Worship and Music Ministries

With Vatican II, the Catholic Church declared that full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy by all people “is the aim to be considered before all else” because that is how we learn our faith and develop a true Christian spirit. When we celebrate liturgy well, our faith is strengthened, our love for God grows and our concern for the less fortunate is deepened. Everyone is invited to participate in the various ministries that serve our liturgies.

Liturgical Ministry 



Lectors serve our community by proclaiming the Scripture readings at liturgy. Lectors also lead the assembly in the General Intercessions as well as offering announcements at the end of Mass as needed.

All Lectors are expected to possess a love and respect for the scriptures; attend liturgy on a regular basis; complete training at the Parish; be willing to participate in ongoing formation throughout the year; and spend time reflecting on the scriptures and practicing prior to proclamation.

English Masses         Alicia Klein, 415-459-7668
St. Sylvester Chapel  Alicia Klein, 415-459-7668
Spanish Masses        Isabel Gonzalez, 415-721-7526
Vietnamese Mass      Vincent Nguyen, 415-305-2671
Brazilian Mass          Valeria Nascimento, 415-847-0502 or usavaleria@msn.com

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers serve our community by assisting with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ at liturgy ensuring that no one is deprived of the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ. Qualifications:

All Eucharistic Ministers are expected to possess a love and reverence for the Eucharist and a joyful desire to share this gift with the assembly; attend liturgy on a regular basis; complete training at the Parish and be willing to participate in ongoing formation throughout the year.

English Masses         Nancy Field, 415-948-0215
St. Sylvester Chapel  Nancy Field, 415-948-0215
Spanish Masses        Isila Cruz, 415-897-6819
Vietnamese Mass      Edward Nguyen, 707-971-9385
Brazilian Mass           Eurides Sumodjo, 415-374-5579 naus53@hotmail.com

Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Presider and the gathered assembly at liturgy. The ministers assist with carrying objects, supporting and assisting the Presider and preparing the Altar for Eucharist.

Alter Servers must be in 4th grade or older, and have received First Communion; attend liturgy on a regular basis; be reverent and prayerful while serving; and be willing to participate in training sessions, as well as ongoing formation sessions.

English Masses     Fr. Andrew Spyrow, 415-454-8141 ext. 201
Spanish Masses    Alejandro Vicuna, 415-721-7526 (12:00 PM)
                          Carlos Lindaro, 415-261-3768 (7:00PM)
Vietnamese Mass  Joe Dinh, 415-460-4962

Ministers of Hospitality

Ministers of Hospitality serve our gathered assembly by ensuring a welcoming environment where people meet without fear and, united in Christ we truly can become “the Body of Christ.”

Ministers of Hospitality must be gracious and hospitable and enjoy interacting with people; and be willing to arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to liturgy to ensure that the church is ready.  Duties may include: greeting at the door and handing out the bulletin, taking up the collection, choosing individuals to present the gifts, and bidding people farewell at the end of liturgy.

Contact: Midge Ellis, 415-453-3804 ext. 13 or mellis30@comcast.net


The Environment Committee ensures that the worship spaces of the parish are decorated appropriate to reflect the liturgical seasons as well as help the assembly enter more deeply into prayer. Committee members must have a good disposition and a willingness to learn new things, as well as an interest in floral design or decoration.

Contact: Midge Ellis 415-453-3804 or mellis30@comcast.net

Music Ministry

Music is an integral part of our celebration of liturgy.  Saint Raphael has a number of choirs and opportunities to participate for those who love to sing or play and instrument.  Please contact us to learn more about how you can share your musical talents with the parish.

CANTORS: Members of our faith community who lead the congregation in song. They should have at least a basic knowledge of the liturgy as well as basic sight-singing skills.

INSTRUMENTALISTS:  Those members of our faith community who play an instrument well enough to play hymns and songs for meditation by themselves at liturgy or can play in an accompanying ensemble to the liturgical choirs.

MISSION CHOIR:  A choir of members of our faith community ages high school and up who share a love of God and a love of music and help enhance our liturgies.  Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

CORO MADRE DE DIOS: Adult choir that participates at the 12:00 noon and 7:00pm Masses and for special ceremonies such as weddings, quinceañeras and funerals. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 8:00-9:30pm.

CORO JPC: Youth choir that participates at the 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm Masses on the second Sunday of each month and during special ceremonies such as weddings, Quinceañeras and funerals.  Rehearsals are Fridays from 7:00-8:30 pm. 

Contact: Christopher Fazzi, 415-454-8141 ext. 206