Altar Servers have a genuine and vital role in the liturgical assembly.  They assist the priest at the altar during Masses and other special services.  Altar Servers bring a fuller understanding of the liturgy and a greater love for God to the parish community.At San Rafael the server should be a fourth grader or older, be Baptized and have received the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance, attend Mass regularly, and be alert and a team player.The parish Sacristan provides individual training upon request.  Call (858)487-4314, ext. 1227.  To follow-up on this, we ask that all servers attend a mandatory meeting, usually in September of each year, to refresh them on altar server procedures.

Altar Server Requirements

Contact: Deacon Mike Fish
Phone: (858)487-4314, ext. 1227



Mission Statement:

As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Bereavement Ministry of San Rafael Catholic Church exists to provide spiritual support and care in a safe and confidential environment to parishioners who are grieving a loss.  The Bereavement Ministry will work in concert with other parish ministries, as appropriate, to fulfill this mission.

Contact: Deacon Bob Holgren
Phone: (858)487-4314, ext. 1211



Meets for Centering Prayer in Meeting Rooms A & B in the Pastoral Center Building every Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Contact: Pat Kilzer
Phone: (858)395-2654


Mission Statement:


The mission statement of the San Rafael Ecumenical/Inter-religious Ministry is to promote mutual understanding and unity among local faith communities. We intend to carry out this mission by:

1. Offering continuing education opportunities,
2. Sharing prayer experiences,
3. Developing relationships with nearby faith communities,
4. Attending and publicizing ecumenical events,
5. Promoting discussion and study groups.

Contact: Jarvis Nolan
Phone: (858)504-1072


Ministers of Holy Communion assist the priests in serving Holy Communion at Mass.

Contact: Mary Van Hee
Phone: (858)674-1242


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take Holy Communion to and visit and comfort those who are ill in convalescent homes, bedridden or homebound.

If you are interested in joining this ministry, please watch our video.

Contact: Diane Cannon
Phone: (858)413-5197


The San Rafael Compassion Ministry Team exists to touch the lives of chronically ill and cancer patients and their families by offering God’s hope and love through encouragement, practical support and prayer.  The volunteers of the Compassion Ministry are cancer survivors, family members, and others affected by cancer.  They have a heart for  giving.  Let our volunteers share some of the things they have learned on their cancer journeys, walk through your cancer experience with you, or support you in whatever way they can.  The team offers support for all who cope with cancer including survivors and their families whether they are men, women or children.

Please contact the parish office at (858)487-4314 if you would like to refer someone to the Compassion Ministry team, or be contacted by a member of the team.


Greeters welcome parishioners and visitors as they gather for the celebration of the Mass.

Contact: Sandra Strong
Phone: (858)217-6107


An Annual Homeless Shelter held in the winter months of each year in association with the Interfaith Community Service Shelter Network.

Contact: Don and Betty Carson
Phone: (760)745-0201



Valley of the Angels Council #9710 meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Rooms H & I in the Pastoral Center Building.  The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization involved in supporting the parish; promoting family, youth, community and patriotic goals; providing funds for seminarians and the missions.

For more information on the Valley of the Angels Council #9710 please contact the Grand Knight.

Contact: Grand Knight Rudy Casciato
Phone: (619)507-8450

Fr. Joseph T. O’Callahan Assembly meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Rooms D & E in the Pastoral Center Building.

For more information on the Fr. Joseph T. O’Callahan Assembly please contact the Faithful Navigator.

Contact: Faithful Navigator Mark Malebranche
Phone:  (619)838-7218


Our Lectors are commissioned to proclaim the Word of the Lord with faith and reverence.

Contact: Deacon Bob Holgren
Phone: (858)487-4314, ext. 1211



Have you ever wanted to join an Army with the Holy Spirit and Mary as your Leaders?  Well, now you have the opportunity!  Every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room F in the Pastoral Center we will welcome any man or woman who would like to join the Legion of Mary, Mother of Mercy Praesidium.  This Lay Apostolate performs the Spiritual Works of Mercy as it seeks to develop in each member his or her own Spirituality in “Mary’s School.”  Come and pray and work with us to see how the Holy Spirit will use your Gifts to serve Jesus in others.

