Good News for December 30th

Please join us for our annual Watch Hour by joining us live in Church or through LIVESTREAM. Please spread the word as people of faith need time to process this extraordinary 2020 with the grace of God!

Our Parish is most grateful to all those who donated to our annual Christmas Flower Fund providing the beautiful poinsettias in our Church. Please take a moment to read the Memorial Page attached here. In addition, have you reflected on Father Chris’ message about changing our role within the family just as the way the Eck Family changed poinsettias? You can review the homily HERE. Also, did you see this week’s BULLETIN?

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this TEACHING from FR CHRIS for Epiphany Sunday and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

COVID will certainly impact the celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Legacy but it will not keep us from reflecting, praying, singing, reading and resolving to move forward in hope that one day, his dream will be fully realized. At Saint Raymond, here are three opportunities to remember and recommit: On Sunday, January 17th we will gather from 5pm to 6pm in our Church for a Prayer Service (join in person or via Live Stream) as we reflect of what members of our Church Family learned from the two sets of Conversation Groups we hosted in Summer and Fall of 2020. On Monday, January 18th there will be an opportunity for a small group of 15-20 people to gather for a Reading Group and reflect on some of Rev. King’s writings and have a facilitated conversation (the group will gather distanced in the School Hall from 10am to Noon; materials will be available soon). On Monday, January 18th the Office of Black Catholic will offer the Annual MLK Prayer Service via Live Stream (details to be provided, check their website). Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in some way as we begin 2021!

Are you making a New Year’s resolution? Maybe joining Father Chris is losing 20 pounds (the annual physical went well…except that “ideal weight” part)? Here are a few suggestions from the Pastor: (1) Pick up and read the book I Heard God Laugh and make a commitment to daily prayer (essential is we are going to live as disciples of Christ). (2) Use our St. Raymond App each day: download myParishApp to your tablet or phone; find St. Raymond Church, Philadelphia and then begin enjoining the many opportunities for prayer and reflection. (3) Remain committed to being part of our effort to move through this difficult COVID Season by remaining committed to the WORSHIP of God each weekend (live or thru Live Stream), becoming more EQUIPPED to live the Christian Life through what you study and read, INVITING others to join us at Saint Raymond, and by SHARING what you have with the Church and others. Do New Year’s Resolutions actually work?

Our Church Family mourns the passing of Mr. Rasheem Davis. Rasheem, along with his mother Jamette and sister Rashawna, joined Saint Raymond after the closure of St. Therese Church. Rasheem quickly became active as a greeter, an office volunteer, 8am Mass Altar Server, and most notably operating the camera for our live streaming the 10am Mass. Rasheem was always willing to serve and did so with a huge smile. When he was not at his Human Resources job, he enjoyed horseback riding, martial arts, video games and shopping with his devoted mother. His funeral is Thursday, December 31st with a viewing at 10am and Mass at 11am. Join us in the Church or thru Live Stream. May he rest with the Lord he loved!

There is NO COVID TESTING ON THURSDAY (NY EVE). testing will resume on Saturday, January 2nd. Please let friends and family know!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join other citizens of good will as we cry out in protest in the name of the more than 500,000 children that have died from abortion in our City since the Roe v. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court. As a people committed to justice, we will continue to pray for and support couples facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy. We will also speak truth in the streets of our City and raise a voice that cried justice for all, including the unborn. The day will begin with a 9am Mass at the Cathedral and then a peaceful protest walk to Independence Hall for a Rally at Noon. Want to know more? Read this or contact Father Chris.

Worship with us this weekend for the Epiphany!