Good News for March 3rd

Today is the Feast of Philadelphia’s Saint Katherine Drexel. One of her many wonderfully inspiring quotes is this: If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing. How is God asking you to “press forward”? Our Cathedral, where her Shrine is located, will host a Feast Day Mass on Wednesday at 12:05 (it will be live streamed). Read more HERE. Learn about Mother’s amazing life of generosity HERE.

We launch today our weekly video reflection on Saint Joseph. Deacon Bill will be coordinating men of the parish to offer reflections on Saint Joseph and we will package them in short videos that will be shared with the Church Family here. The first video offers a reflection from Deacon Bill. Please share these with others as we move forward in Christ! Want a wonderful way to celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th? Join Father Chris for a Morning Retreat at the Padre Pio Shrine; it is free and you are welcome to ride on the Church Bus with Father Chris (let him know if this is your desire). All are welcome!

Through the generosity of many in the parish we have collected $4,204 for the purchase of this amazing painting: The Gift of Myrrh. The goal remain $5000 for the painting and another $500 (estimated) for the framing. It will take several months before the painting is ready to be installed. If you are looking for a way to share you stimulus check or a portion of your tax refund, consider making a donation to the “Art Fund”. Once we have completed this will will raise another $5,500 for the second painting which will be a memorial to victims of sexual abuse within the Church.

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The gift of every child is such a blessing. Obviously, not every child does not come at the ideal time or under the ideal conditions. As Christians, we must remain vigilant in offering hope to couples who are facing an unplanned pregnancy during and after their pregnancy. We are blessed to have so many resources available for couples and we must be a bridge to link those in need with the resources. Our parish office is always ready to help! On Friday, March 12th our Parish will keep vigil at the Planned Parenthood at 1144 Locust Street from 8am to 5pm to pray and offer help to those whose hearts are open to receiving what we can offer. If you would like to join our efforts, please contact Richara (no experience needed; we will have someone stand with you and you will receive an abundance of graces).

As a Federal Retail Pharmacy Partner, Rite Aid is now able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to a select group of qualified individuals in PHILADELPHIA, including seniors Ages 75+. To better serve the members of our communities who do not have access to a computer or require personal assistance, we have established a COVID-19 vaccination scheduling hotline: COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Hotline 866-674-4659 (Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PMRite Aid #1941 (7401 Ogontz Avenue) Next Day Appointments Only. To schedule an appointment through the hotline, qualified individuals MUST provide a valid mobile phone number and email address so Rite Aid can communicate any updates and reminders moving forward. To support our community as efficiently as possible, we encourage any qualified individuals with computer access to schedule through our online link at RITE AID VACCINES. In addition, Einstein Health is offering vaccines at Enon (up the street form us) on Tuesdays. You must have an appointment. PLEASE SIGN UP if you are eligible and please share with our elders.

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 THIS VIDEO TEACHING FROM FR CHRIS and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace! Download the handout for the young disciple as well…

We want to stay connected through text messaging and voice messaging. When we have winter weather issues and other emergencies, we want to have a variety of ways to connect with our Church Family (knowing not everyone checks emails very often). Thus, we are now using Church Cast as a way of sending text messages and voice messages. Please sign up so you can be included! So far, 122 people have signed up…can we reach 160 by next week? This means YOU need to sign up.

This Saturday, March 5th is the annual Catholic Men’s Conference. Like so many things, it is virtual. Join men from our parish and across the diocese for some wonderfully inspiring talks without having to leave your home. Find our more or sign up HERE. If you need help with the sign up, please contact Arleen in the Parish Office.

Be sure to watch our last Black History Month video sharing the life of Venerable Henriette DeLille…may her life be a blessing to you in your journey of faith. We are grateful to Madison for her presentation.

Did you worship with us last weekend? Did you hear Father Chris’ homily on GENEROSITY? Did you read the Parish Bulletin? Please reflect with our Small Groups on last Sunday’s Gospel…

The Office of Black Catholics has published the 1st Edition of their Newsletter. Please check it out….

