St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish warmly welcomes you to our parish community. We want you to know you can find a spiritual home with us. We invite you to enjoy our website and find information about our worship services, school, Faith Formation programs and parish organizations.
St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish is a place of hope and healing, the place people turn to in times of need. We are a community of caring, faithful Catholics dedicated to service, worship and prayer, religious education, and works of charity. We offer ministries for adults, elderly, youth and children where you can form new friendships to support and encourage you to a deeper relationship with Christ.
Welcome home! We look forward to meeting you and worshipping our Lord together. Contact us with any questions. Discover a purposeful and meaningful life, take an active part in our parish community. Click on the Ministries tab and see the many ways to get involved. By becoming the answer to someone’s prayer, we often find the answers to our own.
Click here to watch the slideshow of music from the St. Raphael-Holy Angels Music Ministry.
Featured Ministry: Liturgical Environment Committee
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
The Liturgical Environment Committee takes care of the general appearance of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church on a weekly basis. They design and implement plans taking into consideration the liturgical seasons, colors of those seasons, the various liturgical functions taking place during the year and the focus for each season. They also provide information about the saints of the day. They make sure décor is appropriate for weddings, funerals, baptisms, First Communion and other special events. The ambience helps inspire the parish to reflect on each occasion and encourage deeper prayer.
“Your talent is God’s gift to you, what you do with it is your gift back to God” LB
If you like to be creative, this ministry is a great way to glorify God with your talent. Please email Jean Kaczoroski or Chet Latini if you are interested in helping. Click image for more information.
Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition of devotional novena masses leading to Christmas Day. The liturgical significance emanates from the Season of Advent, a time of spiritual preparation and purification so that one can be worthy of the coming of the Christ Child. It is celebrated in 9 Churches throughout Mercer County. The 2nd novena night is at St. Raphael Church. The Mass features a Prelude and Music by the SRHA Filipino Choir. Refreshments and fellowship called “Fiesta sa Nayon” follows in the Parish Center. Come celebrate the joy of preparing ourselves for the birth of our Lord, Jesus. All are welcome!
This long-treasured Filipino tradition was introduced in the early 1600’s by Spanish missionary friars who held pre-dawn Advent novena masses to accommodate farmers wanting to participate before heading to work in their farmlands. Today, Filipino Catholics gather as early as 4 am; the daunting task of rising very early and traveling to church adds an element of sacrifice. After mass, the aroma of sweet, native delicacies from street vendors fill the air and families gather in spirit of festivity and camaraderie. Filipino immigrants brought this tradition with them, but the cold, December weather will not allow for early morning masses and so local parishes held the masses nighttime.
Share The Warmth
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22
You have never really lived, until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you, but remember that God can never be outdone in generosity!
Your response to our request for help with November’s Sweater Bingo was amazing! We had 24 volunteers (including 5 first-timers and 3 students) who helped the residents with sweater shopping and Bingo. Thanks to donations from parishioners, we were able to “award” 45 sweaters as prizes. It was a very happy event for residents and volunteers alike. -Social Concerns Committee
Wow! we did not break our record of 2016 (275), however, we came very close, (273) families fed for Thanksgiving. Do not tell our volunteers that we came close, many were sporting aching backs, arms, legs and bodies. The only thing that kept them going was Advil, aspirin and anything to help soothe their pain. All our volunteers worked diligently and tirelessly. God bless them all! We could not have given out all this food, if it was not for the parishioners and donors of St. Raphael-Holy Angels, St. Gregory the Great and Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony, who contributed food and monetary assistance. Thank you and God bless you! -Food Pantry Ministry
We are humbled by the extreme generosity of the parishioners of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish and are blessed to share the final baby bottle amount is $5,763.50. It is through your prayers and financial support, we are able to continue to provide a loving home for our families. We will have welcomed 4 new babies by the end of the month of December—true Christmas blessings. The mothers, staff, volunteers and babies wish you a blessed Christmas and a new year of many blessings. You are all a blessing to us at Good Counsel Homes. (We still have bottles that have yet to be returned. Some of you may have simply forgotten to return it. If so, still bring it to the Rectory and Good Counsel Homes will receive your bottle. If you took a bottle and were not able to participate, for whatever the reason, that’s okay—you can still help. The return of the bottle will still be a donation as this is one less bottle we have to purchase. Thank you and God bless you).