Current Volunteer Opportunities

CATECHIST NEEDED | Are you looking for a way to give back this year?  Do you have one hour a week to give?  If so, please contact the Religious Education Office at (858)487-4314, ext. 1216 or email  We in desperate need of one generous catechist to teach our 3rd grade, Thursday class from 3:00-4:15  p.m. beginning in January.  Our office will support you every step of the way!

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 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.

GREETER COORDINATOR NEEDED | Just a little something to think about….Have you ever asked yourself “What is a little something I could do for the Church?”  Something where I wouldn’t need to go to meetings or even leave home?  We have the answer.  The Greeter Ministry is in need of a coordinator replacement.  This could be a single person or perhaps a couple who could work together.  The job entails a computer and a little time each month spent on the phone to enlist greeters for all Masses.  For more details contact Cheryl in the Parish Office at (858)487-4314.  Training will available starting in January.

GREETERS NEEDED | Isn’t is nice to feel welcome? A smile and a warm greeting is always appreciated and that’s what our San Rafael Greeters do.  We could really use your help at any of the Masses that you normally attend.  Is this something you could do?   You are already there anyway.   Please call Noel Antoff at (858)524-6313 and she will be glad to sign you up.  Why not give it a try?

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.

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 on March 2, 2018 and September 14, 2018, and Brother Benno’s facility in Oceanside on June 9, 2018 and October 13, 2018.  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 or Georgia Nally at for all the details.  Thank you for helping us serve our friends and it is sure to be a day you will remember.

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

MEAL TRAIN HELP |  One of our longtime parishioners is home from a hospitalization and is in need of some assistance with meals for her and her caregiver.   If you would like to help prepare a meal for her please visit for additional details and to sign-up.

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.