Peace, Justice & Service

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, Saint Raphael Parish strives to actively pursue peace and justice—through advocacy, education and a compassionate and generous response to the needs of those in the community around us.  We invite you to join us in this mission.

Peace, Justice and Service Committee

The Peace, Justice and Service Committee oversees all parish outreach ministries, advocacy activities and educational programs that foster an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and promote justice.
Chair: Cathy Lidl  415-883-8560 or

Dinners for the Unhoused

On the 4th Tuesday of each month, parish volunteers provide and serve meals to participants of the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy’s Wellness Group at the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael.  Volunteers provide salad and dessert, as well as greet, serve, and share a meal, enjoying conversation and fellowship with our un-housed brothers and sisters.   All are welcome to join the Saint Raphael community in this worthwhile ministry.  You are invited to bring salad or dessert, or come to enjoy fellowship while helping with service and clean-up.

The Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy, directed by Reverend Paul Gaffney, provides emotional and spiritual support to people in transition. The focal point of the chaplaincy is the Wellness Gathering, where those in transition gather weekly for mutual support and to explore the meaning of community.  Every Tuesday, the group concludes their gathering with a dinner they prepare together, using ingredients donated by the Marin Food Bank and St. Vincent’s Dining Room.  Each week various Congregations in Marin provide salads, desserts and volunteers.  Additional information about the chaplaincy can be found on its website:

Contact: Beth Haran  415-454-9605 or

St. Vincent de Paul Society

St. Vincent De Paul is an international association of Catholic lay men and women dedicated to providing person-to-person service to the poor in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. SVDP members provide direct service—such as assistance for rent, utilities and food—to those who come to the parish seeking help. The SVDP also manges the parish food pantry. Our conference of gathers on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:00-9:00 pm in a bond of friendship for prayer, reflection and to support each in our work. New members are always welcome!
Contact: Bill Sanchez,  415-272-4266 or

Marin Organizing Committee

The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) is an alliance of religious congregations and non-profit institutions working to identify and address concerns that interest all of us in Marin County.  Collaborating with the Peace, Justice and Service Committee and the Parish Council, the MOC helps the community recognize issues and concerns that are common among our members. A “core team” of parishioners organize and develop leadership in the parish to address these concerns—seeking solutions to common issues and creating positive change in our community.
Contact:  Parish Office  415-454-8141