Special Events

St. Joseph/St. Raphael Parish tries to provide 6-8 special, or one-time, adult faith formation opportunities per year.  We try to schedule these events at varying times so as to accommodate different schedules.  We also try to pass along the best opportunities for faith formation held in our local area.



Celtic Lenten Retreat

 Special Guest Presenter: Lauren Horstman Burdette

 Saturday, March 17th

 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 St. Raphael Church

 Lunch of Irish stew, leek & potato soup, & Irish soda bread

 with live Celtic music to follow in Hoban Hall.



Taizé Service

Sunday, March 18th

5:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church

638 S. Fountain Ave.

Join us for this evening of peaceful music, contemplative prayer and silent reflection. Followed by a simple meal provided by First Baptist Church.

True to the ecumenical origins of the Taize tradition in France, this contemplative service is a collaboration between First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, and St. Joseph/St Raphael Catholic Church as well as members of other faith communities in Springfield. An interdenominational foundation was an intentional part of the original Taize experience which, amid the conflict of World War II, sought to bring people together in a spirit of generosity and reconciliation.

The organizers plan to offer the service quarterly. The June service will be held at St. Raphael.


One more invitation: if you enjoy singing and would like to practice the service music in advance, Kent Brooks, Contemporary Music Director at High St. United Methodist Church, invites you to a rehearsal at 4:00, March 18 (just before the service) at First Baptist.



Mass of Remembrance for MLK

A Mass of Remembrance in Honor of the 50th Anniversary

of the Martyrdom of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection – Bond Hill, 1619 California Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. The Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will serve as presider and preacher. We’ve chosen, “A Time Comes When Silence Is Betrayal – A New Spirit Is Rising Among Us” as the theme for this night of remembrance.  In this gathering of God’s people, the faithful and the faith-filled will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King and commit once more to eradicate the sin of racism, intolerance and hatred in our time and place.  Perserverance

St. Joseph/St. Raphael Parish would like to take a group to Cincinnati to celebrate this Mass.  Details of the trip are still being determined, but we would need at least 40 people in order to charter a bus.  If there is enough interest, we could leave Springfield in the morning with stops at the Rankin House in Ripley, OH, and/or The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.  The alternative plan is to go straight to the Mass, leaving Springfield at 4:00-4:30 p.m.  Bus tickets will be $25-35/person depending on the number of people going. If we visit the Rankin House, there would be an additional charge of $5, and if we visit the Freedom Center, there would be an additional charge of $12. Meals would be on your own, but we would plan stops if this becomes an all-day event. We need to hear from you by Tuesday, March 20 if you would like to be part of this exciting trip!   Please contact Lisa Lenard at 323-7523, ext. 17 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.  Reservations MUST be in by March 20.  





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