Current Volunteer Opportunities


CATCH THE SPIRIT!  SAVE THE DATE! | San Rafael will celebrate the birthday of the Church on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, with our annual Pentecost Festival.  Come and have birthday cake, play Bingo, win a mini-cake at the Cake Walk sponsored by the Homebound Ministry, bid on wonderful items donated for the Silent Auction, win prizes from the Opportunity Drawings, and sample heritage dishes at the Multicultural Food Tasting event.  Kids will be able to play unlimited games.  Toast and enjoy each other’s company with a glass of wine or beer while enjoying a hamburger, hot dog or fish taco prepared by the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Club.  The Holy Spirit will guide our talents to join the various ministries and groups at the Ministry Fair.  Conclude your day with a beautiful concert from our talented choir at 7:00 p.m.  San Rafael is a wonderful parish, come and share the fun! Remember to wear red on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th!  The Festival will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help with many of the activities.  To sign-up to volunteer please sign-up using Sign-Up Genius. If you have questions regarding volunteering contact Diane Cannon at (858)413-5197 or momdi@sbcglobal.net.

We are looking for people who are willing to share their traditional dishes with the community.  You can work in groups or individually, the more the merrier!  If you would like to share a Heritage Dish from your culture, please contact Gina Greenlee at (858)649-6019 or email ginagreenlee@hotmail.com.  Heritage dishes will need to be brought to Classroom 6 (adjacent to the parish hall) ready to serve on June 9th at 2:30 p.m.

Youth Volunteers Needed for Vacation Bible School! (incoming 6th Graders-High School) | This is your chance to spend a week with your friends passing on your faith and love for Jesus to our young parishioners in a fun and exciting way (think of it as “Steubenville, Jr!”).  You will also receive 100% of your Confirmation service hours for the year.  If you are interested in volunteering for VBS, please complete and submit this following form as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Quyen Skiano at qskiano@sanrafaelparish.org.

July 8th through July 12th, 2019

8:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Please register online  or in person.

Sign up to be an Adult Volunteer

Sign up to be a Youth Volunteer

The training sessions are scheduled for:

Thursday, May 30th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Classroom 7.

Thursday, June 20th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Classroom 7.

Tuesday, July 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall (mandatory).

Drop-in Decoration Days:

(Each day from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

June 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th, and July 2nd & 3rd.

Come as many days as you can to help with decorations!


EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS NEEDED | Would you like to be the hands and feet of Christ, and bring Communion to the Homebound on Sundays? We have a beautiful ministry that needs volunteers. You would be assigned six Sundays every fourteen weeks (scheduled ahead of time) to be a Eucharistic Minister for parishioners who are at home and can’t make it to church or to Catholics residing at several assisted living facilities in Rancho Bernardo. Training would be provided. Please contact the parish office at (858)487-4314 if you would like more information.  You will be touched by the gratitude of our Catholics in the community.

Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound Video

OFFERTORY VOLUNTEERS | Would you like to bring up the Offertory at Mass?  Are you celebrating an anniversary, birthday or have always wanted to bring up the Gifts of Bread and Wine?  Sign-up sheets are available on the lime green clipboard on the ledge behind the cry room.  Or, you can e-mail May Pidding at may.pidding@gmail.com if you forget to sign up at church.  Please leave your phone number so we can call to remind you.  Please to be sure to wear appropriate church attire.

LECTORS NEEDED | Are you called to proclaim God’s Word?  Do you want to serve the Church and San Rafael by bringing the living word of God to our parish community?  Are you comfortable speaking in public and can you be clearly and distinctly heard and understood?  If so, please consider joining the Lector Ministry of our parish to help strengthen the Faith by proclaiming the Scriptures at Mass.  Please contact Deacon Ward Thompson in the Parish Office at (858)487-4314 to learn more about this important and fulfilling ministry.

BULK MAILING HELPERS | Volunteers are needed several times throughout the year to assist the parish office in preparing large mailings for the post office.  Volunteers help stuff, seal, label and sort envelopes into trays. If you would like to help, please email Cheryl Danzl at bulletin@sanrafaelparish.org.

LUNCH WITH FRIENDS, ANYONE? | Please join with us, the members of The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, for an unforgettable experience of serving lunch to our friends.  We will be serving at Brother Benno’s facility in Oceanside on June 8, 2019.  We need between 8 and 10 people for our visits. You do not have to be a member of St. Vincent de Paul to join us.  If you are interested, please contact Bill Miller at wmiller25@sbcglobal.net or Georgia Nally at bargeonally@yahoo.com with your email address and phone number. Thank you for your commitment to serve our friends in need and it is sure to be a day you will remember.




Volunteers Information and Requirements

The Diocese of San Diego has established a new system for training and background screening volunteers.  It will be centralized now through a website called CMG Connect.

If you are a volunteer who regularly serves in a ministry where you have unsupervised contact with minors, (such as catechists, co-catechists, classroom assistants, field trip drivers and chaperones, retreat helpers, etc.) you are required by the Diocese to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment Training and undergo a basic background check.

If you are a ministry volunteer who does any driving on behalf of the parish (for example, driving another parishioner to and from Mass or parish meetings or off-site activities, running errands to pick up supplies for an event, etc.) you are required by the Diocese to complete the Diocesan “Be Safe – Drive Safe” Online Defensive Driving Training Course.  After completing the online course, volunteer drivers should also complete the Volunteer Driver Form and turn it in to the parish office.

If you completed any of these Diocesan training modules or a Diocesan background check on or after September 1, 2016 using the new CMG Connect website, you do not need to do it again.

Any volunteer who did the training and background check prior to September 1, 2016 will need to complete both the training and background check on the new CMG Connect website as soon as possible.

CMG Connect

CMG Connect User Instructions

All volunteers under the age of 18 must have parent permission and be supervised by an adult.  Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Kitchen volunteers should read and review the following:

San Rafael 2017 Protocols for All Kitchen Volunteers

Diocesan Safe Food Handling and Storage Guidelines

County of San Diego’s Food Handler’s Guide to Food Safety

The County of San Diego also offers an online Foodhandler Program.  While this course is not required, it is highly recommended for those parish volunteers who routinely supervise other kitchen volunteers during events at San Rafael in which large quantities of food are prepared and served.

Please contact Cheryl at (858)487-4314, ext. #1226, if you have any questions or need additional assistance.