Good News for April 3rd

IMG_1559A familiar painting with a new touch! Re-creation will come to us all through good hygiene, social distancing and the grace of Almighty God!


HolyWeek-Easter - Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá

Palm Sunday: Begin this Holy Week in a way that is pleasing to the Lord as we reflect on His entry to the Holy City as well as His Passion.

  • Mass at 10am on Live Stream from St. Raymond Church
  • Drive Thru Holy Week Bag pickup from 1pm to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Please enter from Williams Avenue. You will be directed to the table with bags, exit your car and take a bag and move forward. Respect social distancing. 100 bags are available each day with palm and other gifts to make the week holy. Just like other places these days…while supplies last!
  • Resources for your children: Coloring PagesSeek & Find, and a great VIDEO on Palm Sunday.

Holy Thursday: When we recall the Lord’s Last Supper, giving us the Eucharist and the Priesthood, as well as His arrest.

  • The Chrism Mass normally celebrated this morning at the Cathedral will take place on Monday Evening privately. The diocese will stream it on their website.
  • Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper from Rome: 11 a.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 5:30 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper from St. Raymond Church at 7pm on our Live Stream or our Call to Prayer Line
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 10:30 p.m. ET, live from Christ Cathedral in CA on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?
  • Drive your car to St. Raymond (or another Catholic Church) and sit outside the Church in car, knowing that Jesus in the Eucharist LIVES here. Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

Good Friday: When we recall our Lord’s suffering and death on the Cross for our salvation.

  • St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: 2 p.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from St. Raymond at 3pm on our Live Stream or Call to Prayer Line
  • Reflections on Our Lord’s Seven Last Words from St. Raymond at 7pm via Father Chris’ Facebook (Christopher Michael Walsh) or our Call to Prayer Line
  • Way of the Cross from Rome: 8 p.m. on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 18 & 19. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Holy Saturday: This is the “great” Liturgy of the Church, much briefer because of the public health precautions

  • Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m., from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • There will not be an Easter Vigil Mass celebrated publicly at St. Raymond this year.
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 20 & 21. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Easter Sunday: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.

  • Easter Mass on Channel 6 at 5:30am.
  • Urbi Et Orbi: Message and Blessing with Pope Francis at 6 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Mass from St. Raymond Church at 10am on our Live Stream or Call to Prayer Line
  • Easter Sunday Mass at Noon on EWTN

Besides watching live on the internet, you can access EWTN Network a number of ways:; Comcast Channel 75; Verizon Fios Channel 285; Direct TV Channel 370; on the Radio at 640am.

Our Call to Prayer Line: Call Toll Free: 1-877-309-2073; Enter Access Code – 319-414-445 # (this remains operational all week with prayer at NOON every day)


IMG-4255Stop by for a visit with Jesus any day this week. As the Church does not have Eucharistic Adoration on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday, there will be a simply Wooden Cross available for adoration. Behold the Wood of the Cross…on which hung the Savior of the World!


state of paThese are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the Pennsylvania primary election related to COVID 19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while also ensuring access to voting, the legislature, Governor Wolf, and the Department of State worked together to pass legislation to reschedule the PA primary election to Tuesday, June 2. Additionally, thanks to historic legislation passed last fall, ALL Pennsylvania voters now also have the ability to vote by mail without having to provide an excuse – for any reason or no reason at all. You can apply for mail-in ballots online, by mail, or in person, until one week before the election. For the 2020 primary, mail-in ballot applications must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Applying online is very easy and quick, and even better, if you enter your email address, you will receive notifications as to the status of your application and ballot along the way.  Once you receive your mail-in ballot, you now have until 8pm on June 2 to deliver your completed ballot to your county election office, but you should drop it off or mail it as early as you can to ensure it is delivered by that time.


St raymond Live MemeJoin us for this week’s St. Raymond LIVE. In addition to using our Call to Prayer number (see above) or joining on Father Chris’s Facebook Page, you can now join via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app (it will help you) but you can see and hear the conversation (and make comments) without being on Facebook. This week’s topic is dealing with job loss, layoffs and managing finances during a tough time like we are beginning. Join your Church Family from 7pm to 7:45pm.


caring-for-friends2Caring for Friends, formerly known as Aid for Friends, is a wonderful organization that provides healthy home cooked meals to our seniors who live alone. We have been preparing and serving meals for ten years and it is a blessing to our elders. During this pandemic, we have a need for MORE MEALS. We provide the containers. You cook, package and freeze the meals and then bring them to the Rectory (9:30am and 4:30pm Monday thru Friday during quarantine). If are able to deliver meals, using appropriate precautions, we welcome that as well. Start with information HERE. To arrange pick up of containers, email Arleen.

IMG-1556Please be faithful to your tithe. Your Church Family depends on YOU!