Attention All Parish Volunteers

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:

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.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION VOLUNTEERS | We have 68 children preparing for First Holy Communion this year. They are nervous and excited to receive our Lord for the first time. Keep these children in your prayers, especially during their First Communion Retreat on May 6th and during their First Holy Communion Mass on Saturday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.

We will be having a special reception for them after Mass. We need your help to make this reception possible. For more information on how you can help please visit:


2017 VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | We are looking for energetic and responsible youth volunteers (incoming 6th graders to high school students) to be COACHES for VBS 2017.  Please fill out the volunteer form and return it to our office or email it to us



Thank you for being part of our Religious Education Community!

Quyen Skiano
Religious Education Coordinator
For additional information call (858) 487-4314, Ext. #1216