Praised be Jesus Christ – now and forever!
Our Church continues to experience tremendous pain as the truth of sexual violence against young people and what appears to be systematic cover ups by bishops and leaders of our Church is revealed day by day. While in truth the vast majority of these incidents occurred decades ago, the news is no less painful or shameful for us as we learn the truth or for those who were victimized again now reliving the pain. The Pope will be meeting with leaders of the US Church on Thursday, September 13th, please pray that the meeting bears great fruit. In addition, it has been announced that there will be a gathering of bishops from across the world in February with Pope Francis in Rome. In anticipation of that meeting, St. Raymond Parish will prepare a letter to those representing the United States (all will have a chance to sign the letter). May these gatherings grow to include pastors of parishes and lay leaders so that the voice of the entire Church is being heard! Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the Church today!
Please join us this Sunday, September 16th at 8am and 10am for the final sermon by Fr. Chris on great reformers in the Church. This week will focus on Pope Pius X. May he, as well as St. Philip Neri, St Therese, Ven. Gus Tolton and St Catherine of Siena, inspire us and pray for us!
Our Parish Block Party will be on Saturday, September 22nd from Noon to 4pm on our campus. There will be plenty of FREE food, activities for people of all ages, DJ and Dancing, tours of St. Raymond House as well as a chance to enjoy the company of some wonderful people. You, your family, friends and neighbors are most welcome to join us (by then, the rain will have finally left us). Please RSVP to the Parish Office by calling 215-549-3760 or email Michelle Downing.
On Wednesday, September 26th we will begin a six week study of The Letter to the Hebrews. Each week will begin at 7pm and sessions will be Live Streamed for those who want to join from home. This study is especially critical now as this Letter addresses a Christian Community in crisis! Join us and allow these Sacred Words to find a new meaning in your life. No cost. No experience needed. All are welcome as we meet in the Rectory Basement.
It is time for REVIVAL! Plan to be with us on Monday, October 1st and Tuesday, October 2nd (7pm each night) for a Revival focused on the PRAISE OF GOD! We will focus on the seven Hebrew words for praise in the Old Testament and have the opportunity to experience the praise of God each evening. No cost. No RSVP required. Bring yourself, a friend, a Bible and a heart and mind open to experiencing God in a new way!