MINISTRIES

BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY

Our parish has a variety of ministries that reflect our belief that, as members of the Body of Christ, we are, as Christ is, Priest, Prophet, and King.  As Priests, we lead and participate in worship and evangelization; as Prophets, we teach; as Kings, we serve.

P R I E S T  ~  W O R S H I P 

FINANCE COUNCIL

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FUND RAISING

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GARDENING

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VISITING THE SICK

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Head of Ministry: Kevin McCarthy,

Pablo Chacon & Joanie Gillilan

Charter / Mission: 

The High School Youth Ministry known as STRJYM, is a joint ministry of St. Raphael and St. Joseph Church. Its members come together to unify the youth of their communities with the goal of making a difference by living out their Catholic faith every day.  

Currently Suspended

H i g h  S c h o o l
Y o u t h  M i n i s t r y
(STRJYM)

K I N G  ~  S E R V E

Head of Ministry: Vincent Vitiello &

Sylvia Barrasso

Charter / Mission: 

Collection Counters work directly with the Pastor to organize, record, and count weekly and special collections.  The counters work on the process after each Mass, and provide completed financial forms to the Parish Bookkeeper.  Team members serve 3-4 hours, one weekend a month to be part of the team.  

C o l l e c t i o n  
C o u n t e r s
M i n i s t r y
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C o m m u n i c a t i o n s
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Mary Gayle Scheper & Pablo Chacon

Charter / Mission:

The Communications Ministry has as its goal to provide 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. 

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Head of Ministry: Barbara Chekijian

Charter / Mission: 

The 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.  

F u n d r a i s i n g
M i n i s t r y
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G a r d e n i n g  
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry:  Karen Kundla

Charter / Mission:

Gardening Ministry members create an outdoor environment for the church that reflects the beauty of God’s creations.   The environment is maintained weekly during the spring and summer, and updated semi-annually during the Parish Work Parties. 

L o a v e s  &  F i s h e s
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Anna Miranda

Charter / Mission: 

Loaves and Fishes Ministry members offer a weekly meal – purchased or home-made - to parishioners who are in need due to illness – acute or chronic – or because of other family stress. We are looking for cooks and potential recipients. 

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Head of Ministry: James P. McIlvaine

Charter / Mission:

The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Benefit Society open to any Catholic male, age 18 and older.  Our goal is to support our Parish, helping to make it more active and thriving, and to encourage more men to join the Knights. 

K n i g h t s  o f
C o l u m b u s  
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S t .  J o s e p h  
M a i n t e n a n c e   M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Joe Lanni & Frank Fusaro

Charter / Mission:

The Maintenance Ministry is a team of DIY parishioners who perform minor repairs within the parish plant/facility at a minimal cost, whenever possible.   We work on many of the maintenance tasks during the two Parish Work Days.  

Head of Ministry: Barbara Chekijian

Charter / Mission:

  The Prayer Shawl Ministry creates shawls, lap robes and other garments.  These are given to those in need of a gesture of compassion and peace, to the newly baptized, to those that are grieving, and those who are needy. Knitters and crocheters, and those who are willing to learn, are welcomed to join.  

P r a y e r  S h a w l  
M i n i s t r y
R e a c h  O u t  
M i n i s t r y

Point of Contact: Parish Office

Charter / Mission:

The Reach Out Ministry has as its goal to recognize 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.  

SAC

Head of Ministry: Rosalind Brixie  & Diane White

Charter / Mission:

The Social Concerns Ministry at St. Raphael's parish is 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.

S a m a r i t a n s
A l w a y s  C a r e
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Head of Ministry: Charlie & Diane Quinn

Charter / Mission:

The Sunshine Ministry writes a special note each month to up-lift parishioners who are sick or home-bound, based on our Parish Prayer List. We accept donations of “Thinking of You” cards. 

S u n s h i n e  
M i n i s t r y
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Ministry Head: Isabel Regala

Charter / Mission:

The Altar Linen Ministry provides clean linens to be used in the celebration of the Mass.  Members take turns picking up soiled linens each week from the Sacristy, laundering them according to church-established procedures that reflect their use in the Mass, and returning them to the Sacristy.   

