Parish Pastoral Council:

The Parish Pastoral Council is an elected body of Parish representatives, governed by a Constitution and By-laws which were initially approved by the Parish community in 1989. The Council is the primary consultative body in the parish and advises the Pastor on all areas of Parish life and ministry. The members of the Council are elected by the parish community at large.

For more information, contact the Parish Office, or click here.

Parish Finance Council:

Church Law mandates that each parish have a Finance Council to aid and advise the Pastor in the administration of parish temporal goods. Members of the Finance Council are appointed by the Pastor for a limited term. They advise the Pastor in all financial and business matters of the parish. The Council with the assistance of the Parish Business Manager prepares the annual budget, monitors budgetary performance and oversees the preparation of the Annual Financial Report. A member of the Finance Council is also an appointed member of the Parish Pastoral Council and is a conduit for the interchange of financial information required for capital improvements, fund raising, and Church and School audits.

For more information, contact the Parish Office, or click here.


Musical Ministries

Each weekend Mass at St. Raphael has its own “brand” of music. Our parishioners find that music greatly enhances their prayerful experience of the Mass, but some types of music have greater impact.

Music at the Saturday 5:30 pm Vigil and the 7:30 am Sunday Mass is led by a cantor with a trained organist/pianist. Music is taken from our hymnal and reflects the liturgical readings of the day or the liturgical period.

At the 9:30 am and 11:00 am Sunday Masses the contemporary musicians, led by Bob and Patty Burnham, have a strong beat with the mixture of keyboard, guitar, and vocalists.

There are actually three rotating groups at the 12:30 pm Spanish Mass playing the traditional and contemporary Spanish liturgical music common to Mexico.

Our Sunday 5:30 pm youth-oriented Mass features talented young singers and instrumentalist under the direction of Youth Minister John Vasellina. Most of the uplifting music at this Mass is taken from the Life Teen liturgical planner which encourages young people to sing and participate in the celebration of the Eucharist.

If you are interested in sharing your musical talents, leave your name and Mass interest at the Parish Office and you will be contacted by a representative of the Music Ministry.

Eucharistic Ministers at Mass

The first Eucharistic Ministers at St. Raphael’s were appointed in 1968 and there are now over 100 regularly assigned Eucharistic Ministers plus substitutes serving at the daily Masses and the weekend Masses.

Annually there is a Saturday morning Spiritual Retreat. Those interested in serving in this capacity should contact Marcia Greiten, 705-8924 to obtain an application. Once your application has been approved by the Pastor, you will be scheduled for training and assignment.


The lay Ministry of Lector has more than 150 parishioners active in this service ministry which is open to any parishioner, female or male, starting with teenagers and having no upper age limit. Training is done on an individual or small group basis any time of the year. For more information, contact Charles Kriech, 967-8886.

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the clergy at Mass, Communion Services, Stations of the Cross, and other liturgical celebrations. To be a Server at St. Raphael Church, a Catholic young man or woman must be in at least the 5th Grade and have not yet graduated from high school. They must have their parent’s permission, and commit to serving at Mass at least once every three or four weeks. Serving at God’s altar is a sign of maturity and personal commitment; therefore servers are responsible for finding their own replacement when the assigned weekend falls at the same time as a family outing or a sports event.

Training for new servers is conducted each January and February. Please complete an application form which is available in the Parish Office. For more information contact Noël Fuentes, 683-9090×7.

Liturgy Committee

Formed in 1965, the Committee exists to implement the Second Vatican Council’s vision of the renewal of the Liturgy (The Church’s official worship), especially by encouraging all the faithful to “full, conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations” (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, paragraph 14). The Committee is made up of parish leaders of liturgical ministries and of at-large parish members. The Committee members gathers monthly to study and plan for the liturgical life of the parish and to prepare liturgies for major feasts of the Church year. Members are appointed to serve by the Pastor.

For more information contact Chair Melissa Colborn at 964-4570.

Prayer and Spirituality

Divine Mercy Group

Meets monthly at 7:00 pm in the church. Contact Martha at 964-4945.

Intercessory Prayer Group

“Intercessors of the Lamb” Prayer Group meets Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center Loung

Praise and Worship Group

A Charismatic Prayer Group. Meets in the St. Raphael’s Parish Conference Room Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Contact Ray Lyra email: For more information and a schedule of upcoming events, click here

Thursday Morning Rosary and Chaplet

Thursdays in the Crying Room, after
8:00 am Mass.

Eucharistic Adoration

You are invited to join us every First Friday of the month for Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at

8:00 am on First Friday until Solemn Benediction at 8:00 am on Saturday. The singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will begin at
3:00 pm on Friday. Please come at any time during these hours. Our dear Lord will provide you with many graces and blessings from His boundless Ocean of Mercy.
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Circle of St. Therese Women’s Apostolate

fellowship and prayer. Contact Lisa at 967-2152.

St. Joseph Cenacle Men’s Prayer Group

Meets Wednesdays, in the Church, 6:30 pm.

Service and Social Organizations

Knights of Columbus

More information about the Knights of Columbus is available here.

