Coffeehouse

Volunteers set-up, prepare food, and/or perform music.

All are invited to relax and have a cup of coffee (or non-alcoholic beverage of choice) and listen to beautiful live music performed by local musicians. The Coffeehouse is scheduled throughout the fall on the third Saturday of each month in St. Raphael’s Hoban Hall. The hall is handicap accessible. The evening begins with a potluck supper. Contact Rebecca Wilson to volunteer to serve or John Lippolis if you would like to perform.

Gather Us In

Volunteers bring their individual interests and talents to the parish community and help organize a one-time seminar aimed at connecting them with other parishioners with similar interests.

The goal of Gather Us In is to connect parishioners with similar interests by hosting a one-time seminar on a given topic.  Our hope is that parishioners will connect and bond with each other through a shared interest and continue to develop a relationship with each other after the seminar.  Topics are driven by the interests of parishioners and include hobbies, activities, interests, talents, and health-related issues.  Some past Gather Us In sessions have been on organic eating, scrapbooking, and knitting.  If you have an interest and would like to network with other parishioners about that interest, please call Lisa Lenard or Patty Larger at the parish office.

Transportation Ministry

Volunteers give other parishioners a ride to mass either weekly or on a rotating basis.

Do you have an empty space in your car on the way to mass?  There are always a number of people in our parish looking for a ride to mass.  These people are mobile but do not drive.  They need to gather with their community for Eucharist on a regular basis.  Rides are needed for all masses at both churches.  If you can help by giving someone a ride to mass on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, please call Lisa Lenard at the parish office.

Clark County Jail Chaplaincy

Volunteers visit prisoners and minister to prisoners’ families.

The Clark County Jail Chaplaincy was established in 1978 by concerned Christians of Clark County.  Volunteers from Clark County churches hold services, visit inmates one on one, and minister to the families of the incarcerated.  There is always a need for one on one visitation, which involves a minimum of one hour to as much time as you would like to spend per week.  Contact Deacon Norm Horstman at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Rainbow Table

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink”

Here is an opportunity to live out this directive from our Lord.  The Rainbow Table which is located at St. John’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Columbia and Wittenberg offers a hot meal each Friday to those in need.  Volunteers prepare and serve meals and are needed between 9:00 am through 2:00 pm.  St. Joseph and St. Raphael have a regular rotation throughout the year.  Contact Patty Larger at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Social Action Committee

Social Action members work to promote justice in the community.

The Springfield Catholic Social Action Committee is composed of representatives from each of the Springfield parishes and Catholic Institutions, along with others who are committed to Gospel values and the great gift of Catholic Social Teaching.  They meet 4th Tuesday every other month at the St. Joseph Parish Center. Contact Deacon John Collins at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Volunteers, either individually or in groups, prepare and deliver meals for homeless families.

IHN is an organization of faith communities committed to providing temporary housing for families and women who are homeless and seeking employment.  Area churches provide meals at the IHN shelter (located on the corner of W. High St. and S. Yellow Springs St.) on a rotating basis. Responsibilities include preparing dinner for the number of guests in the program and assisting with clean-up afterwards.  Meals do not have to be elaborate, but are encouraged to be healthy.  Dinner is served around 6:00 so hosts arrive around 5:30 to set-up.  Hosts are welcome to eat with the guests and encouraged to interact with the guests. Guests help with cleaning up after the meal.  Anyone wanting to provide a meal or a portion of a meal on either an occasional or regular basis can contact Ann Duvall, who coordinates the evenings St. Joseph/St. Raphael parish is in charge of the meal.

St. Vincent dePaul Society

St. Vincent de Paul is always looking for volunteers to perform a variety of ministries on both an occasional and ongoing basis.

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, Saint Vincent de Paul.  As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level.  Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.  Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

St. Joseph/St. Raphael parish is host to Holy Trinity Conference.  (Conferences are the basic element of the Society.) The group meets twice each month.  Membership is not required to volunteer at the store or food pantry or to put together food baskets or provide emergency assistance. Contact Kurt Fancett or any member of the society for more information.

Secular Franciscans

St. Francis said, “Preach always.  Use words if necessary.”

Secular Franciscan Order, formally known as Third Order, was founded over 800 years ago by St. Francis of Assisi and is canonically established by the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.  Franciscans believe that all have a special, noble calling but cannot achieve it alone; we need other people to help us seek God and serve others.  To be a member, one must be well-grounded in Catholic Christian doctrine and have a true concern to do something with your knowledge and concern for our fellow human beings and for themselves. St. Francis said, “I have done what is mine to do; now you do what is yours to do”.  Our Lady of Mercy Fraternity gathers monthly at St Joseph Parish Center.  For more  information, contact Lillian White or any Secular Franciscan.

Catholics Coming Home

This ministry provides a welcoming environment to our brothers and sisters who have been away from the Church.  Through six sessions, people are given the opportunity to share their concerns, hear about the Church today, and be supported as they reflect about coming home to the Church.  Catholics Coming Home team members volunteer to welcome those coming back at the doors of the church and sit with them at mass until they feel comfortable attending.  Contact Lisa Lenard at the parish office if you would like to be part of this ministry.

In Mary's Name Sodality

This ministry maintains a scholarship for priests and deacons through the Athenaeum of Ohio-Mount St. Mary's of the West Seminary.  While promoting fellowship between Catholic women, the group conducts fundraisers and offers daily prayers for the priests of the Archdiocese.  There are two types of membership: active members who participate at meetings and fundraisers and auxiliary members who support IMNS in prayer. For more information, contact Alicia DeWitt through the parish office.

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