Current Volunteer Opportunities
ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED! | Altar servers have the distinction of serving at the altar during our Masses. Their presence fills a vital role in the service. Through the actions they perform they enhance the understanding of the Mass and so the love of God. They have a place of honor at Mass because they assist the priest in many ways. If you are 4th grade or older, and have received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we are asking you to think about becoming a part of this ministry. If you are interested, please call Ms. Jackie at (858)487-4314, ext. #1227 and we can begin the process.
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.
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 email@example.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.
USHERS NEEDED – ALL MASSES | The Usher Ministry is looking for men and women volunteers over the age of 18 to join our ministry for each of our weekend Masses. The primary duties and responsibilities include helping seat people, collect the offerings, selecting parish members to take up the offertory gifts, providing orderly direction to receive the Eucharist and aiding the elderly and disabled during Mass when necessary. This is a great opportunity to serve with very little time commitment required, and to make a profound difference in bringing the parish community together to be closer to God. There is no better way to say yes to God than to understand the importance of this ministry and join our team. Please contact Frank Aloisi at (951)764-0055, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our ministry.
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 Bob Holgren in the Parish Office at (858)487-4314 to learn more about this important and fulfilling ministry.
VERONICA’S LADIES | You may have wondered who are Veronica’s Ladies? We are a group of San Rafael women who volunteer organizing and hosting receptions for parish events (such as giving families a place to gather after a funeral Mass, for parish missions, for the Mass of Remembrance, for farewells, etc.). We were originally called the “Reception Committee,” however, in memory of our founder, Veronica Coleman, we are proud to call ourselves “Veronica’s Ladies.” Sometimes people view volunteers as people who sacrifice their time to help others. Well, in some ways that is true; but the benefits of volunteering are really a blessing to those who volunteer. You learn something new, you strengthen your compassion for others, you have a new sense of purpose in life. You make new friends, have a sense of accomplishment, in combats loneliness and most important, it can be fun and make your life more fulfilling. You will have an impact on our San Rafael Community. Please consider becoming a Veronica’s Ladies volunteer. Contact the parish office at (858)487-4314 and leave your name and contact information.
URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS | The Greeters’ Ministry is sorely in need of new members to send out the Welcome Message to our parishioners and guests. The job is so easy. Anyone can do it, and the rewards are tremendous. The only skills required are a smile and a welcoming attitude. Think of how good you feel when someone gives you a smile and a “good morning” or “good evening.” For some of our parishioners, that may be the only smile/greeting they receive all day. And think about this: It has been said that the Greeters’ Ministry has drawn visitors to our parish and some even back to the Church. We are all called to be disciples of Christ. Give this ministry a try. There are openings at all Masses. Questions? Call Therese Jewett, Greeter’s Ministry Coordinator, at (858)945-5807.
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.
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:
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.