St. Raphael’s Society
the Elderly and Homebound Ministry

The St. Raphael’s Society Ministry provides a social connection to individuals who would benefit from a visit from a fellow parishioner. This ministry, through volunteer effort, visits residences, nursing facilities and other home situations of parish members.

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The St. Raphael’s Society Ministry provides a social connection to individuals who would benefit from a visit from a fellow parishioner. This ministry, through volunteer effort, visits residences, nursing facilities and other home situations of parish members. Reasons for visits range from providing spiritual support to a friendly visit to someone who just wants to make a new friend. The goal is to offer parishioners an encounter with other parishioners to experience God’s goodness through the kindness of others.

Through home visits, reassuring phone calls and sending cards or letters on a regular basis, our ministers will engage the elderly/homebound person through conversation and social support. Volunteers who are Eucharistic Ministers can deliver the Holy Eucharist to those who ask, and training is offered to our ministers.

Our intent is to visit those in Nursing Homes as well as those restricted to their own homes. Homebound includes those parishioners who cannot easily get out of their homes due to temporary or chronic illness. You do not need to have a special need to ask for a visitor. We encourage parishioners who would just like to make a new friend at church to ask for a volunteer from this ministry.
A requested can be submitted to the Parish Office. Mrs. Sonia Lewis or someone she assigns will complete the first home visit for those who wish to participate in our ministry’s service. After her initial assessment of the person’s needs, she will make referral to one of our ministry volunteers.
The St. Raphael’s Society Ministry is always looking for individuals interested in volunteering. To volunteer, please contact the Parish Office or check the bulletin for contact information.
Formal training will be given to all ministry volunteers. Besides the training, each volunteer must complete an informal interview with a member of the Pastoral Staff to ensure an understanding of what is entailed as well as a background screening required of all volunteers who have contact with individuals of the parish.

Office Hours

Mondays - 10am - 5pm


Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 5pm


Friday 9am - 3pm


Office closed for lunch from
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Mass Times

Sundays

  • 8:30am - English
  • 9:30 am - Spanish
  • 11:00 am - English
  • 12:30 pm - Spanish

Weekdays

  • 8:30am - Mon to Fri
    • Communion Service on Tuesdays

Our Contacts

Mail
P.O. Box 308
Fowler, CA 93625

Phone: (559) 834-2624
Fax: (559) 834-6814