Children and Youth

Liturgy of the Word for Children:

The program of the Liturgy of the Word for Children has as its purpose to proclaim the Lord’s Word to elementary age children (Grades 1 through 5) at their level of understanding. The program operates during the school year during the 9:30 am and 5:30 pm Sunday Masses (except during special celebrations and inclement weather) when the children leave the Church with their leaders at the start of Mass to go to the Parish Hall for their lesson. The children return to their parents at the Offertory procession.

There is no registration of students for this program. Adults wishing to volunteer for the program should contact Nancy Panizzon at 964-5462.

Early Childhood Education:

Classes meet each Sunday during the 9:30 am Mass in the School classrooms. The program is designed for pre-school children ages 3, 4, and 5. Parent volunteers as teachers and aides are always welcome. We will provide training, lessons plans, and materials for your use. Lessons are planned so the child experiences the gifts the Father has given to His children. In October, the gift of our senses; in November, the gift of family and community; in December, the gift of Jesus; in January, the gift of seasons (change); in February, the gift of friendship and feelings; in March, the gift of animals; in April, the gift of plants and new life; and in May, the gift of Mary, the Mother of God.

For more information or to register, contact Cecilia Marks at 968-6008. You can also download a registration form and sumbit it on Sunday morning at the Early Childhood Education Office in the School classroom area.


The Ushers welcome parishioners and guests and help with seating, gathering and presenting the offerings of the people at the altar, assisting with Holy Communion, and other duties as required. Ushers also assist with giving out our hearing assisted headphones and give assistance to ill or disabled individuals until trained medical help arrives.

Welcoming and extending hospitality, warmth, and friendliness of Saint Raphael Church to all who gather for worship is the special calling of the Greeters.

Greeting and ushering present an opportunity for lay people to do real evangelizing work among their own community. Ushers and Greeters serve at all regular Masses and are of special importance at special Feasts and Celebrations.

To volunteer as an usher, contact Ray Zaida at 964-4895.


Most of the flowers that you see adorning the altar are arrangements done by volunteers such as Nancy Kunze and Carmelita Williams. Many of the flowers are donated following weddings, Quinceaneras, and funerals and supplemented by flowers from family gardens. The flowers are appropriate to the liturgical season.

Some of the liturgical banners that you see in the Church were made especially for St. Raphael Church by former parishioner Patricia Puerling and are changed to reflect the liturgical seasons and Holy Days.

For major celebrations at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, Ellen Montgomery brings together a crew of volunteers to create a symbolism which expresses the importance and beauty of the season. It could be something as simple as richly colored material draped from the Crucifix or a dazzling display of poinsettias or lilies.

The ushers, under the direction of Ray Zaida, assume responsibility for the Advent Wreath or the Easter Fire on Holy Saturday.

The Christmas Creche which was originally built in the 1940’s has been erected, maintained, and stored by the Cavaletto, Borgaro, and Marchiando families all these years.

Jim Marchiando and Al Borgaro every few years re-stain the pews so that they continue to look just as clean and new as the day that they were installed.

Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick

This ministry links the Parish community to those who are ill or disabled in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes within our parish boundaries. Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick provide weekly Communion visits to parishioners who are unable to attend Sunday Mass, either on a temporary basis while they recuperate from surgery or an accident, or on a permanent basis dues to illness, disability, etc.

To request Weekly Communion Visits for the Sick and Homebound, call the Parish Office to make arrangements.


The men and women of the Guadalupanos have their origins in the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac, outside Mexico City, in 1531. This event has led to the evangelization and baptism of millions of new Christians in the Americas. Our Lady of Guadalupe is known as the “Empress of the Americas”. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated each year with morning Mananitas, a procession, and an evening bi-lingual Mass. The Guadalupanos work to serve the spiritual needs of the Hispanic community and the entire Saint Raphael community through a devotion to Mary under her protection as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In addition to planning and organizing all the events on the Feast Day of St. Juan Diego (December 9) and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12), the Guadalupanos also conduct a bilingual Rosary on each Tuesday of May at 7:00 pm in the Church. The Guadalupanos are committed to vocations to the priesthood and their prayer intentions reflect this devotion.

To conduct these Parish-wide celebrations the Guadalupanos hold quarterly Sunday Barbeques, an annual September Dinner-Dance, and an organized three day bus trip to Las Vegas or Laughlin each June.

For more information, call Carlos Valenzuela, 967-6377.

Hispanic Leadership Council:

For more information, contact the Parish Office.

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Monday Morning Bowlers

Each Monday morning from September through May, men and women of the Parish gather after Mass at Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond on Calle Real for the St. Raphael’s Bowling League. Amidst the conversation and the home cooked food they manage to get three games of Bowling in before heading off to lunch.

Prize money is donated back to Youth Ministry each Spring. Competition is fierce, but friendly. Even if you don’t bowl, come down on a Monday morning and join in the fun while St. Raphael’s rocks the bowling alley.

For more information, contact Donna Yamasaki, 967-2898.

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Sociable Seniors

More information about Sociable Seniors is available here.

Jail Ministry (Restorative Justice)

Join the team of Catholic men and women who volunteer their time in jails and juvenile
detention centers throughout our Archdiocese. They have responded to Jesus’ call to “walk with the prisoner and to comfort those who mourn.” For more information, please contact Marciano Avilla at the Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Office,
(805) 898-7008, or email:




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