News for February 9th

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Our Parish Mardi Gras Party will be Saturday, February 10th at 7pm in the School Hall. There is no charge and all are welcome (bring a friend as well). The event is BYOE (bring your own food and drink, alcohol welcome). There will be a DJ for Dancing, great conversation and card games! Kids are welcome too and there will be special activities for them (and pizza). Let us know you are coming by contacting Michelle Downing.

Along with Churches throughout the nation, we have entered National Marriage Week. Married couples always need support and encouragement and as a Church we want to be here to help couples persevere in good time and bad times – and not just at Valentine’s Day.  The US Bishops are offering many wonderful resources HERE and Richara on our Staff is always looking for folks to join our Marriage Ministry to support couples!

Ash Wednesday is next Wednesday, February 14th. Come and hear the word: Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return! Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 8am. Prayer Service with Distribution of Ashes at 10:30am (with School Community) and again at 7:00pm. Bring a friend; all Christians are welcome in the House of the Lord!

Throughout the weeks of Lent we will have 15 Small Groups gathering to reflect on the Sunday Gospel. These groups of 8-10 people will be a chance to grow in faith and fellowship. They have been a tremendous blessing for growth in discipleship in the parish and we know it will continue in your life. For more information call the Parish Office or email Minta Brown.

There has always been a traditional in Christianity of Drama Plays  during Lent. Two opportunities for such experiences happen this Lent at St. Raymond. On Thursday, March 8th we will take a trip to St John Bosco Church in Hatboro PA to experience The Cross and the Light. This multi-media experience with a multi-cultural cast promises to draw is into the mystery of Christ’s love for us. Tickets are $30 and include bus transportation leaving St. Raymond at 5:30pm. On Saturday, March 10th we will return to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster for JESUS. The cost is $145 and includes a coach bus (leaving at 8:30am), the show, lunch at Hershey Farms and time for shopping at Tanger Outlets. Return at 9pm. Contact Michelle for information on either trip or stop by the office with ticket payment.

Please pray for the soul of Mrs. Vera Sousa who passed away on February 6th. Her funeral arrangements are not yet finalized. May she rest in peace.