Good News for February 24th

When we gathered last weekend we went with Jesus into to the desert where he was tempted and ended up victorious because He has FAITH in the Father and knew the Father had FAITH in Him. Do you remember each day that God has FAITH in you, just as he did in Saint Joseph? Worship on demand. Did you see last Sunday’s Church Bulletin? Want to pray or chat (or argue or laugh) with Father Chris? Sign up for a time slot…he loves catching up with people.

We want to stay connected through text messaging and voice messaging. When we have winter weather issues and other emergencies, we want to have a variety of ways to connect with our Church Family (knowing not everyone checks emails very often). Thus, we are now using Church Cast as a way of sending text messages and voice messages. Please sign up so you can be included! So far, 70 people have signed up…can we reach 100 by next week? This means YOU need to sign up.

Father Chris wants to hear from YOU! We are building a new website and the designers would like to receive some “testimonies” (two or three sentences) on WHY YOU LOVE SAINT RAYMOND as a way to encourage others to join us! Please complete THIS WITNESS/TESTIMONY FORM to let us know your answer!

As a Federal Retail Pharmacy Partner, Rite Aid is now able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to a select group of qualified individuals in PHILADELPHIA, including seniors Ages 75+. To better serve the members of our communities who do not have access to a computer or require personal assistance, we have established a COVID-19 vaccination scheduling hotline: COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Hotline 866-674-4659 (Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM) Rite Aid #1941 (7401 Ogontz Avenue) Next Day Appointments Only. To schedule an appointment through the hotline, qualified individuals MUST provide a valid mobile phone number and email address so Rite Aid can communicate any updates and reminders moving forward. To support our community as efficiently as possible, we encourage any qualified individuals with computer access to schedule through our online link at RITE AID VACCINES

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 THIS VIDEO TEACHING FROM MISS PAULA and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace! Download the handout for the young disciple as well…

As we continue to appreciate Black History, take a moment to watch our VIDEO OF MR. DANIEL RUDD and perhaps read more about his amazing life HERE.

Next Wednesday is the Feast of Philadelphia’s Saint Katherine Drexel. The Cathedral, where her Shrine is located, will host a Feast Day Mass on Wednesday at 12:05 (it will be live streamed). Read more HERE. Learn about Mother’s amazing life of generosity HERE.

How will Rice Bowl be a part of your Lent?

We are blessed to have more than 100 people participating in one of our 12 Small Groups for Lent. If you are not in a group, Father Chris urges you to make time to reflect on the questions the Small Groups are using to allow the Word of God to be more firmly rooted in your life. Use this handout:

Saint Joseph, Pray for Us!

Coming to Church is as safe as a trip to Wal-Mart or Aldi! Please plan which week you will return to worship and feast at the Banquet of the Lamb!

News for February 18th

The journey towards Easter has started! We were blessed to have wonderful liturgies for Ash Wednesday. It was good to see so many people in the pews, many for the first time in many months. Let us continue to strive to maintain cautious health practices with a recognition of our need for human community as you return to in-person attendance at Holy Mass. Please refresh your memory on the practice of Catholics ABSTAINING FROM MEAT ON THE FRIDAYS OF LENT as well as having DAYS OF FASTING.

What is your plan for Lent? WE ALL NEED A PLAN…

Perhaps you can download our Parish App and make use of what it offers to enhance your prayer life during Lent? Download the “myParish” app and find St. Raymond. It has great potential to impact your spiritual life and connection to your Church Family! Join the many who use it each day, especially for a daily devotional!

Perhaps you can create an account at formed.org and receive their Daily Video messages? Visit www.formed.org. Use our access code 8TJNV2 Follow instructions to set up your own account and be formed in Christ! Did you know…Formed has great resources to help you with your life as a Disciple. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE “FORMED” APP TO MAKE YOUR ACCESS EVEN EASIER. Formed also offers wonderful videos on St. Joseph. Give Netflix and You Tube a break for Lent!

