Happy Advent!


Praise the God who loved us so much that He gave His only Son so that we might be saved!

How is your Advent coming along?  How about some resources to help you on your journey towards Christmas?  Check out Loyola Press, Creighton University or the US Bishop’s Site (who have a cool on-line version of an “Advent Calendar”).

Did you read last week’s BULLETIN?  Keep up on all of the great things that are happening in our parish!

For all sort of reasons no doubt, we had a very low number of people SIGN UP for the scheduled Church Anniversary International Potluck Supper (we were expecting less than 50) and so the Committee made the decision to cancel the gathering this year (it was supposed to be Friday, Dec. 5th at 7pm).  The Parish Life Committee will review their planning and they promise to come back with a stronger event next year!  We are sorry for any inconveniences!

We will be honored by the presence of Bishop John McIntyre this Saturday at our 5pm Mass where he will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 25 young people.  Please pray for a generous outpouring of the Holy Spirit on these young people and their families.  May they be raised up as authentic disciples of the Lord!  Ever wonder “Why we get confirmed?” when we are already baptized?

Have you been away from the Catholic Church for some reason?  Catholics Come Home offers great resources to help you on your way back to the Church.  Please know Fr. Chris is always willing to talk and help in any way!

Why do we use purple in Advent? It is a color of repentance, an outward sign of our inner desire to be converted more fully to the Lord. One of the great practices of Advent is “making a good confession”! Has it been a while? A really long while? No worries! We have plenty of opportunities for your to confess your sins and begin again in His Grace! Priests will be available: Monday, Dec. 15th (6pm-8pm) at St. Barbara Church in W. Phila.; Tuesday, Dec. 16th (6pm to 8pm) at St. Vincent Church in Germantown, Wednesday, Dec. 17th (6pm to 8pm) at St. Athanasius in East Oak Lane and on Sunday, Dec. 21st from 1pm to 3pm here at St. Raymond. Need some HELP getting ready for confession?  No problem…try HERE or HERE!  All are welcome; wearing purple is optional!

Our Christmas Eve Mass will be at 7pm and Christmas Day Mass at 10am. Plan to be with us and please begin inviting your family, friends and neighbor to the best birthday party ever!