Good News for July 22

Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen. Saint Mary Magdalen was one of the few who remained with Christ during His agony on the Cross. She visited His tomb with two other women and found it empty. It was to her that our Lord first appeared after His Resurrection. He asked her to announce His Resurrection to the Apostles. We pray… Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love. You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

We rejoice with Paris and her family as she came to the Altar of the Lord for her First Holy Communion. Paris is the last of our children in the “Covid Communion Class”. We are grateful to Donna Ackridge and Arleen Daniels for their tireless effort in preparing our children for this wonderful moment. Please pray for our children and their families as they navigate this difficult season on faith, worship, quarantine and time at home. To God be the glory!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ commands us to serve. In order for Saint Raymond to continue to be who God desires us to be…we need YOU to step up and commit a few hours each month for the good of others. There are several areas where we need service… AID FOR FRIEND DELIVERIES: (now called Caring Friends), this wonderful program has an individual like YOU pick up 14 frozen meals from a freezer in the Parish Office and deliver the meals to a homebound elderly person in our area once every two weeks; COVID behaviors will be observed; please contact Arleen Daniels. TECH SUPPORT TEAM: As we continue to develop our online presence and use of technology during in-person worship, we need YOU; roles would include assisting in creating slides for worship thru google slides, supporting content for You Tube, Facebook and other social media platforms and more; we will offer training and are hoping for a few hours a month of service; contact Deacon Bill. COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Things have been peaceful in our neighborhood this week thankfully but we know that the horror of violence continues to be a scourge and God wants YOU to be a part of our effort to engage the young men in our neighborhood; we do not have a plan but are confident that God wants us to do something and we all have a part to play (including through intercessory prayer for this effort); contact Fr. Chris. We cannot wait for “someone else to do it”; that is the lie of the devil. Be a part of the solution as a matter of your faith in Jesus Christ!

As you are aware, there are many wonderful conversations happening across our region and nation on the issue of racial reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host one of these conversations next Tuesday evening via zoom. One of our parishioners, Connie McCalla, will be a panelist. Consider “participating”; sign up is required. Please download the flier and share with others:

Have you ever wondered where priests “come from”? They are from families like yours! God calls men from every family, including YOUR FAMILY. On Wednesday, August 5th we will host a group of seminarians who are riding their bicycles across the Philadelphia area. Join us for a Holy Hour at 7pm that evening in our Church (or via Live Stream). Please invite friends from other Churches as well. The evening will include the Rosary, a brief sharing from a seminarian, time for reflection and amazing music from our beloved Kenny Arrington. Download and share this flier:

We continue to offer a healthy environment to worship, We have a place in our pews for YOU. Allow God to quiet your fears and guide you in the days to come. Questions? Contact our Parish Office.

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word video will be emailed later this week!