Contact: Maya Gabriel
Phone: (858)688-0877



As God’s children, “Marriage and Family For Life” seeks to celebrate and experience LIFE the way God intended, by promoting and defending the dignity of ALL human beings from conception to natural death.  Through prayer, discernment and action we hope to enrich our community life as well as help those who serve to promote a culture of life in our society.

Contact: Richard and Aida Estrada
Phone: (858)888-5162

MEN’S CLUB Schedule:

Activities to be announced each month.  Meetings are held as announced in the parish bulletin in Meeting Rooms D & E in the Pastoral Center Building.  The Men’s Club promotes fellowship and Christian ideals among members of the parish, their families and friends through charitable, religious, social and educational endeavors for the parish community.  Events include Santa Sunday on the first Sunday in Dcember and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Picnic on Holy Saturday.

Contact: Ken Flink
Phone: (619)405-4966


The San Rafael Parish Mental Health Ministry partners with the Diocese of San Diego to offer support for families in the parish that are experiencing mental health challenges.  By interfacing with county, local non-profit, and private mental health providers, Catholic families will be introduced to healing professionals and services able to facilitate their healing journeys.

Prayerfully supported by parish lay leaders, and receiving professional care, families strive for wholeness and an end to the stigma that still endures when mental health is challenged.

For more information contact: Lynn Sill at or the Parish Office at (858)487-4314.



Spanish Mass is offered at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.  Mass is sometimes followed by food and fellowship in the church hall.  Sometimes we need to change the date of the Mass, so it is good to call first to make sure of the date you are planning to attend.


To minister to the needs of the Migrant Community.  To accompany the migrants in their faith journey while they are in our midst.  To allow them to worship in a culturally appropriate manner.

Contact: Robert & Rosa Santos
Phone: (858)613-1078


The purpose of the Ministry Council is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and the parish concerning the present and future needs of the parish.  All ministries of the parish are represented on the Council through the following ministry groups: Liturgy, Education and Faith Formation, Service Ministries, Hospitality and Social Concerns.  Parish staff members also serve on the Council.  Council meetings are held in Meeting Room J in the Pastoral Center Building as announced in the parish bulletin.

Contact: Beverly Rossio, Ministry Council President
Phone: (858)487-3070


Would you like to share your faith with other Catholic moms? Come ZOOM with us on Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. We support the role of mothers and talk about our faith and how to shape the Catholic faith of our families. We read the upcoming Gospel and then watch a relevant video that we discuss together. We laugh together, cry together, and pray together. Moms range in age from 20′s to 60′s with children from newborn to adult. All moms are invited. Please join us!

Contact: Beverly Rossio to get the ZOOM meeting code

Contact: Beverly Rossio
Phone: (858)487-3070



Contact: Parish Office
Phone: (858)487-4314


Third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room J in the Pastoral Center Building.  St. Vincent de Paul Society assists the poor and homeless within the parish and provides support to a number of needy and worthwhile organizations.  We conduct an ongoing clothing drive that is given monthly to inner-city parishes.

Contact: Elmira Roque
Phone: (858)588-2556


San Rafael St. Vincent de Paul Society Report (March 2017)


Ushers assist our parish community in welcoming parishioners at the weekly Eucharistic celebration, providing bulletins and hospitality.

Contact: Frank Aloisi
Phone: (858)649-6336


Please watch the weekly bulletin for scheduled events.  We welcome all newly registered parishioners and help them come to know fellow parishioners, the staff and become involved in their new parish.

Contact: Lea Gomez
Phone: (858)487-2008


Meets on the second Monday of each month, September through May, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  The Women’s Fellowship is comprised of Christian women united in fellowship to:

1. Encourage greater love, understanding and support for all members.
2. Provide members with faith-sharing and social activities.
3. Assist the parish ministries with special projects and financial needs.

Contact: Susan King
Phone: (858)442-1176

Women’s Fellowship Bylaws
Women’s Fellowship 2022-2023 Membership Form

YARN MINISTRY Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting?  Would you like to learn how? Come join the San Rafael Yarn Ministry.  Our purpose is to knit and crochet all kinds of things for those in our parish and community who are ill, elderly or in need, while praying for them and for each other, to bring comfort and to show Christ’s love. We meet the First and Third Fridays of the month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Rooms H & I in the Pastoral Center Building.

Contact: Susan Van Winkle
Phone: (858)451-5571