Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Things are going well on Vernon Road. The flowers and trees are coming alive in a beautiful way just like in your neighborhood. May the signs of spring remain a source of great hope for us in these difficult days of quarantine.
Welcome to our “new normal”! Father Chris is grateful to all who are making time to worship with us thru the gift of Live Stream. More than 3,200 people joined us for at least part of Mass (amazing how God brings good from evil). Did you get to see the Church Bulletin? Stay up on all the news!
We were able to count the collection from the past two weekend. Praise God for the goodness of so many who mailed in or dropped off envelopes (there is a mail slot at the front door of the Parish Office) or have chosen to use our Electronic Giving option. Ot total for the last two weeks was $9296 which is less than we would normally get for two weekend but will keep the lights on for sure. Please remain committed to being faithful stewards and you know the Parish Staff is containing costs and making some cutbacks as well until we get through this time.
Normally, at this time of year, we would be providing meals for families facing homelessness through the Phila. Interfaith Hospitality Network, Since we are not hosting and contributing food because of the quarantine, you donate to the program so that the families can buy their own groceries and supplies. The instructions are as follows. Checks can be sent to: PIHN at 7047 Germantown Ave Phila Pa 19119 C/O Keyonnee Thalia. Please write in the memo portion “Sr Raymond for Food/Shelter.” Gift cards can also be sent to PIHN at the same address. If you prefer to donate online, then please go to our website at www.philashelter.org, click “donate and pledge” to make an online donation from the comfort of your home. Under the section, ‘this pledge is in honor of’ one can write food/shelter and “St. Raymond Church”.
Are you or someone you know experiencing struggles with food supply? The City is now offering multiple sites to provide FREE boxes of food for families. Click HERE for more information. Out of concern for the safety of our volunteers, and the availability of this new resource from the City at the former St. Therese Church (6610 Anderson Street), we will discontinue our public Food Cupboard until further notice.
Missing Mass has been tough. Not receiving Holy Communion has been painful. But now, no palm? That just seems wrong! Do not worry: your Church Family will make palm available this weekend! On Saturday, April 4th from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday, April 5th from 1pm to 4pm Father Chris will be in the driveway in front of Church with Holy Week Bags that will include Blessed Palm, Blessed Easter Holy Water, the new Living Faith Books, a small cross to use for Veneration during the Goof Friday 3pm Service and a variety of prayer resources for Holy Week. The Parish will prepare 100 bags for Saturday and 100 bags for Sunday; first come, first serve. Please enter from Williams Avenue. You will need to exit your car to pick up a bag which will be placed on a table. Father Chris will be available to say a quick hello and offer a blessing from an appropriate “social distance”. Questions? Please call the Parish Office at 215-549-3760. A full Holy Week Schedule will be emailed on Friday as well as provided in the Holy Week Bags.
Knowing this is a tough time for our children, Father Chris offers another video reading Miracle Stories from the Gospel to our young disciples. Please share this VIDEO with your children and grandchildren as they go through this time.