Good News for March 31st

IMG_4294

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Things are going well on Vernon Road. The flowers and trees are coming alive in a beautiful way just like in your neighborhood. May the signs of spring remain a source of great hope for us in these difficult days of quarantine.

kids watching massWelcome to our “new normal”! Father Chris is grateful to all who are making time to worship with us thru the gift of Live Stream. More than 3,200 people joined us for at least part of Mass (amazing how God brings good from evil). Did you get to see the Church Bulletin? Stay up on all the news!

We were able to count the collection from the past two weekend. Praise God for the goodness of so many who mailed in or dropped off envelopes (there is a mail slot at the front door of the Parish Office) or have chosen to use our Electronic Giving option. Ot total for the last two weeks was $9296 which is less than we would normally get for two weekend but will keep the lights on for sure. Please remain committed to being faithful stewards and you know the Parish Staff is containing costs and making some cutbacks as well until we get through this time.

Normally, at this time of year, we would be providing meals for families facing homelessness through the Phila. Interfaith Hospitality Network, Since we are not hosting and contributing food because of the quarantine, you donate to the program so that the families can buy their own groceries and supplies. The instructions are as follows.  Checks can be sent to: PIHN at 7047 Germantown Ave Phila Pa 19119 C/O Keyonnee Thalia. Please write in the memo portion “Sr Raymond for Food/Shelter.” Gift cards can also be sent to PIHN at the same address.  If you prefer to donate online, then please go to our website at www.philashelter.org,  click “donate and pledge” to make an online donation from the comfort of your home. Under the section, ‘this pledge is in honor of’ one can write food/shelter and “St. Raymond Church”.

Are you or someone you know experiencing struggles with food supply? The City is now offering multiple sites to provide FREE boxes of food for families. Click HERE for more information.  Out of concern for the safety of our volunteers, and the availability of this new resource from the City at the former St. Therese Church (6610 Anderson Street), we will discontinue our public Food Cupboard until further notice.

Missing Mass has been tough. Not receiving Holy Communion has been painful. But now, no palm? That just seems wrong! Do not worry: your Church Family will make palm available this weekend! On Saturday, April 4th from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday, April 5th from 1pm to 4pm Father Chris will be in the driveway in front of Church with Holy Week Bags that will include Blessed Palm, Blessed Easter Holy Water, the new Living Faith Books, a small cross to use for Veneration during the Goof Friday 3pm Service and a variety of prayer resources for Holy Week. The Parish will prepare 100 bags for Saturday and 100 bags for Sunday; first come, first serve. Please enter from Williams Avenue. You will need to exit your car to pick up a bag which will be placed on a table. Father Chris will be available to say a quick hello and offer a blessing from an appropriate “social distance”. Questions? Please call the Parish Office at 215-549-3760. A full Holy Week Schedule will be emailed on Friday as well as provided in the Holy Week Bags.

The Stories And Miracles Of Jesus: Free Delivery when you spend ...

Knowing this is a tough time for our children, Father Chris offers another video reading Miracle Stories from the Gospel to our young disciples. Please share this VIDEO with your children and grandchildren as they go through this time.

Good News for March 27th

St raymond Live Meme

SAINT RAYMOND LIVE: Join us for a Facebook Live Event on Fr. Chris’s FB Page Friday Night. You don’t have Facebook? Why not sign up today? You are also welcome to join by calling our Call to Prayer Number: Call Toll Free: 1-877-309-2073; Enter AccessCode – 319-414-445 #. We will do this every Friday at 7pm during our “stay at home” time. Invite others, Father Chris promises it will be worth missing Wheel of Fortune and half of Jeopardy!

WORSHIPPING FROM HOME THIS SUNDAY:

  • Please be sure to prepare to worship by putting on your “Sunday Go to Church” clothes; light a candle near the screen on which you will join us;  open up a Bible; position yourself and others in chairs conducive to worship (no lounging on the couch please); stand, sit and kneel; respond as normal; plan to have a nice breakfast afterwards (but not during),
  • Want to have the readings to follow along? Of course. Option 1 and Option 2. You can also have them on your device by downloading the St. Raymond APP if you have not already done so. Fund the myParish app in your “store”, download it and find St. Raymond Church, Philadelphia!
  • Access our Live Stream HERE
  • The parish is grateful to all those who are using On-Line Giving; it is a true blessing to our Church Family.
    • Donate at Venmo: @StRaymond-PenafortPhilly
    • Donate Donate at CashApp: $StRaymondPhilly

PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: Your Church Family prays for you each day. These are especially difficult times for you as you manage your home, expectations from your job and have become a home school teacher/parent. Please take a few minutes and watch this message from Father Chris. Father Chris has also recorded a video reading two Bible Stories to our young disciples, please share the VIDEO with them. As you lead them in the ways of faith, this RESOURCE may be a help as you open the Word of God with them on Sunday after your worship with us virtually.

OPPORTUNITIES TO STAY “PRAYED UP”:

  • Join us for a Call to Prayer at Noon every day of the week (and Monday to Friday at 6:30am).  Call Toll Free: 1-877-309-2073; Enter AccessCode – 319-414-445 #
  • Drive Thru Prayer is 3pm to 4pm each day in front of the Church (enter thru Williams Avenue); a chance to pause in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (or receive prayer from Fr. Chris or Deacon Bill).
  • Daily Video’s from Father Chris on YouTube
  • Daily Mass with Bishop Barron
  • Daily Rosary (at 8pm) with people from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia praying for the defeat of this virus and the comfort and healing of all impacted. Please dial: (646) 558-8656 and enter the Webinar ID: 494 480 541

FEELING OVERWHELMED? Read this article on COPING SKILLS. Struggling with an addiction (and not able to get to a meeting)? Check this out! If you are interested in making phone calls to parishioners who are feeling isolated? Contact Father Chris if you would like assist (serving others is a reward itself).

Food Cupboard Managers Surprised by GenerosityFOOD CUPBOARD: We have had an increase in those who need help with food. If you feel well enough, we need volunteers on Thursdays (2:30pm to 4:30pm), please contact Arleen. If you are able to donate food at this time, we need Tomato Sauce (cans or jars), canned fruit, instant oatmeal, juice boxes (for kids) and fruit snacks (kids). If you have donations, please call the Rectory to tell Father Chris you are dropping something off (or leave it at the Rectory Back Door).Holy Week April 2020HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: Because of the continues precautions, there will be no Public Celebrations. Father Chris will still celebrate liturgies (Palm Sunday at 10am, Thursday Night’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper; Good Friday Service at 3pm; St. Raymond Live: Seven Last Words at 7pm and Easter Sunday at 10am). All will be Live Streamed and have live music (thank you Kenny). We will find ways to enrich the liturgies so that they still have tremendous meaning while you participate and worship form home. What about getting palm? Father Chris will be present in front of the Church on Saturday, April 4th from 1pm to 4pm and Sunday, April 5th from 1pm to 4pm with a “Holy Week Bag” (while supplies last). Each bag will contain blessed palm, a few Holy Cards to assist with your Holy Week Liturgies and a printed handout that will serve as your guide for the liturgies we celebrate during this Holy Week. Will it be the same? No, but God will still be present and active. Father Chris is consulting with people to find a possible way to distribute Holy Communion to those who desire it the weekend of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Father Chris knows how much you hunger for the Bread of Life!

The Lord Is With Us — Sow & GatherPope Benedict XVI wrote (a while back): “Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor for the future, nor for your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history, so that, by your faith, His name will continue to resound throughout the world.” Timely words for our present situation! As Christians, we know that God is in charge. We can trust Him, hope in Him (not in earthly solutions), love Him in return for His love for us. In any need we should turn to Him, surrender to Him, let Him deal with our difficulties. Coronavirus is no exception. (Father David Ousey)

News for March 25th

Daffodils

Spring has happened. Be sure you are getting out of the house and notice the new things God is doing around you!

Sunday Mass: As you know, we are blessed the have a great team who have made Live Streaming our Masses possible for years. Did you watch last Sunday? Here is the Mass, the Homily and the amazing meditation songby Kenny. Did you get your BULLETIN? Be sure to tell your friends to worship with us this Sunday!

Small Groups have been meeting this week. Even if you are not in a Small Group, please make use of the questions to reflect on the Gospel from last Sunday. 4th Sunday of Lent 2020 Member Guide

IMG_4266

The Catholic Call to Prayer is happening each day at noon. The calls last 5-7 minutes and allows us the opportunity to intercede for our need and the needs of others. Please call TOLL FREE 1-877-309-2073 and use Access Code 319-414-445#. Please share this number widely as the Daily Call can be a tremendous vehicle of grace for many people, including those without a Church home at this time.

Drive Thru Prayer happens from 3pm to 4pm seven days a week! Stop by for a quiet moment of prayer, allow Father Chris to pray with you or even go to confession (keeping the proper social distance but allowing for privacy as well). Tell your neighbors too!

Town HallSAINT RAYMOND LIVE: A Virtual Town Hall Meeting – We are a parish family who love to talk with each other, learn from each other and ask questions. It is tough doing this during quarantine. So, let’s do it virtually. Father Chris will “host” (look out Steve Harvey) a conversation with a few member of the St. Raymond Family about how they are “coping” with the quarantine. establishing a schedule and boundaries for our “new normal” as well as staying connected “prayed up” during this difficult time. We will host SAINT RAYMOND LIVE on Father Chris’s Facebook Page (Christopher Michael Walsh) as well as the audio will be broadcast over the Call to Prayer Live (please call TOLL FREE 1-877-309-2073 and use Access Code 319-414-445#). Saint Raymond Live will last about 45 minutes and include a time of prayer (depending on the response, we hope to repeat it each Friday night since none of us are “going out”) .

Please stay healthy. Wash your hands. Cover coughs. If you are not feeling well, please call your physician (they are asking us to not go directly to the hospital without calling first). Please continue to respect the “social distancing” of staying six feet away from others and stay at home as much as possible. Continue to wipe down surfaces, door knobs, light switches with bleach water (one gallon of water and 1/3 cup of bleach). If you have concerns, please call the Hotline established by the City of Philadelphia at 1-800-722-7112. If you have questions, please find the answers.

Need something? Need to talk? Please remember Father Chris, Deacon Bill, Richara, Arleen, Minta and Brandi remain in service during this time. There is a Staff Meeting each day at 10am as we pray for the parish and share needs as we learn of them. At this time, we are not aware of any members of the Church Family suffering with the virus. If you are aware of needs – spiritual needs, needs for food, need to talk amidst stress – please call the Parish Office and we will respond to your needs!

Corona Update for March 21st

Black Jesus Heals

Saint Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church

Where God is Glorified & His People are Sanctified

March 20, 2020

Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ,

Thank you for taking the time to read this long letter. I know many of us feel overwhelmed with information these days, but I want to be sure that all the members of our family are remaining fully informed throughout these difficult times.

Like you, this has been a most worrisome week. Like you, I have more questions than answers. How long will this last? Will I remain safe? Should I go out and visit someone? Will my food supplies last? Where is God in all of this? I do hope that you are making time for prayer and spending time reflecting on how you are feeling (scared, lonely, hopeful, trusting, abandoned, worried or something else…) and the eternal truth that God remains with you and all His beloved people. Please know that Deacon Bill, Richara, Minta, Arleen, Brandi and I are here for you if you need someone to talk with, complain to or raise you up in prayer to our Lord Jesus! Do not hesitate to call us and do not be surprised if you get a call from one of us in the days to come. We are family and must remain in support of one another through this time of crisis (call the Parish Office at 215-549-3760 to reach any of us).

Please stay healthy. Wash your hands. Cover coughs. If you are not feeling well, please call your physician (they are asking us to not go directly to the hospital without calling first). Please continue to respect the “social distancing” of staying six feet away from others and stay at home as much as possible. Continue to wipe down surfaces, door knobs, light switches with bleach water (one gallon of water and 1/3 cup of bleach). If you have concerns, please call the Hotline established by the City of Philadelphia at 1-800-722-7112. If you have questions, please find the answers.

As you likely have heard, Archbishop Perez has cancelled all the public celebration of the Mass. I know this is a cause of great heartache for us all. We love to gather and worship our Lord Jesus, we love to sing with one another and feast on the Word and Blessed Sacrament. This decision was not made lightly and has been made by most dioceses across the country, as well as other religious congregations. It is essential given the most recent measures introduced by our Governor and will assist in our limiting the spread of this virus. God wants this virus dead but needs us to do our part as well! Watch his video message to us HERE.

Our Church will be open for private prayer each day from 7am to 9am. Please enter through the ramp doors on the Rectory side of the Church. Please respect social distancing when inside the Church. I will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Sundays from 8am to 9am in the Sacristy (making a good confession is a really good idea during a pandemic, don’t you think?). Enjoy time with the Lord. Please worship with us via Live Stream on Sunday at 10am (you will find it at www.saintraymond.net).  If you do not use the internet, worship through the Holy Mass Broadcast on Channel 6 TV at 5:30am Sunday or through EWTN if you are blessed with cable. If you prefer the radio, please make use of Catholic Radio at AM 800 or AM 1570. Please do not simply “watch” or “listen”: be fully engaged in worship. Stand, sit and kneel. Sing, respond and reflect. This could be our “new normal” for many weeks. We want to develop good habits from the start. If you would like to worship at Daily Mass, EWTN makes that possible as well as Bishop Barron at www.wordonfire.org

The Catholic Call to Prayer, started a few years ago, continues to be a great resource to allow you to make a phone call and be guided in prayer. In addition to the 6:30am call Monday to Friday, we will be hosting a Call at Noon EVERY day of the week! The calls are 5 to 7 minutes long but assist you in opening up to the grace of God. We are using a new line that allows us to host up to 250 people a day. Please call TOLL FREE 1-877-309-2073 and use Access Code 319-414-445#. Please share this number widely as the Daily Call can be a tremendous vehicle of grace for many people, including those without a Church home at this time.

Post - small groups

Our Lenten Small Groups started last week. Given the need for social distancing, the Small Groups are meeting via Video Conference or a Conference Call. We have eight groups meeting which is really amazing! If you are interested in learning more, or even joining one now that life’s circumstances have changed, contact Minta.

post - youth

We want to show special care for our young people at this time. Our college students are no doubt having a hard time having to come home. Our high school and middle school students miss their friends and activities a great deal. Our younger disciples (and their parents) are struggling to adjust to learning at home. I have asked Richara to be in touch with our valued young people and find ways to connect with them and gather them virtually so that they too feel connected to God and each other as well as have their many questions about God and this virus answered. If you child has not heard from someone, please reach out to Richara.

I know that there will be many people with many needs as we move forward in this time of crisis. I have asked Arleen to be our point of contact for anyone who needs help with food (including getting meals to our school age children). I have asked Deacon Bill to be our point of contact for anyone facing financial need. We will seek to serve those from the Church Family and those who live in our immediate neighborhood. If you would like to be of assistance, please be in touch with Arleen or Deacon Bill.

As you know, we rely on the Sunday Tithe for our income. Without people gathering for Mass, that tithe will no doubt be impacted. Can you promise me (and the Lord) that you will be faithful to your tithe? Drop off (envelope slot to the right side of the Rectory’s Front Door) or mail your Church Envelopes please. Consider signing up for On-Line Giving (go to www.saintraymond.net; click on Electronic Giving under the Stewardship Banner). We are also accepting donations via the Cash App at $StRaymondPhilly. We hope to have a Venmo account lively shortly as well. Thank you!

post drive thru

Starting on Monday, March 23rd, we will offer Drive Thru Prayer on the driveway that passes in front of our Church’s doors from 3pm to 4pm each day. Please enter our parking lot from Williams Avenue. Stop in front of the Church. The center doors will be open and Jesus will be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament on a small altar just inside the doors. Deacon Bill or I will be available to lead you in prayer. If I am present, I will joyfully hear your confession. Deacon Bill and I will remain on the top step for social distancing. You are welcome to remain in prayer until another car arrives. I am hopeful this will be a blessing for many in our Church Family as well as our neighbors.

Moving forward, I hope to send an email blast and provide a Facebook update on things twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). Of course, I will make “announcements” at the end of Live Streamed Mass as well. Please read the Church Bulletin: you can pick one up if you visit Church for private prayer (7am to 9am each day) or find it on our website. We will email the bulletin as well. If you do not receive the email blasts from the Parish, please request that we add you by sending an email to our Office Manager Brandi (brandi@saintraymond.net). If you know of others in the Church Family who do not use email, could you call and share information with them to help keep everyone informed?

post app

As you “pray from home”, please consider using Formed to include spiritual movies in your entertainment (www.formed.org; Parish Access Code is 8TJNV2). I also ask that you download (and use) our parish App (download “myParish” app in your store and find St. Raymond). There are many resources there to use on your smart phone or tablet.

Thank you for taking the time to read this very long letter. I am grateful for you, your goodness and your love for Saint Raymond Church. The staff and I pray for your daily, especially at our daily Video Conference at 10am. Do not face this crisis alone, the staff and I are in it with you. Your fellow Christians are in it with you. If you become sick, I promise I will be there to offer you Christ’s Sacraments. Let us rely on each other and the help of the Lord as we look forward to celebrating the Risen Christ together in our beautiful Church very soon.

Your brother in Christ,

Father Chris, Pastor

post shepherd

A Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion during the time in which you are unable to receive Holy Communion.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

jesus risen

 Prayers used during Catholic Call to Prayer at Noon Every Day of the Week

 

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary…

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

A Litany of Saints who Persevered in Time of Plague

St. Rocco, pray for us                                                St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us

St. Charles Borromeo, pray for us                            St. Marianna Cope, pray for us

 

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides in the shadow of the Almighty says to the Lord: “My refuge, and my stronghold, my God, in whom I trust!”

It is He who will free you from the snare of the fowler who seeks to destroy you; he will conceal you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge.

You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the plague that prowls in the darkness nor the scourge that lays waste at noon.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand fall at your right, you, it will never approach; His faithfulness is buckler and shield.

Your eyes have only to look to see how the wicked are repaid, you who have said: “Lord, my refuge!” and have made the Most High your dwelling.

Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell. For you He has commanded His angels, to keep you in all your ways.

They shall bear you upon their hands lest you strike your foot against a stone. On the lion and the viper you will tread and trample the young lion and the dragon.

Since he clings to me in love, I will free him; protect him for he knows My name. When he calls I shall answer: “I am with you.” I will save him in distress and give him glory.

With length of life I will content him; I shall let him see my saving power.

Let us look forward with hope to gathering again at Easter to celebrate the love of God and our love for one another…

IMG_0140

Noon Call to Prayer – AGAIN

Black Jesus Heals

NOON CALL TO PRAYER UPDATE: We are pretty sure we have resolved the technical issues. Join us each day at 6:30am (Monday to Friday) and Noon (7 Days a Week) for a Call to Prayer during the Corona Virus quarantine (same number for both calls now). Allow the Lord to step into your life at this difficult time and bless you as you join our 5 minute conference call to start your day and keep your day going. Pray with others and know God rejoices. Call Toll Free: 1-877-309- 2073; Enter Access Code 319-414-445#, then Press # (for Audio; there is no Audio Code).

The technical issues we were facing was because of high call demand from our former service provider. Please God that has been resolved and satan is defeated once again!

Call to Prayer at Noon – UPDATED

Black Jesus Heals

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

NEW PHONE NUMBER FOR OUR NOON CALL TO PRAYER!!!

The current pandemic can cause great fear and anxiety in many of our hearts. We want to support one another through this time of crisis. In addition to our “regular” Call to Prayer at 6:30am, we will offer a Call to Prayer at Noon each day A NEW NUMBER. We will be doing this 7 Days a Week until this crisis passes. Because of the call volume on Tuesday, people were not able to join the call and so we have set up a new Toll Free Number. Please call 1-877-568-4106, CODE 287-757-029. We will pray the Angelus, Psalm 91, have some intercessory prayer for those in need and beg God that His mighty power save us from this wretched virus. Remember the power of God and remind others of it as well! 

As you likely heard, Churches are closed and there will no longer be public mass offered until further notice. If you are ill, please call the Parish Office. If you are remaining home and wish to receive Holy Communion, please call the Parish Office and we will try and have someone make a short visit with the Blessed Sacrament. If you have other ideas about our spiritual response, please let Father Chris, Deacon Bill or Richara know your thoughts.

Small Groups (Week One)

Lenten Small Groups

Let’s keep the graces of our Lenten Revival by participating in a Small Group!

We are not letting the Corona Virus stop us! We will be using the on-line platform ZOOM to have virtual small groups. If you are not super tech savvy, that is okay too. You can join by calling in over the phone. If you have not yet heard from your Small Group Leader, please contact Minta Brown by EMAIL or call her at 610-329-7256.

The schedule for Small Groups changes a bit…

  • Couples Group Monday at 7pm with Deacon Bill & Cindy Bradley
  • “All are Welcome Group” Monday at 7pm with Father Chris
  • “All are Welcome Group” Tuesday at 7pm with Kelli Renn
  • “All are Welcome Group” Wednesday at 7pm with Father Chris and Ken Morris
  • Ladies Group on Thursday at 1pm with Minta Brown and Arleen Daniels

Even if you are not participating via Zoom, please use the handout to reflect yourself or perhaps have a conversation with a friend or family member (respectful of social distancing).

3rd Sunday of Lent 2020 Member Guide

Stay healthy, joy filled, prayed up – and wash your hands a lot!

 

A Pastoral Response to Corona Virus

Black Jesus Heals

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

As our region, nation and world deal with the spread of the this wretched virus that is leading the sickness and death of many, our Parish continues to seek to be a community where God is glorified and His people are sanctified. We wanted to provide the following updates…

Regarding Weekday and Sunday Masses…. Archbishop Perez has “dispensed” all Catholics (as have the other Bishops in Pennsylvania) form the “obligation” to attend Mass on Saturday Evening or Sunday. This does not mean that Mass is being “cancelled”. We will still gather for Daily Mass at 8am (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Mornings). However, effective immediately those Masses will be held in the Church to provide the opportunity to have appropriate space between people as recommended by the experts. If you would like to attend Daily Mass “virtually”, please link HERE and praise our Lord God from your own home. We will still have Mass on Saturday at 5pm and Sundays at 8am and 10am (as well as Religious Education Classes on Sunday Morning). We continue to clean the Church’s surfaces with bleach water a few times a week, will continue refraining from touching, we have removed the Holy Water fonts and the sharing of the cup remains suspended. If you choose not to join us live, please watch us on Live Stream at 10am. You may also choose to attend the 5pm or 8am Mass which are less crowded and have a seat with “social distancing”. Even if you choose not to attend Mass, the command to Keep Holy the Sabbath remains in effect and that includes a time to worship the Lord. You can even find the Bulletin on line (some folks can’t miss their Church Bulletin). If you are not feeling well, please stay home (and consult your physician or an Emergency Room).

Small Groups… remain scheduled as normal at this time. The Parish Staff have reviewed the “warnings” and since most are to stay away from larger crowds, we do not believe our Small Groups are a threat. Of course, we encourage those who are ill to please stay home until you feel better.

Material Assistance… We are aware that this pandemic will cause many to lose work and thus loose money. This will be a very serious challenge to many people. Aware of this, we welcome additional donations to our Social Ministry Account (checks payable to St. Raymond Social Ministry and placed in the collection as normal) and invite you to make requests from our Social Ministry fund is you in fact are losing income because of the impact of the virus. Some will also have needs associated with increased food or child care costs, please direct these requests to Deacon Bill Bradley through an email or a phone call to the Parish Office at 215-549-3760.

Food Needs… At the moment, our Food Cupboard is stocked. If you have a need for groceries, we want to help. Please contact Arleen Daniels through an email or a phone call to the Parish Office at 215-549-3760.

Spiritual Support… This pandemic can cause great fear and anxiety in many of our hearts. We want to support one another through this time of crisis. In addition to our regular prayer, we will offer a Call to Prayer at Noon each day using the same number we use for the 6:30am Call to Prayer. We will be doing this 7 Days a Week until this crisis passes. Please call 1-857-232-0158, CODE 336656. We will pray Psalm 91, have some intercessory prayer for those in need and beg God that His mighty power save us from this wretched virus. Remember the power of God and remind others of it as well! If you are ill, please call the Parish Office. If you are remaining home and wish to receive Holy Communion, please call the Parish Office and someone will make a short visit with the Blessed Sacrament. If you have other ideas about our spiritual response, please let Father Chris, Deacon Bill or Richara know your thoughts.

Trust in the Lord and beg the intercession of all the saints for our protection, the healing of the sick and the calming of fear.

img_0668

Lord God, grant mercy to those who have died.

 

 

Parish Cruise – July 2021

Cruise ship

Despite the concerns that fill the hearts and minds of many right now due to the Corona Virus, our Parish Life Committee is moving forward with our plans for a cruise to the Bahamas in July 2021. While that is indeed a very long time from now, it is essential that we begin planning now and gathering registration information.

Please open and read this Church Cruise 2021 Flyer  for information and follow up with Therese Gibson with questions or your intention to register. Thank you!