Jan 7th News

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Happy Feast of Saint Raymond!  We rejoice in the gift of our Parish Patron today.  If you want to learn more, please watch this video.  May the prayers of Raymond continue to guide us!

Did the snow and ice keep you from Holy Mass last weekend?  Here is our BULLETIN and please remember to “make up” your tithe in the weeks to come (one more reason to set up Electronic Giving of course); the snow removal is getting quite costly!

The men of St. Raymond are planning their annual retreat at Malvern Retreat House the weekend of Feb 21-23.  There is an information meeting this Thursday, January 9th at 7pm in the Sr Rosemary Room (Rectory Basement) for men who would like to learn more.  If you are interested in the Retreat, but unable to attend the information meeting may contact Melvin Thornton at 215-549-1105.

This week is National Immigration Week, sponsored by the US Bishops, seeking to assist in bringing Justice to Immigrants.  Please visit their website and learn simple ways you can assist our sisters and brothers who are seeking legal status in our nation.

Our parish school will offer a 30 minute assembly on the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 11am at the School Hall.  It promises to be informative and (given our children) very cute!  All are surely welcome!  In the “spirit” of Dr. King there will be a health care enrollment on Jan. 20th at Bethel, sponsored by the Natl. Coalition for Black Women.  More information in flyer below (share it with other, especially those without healthcare, please):

NCBW-PA Health Marketplace Enrollment Drive Flyer

The Office of Black Catholics will host their Annual Interfaith Prayer Service in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 19th at 3pm at Saint Malachy Church (1419 N. 11th Street).  Consider bringing family and friends as we honor Rev. Dr. King and pray that his dream will come true!

Did you get your copy of Rediscovering Catholicism?  We have copies for all of our members (which were given out at Christmas Masses),  We are slowly reading the book throughout the coming year and hope you are a part of this!  If you can join us, there will be a group discussing the book at the end of Hospitality Sunday on January 19th (read the Prologue and Chapter One, please).  If you need a book, see Father Chris or Deacon Bill before or after Mass (or stop by the Parish Office).

This Sunday we will celebrate the Baptism of the Lord…and baptize a few new members too!  Spend a few minutes preparing for the weekend’s mass HERE.  Remember, this guy – JESUS – really loves you and wants to walk with you and your family this week!

Divine Mercy