It is not about what you give up but about who you become! Join Matthew Kelley (author of I heard God Laugh) for a daily reflection to make it Your Best Lent Ever. You will receive a daily email with a video message that leads to your reflection!

Perhaps you want to download an app that will help with your daily meditations (and build off the Prayer Method taught in the book we gave out at Christmas)? The Hallow App is an amazing resource that will teach you to pray and guide your prayer. There are many resources available for free, others that will require a subscription. Check it out!

We want to stay connected through text messaging and voice messaging. When we have winter weather issues and other emergencies, we want to have a variety of ways to connect with our Church Family (knowing not everyone checks emails very often). Thus, we are now using Church Cast as a way of sending text messages and voice messages. Please sign up so you can be included! So far, 70 people have signed up…can we reach 100 by next week? This means YOU need to sign up.

Father Chris wants to hear from YOU! We are building a new website and the designers would like to receive some “testimonies” (two or three sentences) on WHY YOU LOVE SAINT RAYMOND as a way to encourage others to join us! Please complete THIS WITNESS/TESTIMONY FORM to let us know your answer!

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 THIS VIDEO TEACHING FROM MISS LISA and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace! Download the handout for the young disciple as well…

CNS photo/iconographer Vivian Imbruglia, courtesy Archdiocese of Denver)

As we continue to grow in appreciation of Black History, take a few minutes to learn about Venerable Julia Greeley from Lisa Eldridge. Learn even more from her Guild. May we seek her intercession in these Lenten Days, imitate her goodness and faith and one day join her in glory!

In his Ash Wednesday Homily, Father Chris encouraged us to BE LIKE TONTO. Following the 7pm Service, a parishioner educated Father Chris on the real life Lone Ranger which adds another chapter to Black History. Mr. Bass Reaves, born an enslaved man, lived an amazing life and served as a US Marshall in Texas. While there has never been a sure connection established, most agree that it seems as though the Lone Ranger was based on the life of Bass Reaves.

Saint Joseph being directed by an angel…listen to the angels God puts in your life as well!

Snow & Ice….YEAH!!!

Yes, you know it is going to be icy and snowy this weekend (the devil is really messing with you being able to worship). So, please make a plan! Join us on Saturday for the 8:0am Mass or join us when the weather clears up for the 10am Mass. We need to Eucharist! Thankfully, you can also join us on YouTube.

Here is our Sunday Bulletin in case you do not make it this weekend. If you need to make your love offering to the parish (tithe; collection; help pay the bills), you can do that HERE.

When we have winter weather issues and other emergencies, we want to have a variety of ways to connect with our Church Family (knowing not everyone checks emails very often). Thus, we are now using Church Cast as a way of sending text messages and voice messages. Please sign up so you can be included!

Good News for February 10

Tomorrow is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin.” During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” She used the word aquero, a dialect term meaning “this thing.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address (tu), but the polite form (vous). The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity. Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907. Here is a prayer to Our Lady for the Sick: O ever-Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; look with mercy on me. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with complete confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. (mention your petition) Through gratitude for your favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen

As you prepare your 2020 Tax Return, you are welcome to request a End of Year Statement of your Charitable Offerings to Saint Raymond. The letter can be mailed, picked up or emailed to you. Please contact Brandi in the Parish Office (215-549-3760). Have you decided what you are doing with your Stimulus Check? Perhaps a tithe on that blessing to your parish as well?

Like everything, Ash Wednesday will be very different this year! We will gather NEXT WEDNESDAY, February 17th for a Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 8am and two Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes at 10:30am (with School Children) and at 7pm. The 10:30am and 7pm Services will be available on YouTube. If you would like to come “just for ashes”, please arrive at the Church at 8:40am or 11:30am and you will be able to quickly enter and exit the Church. Ashes will be distributed using a Q-Tip to allow for COVID safety.

