Ministries

As members of the Body of Christ, we are, as Christ is:  Priest, Prophet and King!  

As Prophets, we teach our members, both young and old

As Kings, we serve the poor and suffering and coordinate the efforts of our parishioners to achieve a common purpose.

The Parish of St. Raphael provides a number of activities and teams that allow us to use our gifts to return them with joyous thanks.  These activities fall into several categories:

As PRIEST, we lead and participate in WORSHIP and EVANGELIZATION –

Liturgical Ministries which provide parishioners who support the celebration of the Eucharist

  • Altar Linens – provide clean linens to be used at the celebration of the Mass
  • Altar Servers –assist the priest during the celebration of the Eucharist, representing the congregation
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word – a simplified presentation of the readings for each week of the Liturgical year, that allows children to understand and celebrate the Word of God
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) – assist in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass & to the homebound.
  • Lectors – proclaiming God’s word during all liturgical celebrations
  • Liturgical Environment – providing a joyful environment in which to celebrate the Eucharist during each of the season of the liturgical year
  • Music Ministry – providing music and song to celebrate God’s joyful news
  • Ushers – greet, help parishioners with special needs, take up collections, distribute the bulletins

As KING, we serve the poor and suffering and coordinate the efforts of our parishioners to achieve a common purpose –

Community Services Ministries which provide prayer, support and care to our fellow parishioners, both internal and external

  • Knights of Columbus – joining with the Local K of C to support their outreach eventsLoaves and Fishes – food and caring for parishioners in need
  • Loaves & Fishes – providing meals to those who need them who are sick (due to serious or chronic illness) or homebound
  • Prayer Shawl – knitted and crocheted garments created with prayers for the recipient
  • Social Concerns Ministry – also known as “SAC”- Samaritans Always Care. The ministry runs programs that assist the less fortunate, both individuals and families, within the area, in a variety of ways. SAC will also provide assistance to any person or group within the parish that wishes to run similar programs.
  • Sunshine Committee – greeting cards and notes to parishioners for whom we are praying

Parish Life Ministries which address the day-to-day needs of the parish and encourages interactions among parishioners

  • Collection Counters – teams of parishioners who count the offerings each week
  • Communications Ministry –  providing communications to parishioners of all ages, as well as the local community, drawing on communication tools that they use in everyday life: email, parish bulletin, parish website, Facebook, and local newspapers.
  • Fund Raising Ministry –  serves as the focal point for fund raisers within the Parish Family, each of which is supported by individual ministries or ad-hoc teams. These fund raisers provide the opportunity for the members of the Parish Family to come together support the financial needs of the parish, and to have fun while doing it
    Gardening – care and upkeep of the external gardens
  • Reach Out Ministry – recognizing the special times in the lives of the parish family: births, weddings, special anniversaries, and losses. Let us know about the significant times in your life so we can celebrate with you as your parish family.
  • St. Joseph Maintenance – DIY home repair and improvement projects
  • Senior Citizens – offering events for parishioners 60+

As PROPHET, we teach our members, both young and old –

  • Preparation for Baptism – preparation for the sacrament of Baptism, required for all first-time parents. Both the preparation and the receiving of the Sacrament are by appointment.
  • First Reconciliation – preparation of our children to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation through training and support of their families.  Occurs in October of each year
  • First Eucharist – preparation of our children to receive the Eucharist for the first time. A joint preparation with the Religious Education staff and the families.  Occurs in March/April each year.
  • Confirmation – A year-long program of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation through peer mentoring, retreats, and service projects
  • People of Grace Ministry – People of Grace is an evangelizing and teaching ministry that uses talks on selected topics and faith sharing to bring people close to God. These events take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month. We also support a Rosary Devotion each morning.
  • Pre-Cana Ministry – The Pre-Cana Ministry works with engaged couples to prepare them to receive the sacrament of Marriage, and to live happily and successfully in their marriage. The Ministry team provides a Pre-Cana Retreat twice a year, offering a day of immersion in the topics of special interest to those embarking into married life.
  • Religious Education – for young children (grades K-7) in which we create an atmosphere that is interactive, faith based and modeled after the love of Jesus.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) –a one-year process, led by a core team, which is open to individuals being called to the Catholic faith or adults who want to celebrate First Eucharist or Confirmation.
  • Small Faith Sharing Communities – small teams who join together to explore our Faith and deepen our knowledge of the facts of our Faith
  • Youth Ministry – provide a safe, confidential environment for all high school youth to meet in a social setting and discuss current events, using our Faith as the basis for discussions

Parish Councils which provide overarching guidance and organization for the Parish

  • Parish Leadership – oversight and leadership of parish community, setting goals and communicating with parish members
  • Finance – advise and assist the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial administration of the parish
  • Stewardship – helping the parish family to recognize their God-given gifts and use them

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