Good News for June 16th

Father Chris are the Parish Staff continue to plan thoughtful conversations around the many issues regarding the need for ongoing racial reconciliation in our City and our Church. The hope is to offer a variety of “Conversation Groups” on various topics and provide a larger “Town Hall” opportunity in which we can learn from one another’s experiences in the groups. Further details will be provided by the end of next week. If you have an idea you’d like to be considered, please email Father Chris.

Our Parish rejoices that Corinne is now one with us in Holy Communion. May her example of preparing to receive Jesus inspire each of us as we come to the Table of the Lord each week.

Have you been tested? Knowing if you have the Covid-19 Virus and then quarantining for 14 days is one of the ways we will be successful in ending this pandemic. Numbers are rising in Florida. Find our how to get tested!

We have gathered for the last two Sundays and this week we restore the 5pm Saturday Mass. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (see above; we have speakers set up for both the 5pm and 10am). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASSTo allow everyone a chance to attend Mass in person, we are asking that people please consider attending Mass in person every other week (and starting next week, consider attending the 5pm instead of the 10am if possible). If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

We continue our study of the Gospel of John this week (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well…

The Parish hopes to offer Summer Days at Saint Raymond to give parents a break from child care on Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks this summer. These days will be a chance for children who attend our Church to learn, laugh and grow together as our young disciples. There is no cost to the parent. If you have a child (not a neighbor, grandchild, cousin’s friend’s kid) who you would like to participate, please complete this INTEREST FORM so that we can continue our planning.

God, grant us the heart to weep with those who weep. Give us empathy and understanding. Create trust where there is pain. Make your Church the united bride you want her to be. These divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep, O God. Without you, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we express our hope that Jesus can change our hearts and unite the Church. We believe the gospel is greater than our divisions. And we long for the day when the world will take note of how we love each other. So, help us to meet each other in this prayerful journey. We come to learn to lament. Hear us as we weep together, that we might walk together. In the name of Jesus, our King. Amen.