Lent starts NEXT WEEK, Wednesday, February 17th and we want YOU in a SMALL GROUP this Lent. Make the time to join (in person or on zoom) and reflect on God’s Word with fellow disciples. Contact Minta to find a group that fits your schedule (groups meet throughout the day and throughout the week). Check out your option here…

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 VIDEO TEACHING FROM RICHARA and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

At last weekend’s Masses, Father Chris spoke about Mary Smith Peake, the founder and inspiration of Hampton University in Virginia. Through her kindness, she inspired HOPE in others. We are called to this as ALLELUIA people! We are called to meet people where they are in life, with all the challenges, and help them praise the Lord just as they are…even when they are waiting for the blessings yet to come! Listen to the HOMILY. Catch up up St. Raymond news with out BULLETIN as well. Knowing that many were unable to worship with us because of the snow, please be faithful to your tithe in the weeks to come.

As we celebrate Black History Month, please enjoy this wonderful VIDEO PRESENTATION on the life of Ven. Pierre Toussaint and learn what he can teach us as we live through our challenges today. Look forward to a new video each week of the month! TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10TH Father Thorne will share his reflections on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest to be ordained in the United States, whose cause for canonization is under way. In sharing Tolton’s story, Father Thorne will also speak about the past and present experience of Black Catholicism in the United States and where he sees new opportunities for growth and renewal in the Church today. REGISTER HERE. You can attend in person or through live streaming on Wednesday evening.

Our parish mourns the passing of Ms. Earlene King who passed after a long battle with cancer. Her funeral will be on Saturday, February 13th at 10am in our Church. WE extend our sympathy to her family, especially her daughter, Donna Ackridge, who has been a faithful catechist to generations of our young people. Her funeral will be available via YouTube.

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

Yup…more snow!

Yes, you know it is going to snow on Sunday Morning…at the time we normally gather for Holy Mass. So, please make a plan! Join us on Saturday for the 5:00 pm Mass. Join us on YouTube on Sunday at 10 am. You are also encouraged to view our first Black History Month video on Ven. Pierre Toussaint which we will share before Masses this weekend.

Here is our Sunday Bulletin in case you do not make it this weekend. If you need to make your love offering to the parish (tithe; collection; help pay the bills), you can do that HERE.

Please be careful in the days to come. Remain hopeful and know that God is with you!

ANOTHER BLACK HISTORY MONTH FORMATION OPPORTUNITY: All are invited to virtually participate in the event that will feature Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Pastor of Saint Martin de Porres Parish. Father Thorne will share his reflections on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest to be ordained in the United States, whose cause for canonization is under way. In sharing Tolton’s story, Father Thorne will also speak about the past and present experience of Black Catholicism in the United States and where he sees new opportunities for growth and renewal in the Church today. REGISTER HERE. You can attend in person or through live streaming on Wednesday evening.

Good News for February 3rd

Wednesday, February 3rd is the Feast of Saint Blase and the day we normally “get our throats blessed”. We know more about the devotion to Saint Blaise by Christians around the world than we know about the saint himself. We know that Bishop Blaise was martyred in Armenia, in 316. The legendary Acts of St. Blaise were written 400 years later. According to them Blaise was a good bishop, working hard to encourage the spiritual and physical health of his people. Blaise was apparently forced to flee to the back country (Christianity was still new and often Christians were persecuted). There he lived as a hermit in solitude and prayer, but he made friends with the wild animals. One day a group of hunters seeking wild animals for the amphitheater stumbled upon Blaise’s cave. They were first surprised and then frightened. The bishop was kneeling in prayer surrounded by patiently waiting wolves, lions and bears. The legend has it that as the hunters hauled Blaise off to prison, a mother came with her young son who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blaise’s command the child was able to cough up the bone. Agricolaus, governor of Cappadocia, tried to persuade Blaise to sacrifice to pagan idols. The first time Blaise refused, he was beaten. The next time he was suspended from a tree and his flesh torn with iron combs or rakes. Finally, he was beheaded. Thus, he is remembered as a martyr. While we certainly pray we can be healed of all diseases of the throat, what we really desire if to be willing to give our whole life to Jesus. What is ONE THING (a sin, a bad habit, an attitude, a lack of forgiveness toward someone) that Jesus is asking from YOU?

