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.




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How do I join CCW?

It is easy to join St. Raphael's Council of Catholic Women. Simply drop an envelope marked CCW in the weekend collection. We need your name, address, phone, email address, birth day and birth month and a check for $15 payable to St. Raphael CCW.

What does membership do for me?

Membership gets you to be part of a great group of women whose job it is to serve God in our family, parish, community and world. We have a Mass intention said for our members monthly. You do what you can, when you can and this way, with over 280 members, we get a lot done for St. Raphael's.

Who are CCW members?

Women of all ages, professions, interests and talents are welcome and urged to join.

When does CCW meet?

We meet the first Saturday of each month after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Rosary is at 7:40 a.m. 8:30 we share a Continental Breakfast followed by our CCW Meeting

Where can I read CCW newsletters?

Usually CCW newsletters are published each month CCW meets. We are always looking for more news to share with our members.
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What is the Handmaiden of the Lord?

The Handmaiden of the Lord Award was established in July 1985 by Our Lady, Star of the Sea District Deanery formerly known as Lower Pinellas Deanery of the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) to give each of their Affiliations, with the approval of the Pastor, the opportunity to honor a member who demonstrates by life and action some of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The award is presented at by Our Lady, Star of the Sea District Deanery Spring Conference Meeting
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