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.
Congratulations to Kathy Wooley, our Social Concerns Ministry Coordinator!
“The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 as the official recognition program of the United States Senate. They are considered America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism. In New Jersey, the awards are also the official recognition program of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service. Honorees received a recognition pin engraved with the presidential seal. Outside the Oval Office, they are the only place where the seal is legally displayed.
Wooley is among 10 New Jerseyans to be honored in the Jefferson Awards’ Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) Community Pillar Award category, which “recognizes individuals who, by the breadth and depth of their services across many categories of volunteerism, significantly contribute to the quality of life and/or standard of living in the community.” For more 28 years, every fifth Monday of the month, Wooley and her team of parishioner volunteers from St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church in Hamilton Township serve meals at TASK. Wooley also tutors the soup kitchen’s adult education students almost every weekday. She volunteered to be the soup kitchen’s bookkeeper in the organization’s early days, helped the A-Team artists of TASK form their own nonprofit and now serves as secretary of TASK’s Board of Trustees. She also gives of her time and talent to other local organizations. Wooley said she is grateful for the recognition, but stressed: “It’s not just me. I couldn’t do it without the people who work with me.” Executive Director Campbell said, “Kathy is an incredible volunteer, committed to honoring the dignity of the person. She carries that with her at all times whether she is at the Board table, tutoring or serving.” Excerpted from NJ.com, Click here to read article at NJ.COM
Featured Ministry: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
The reception of Holy Eucharist is the most intimate act a faithful Catholic can enter into with Our Lord. Truly it is Christ Himself who is received when one receives Holy Communion. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are graced with the privilege of sharing Christ’s Body and Blood with others. This ministry must, therefore, be regarded with the utmost dignity and reverence. Ministers should possess sufficient maturity and make sure to not call attention to themselves or to distract from the flow of the celebration. All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine.
Extraordinary ministers connect the Church to the home or hospital, when needed. When we return to our pews after receiving Communion, we see those that gather at the altar to be handed the Eucharist by the priest for distribution to those that are unable to attend Mass because of health issues or other circumstances. After Mass, when we leave the church and begin our Sunday activities, these individuals carry the most Holy Eucharist out into the community – to homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
They are indeed extraordinary – both in terms of their roles in the distribution of the Eucharist at Mass, as well as outside of the Church – however, that is not why they are called as such. The Extraordinary Minister is called extraordinary in order to distinguish him or her from the ordinary minister of Holy Communion, who is a bishop, priest, or deacon (Code of Canon Law, c. 910)
Many have witnessed the blessing of their services to the Church. For those who are sick or home bound, it was heartwarming and comforting to see a familiar face walk into the room. The visit, the prayers and the Eucharist were truly gifts for them.
Will you answer God’s call to be Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs)? To sign-up and serve the ministry, please contact the Rectory (609) 585-7049 or Lou Monticchio. Click here to read more.
Please prayerfully consider being a Catechist
Save The Date: Parish Summer Picnic, September 9, 2018, 1-4pm, Parish Grounds.
Expect more food, more fun, more line dancing, more people, more entertainment like pony ride and bouncy house.
Get actively involved through your ministries, organizations, committees or groups. Let Trish Teague, the overall chairperson (Hospitality Committee), know that you are interested.
Mark your calendar! Have fun before the summer finally ends!
St Raphael School Open Registration
— SAVE THE DATE —
TAKE TIME TO DISCOVER GOD’S HOLINESS WITHIN OURSELVES.
Join us for a presentation and discussion in St. Raphael Church on
Wednesday, October 10th at 7:15 pm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS — THE COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW!