Good News for September 23

The Church remembers the Italian Priest Padre Pio today. A man of great care for the sick and the poor, known as a great priest in the confessional who could read the souls of the people who came to him and often remind them of the sins they were not confessing (Father Chris can’t do this yet). St. Pio also experienced the stigmata, he had the wounds of Christ on his hands and feet. At this tough time in history, his encouragement to not worry should be welcomed by us all!

The Community Meeting is Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm for the Senior Apartments we hope to build on our property with a wonderful organization called Human Good. Father Chris asks that you join the ZOOM or call in to voice support, especially if you live in 19150 (Councilwoman Parker is most interested in the voices of these residents). If you wish to call in (please use a line that is toll free as it is a toll call), please dial: 1-301-715-8592, use Meeting ID: 948 9047 4775 and Passcode: 769243. If you have questions, please call Father Chris or send him an email.

Our school parking lot has been prepared for the COVID Testing that will be provided by Thomas Jefferson University starting Thursday, October 1st. The phone number through which you will schedule an appointment will be shared next week. They will accommodate people for drive thru as well as walk through testing. While not required, they will request insurance information as well. Testing will be done Thursday (11am to 6pm) and Saturday (11am to 4pm). Please spread the word and help end this pandemic!

There will be a Flu Shot Clinic (provided bu Acme Pharmacy) in the Parking Lot of Saint Raymond House just off Phil Elena Street on Tuesday, October 6th from 3pm to 5pm. You need to have insurance and need to register by calling Tamara at 215-298-9219.

Praise God for the chance to share the Good News with young disciples. Please share this video teaching from Father Chris and download the handout as well….raise the children in the Lord’s grace and mercy!

Miss talking to this guy? Need some time to chat with the Pastor or want to schedule a visit (in person, on the phone, through zoom)? Set up a time HERE or call the Office at 215-549-3760.

Good News for September 17th

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation and became a Doctor of the Church. Robert Bellarmine was born to a poor Italian family. His early intellectual accomplishments gave his father hope that Bellarmine would restore the family’s fortunes through a political career. His mother’s wish that he enter the Society of Jesus prevailed. On completion of his studies, Bellarmine taught at a variety of universities. Robert Bellarmine spent the next 11 years teaching and writing a three-volume defense of the Catholic faith against the arguments of the Protestant reformers. Through his writings Bellarmine was involved in the political, religious, and social issues of the time. Bellarmine also communicated the decree of condemning the Copernican doctrine of the movements of the earth and sun, issued by Congregation of the Index to Galileo Galilei in 1616. He and Galileo were friends and remained friends, the Cardinal often being being a voice a reason in the midst of these difficult days Although he was one of the most powerful men in Rome, Bellarmine lived an austere life. He gave most of his money to the poor. Once he gave the tapestries from his living quarters to the poor, saying that the walls wouldn’t catch cold. While he took little regard for his own comforts, he always saw to it that his servants and aides had everything they needed. St. Robert Bellarmine was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931.

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Richara Please download the handout for them as well!

The students of our school are so grateful for the amazing generosity of our parishioners who have made it possible for our students to have new Chrome Books to use for their at home learning. Your response has been amazing, The Men of Saint Raymond will be donating $1,000 and have offered a “challenge” grant of $500 is two more parishioners “step up” and purchase Chrome Books (as of today we still need 42 more). Come on…do it for our kids! You can send or drop off a $250 check payable to St. Raymond School or donate on-line HERE. Thank you and know that God will reward your goodness. By the way, the photo above was taken long before COVID precautions!

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm at the Cathedral. In addition to this being the 1st Mass with Archbishop Perez, it will be the occasion of 16 of our young people receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there to pray for our young disciple to catch a good dose of the Holy Spirit!

Did you read last week’s BULLETIN? Are you committing yourself to worship the Lord each week (live or thru Live Stream)? Can you plan to join us for Bible Study on the Gospel of John for the four Wednesdays of October at 7pm in Church (or via Live Stream)?

As we know well, Jesus served! Throughout his life he put the needs of others before himself. Our parish is blessed with many who serve others in many selfless ways. We have been presented with additional needs from the community. We need 4 people willing to assist in delivering food within the Mount Airy neighborhood once a month (in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and we need 12 individuals able to volunteer time one Saturday a month to deliver food to our sisters and brothers at Saint Malachy Church near Temple University (in partnership with the food distribution program at New Covenant Church). Want more information or are you ready to volunteer? Please contact Arleen by email or call her at 215-549-3760. God be good to you!

The architectural drawing above is the proposed Senior Housing Apartment Building that we hope to build in partnership with Human Good (formerly Presby Inspired Life). These apartments (located at Phil Elena and Williams Avenues) will be for seniors (who qualify financially) from our neighborhood who want to stay in our beautiful neighborhood as they realize that staying in their home is no longer the best option. We still have a few hurdles, including an upcoming Zoning Hearing in October. Before that meeting, there will be a Community Meeting (required) via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us via Zoom (we need Church Members who live in 19150, especially in the immediate area, who will speak in favor of the project). The zoom link will be shared in the week prior to the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Father Chris.

Can you see things from different perspectives?

Good News for Sept. 11th

Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

Our PODS are READY to launch this week As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please complete THIS FORM so that we can begin the process of gathering information. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara. We have been blessed with many responses and are grateful!

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Miss Arleen. Please download the handout for them as well!

Each week we are blessed by the presence of more and more of our members. We remain cautious in our practices (wearing masks, sanitizing, keeping appropriate social distancing) so that we might do our part to defeat this wretched virus. If you have thoughts or concerns, or would like to get involved with our RESTORE Team, please email Araminta Brown who will happily receive you!

As we know well, Jesus served! Throughout his life he put the needs of others before himself. Our parish is blessed with many who serve others in many selfless ways. We have been presented with additional needs from the community. We need 4 people willing to assist in delivering food within the Mount Airy neighborhood once a month (in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and we need 12 individuals able to volunteer time one Saturday a month to deliver food to our sisters and brothers at Saint Malachy Church near Temple University (in partnership with the food distribution program at New Covenant Church). Want more information or are you ready to volunteer? Please contact Arleen by email or call her at 215-549-3760. God be good to you!

Can you help our kids at Saint Raymond? Many are in need of a Chrome Book to assist with their virtual learning. Currently, they are either sharing a device with a sibling (or a parent who is working from home) or using a tablet or phone which limits their participation. Could you purchase a Chrome Book for a child for $250? More than Could you make a donation towards a Chrome Book in any amount? Make your donation HERE. Your goodness is greatly appreciated!

The architectural drawing above is the proposed Senior Housing Apartment Building that we hope to build in partnership with Human Good (formerly Presby Inspired Life). These apartments (located at Phil Elena and Williams Avenues) will be for seniors (who qualify financially) from our neighborhood who want to stay in our beautiful neighborhood as they realize that staying in their home is no longer the best option. We still have a few hurdles, including an upcoming Zoning Hearing in October. Before that meeting, there will be a Community Meeting (required) via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us via Zoom (we need Church Members who live in 19150, especially in the immediate area, who will speak in favor of the project). The zoom link will be shared in the week prior to the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Father Chris.

Good News for Sept. 2nd

As we enter into the Labor Day weekend, please commit to worshipping with us on Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 8am or 10am, as well as possibly joining us Monday at 9am to pray for workers and those looking for work. Please pray… On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living.  We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name.  We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere.  May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity.  May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Conversation Groups on “Being Human Together” will begin again the week of September 14th. They cover a variety of topics and take place bother via zoom and in person. Please join us…this is the way forward! Please consider inviting a friend as well. Download the flier and contact one of the hosts (space is limited).

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Father Chris. Please download the handout for them as well!

Have you heard about PODS? As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please complete THIS FORM so that we can begin the process of gathering information. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara. We have been blessed with many responses and are grateful!

Good News for August 26th

This Thursday and Friday we celebrate the feasts of Saint Monica and her son Saint Augustine. They lives in 4th Century North Africa and their Christian Faith has inspired generations of disciples. Learn more about these saints with this video. This prayer is prayed by many who have had a child leave the faith or go astray in some other way (like Augustine did for many years). May it be a blessing for you as we approach her feast day: Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son. (Mention your intentions here) With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me, that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy. Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me, that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.  Amen.

Have you heard about PODS? As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please complete THIS FORM so that we can begin the process of gathering information. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara. We have been blessed with many responses and are grateful!

In the months to come, our motto at Saint Raymond will be Forward in Christ. The experience of the pandemic, quarantine. the ongoing economic crisis, the need for racial understanding and reconciliation, the political discord and our everyday human failures and sins demand that we not be paralyzed, not fall back, not give up thinking but that we MOVE FORWARD IN CHRIST. This will call us to remain committed to Worship, remaining Equipped as Christians, Share our time and treasure with others, and continue to Invite others to join us as a Christian Family. How will you WORSHIP the Lord this weekend? Did you participate in worship last weekend? View our Livestream and check out the Bulletin.

The creator of The Bible Timeline Learning System will be leading the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study live on Facebook and on our website, www.ascensionpress.com, starting September 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM eastern! In this 8-week study, Jeff will be diving into topics that he did not have enough time to cover in the videos and workbook of the original Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a study led by the author himself!

We are very blessed to have parishioners prepare the video catechesis for our young disciples. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share with your children and grandchildren. Worship is essential for them as well as we move forward in Christ! Please watch this week’s video from Steve Mathis and download the handout:

Holy Hour for the Election: 50 States – 50 People – One HourJoin us for an hour of prayer and adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist as we petition for grace and blessing upon our country, especially asking for God’s will to be accomplished in the upcoming presidential election. We hope for at least 50 people to be present, one for each State of the United States of America, but more are welcome! Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 2-3 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Free parking is available. Social distancing will be observed. Please RSVP at phillyevang.org/events.

Praise God for the beauty of creation!

Good News for August 19th

Friday, August 21st is the Feast of Saint Pius X. His statue is located in the rear of our Church on the Forrest Avenue side. His image was often placed in Churches built in the 1940s and 50s (like our own) even though he was not yet a saint. His life was an inspiration to generations of Catholics, even today! Born Joseph Sarto, this devoted servant of Christ and the Church lived from 1835 until 1914, serving as a priest, bishop and pope. He lived a simple life and was always mindful of the poor in his decisions. He brought great reform to the Church at many levels and encouraged people to receive Holy Communion often as well as lowering the age for 1st Communion to the age of seven. His motto as pope was “restore all things in Christ”. Dear Jesus, through the intercession of Saint Pius X, may we grow in love of present in the Blessed Sacrament and always seek to be renewed by You. Please continue to reform our Church that we may be the community of faith, hope and love that you desire most. Amen.

In the months to come, our motto at Saint Raymond will be Forward in Christ. The experience of the pandemic, quarantine. the ongoing economic crisis, the need for racial understanding and reconciliation, the political discord and our everyday human failures and sins demand that we not be paralyzed, not fall back, not give up thinking but that we MOVE FORWARD IN CHRIST. This will call us to remain committed to Worship, remaining Equipped as Christians, Share our time and treasure with others, and continue to Invite others to join us as a Christian Family. How will you WORSHIP the Lord this weekend? Did you participate in worship last weekend? View our Livestream and check out the Bulletin.

As promised, here is the LINK to send a financial gift to Father Nelson as part of his Mission Appeal. You are also welcome to drop off donations in an envelope marked MISSIONS. God bless your goodness!

We are very blessed to have parishioners prepare the video catechesis for our young disciples. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share with your children and grandchildren. Worship is essential for them as well as we move forward in Christ! Please watch this week’s video from Kayah (one of our new teachers and doing a fine job too) and download the handout:

Our second round of conversation groups on various issues related to race will begin the week of September 14th (for three weeks). These 90 minute discussion groups of 6 to 8 people will meet for 90 minutes. Each group looks at a particular topic: Race in the Church, Education and Race, Having Conversations on Race, Race in the Work Place and Racism: America’s Original Sin. 99% of those who participated last time said they would participate again! If you have questions or would like to reserve your place in a group, contact Father Chris.

Have you heard about PODS? As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please email Richara who will provide information and coordinate this effort. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara as well.

Good News for August 12th

Ethiopian Coptic Icon of the Dormition & Assumption of Mary

Praise God for the gift of our Mother Mary, a model for us as Disciples of her Son Jesus. On Saturday, August 15th we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at our 8am Mass. Please join us in our Church. Learn more about the meaning of this Solemnity through this article. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now!

Deacon Bill and Father Chris rejoice in seeing more and more people each weekend at Mass (as well as the many people who are joining us for the 8am Mass during the week in place of their Sunday Worship). The Parish Staff is aware that many remain cautious because of a vulnerable health condition. Please return when you are ready. Perhaps start with worshipping “from the lawn” on Sunday at 10am (bring your own chair please). While virtual worship is certainly a gift (and we are blessed with a great team to provide it at St. Raymond), as Catholics we must remain committed to worshipping in person so that we might feast on the Holy Eucharist. Seeing family over zoom is great, but not as great as being with someone you love in person! Perhaps you need a “refresher” on the Catholic Understanding of the Eucharist? Watch this 8 minute video and be in awe of how good God is to us, his people. Join us soon (or if you would like Father Chris to bring Holy Communion to you at home, please contact him at 215-549-3760).

Arleen Daniels and Richara Krajewski are working hard to provide a wonderful experience of Religious Education and Sacramental Formation for our young people as the quarantine continues through the Fall. We plan to have our young disciples gather on our property every other week. The other weeks will be a chance for parent’s to assume their role as the “first teacher” of their child in the way of faith. We will provide wonderful handouts based on the the Sunday Scriptures and give access to video teaching. If your child attends a non-Catholic school, please be sure you have registered them with Arleen for PREP (Parish Religious Education Program; there is no cost). We are grateful to Paula Manchester for her teaching for this weekend. Please share the video with your young disciples and be sure to download this handout and print it our for the kids:

Venerable Augustine Tolton, Original Image at Saint Athanasius Church

The cause for canonization for Father Gus Tolton continues to move forward. Do you bring your need for a miracle to the Venerable Father Tolton (he does need a miracle through his intercession to move to the next level in the process). Learn more about his move toward sainthood HERE. In addition, on Saturday, August 29th from 7pm to 8:30pm there will be a VIRTUAL event called Tolton’s Legacy: A Road Map to Unity with a host of impressive presenters. Registration is FREE; please sign up HERE. Venerable Father Tolton, pray for us!

Father Nelson Adjei Bediako, a native of Ghana, will be at St. Raymond on August 14th & 15th to appeal for our support. Father is part of a group of 900 priests evangelizing throughout Africa. Join them in this most important work of the Gospel! You will have received an envelope for the “Mission Co-op” or you can place the offering in an envelope
marked Missions that weekend. We look forward to his sharing the Gospel with us! Learn more about his community HERE.

Sad but true…please pray for our parents and kids!

Good News for August 5th

Tomorrow, August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. If you are able, please join us at 8am for Mass and a Holy Hour from 8:30 to 9:30am. God, our Father, in the transfigured glory of Christ your Son, you strengthen our faith by confirming the witness of your prophets and by showing to us the splendor of your beloved Son, help us to become heirs to the eternal life with Him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

This little girl finds Father Chris interesting, maybe you do too!. He is willing to have. phone call or even schedule a visit to your home (he will wear a mask). If you have not been able to join us for Mass, he can bring Holy Communion. To schedule a phone call, click HERE. If you would like Fr. Chris to visit, please send an email. You can also sign up to receive a video from Fr. Chris a few days week HERE. Please continue to pray for Father Chris and for all the priests who serve the Church!