Are you imitating the blind skiers and “listening to the voice that is speaking to you”? God wants to speak into YOUR fear, worry, anxiety, loneliness. Please make a commitment to daily prayer – speak to God but also listen to God. Need to listen to Father Chris’ homily again? GO HERE! Here are some handouts that might help too:

As you prepare your 2020 Tax Return, you are welcome to request a End of Year Statement of your Charitable Offerings to Saint Raymond. The letter can be mailed, picked up or emailed to you. Please contact Brandi in the Parish Office (215-549-3760). Have you decided what you are doing with your Stimulus Check? Perhaps a tithe on that blessing to your parish as well?

Lent starts February 17th and we want YOU in a SMALL GROUP this Lent. Make the time to join (in person or on zoom) and reflect on God’s Word with fellow disciples. Contact Minta to find a group that fits your schedule (groups meet throughout the day and throughout the week). Check out your option here…

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 VIDEO TEACHING FROM FATHER CHRIS and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

As we begin Black History Month, there is so much to celebrate and learn. While we can all agree that Black History needs to be “integrated” into the mainstream curriculum of our schools, it is good to take a month (as we do for other groups throughout the year) to be very intentional in our learning! Get an overview of the history of Black Catholics HERE (and lots of other great stuff here) and give yourself time to watch/listen to this inspirational and challenging message on where we as a Church (Catholic & Protestant) need to be headed (hint: works of justice) if we are to be who Jesus needs us to be in this time in history. This beautiful “eulogy” was created by a young man known to on of our members (wait until you hear this gifted voice of James Weldon Johnson). It is especially relevant as so many grieve people lost to COVID or others causes who have not been able to be mourned properly. Enjoy and perhaps even share with others!

How are you moving forward in Christ? While many people have been able to return to worshipping in person, many are still worshipping from home on our YouTube Channel (or with the Channel 6 5:30am Mass which will be celebrated by Father Chris this Sunday and next Sunday). If you are not ready for the weekend crowds (we average 75 people at the 5pm, 50 at the 8am and 120 at the 10am), why not join us for 8am Mass on Monday to Thursday or Saturday (where we average 20 people)? If you prefer, why not join us for the Eucharistic Holy Hour on Tuesday or Thursday (8:30am to 9:30am) or even stop in for a visit with Jesus during the day (simply come to the Parish Office door and we will guide you in the Church in a safe way for you and others)? If you are making it to the doctor’s office, grocery story or the home of a friend, it is time to return to Church as well! Make it a goal this LENT!

We had a wonderful second session of our webinar on the COVID Vaccine. If you were not able to join us, please CLICK HERE to listen. Please share with others as well. We still have not received any information on when vaccines may be available on our campus, please remain hopeful!

Saint Joseph, pray for us

Good News for January 27th

We celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, January 28th. He is a patron saint for all students, especially those who study theology. He died in Italy in 1274 after a life in service to the Church. He wrote amazing works of theology and was a great teacher to many in his beloved Dominican Friars. He was a friend of our Saint Raymond of Penafort who served as his advisor at times. Saint Thomas prayed: Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for our second webinar that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. The session will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: TONIGHT at 7:00 PM –  January 27th (7 pm to 8:30 pm). This week’s topics will include The Catholic Ethics/Moral Issues around the vaccines, the practicals of getting vaccinated in Philly as well as dealing with the emotional and spiritual effects of having COVID. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns, or questions ahead of time to Father ChrisPlease spread the word and invite others! JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM (please remember that on a webinar, you will not be on camera or able to speak but can participate via the chatbox). Both webinars will also be streamed on Father Chris’ Facebook Page. Please sign up (if you live in Philadelphia) to be put on the LIST to get the COVID VACCINE.

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 VIDEO TEACHING FROM FATHER CHRIS and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Can you imagine reading the WHOLE BIBLE in a year? How about listening to it instead? Ascension Press is offering a daily podcast (20 to 25 minutes) that will allow you to listen to the entire Bible in 2021. This FREE resource has been a blessing to Father Chris and others in the parish already. SIGN UP TODAY and allow the Word of God to fill your mind, heart and ears!

