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Each formation ministry requires volunteers to fill a variety of roles.  Catechists are responsible for teaching the Catholic faith through classroom lessons and activities. They commit to pursing catechetical certification and continuing education.  Classroom helpers assist the catechists in various ways.  They set an example for others by living their faith but do not necessarily pursue catechetical certification.  The retreats and Safari and some of the other formation ministries need volunteers for a variety of non-catechetical roles such as registration and safety patrol.  ALL adult volunteers who work with children in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must complete a 3-hour VIRTUS training course and pass a background screening.  More information is available through the parish office.

September through May, adults are invited to join in continuing study and growth in our Catholic faith.  God continues to speak to us throughout our lives, but we need to feed our spiritual life with good food.  Several groups meet weekly at both campuses.  New groups are formed as a need arises.  All are welcome to participate in the groups!  For a list of groups currently meeting or to volunteer as a catechist, contact Lisa Lenard.

The parish religious education program for children ages preschool through 12th grade meets on Sunday mornings during the school year from 9:00-10:10 a.m. We encourage all children not enrolled in Catholic school to participate in this program. All Catechists are volunteers from the parish, and courses are offered to assist in facilitating classes.  We are always looking for new catechists and classroom helpers.  Coordinator is Deacon Norm Horstman.

Nursery care is provided during the St. Raphael masses whenever there is both need for the nursery and people willing to provide that care.  The nursery is located in the church undercroft (Hoban Hall).  The nursery is typically for children birth to age 3.  We encourage all parents who would like to use the nursery to step forward to volunteer on a regular, rotating basis.  Ideally, we would like enough volunteers so that nursery workers are scheduled at the most once per month, preferably once every other month.  Teens are welcome to assist adults. All adult volunteers for the nursery are required to attend the VIRTUS Child Protection Training and a fingerprint screening.  Contact the parish office.

Volunteer married couples are needed to meet with engaged couples to discuss various areas of communication. To volunteer for this ministry contact Fr. Bill Kramer.

Scripture Safari is our parish Vacation Bible School.  We have gathered together the children of this parish and the wider community since 1986.  Volunteers are vital to our Safari.  We need teens entering the 7th grade and older to serve as teen helpers.  We need adults to lead classes and assist.  We need people to work in areas such as snacks, games, music and performance.  Scripture Safari takes place the second week of July.  Teen volunteers are asked to attend a training prior to Safari.  Contact Deacon Norm Horstman or Lisa Lenard if you would like to assist with any part of Safari.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which adults and children seven years of age and older come into the Catholic Church.  All begin with a time of Inquiry or questioning. This is a time to get answers to basic questions, begin to build relationships, and enter the process of finding a sponsor and choosing the right path of formation. The period of formal formation follows inquiry. These sessions meet from September through Easter.  During this time Catechumens and Candidates journey toward reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.  The newly initiated Catholics then continue to meet for further formation, called Mystagogia, until Pentecost.  If you are interested in working with the team, or walking with someone as a sponsor, contact Lisa Lenard. 

Youth activities are planned by the High School Core Team.  The team is composed of students and adults who gather on the 1st Sunday of the month at noon in the St. Raphael Parish Center.  The Core Team is open to all high school-aged members of the parish.  Youth ministry is built on the relationships between Jesus, the High School student and other members of the parish.  All activities are to help these relationships to grow and bear fruit.  If you are interested in volunteering for core team or as a prayer partner in being an adult chaperone for an activity, please call Deacon Norm Horstman at the parish office.