Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord; may we pray for them when they cannot pray. We ask for an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars. Have mercy on all our Veterans. Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions they fought in. Bless all the soldiers who served in non-combative posts; May their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways. Give us all the creative vision to see a world which, grown weary with fighting, moves to affirming the life of every human being and so moves beyond war. Hear our prayer, O Prince of Peace, hear our prayer. Amen.
The past seven months have been amongst the most challenging for many if our community: the pandemic, the isolation, the racial unrest, the hurtful words, the difficult electoral process, the financial uncertainty and the regular “stuff” of life. Yet her we are, still moving forward in Christ. Our parish remains strong financially (we are most grateful to you for your continued goodness and support). Each week we have more and more people returning to Mass and maintaining our needed precautions to keep everyone safe. We have more than 100 people participating in Small Groups and having lively conversations about THE SEARCH. We continue to move forward with a commitment to worship, being equipped in our faith, inviting others to join us at Church and in sharing out time and treasure with others. So you can plan well – we will have a Christmas Revival on Sunday, December 13th at 5pm (limited seating in Church; Live Streamed as always) on Christmas Eve we will have Mass at 5pm and 7pm and on Christmas Day at 9am. We will not be having the Home for Christmas Day event as normal but will announce shortly our plan to serve our sisters and brothers int he shelters we serve. You will have the chance to prepare for Christmas by celebrating the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) before Mass as normal; with extended time after Mass the weekend of Dec. 19th & 20th and with a Penance Service at St. Luke Church in Glenside on December 23rd at 7pm. Remember, confessions are heard at Mary’s Shrine every Monday throughout the day. Plan now…please!
Praise God for the gift of our faith and the opportunity to grow in understanding our faith. St. Charles Seminary has announced a new Institute for Religious Studies by which you can take courses on a particular topic for your personal enrichment as well as growth in ministry.
Please schedule time to visit with Fr. Chris via a phone call, an in person visit at your home or the Parish Office, or via Face Time. Use this tool to get on Father Chris’ calendar! He is also happy to bring Holy Communion to those who are worshipping from home throughout the pandemic.
Please share Arleen’s VIDEO TEACHING with our young disciples this Sunday while you worship! Please download the handout as well:
Give yourself a unique experience this Advent (which begins November 29th) and receive daily devotionals from a wonderful group of Black Catholics. This is the first year it is happening and it promises to inspire, equip and help you prepare for Christmas in a wonderful way! Please visit ADVENT MAKE SIMPLE and sign up. Please share this wonderful resource with others as well. To God be the glory!
We have 15 days until Thanksgiving. Have you started to count your blessings? Father Chris and the Parish want to know what YOU are thankful for this year. While some will be able to gather for the 9am Mass on November 26th, we are aware that some will worship from home. Please take the time to complete this simple form to let us know that for which you are grateful in 2020!
The life of every human person is precious. This is a basic tenant of our Christian Faith. Each year, when we are not battling COVID, the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia gathers with 1400+ people to celebrate life and get charged up for another year of serving families facing unplanned pregnancies and building a culture that cherishes each life from the womb to the tomb. This year, the STAND UP FOR LIFE DINNER is virtual. Please consider joining Father Chris, Richara and others (from your own home, eating your own food) for this 45 minute no-cost presentation. It will be well worth your time as you continue to be formed as a disciple of Jesus! If you would rather join our St. Raymond WATCH PARTY (and watch it with others in the Rectory Basement), please contact Father Chris.