Our parish has been live streaming on a service called Live Stream for many years. For a variety of reasons, we have moved our live streaming to YouTube (where we have been for many months now as well as Live Stream) effective LAST weekend. There is a direct link on the parish website as that seems to be the way most people access the live streaming. Please be patient as we make this adjustment. Some people had issues with volume during Mass. We will continue to adjust but urge you to check the volume on your computer or device and realize that there is a volume setting on YouTube as well (at the bottom of the video – be sure that is up too). Questions? Interested in volunteering to be a part of our 10am Video Team? Contact Richara.

As you prepare your 2020 Tax Return, you are welcome to request a End of Year Statement of your Charitable Offerings to Saint Raymond. The letter can be mailed, picked up or emailed to you. Please contact Brandi in the Parish Office (215-549-3760). Have you decided what you are doing with your Stimulus Check? Perhaps a tithe on that blessing to your parish as well?

Lent starts February 17th and we want YOU in a SMALL GROUP this Lent. Make the time to join (in person or on zoom) and reflect on God’s Word with fellow disciples. Contact Minta to find a group that fits your schedule (groups meet throughout the day and throughout the week).

Pray for our teachers and students at Saint Raymond School. May they be the community God desires!
Saint Joseph sleeping…every dad enjoys a nap!

New Live Stream Channel

Our parish has been live streaming on a service called Live Stream for many years. For a variety of reasons, we are moving our live streaming to YouTube (where we have been for many months now as well as Live Stream) effective this weekend (January 24th at 10am Mass). There is a direct link on the parish website as that seems to be the way most people access the live streaming. Please be patient as we make this adjustment. You will see many improvements as we will now have two cameras with various transitions. However, our volunteer crew will need some time to acquire mastery of the new software. Questions? Interested in volunteering to be a part of our 10am Video Team? Contact Richara. The parish is grateful to Rob Barrimond, Chris Bradley, and, of course, the late Rasheem Davis who have built an amazing foundation for this wonderful ministry in our parish.

Good News for January 20th

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America, especially a peaceful transition of power. We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world. We lift up President Biden, Vice President Harris, all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement. Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Amen.

Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for two webinars that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. These sessions (each covering a different topic) will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: TONIGHT at 7:00PM January 20th and January 27th (7pm to 8:30pm). Each session will be unique: different panelists, different topics. Panelists will include parishioners (and friends of the parish) who are physicians, medical ethicists, public health experts and leaders in vaccine development. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns or questions ahead of time to Father ChrisPlease spread the word and invite others! JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM (please remember that on a webinar, you will not be on camera or able to speak but can participate via the chat box). Both webinars will also be streamed on Father Chris’ Facebook Page.

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 VIDEO TEACHING FROM MS. ARLEEN and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Lord God, bring healing to all who are suffering with COVID!

Our parish has been live streaming on a service called Live Stream for many years. For a variety of reasons, we are moving our live streaming to YouTube (where we have been for many months now as well as Live Stream) effective this weekend. We plan to have a direct link on the parish website as that seems to be the way most people access the live streaming. Please be patient as we make this adjustment. You will see many improvements as we will now have two cameras with various transitions. However, our volunteer crew will need some time to acquire mastery of the new software. Questions? Interested in volunteering to be a part of our 10am Video Team? Contact Richara. The parish is grateful to Rob Barrimond, Chris Bradley, and, of course, the late Rasheem Davis who have built an amazing foundation for this wonderful ministry in our parish.

Plan to be with us as we March for Life on January 23rd in Philadelphia. Enough is enough! More information HERE! Are you struggling with the “abortion issue”? Take a few minutes (and have an open mind) as you watch: My Body, My Choice; or I am Pro-Life but I Can’t Take Away Someone Else’s Choice; finally, watch Why does the Church talk about Abortion? Want to get involved with our local pregnancy center, helping moms who choose life with the resources they need? Check out Guiding Star Home.

Saint Joseph the Worker by Michael Corsini