Community Life Ministries
Adult Cooking Classes
Well Done Catering - Cooking Class Demonstrations Adult cooking classes designed to expand and refresh your knowledge on everyday cooking. Learn new, fresh & stylish recipes that can be easily prepared in your own kitchen. Volunteer opportunities are also available. To learn more about the Adult Cooking Classes contact Liz Sfeir. (216) 272-7615
The purpose of the Athletic Commission is to promote, coordinate and finance athletic programs at St. Raphael Parish. It also serves to provide wholesome opportunities for students to develop favorable habits and attitudes of social living. The objective of the Athletic Commission is to aid in the moral, physical and athletic development of the parish youth both as individuals and as members of a team, while promoting the philosophy, values and objectives of Catholic education through its athletic programs.
Bridge groups play once a month in our homes with a banquet in May. The group plays September through April. Anyone who loves to play bridge is welcome Donald Vernon, (440) 835-2243.
Our annual Fish Fry takes place every Friday during Lent and is held in the St Raphael Parish Activity Center. Volunteer registration forms are available two months before the first Fish Fry event. All are welcome to participate. Joyce Wager, (440) 871-1100
The Guild is comprised of parish women of all ages seeking to “make things happen” through spiritual, social, and service activities supporting our parish and local community. An Executive Board and Committee Chairpersons, with the help of the Guild’s general membership, plan and organize a variety of events, including the annual Fall Luncheon, Halloween Costume and Winter Coat Drives for the West Side Catholic Center, Advent Evening of Reflection, Christmas Poinsettia and Wreath Sales, Soup and Salad luncheons, Fat Tuesday celebrations, Book Club, Gourmet Lunch group, “Girls’ Nights Out” and “Girls’ Nights In,” and the annual Catholic High School Scholarship Contest. The Guild is committed to passing on God’s love in everything we do. Cathy Pembridge , (440) 892-4851
Littlest Angels Babysitting
Littlest Angels Teen or Adult Volunteer Child care for children ages 2-5 is provided by trained and supervised volunteers during some liturgies and parish programs for parents. Adult and teen volunteers are always needed to serve as child care ministers and aides. Parents using this service are encouraged to volunteer twice a year. Current offerings include: Child Care for PSR teachers in the Zwilling Room on PSR Mondays. The Little Angels Program offers supervised play for toddlers in the Zwilling Room during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sundays. Diaper changing is not available. Terri Telepak, (440) 871-1100.
The parish picnic is a social time for the parish to come together to celebrate its vibrancy. It is from 3 - 6 p.m. and includes a picnic, activities and friends. It is held in the final days of summer as we begin to regroup for all the Fall activities. Teen or Adult Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. Alison Ford, (440) 570-3881
The Archangels is a ministry to provide opportunities for making life more worthwhile for men and women 50 years and older by bringing them together for spiritual growth, friendship, education, entertainment and cultural activities.
The Bakers Club is a group of parishioners who enjoy the art of baking. This club sponsors parish wide events that are in need of bakery, such as, our Lenten Fish Fry, Parish Mission, Women's Retreat or whenever there is a function that is in need of baked goods. Jone Hull, (440) 835-2461
The Annual St Raphael Parish Christmas Cookie Extravaganza takes place in December in the St Raphael Lunch Room. Volunteers are needed to help bake cookies. Kathleen Hegeman, (440) 871- 7147
St. Raphael Men's Golf offers Christian fellowship while enjoying the game. Foursomes play on Thursdays at Bob-o-Link. Cookouts during league play and a two-man tournament bring the group together. A point system fosters healthy competition. Sharing life with good men is the goal. Fred Bangeman, (440) 933-6686
The Men’s Basketball group meets on Sunday evenings for friendly games of pickup basketball and some fellowship/reflection time.
The Photograph Ministry lends its talents to St Raphael Church by taking pictures at parish events. These pictures could be used in parish newsletters or community-building bulletin boards. Each person uses his/her own camera for pictures and is responsible for turning them in once taken. Mary Lou Toler, (440) 835-4859
The Girl Scout Program is an informal educational program designed to help girls put into practice the fundamental principles of the Girl Scout Movement. It is carried out in small groups with adult leadership and provides a wide range of activities developed around the interests and needs of girls. The motivational force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The Girl Scout Program at St. Raphael is open to all girls in the parish from kindergarten through high school. Girls participate in service projects, earning badges, learning crafts and skills and participating in camping and outdoor experiences. Michelle Ellis, (440) 871-3143.
Annual Mailing Activities
This is a group of people who like to help out with putting together mailings. The annual Stewardship Renewal mailing takes place in September. Ben Brant, (440) 835-6540
Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts
Scouting at St. Raphael parish provides the perfect balance between fun and commitment. Scouting teaches boys critical values such as leadership, responsibility, community service and duty to God. From Cub Scouts Pack 159 to Boy Scouts Troop 159, scouting has been transforming young boys into men through various activities. From mountain climbing to whitewater rafting, boys create adventures for themselves while making time to learn about lifelong skills such as first aid and personal management. The memories made through scouting last a lifetime and friendships are usually transformed into lifelong bonds. Parish members can begin scouting in the first grade and advance through high school.
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