Good News for December 9th

Saturday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, recalling when Mary appeared in Mexico in 1531. The event led to the conversion of many indigenous people whose ancestors now live in our nation. Please pray this prayer, written by St. John Paul II, begging the protection of Our Holy Mother…. O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we fall help us to rise again and return to Him through the confession of our faults and our sins in the Sacrament of penance, which gives peace to the soul. We beg you to grant us a great love of all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our consciences, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all others true joy and peace, which come to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Check out this video from last year’s celebration at our Cathedral.

On Sunday, December 13th our parish will offer a Virtual Christmas Concert from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The Parish Staff knows that our 2020 Christmas will need an extra effort to feel the joy of Jesus’ birthday! Kenny Arrington and our Choir is putting together an amazing concert that will wow us even more than the annual Soulful Christmas. Please plan to join us virtually it will be a wonderful evening (and available on demand thru Christmas).

hroughout the weeks of Advent we will reflect on what it means to be REDEEMED by Jesus. Last weekend, Father Chris preached on being REDEEMED FROM DESPAIR – if you missed the homily, listen HERE. You can also read last Sunday’s BULLETIN. As we move Forward in Christ, please remain committed to Worship, Sharing. being Equipped as a Christian and Inviting others to walk with us in faith, hope and love! Looking for a way to get involved in our 2020 Home for Christmas? Perhaps you can cook a tray of food, buy food products or help with delivery of items in the days before Christmas? Please contact Brandi in our Parish Office.

Our Christmas Eve Masses will be at 5pm and 7pm and on Christmas Day at 9am. Please share this news with others and extend an invitation. Each of these Masses will be available on Live Stream as well.

We continue to nourish our young disciples with the Word of God. Please share THIS VIDEO TEACHING with your children and grandchildren. Please download the handout and share with the children…

Have you considered making an End of the Year Gift to Saint Raymond? You can designate to the Parish’s General Account (and help pay the electric and gas bill), designate it for our upcoming renovations of the Church Basement or designate it to assist parent’s with tuition for Catholic Schools. Learn more HERE or contact Father Chris is you would like to discuss your gift. If you are updating your will or estate planning at the end of the year, please consider naming St. Raymond in your planning (we recently received a parishioner’s home and entire estate which will be a great blessing for us).

When was the last time you made a good confession? Advent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord’s mercy and that can happen at any Catholic Church or the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Why should I go to confession? How do I go to confession? Father Chris is available this weekend and next weekend for 30 minutes before and after all masses and he will join many other priests on Wednesday, December 23rd at 7pm at St. Luke Church in Glenside. Father Chris is always willing to meet with you privately at a convenient time and even make a trip to your house…confession can be that wonderful for you!

Father Chris mentioned that Hanukah begins this week for our Jewish sisters and brothers. Learn more about the origin of the feast and maybe find ways you and your family could celebrate it this year! It is a story of hope…God is always with us, fighting for us, advocating for us, redeeming us from despair!

Are you going to “get the vaccine”? It seems to be a question many are asking these days and with good reason. What questions do you have about the proposed COVID Vaccines? On January 20th & 27th, Father Chris will be hosting a few webinar style meetings to answer questions and address concerns people have about the vaccines. Guests will include physicians, medical ethicists, vaccine development specialists and even a parishioner who has been part of a trial with the vaccine! What are your concerns or questions? Please share them with Father Chris.

Join us for Mass this weekend…we promise you will be renewed in joy and get to see Father Chris wearing some nice rose colored vestments!