CCW - About Us
St. Raphael’s CCW is a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea District (formally known as the Lower Pinellas Deanery), which is a geographical designation. There are six districts that make up the Diocesan Council.. Presently Our Lady Star of the Sea District includes St. Raphael, Holy Family, and St. Paul parishes. Our CCW is proud to have had two members who were Diocesan presidents and six who were District presidents.
Members Serve in Many Ways
St. Raphael Council of Catholic Women offers spiritual, educational and social opportunities. It offers leadership opportunities to those who are willing to serve as officers, commission chairmen on our council as well as the Our Lady Star of the Sea District Board and Diocesen Council Board.
Monthly Mass and Rosary, May Crowning, Lenten Retreat, Rosary making, Altar Care, Honor Guard at members’ funerals, Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Choir Members, Altar Care, R.C.I.A. Sunday Faith Formation, Servers, Counters, Bible Study Leaders, Greeters, Prayer Warriors.
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) Worshops and Conferences, Annual May Convention, Our Lady Star of the Sea Spring and Fall Conferences, Catholic Charities and Foundations for Life.
Monthly breakfast meeting, hosting Sunday coffee, Fun Club for Bridge players, May member appreciation brunch, Christmas Breakfast and Gift Collection for Shore Acres Nursing Home, the Annual Parish Picnic, the Parish Festival, Annual Pack Rat Sale (January), Annual Spring Fashion Show.
St. Raphael's CCW Serves our Church, School and Community
Our Council annually gives financial assistance for School Scholarships and Parish Youth Group activities. Members donate gifts for residents of Shore Acres Nursing Home. Charitable contributions have been given to the Water for Life, Catholic Relief Services, Alpha House, Casa, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Tampa Children's Home, Bridging Freedom, Hugs for the Homeless, Foundations for Life, and many others. Members serve as volunteers throughout the community. In their role as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, our ladies visit the homebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
Our Lady of Good Councel, Pray for us!
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