A l t a r  L i n e n  
M i n i s t r y
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Point of Contact: Parish Office

Charter / Mission:

The Altar Servers Ministry provides the opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Mass in a hands-on manner, serving the Presider and representing the parishioners. Children who have received their First Communion and older children are welcome to join the team. 

A l t a r  S e r v e r s
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Head of Ministry: Joanie Gilliland

Charter / Mission:

The Children’s Liturgy of The Word (CLOW) Ministry provides a wonderful avenue for children to appreciate and comprehend the Word of God at their level of understanding.  We meet with the children at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, during the Liturgy of the Word portion of the Mass.

Currently Suspended due to COVID

C h i l d r e n 's  L i t u r g y  
o f  t h e  W o r d (C L O W)
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E x t r a o r d i n a r y
M i n i s t e r s  o f
H o l y  C o m m u n i o n (EMHC) 

Head of Ministry: Karol Purcell

Charter / Mission:

The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (or Eucharistic Ministers) are trained to assist the priest in the distribution of the Eucharist during Mass and clean the sacred vessels after Mass, as well as to bring the Eucharist to the homebound, nursing home residents, and hospital patients.  

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L a y F a i t h
S h a r i n g  M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Kristen Carrotto, Anna Miranda, and Caroline Ilogienboh

Charter / Mission: 

The Lay Faith Sharing Ministry meets, via ZOOM, to pray and reflect together on scripture and other materials available from FORMED.  We hold weekly meetings during Lent and Advent, and several other series during the rest of the year.  Meeting times and topics are published in the bulletin, and ZOOM links emailed, via email blast to the entire parish, prior to each event. 

L e c t o r s  M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Karen Kundla

Charter / Mission: 

Lectors are proclaimers: presenting, with feeling, the Word of God to give the Word its full and true value in today’s world.  We need parishioners who will not just read the words but will use their God-given skills to deliver the Word into reality for all.  

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Head of Ministry: Ted & Sharon Acero,

Marita Alarva

Charter / Mission: 

The Liturgical Environment Ministry creates a spiritual atmosphere of reverence, where parishioners can encounter and glorify God through the Liturgies throughout the Liturgical Year.

L i t u r g i c a l  
E n v i r o n m e n t  
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: TBD

Charter / Mission:

The Music Ministry works to support our community’s Sunday and seasonal liturgy by helping the assembly make a joyful noise to the Lord within the context of our Roman Catholic tradition. We welcome singers - adults and children - as well as instrumentalists.  

M u s i c  M i n i s t r y
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U s h e r s  M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: TBD

Charter / Mission: 

Members of the Usher Ministry are the first face of our parish family to those attending services in our church.  They greet, assist parishioners with special needs, assist with the Offertory collection and ensure that the gifts of Bread and Wine are presented to the Presider at the Offertory. 

P R O P H E T  ~  T E A C H

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B a p t i s m  
P r e p a r a t i o n
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Joe & Diane Kratzer

Charter / Mission: 

The Baptism Preparation Ministry meets with parents who desire to have their children baptized into the Catholic Faith, to prepare them for the role they will play in the lives of their child as a member of the Family of God. 

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P r e - C a n a  
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Joe & Diane Kratzer

Charter / Mission:

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.

Pre-Cana Registration Form

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C o n f i r m a t i o n
P r e p a r a t i o n
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Tina Ford

Charter / Mission:

The Confirmation Preparation Ministry members prepare our 8th and 9th graders to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The program is a year-long period of preparation which focuses on the commitment that these young people will make to move from a parental-guided Faith to one of self-commitment. We are looking for people to help with that process. 

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P e o p l e  o f  G r a c e
M i n i s t r y

Head of Ministry: Anna Miranda

Charter / Mission: 

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. 

Head of Ministry: Walter Mollineaux

Charter / Mission: 

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Ministry is a team that works with non-baptized adults and already baptized adults from other Christian faiths, who seek information about the Catholic faith and baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation. 

R i t e  o f  C h r i s t i a n
I n i t i a t i o n  f o r
A d u l t s  M i n i s t r y
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Head of Ministry: Denise Flanagan & Mary Gayle Scheper

Charter / Mission: 

The Religious Education Ministry members provide children from grades 1-7 with an understanding of our Catholic Faith through knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of the Church. We are looking for people over 17 years of age to help teach our children. 

R e l i g i o u s  
E d u c a t i o n
M i n i s t r y