Good News for September 17th

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation and became a Doctor of the Church. Robert Bellarmine was born to a poor Italian family. His early intellectual accomplishments gave his father hope that Bellarmine would restore the family’s fortunes through a political career. His mother’s wish that he enter the Society of Jesus prevailed. On completion of his studies, Bellarmine taught at a variety of universities. Robert Bellarmine spent the next 11 years teaching and writing a three-volume defense of the Catholic faith against the arguments of the Protestant reformers. Through his writings Bellarmine was involved in the political, religious, and social issues of the time. Bellarmine also communicated the decree of condemning the Copernican doctrine of the movements of the earth and sun, issued by Congregation of the Index to Galileo Galilei in 1616. He and Galileo were friends and remained friends, the Cardinal often being being a voice a reason in the midst of these difficult days Although he was one of the most powerful men in Rome, Bellarmine lived an austere life. He gave most of his money to the poor. Once he gave the tapestries from his living quarters to the poor, saying that the walls wouldn’t catch cold. While he took little regard for his own comforts, he always saw to it that his servants and aides had everything they needed. St. Robert Bellarmine was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931.

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Richara Please download the handout for them as well!

The students of our school are so grateful for the amazing generosity of our parishioners who have made it possible for our students to have new Chrome Books to use for their at home learning. Your response has been amazing, The Men of Saint Raymond will be donating $1,000 and have offered a “challenge” grant of $500 is two more parishioners “step up” and purchase Chrome Books (as of today we still need 42 more). Come on…do it for our kids! You can send or drop off a $250 check payable to St. Raymond School or donate on-line HERE. Thank you and know that God will reward your goodness. By the way, the photo above was taken long before COVID precautions!

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm at the Cathedral. In addition to this being the 1st Mass with Archbishop Perez, it will be the occasion of 16 of our young people receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there to pray for our young disciple to catch a good dose of the Holy Spirit!

Did you read last week’s BULLETIN? Are you committing yourself to worship the Lord each week (live or thru Live Stream)? Can you plan to join us for Bible Study on the Gospel of John for the four Wednesdays of October at 7pm in Church (or via Live Stream)?

As we know well, Jesus served! Throughout his life he put the needs of others before himself. Our parish is blessed with many who serve others in many selfless ways. We have been presented with additional needs from the community. We need 4 people willing to assist in delivering food within the Mount Airy neighborhood once a month (in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and we need 12 individuals able to volunteer time one Saturday a month to deliver food to our sisters and brothers at Saint Malachy Church near Temple University (in partnership with the food distribution program at New Covenant Church). Want more information or are you ready to volunteer? Please contact Arleen by email or call her at 215-549-3760. God be good to you!

The architectural drawing above is the proposed Senior Housing Apartment Building that we hope to build in partnership with Human Good (formerly Presby Inspired Life). These apartments (located at Phil Elena and Williams Avenues) will be for seniors (who qualify financially) from our neighborhood who want to stay in our beautiful neighborhood as they realize that staying in their home is no longer the best option. We still have a few hurdles, including an upcoming Zoning Hearing in October. Before that meeting, there will be a Community Meeting (required) via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us via Zoom (we need Church Members who live in 19150, especially in the immediate area, who will speak in favor of the project). The zoom link will be shared in the week prior to the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Father Chris.

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