Home for Christmas

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Have you been in the stores recently and noticed that Christmas Shopping is in full swing? We do not want to get left behind at St. Raymond and we too are getting ready for our Home for Christmas event. This event takes place on Christmas Day when we welcome more than 200 guests from homeless shelters across the City of Philadelphia. They will be served by more than 200 volunteers who set up in the days before Christmas and on Christmas Day. Can you help?

Do you want to purchase items that will be given as gifts to those who come? You can take a tag from our Giving Tree during Advent who do some ONLINE SHOPPING with this new addition this year!

Do you want to prepare a tray of food that will be served at our Christmas Dinner that day? Sign up in the back of Church or use this wonderful tool (also new this year) to sign up for what you will prepare in a full size aluminum tray and deliver to us cooked on Christmas morning.

Do you want to volunteer your time? Why not sign up for a team? Please sign up on one of the lists int he back of the Church or email your name and phone number to our Office Manager Brandi Rose who will get you on the list. Here are the Teams you can join…

  • Decorating – they transform the Parish Hall/School gym into a beautiful and welcoming place that makes all of our guests feel like they are celebrating Christmas. 
  • Food Prep & Service – some will gather starting at 6am to receive and prepare food donations while others will take shifts working the buffet line or keeping the trays filled. Of course some will wash dishes as well
  • Hospitality – this team welcomes our guests, shows them to a table and makes sure the have all they need while they are with us; in addition they sign in volunteers and help keep people’s belongings safe at the coat check
  • Blessing Shop – this team sorts and displays all of the gifts we have for our guests and then oversees the shopping experience for our guests
  • Kids Table – this folks lead our many young guests in playing games, doing arts and crafts, getting nails done and more
  • Facilities – this Team moves tables and chairs into place, makes sure the floors are clean and the bathrooms are working all throughout the day
  • Clean Up (3pm) – these saints show up at 3pm and help us put things away, clean the space and get back to normal at St. Raymond until next year

There will be a meeting for all volunteers on December 3rd at 7pm in the Hall. Please be sure to join us.

 

All Saints Day

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The Christian Community gathers to remember all the saints who now rejoice in the glory of God in heaven on November 1st. Catholics are invited (and expected) to celebrate this Holy Day with an awareness of God’s grace moving in their lives, drawing them to ever greater holiness. Please join us at St. Raymond on Friday, Nov. 1st for Mass at 8am or 7pm. Please enter thru the ramp doors.

if you cannot join us at St. Raymond, please find a Mass for All Saints Day close to your home or work. God be praised!

SENIOR HOUSING MTG – UPDATED

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THE MEETING IS TOMORROW/TONIGHT (DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU RECEIVE AND READ THIS MESSAGE)…

There will be a Community Meeting for those who live in 19150 on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm (there was a mistake in the original message) at Reformation Lutheran Church (1215 East Vernon Road – just one block south of St. Raymond). This meeting is required as part of the process as the developer of the proposed 47 units of senior housing (to be located on our property at the corner of Williams Avenue and Phil-Ellena) goes for a Zoning Hearing with the City of Philadelphia.

Please join us and show support for this project. Have your remaining questions answered. Participate in the wonderful democratic process of our nation! Please remember, it is our duty to take care of our Seniors!

 

Senior Housing Meeting – TUESDAY NIGHT

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There will be a Community Meeting for those who live in 19150 on Tuesday, October 28th at 6:30pm at Reformation Lutheran Church (1215 East Vernon Road – just one block south of St. Raymond). This meeting is required as part of the process as the developer of the proposed 47 units of senior housing (to be located on our property at the corner of Williams Avenue and Phil-Ellena) goes for a Zoning Hearing with the City of Philadelphia.

Please join us and show support for this project. Have your remaining questions answered. Participate in the wonderful democratic process of our nation! Please remember, it is our duty to take care of our Seniors!

 

Parish Financial Report (FY 18-19)

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

It is with tremendous gratitude that our Parish Stewardship Team shares the Financial Report for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Father Chris is sorry that it has taken so long to present this to the parish and asks for your understanding and forgiveness.

Financial Report to Parish Oct 2019

Thank you for your generosity and goodness that allows us to continue to proclaim the Gospel with joy, serve the needs of so many and plan renovations, repairs and upgrades to our parish buildings that will allow us to be secure in being a House of Worship for Catholics from across the region for many years to come.

If you have comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact Father Chris. God be praised!

Dorothy Davis – RIP

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Our parish mourns the passing of Mrs. Dorothy David who worshipped with us for many years. She died in her 80th year after a brief illness.

Her funeral will be on Saturday, October 12th: Viewing at 10am, Mass of Christian Burial at 11am, Burial at Holy Sepulcher followed by a repast at our Church.

May God grant her eternal rest and may her family be comforted.

Hot Topics: Homosexuality as a new Civil Right?

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On Wednesday, October 9th Father Chris and Richara presented our final session of the Hot Topics Series exploring the Christian “response” to same sex attraction and homosexuality. The topic is obviously often misunderstood, Church teaching mischaracterized and people are often left very wounded. With an open mind, we hope you allow this presentation to engage your heart and mind as we each seek to be the person God plans for us!

Father Chris and Richara’s video teaching is HERE

Please follow along with our Handout

Here is a link to the video that we watched during the presentation: Theology of the Body

Want to learn more about COURAGE? It is a wonderful apostolate serving those with same sex attraction and their families.

Hot Topics – Last Session

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Our last session of our Hot Topics series will be this Wednesday, October 9th at 7pm (Live in the Rectory Basement or via Live Stream). Our topic is very vital for today’s Christian: Is Homosexuality the new Civil Right? Please come with an open mind and heart, ready to be equipped to understand this issue a bit more for the good of all those we seek to love!

Celebration in Honor of Fr. Chris

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The Parish Family of Saint Raymond

invites you to join in the celebration of

Father Christopher Walsh

and his 50 Years of Life, 20 Years of Priesthood and

12 Years of service as our Pastor.

Saturday, the 19th of October, 2019

Mass will be celebrated in our Church at 5:00pm

Dinner and Fellowship in our Hall from 6:30pm to 10pm.

1350 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia PA 19150 

Tickets are $20 and include dinner, desserts, wine, beer and sodas (you are welcome to bring your own as well). Tickets are available after Masses at St. Raymond, at the parish Office during Business Hours (call 215-549-3760). You can also mail a check (payable to St. Raymond) and your tickets will be able to be picked up the night of the party at the entrance to the event.

Black Catholic History Month

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Join us at the Cathedral for the annual Mass in Honor of Saint Martin de Porres on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm. There will be a bus from Saint Raymond leaving at 5:30pm to allow us to be there for the Musical Prelude. Please let our Office Manager Brandi know you are joining us (you can call her at 215-549-3760).

On Saturday, November 16th there will be a presentation on the impact of Black Women Religious Sisters at St. Joseph University. It is free and will be from 10am until Noon. Please register HERE to reserve your place!

God be praised and may we be open to writing the current chapter of Black Catholic History as we live as Jesus desires today!