Current Volunteer Opportunities


SHELTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | San Rafael, for the ninth consecutive year, will be a part of the Interfaith Shelter Network winter rotational program, and will host up to 11 guests in our Pastoral Center beginning Saturday, February 2, to February 16, 2019.  Each day volunteers will provide three meals, overnight housing, and transportation to and from Interfaith Community Services (ICS) in Escondido.  Our guests are not street homeless but rather situationally homeless and they are vetted by Interfaith Community Services.  Members of the San Rafael Shelter Ministry team will be outside of the church after Mass today soliciting volunteers.  The 104 parishioners that volunteered last year found it to be very rewarding.  Please stop by at one of the tables to see how you can help.

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 Father Joe’s Villages downtown in the public kitchen Friday, March 22, 2019, and Friday, October 18, 2019, and at Brother Benno’s facility in Oceanside on Saturday, June 8, 2019 and Saturday, August 10, 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, phone number and the date or dates you would like to serve.  Thank you for your commitment to helping 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.