry or to RSVP, please contact Christine Palumbo at ChristineMPalumbo@gmail.com or 630-248-0200.