Liturgical Ministry

at Saint Raphael Catholic Church

Mission Statement:  Liturgical Ministers at Saint Raphael Parish offer fruitful service to the liturgies and community, and continually form themselves spiritually and practically, offering service to the Lord in their specific roles.

Motto:  "Better one day in your temple than a thousand elsewhere." ~ Ps 84:11

Season of Lent

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
~  taken from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (

emHC Diocesan Formation Dates:
The Diocese of Cleveland Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (emHC) Spring Training dates follow:

St Eugene, Cuyahoga Falls – Sunday, 4/14/24, 2pm-4:30pm

St Patrick, Wellington – Sunday, 4/21/24, 2pm – 4:30pm

St Mary, Painesville – Tuesday, 4/23/24, 7pm – 9:30pm IN SPANISH

St Joseph, Amherst – Sunday, 4/28/24, 2pm – 4:30pm

St Agnes, Orrville – Monday, 4/29/24, 7pm – 9:30pm

St Colette, Brunswick – Thursday, 5/2/24, 7pm – 9:30pm

St Ignatius High School – Sunday, 5/5/24, 1pm – 4pm PARTICIPANTS LIMITED TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY

Our Lady of Angels, Cleveland – Monday, 5/6/24, 7pm – 9:30pm

St Dominic, Shaker Heights – Thursday, 5/9/24, 7pm – 9:30pm