Featured Ministry: Ushers

“Life is not always made up of great sacrifices, but of little things, in which kindness and smiles, done habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort” -Anonymous

These men and women offer dependable service of ensuring a smoothly running  Church liturgy, making parishioners feel comfortable worshiping God in our church. Their Christian kindness create a spirit of worship, reverence, and friendliness while maintaining the goal of minimizing distractions during mass. Their duties usually include acting as doorkeepers, assisting people with special needs, collecting the offering, and handing out bulletins.  They are also available to answer visitors’ questions.  They stand ready to assist anyone, and are well-versed in emergency procedures.  In case of an emergency, the ushers will take the lead in getting people to safety in an orderly manner.

In many ways, the ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive and the last ones they see as they leave. It is important that an usher be friendly, respectful, gracious, honest, and willing to serve. It is an honorable position in the church, requiring integrity, cordiality, and wisdom.

“The heart of an Usher is the heart of a servant, and he does his work for his Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:24).

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Elderberry Club Activities

Spring Luncheon. Club Officers are making great plans for a fun and delicious year-end luncheon at Tessara Restaurant, Route 33, Hamilton on Friday, June 7, 12 noon. Tickets for members are only $25, with the Club covering the remainder of the actual cost. Guest tickets are $30. If you did not make your reservation at the May meeting, you can do so by contacting Club Secretary Charlene Tharp at 609-890-1011.
Atlantic City Bus Trip to Bally’s Casino on Wednesday, July 17.
The bus leaves St Raphael parking lot at 9:15 am sharp, and departs Bally’s at 5:15 pm sharp. Cost is $35 per ticket. Receive $20 slot bonus. Deadline for reservations is June 17. Reservation forms can be found in the Narthex of the Church. Contact Robin Pizzuti at 609-586-3226 or Gail Bell at 609-647-3861 for more information.

The Elderberry Club is a Parish social club open to men and women age 55 or older. It is not necessary to be a member of the Parish or a resident of Hamilton. Meetings are held monthly, usually on the first Friday of the month, September through June. NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME! If you would like more information, contact President, Nancy Rhodes at 609-306-8670 or membership chair, Kathy Wooley at 609-571-6698.


Health Ministry

Summer is almost here! Remember to stay safe in the sun by using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, wearing sunglasses and staying hydrated.

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The stigma around mental health and treatment has long existed, even though this has started to change. People hesitate to seek help for fear of being judged. Simple logic dictates that if we are hurt, we must seek help. This applies to our physical and mental well-being. Help is available.

You can contact the Hamilton Township Health Department at 609-890-3884 for referrals to appropriate resources. Additionally, Catholic Charities Serves those in need and can be reached at 800-360-7711 or CatholicCharitiesTrenton.org.

 


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Rosary Altar Society

Following the success of Line Dancing with Jeremy Duncan in April, a return engagement is scheduled for June 29.
The Rosary Altar Society will benefit from this fundraiser. Jeremy will start with some instructions. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. Water will be available for sale. Tickets are only $7 in advance and $10 at the door. I recommend this event for all ages and all abilities.

Next meeting for the executive board is Sunday, June 9, 2024, following the 9:30 am Mass in the Parish Center.
The Rosary Altar Society does not meet in the summer. Our annual letter will be mailed in the fall with new meeting dates. We wish everyone a safe summer.


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Summary Report
Building On Our Past Securing Our Future

Our results from the Building on Our Past, Securing Our Future Program were encouraging. Almost 28% of the parishioners who gave to the Sunday offertory in the last year made a commitment for the next year.

Good and faithful stewards of God’s creation, thank you! God bless you and your family! In the service of the Lord, Fr. Gene P Daguplo

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Know someone needing assistance with food, housing, drug addiction, mental health, domestic violence or immigration? Contact Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton CatholicCharitiesTrenton.org.



Please take a few minutes to enjoy the three videos below.

From left to right: Fr. Gene’s 60TH Birthday and Installation, Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Ireland 2018 and Did you know, about St. Raphael – Holy Angels.


Saintly Stories


“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15


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