Join us this Saturday at 5pm or at 8am or 10am on Sunday. The Word of God challenges us to allow the Lord to be with us through the storms! Not ready yet? Join via Live Stream or on the front lawn (weather permitting). You may also choose to worship during the week at the 8am Mass in the Church when the Church has more space. But, if you are going out to the store, social gatherings and for a coffee – God expects you to be in Church for worship as well (Amen or Ouch – your choice), Let the children come to Jesus as well! Please share this video teaching from Richara with your little ones and download the handout:

Henry Tanner was a gifted African American artist who faced much prejudice in his time in Philadlephia. A recent article offers us insights on the way Mr. Tanner dealt with it…read the article HERE.

JOIN US WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7PM.

WE WILL WELCOME A PRIEST FROM THE SOCIETY OF AFRICAN MISSIONS TO ST. RAYMOND ON AUGUST 14TH AND 15TH. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THESE 900 PRIESTS HERE OR HERE.

Good News for July 29th

Happy Feast of Saint Martha! O blessed St. Martha, your faith led Jesus to proclaim, “I am the resurrection and the life”; and faith let you see beyond his humanity when you cried out, “Lord I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” With firm hope you said, I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him, and Jesus called your brother Lazarus back from the dead. With pure love for Jesus you welcomed him into your home. Friend and servant of our Savior, I too am “troubled about many things.” (Pause for silent prayer.) Pray for me that I may grow in faith, hope and love, and that Jesus, who sat at your table, will hear me and grant me a place at the banquet of eternal life. Amen.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm for a Holy Hour for Vocations in our Church. Seminarians will join us (as the ride bicycles across the City of Philadlephia throughout the week). The time of prayer will include amazing music, inspirational words and time with Jesus! If you cannot join us live, please join us via Live Stream. Download the flier:

Father Chris enjoys chatting with members of the Church Family. He is willing to have. phone call or even schedule a visit to your home (he will wear a mask). If you have not been able to join us for Mass, he can bring Holy Communion. To schedule a phone call, click HERE. If you would like Fr. Chris to visit, please send an email. Please continue to pray for Father Chris and for all the priests who serve the Church!

Praise God for our young disciples who long to know God’s Word. Please continue to share these videos with children – perhaps while the adults are worshipping on Saturday Night or Sunday or at some other time. Thank you to Ms. Arleen for this week’s VIDEO TEACHING. Please download the resource and share it with your young people too…

Please join us praying for our school leaders and parents during this difficult time in our history, God is able! Father God, we come to you today asking your blessing on our school administrators, teachers and parents.  Thank you that they have answered the call to care for our our children so they learn in a safe and nurturing environment conducive to academic and personal success. Bless our school administrators with wisdom, integrity, a sense of humor, patience and the physical and mental energy equal to their tasks.  Bless them with strong support from parents, teachers and the community, especially as they make decisions for this coming semester. We pray for patience and wisdom for our administrators when complaints arise from parents.  Give them the grace to listen.  We pray for parents that they will be reasonable and willing to listen. We pray that parents be blessed with Your Wisdom Father God. As we pray, Father God, we are aware that being a school administrator, a teacher or parent can be a lonely and difficult job.  Please send each of them encouragers and relieve them of demanding workloads that prevent them from having quality family and personal time.  Show them healthy ways to relieve stress and ways to stay active physically.  Help them feel loved and accepted by You in their most difficult professional and personal times. Reward all who care for our young people by allowing them see the fruits of their labor displayed in the success of our young people.  Keep our kids, our teachers, our parents and our school leaders safe through this season Father God. Accept our prayer today as an expression of our gratitude to You, knowing You are always faithful. We ask this in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Forward in Christ!

Good News for July 25

As promised, we are sharing our Children’s Liturgy of the Word VIDEO TEACHING for our young disciples. Please share this with your children and grandchildren – perhaps while you are worshipping with us (online or in person). In addition, please download this handout as well…

Join Richara, Father Chris and others on Saturday Monring

As you are aware, there are many wonderful conversations happening across our region and nation on the issue of racial reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host one of these conversations next Tuesday evening via zoom. One of our parishioners, Connie McCalla, will be a panelist. Consider “participating”; sign up is required. Please download the flier and share with others:

We look forward to welcoming you for worship this Sunday at 5pm, 8am or 10am. No need to register but bring your mask. Live streaming continues at the 10am!