Good News for April 28

On Sunday we were blessed to hear the story of the two disciples being met by Jesus on the Road to Emmaus. What a blessing that they allowed Jesus to walk with them, listen to them, teach them, comfort them and then use them to bring Good News to the others. Jesus wants to do the same with us in these Easter days. If you have not “worshipped” with us, click HERE. If you want to listen to Father Chris’ Homily again, click HERE. To listen to Kenny’s rendition of”Lord, help me to hold on”, click HERE. To read Sunday’s Bulletin, click HERE.

As you have likely heard, the State of Pennsylvania had rescheduled the PA Primary Election to June 2nd. Mail-in ballots will be used and need to be applied for by May 26th. Applications can be made HERE. Please use our right to vote!

St Raymond High School Meet-up Sundays via Zoom 1 pm-1:45 pm with Richara and JoAnne (and special guests) Pray together, some fun and games, and figuring out how to get through! Please contact Richara at  richara@saintraymond.net or text her at 267-225-8268 for the link.

The parish welcomed more than 40 people last Sunday for our first “Pandemic Communion Services”. People were respectful of our policies, each put in place to keep you and others safe. We will offer Communion Services once again this Sunday. Please sign up HERE. We look forward to welcoming you to the Feast this Sunday!

Please plan to join us Wednesday, May 6th at 7pm for our new Bible Study on the Gospel of John. You can join on Zoom (our Call to Prayer line and hopefully on Live Stream like Sunday Mass and possible Facebook as well). More details by Friday (Father Chris promises). Please spread the word among your family and friends. So many who normally are “too busy” to study the Word of God now have the time! If you are interested in being part of a “small group” and having a zoom conversation during the Bible Study, please email Minta Brown.

Speaking of the Road to Emmaus, look closely at that disciple on the right! Father Chris is available for 10 Minute “Chat with the Pastor”. Schedule a time and Father Chris will call you! It is time to chat, ask a question or pray!

Make time to talk with a few people: Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Where?

This week’s topic will be how to deal with the emotions we go through…the many ups and downs…during quarantine. There are so many unknowns…how do we cope? Join us on Facebook or thru our Call to Prayer Line. It is worth your 45 minutes!

Please stay healthy! Walk each day (even if you are walking in place like this). Eat in a healthy way. Get rest. Wash your hands!

Good News for April 24th

Our parish is so proud of the aides, therapists, nurses and physicians from our parish who continue to serve the needs of the sick. Lord, protect them and sustain them in this difficult time. May they know our love and kindness O Lord! Amen!

The parish welcomed more than 40 people last Sunday for our first “Pandemic Communion Services”. People were respectful of our policies, each put in place to keep you and others safe. We will offer Communion Services once again this Sunday. Please watch this VIDEO which helps you understand how to sign up. Please sign up HERE. We look forward to welcoming you to the Feast this Sunday!

Join us for this week’s St. Raymond LIVE. In addition to joining on Father Chris’s Facebook Page, you can now join via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app (it will help you) but you can see and hear the conversation (and make comments) without being on Facebook. This week’s topic is HOW TO HOMESCHOOL YOUR CHILDREN (AND HOW WE CAN ALL HELP PARENTS WHO ARE TRYING THEIR BEST. This was supposed to be our theme last week but there were technical difficulties. Join your Church Family from 7pm to 7:45pm.

Many people in our Church Family have expressed how much they miss seeing one another in Church, especially when we normally gather after the 10am Mass on Sundays. Well…we think we have a way to offer something! Join us this Sunday at 11:45am for 30 minutes of Virtual Hospitality. You will need to have your own coffee and donuts (sorry), but you can see some familiar faces and check in with our Church Family. Join via ZOOM! We are grateful to Lauren Meyers and Lisa Barrimond who will facilitate this encounter!

Arlene, Minta, Richara, Deacon Bill and Father Chris and been calling parishioners to check on their well-being during this difficult time. It has been a tremendous blessing to have these moments of grace. Father Chris is making time available throughout the week for a 10 minute phone call to talk about “whatever” as well as pray together. Please click HERE to sign up for a 10 minute Chat with Father Chris.

Good News for April 21

How are you? Really, how are you? Are you okay, lonely, sad, frustrated, weary, confused or something else? One of the ways we are able to stay mentally, emotionally and spiritually well in these days is by making the time to acknowledge how we are feeling (not easy for all of us). Feelings are not good or bad, they are just feelings. What we do with them…that is where we might get into some trouble. Start by letting yourself feel what you feel, admit it (maybe write it down) and slowly talk to God about what you are feeling. If you want to feel a different way, mention that to God as well. As you know, feelings will pass. New feelings will come. Just stay in the moment since that is where we meet the Risen Jesus who wants to breathe on you with the gift of His love and mercy!

Take time to think about this and perhaps ask others in your family and among your friends as well… What is one thing you begged your parents or grandparents for when you were a kid that you FINALLY got?

Father Chris is the shepherd of our Parish Family and wants to be present to you in your moment of need. He is available each day to talk by phone or even “Face Time”. Leave a message at the Office (215-549-3760) or send him an email. Do you see his daily reflections on You Tube? Father Chris will be leading a new Bible Study on the Gospel of John starting Wednesday, May 6th. More information on that will be coming within the week (you can participate via Facebook, Telephone or another streaming platform).

Sadly the scene above is not a current photo! Most nursing homes, which seem to be at the epicenter of this pandemic, are on lock down. Visitors cannot come. Activities have been cancelled. Residents spend all day in their rooms. St. Raymond serves Ivy Hill Nursing Home which is on the edge of the parish. The staff have requested magazines, sugar free candy, simple puzzles, large print books and homemade card and pictures that can be shared with residents during this difficult time. Can you help us by gathering these things from around your house or getting them when you go out to the store? They can be brought to Church (if you are making a visit from 7 to 9 or 3 to 4 daily or if you come to receive Holy Communion) or dropped at the Parish Office at 9:30am or 4:30pm (or left in a bag on the door handle). It will be received with gratitude from the residents. Please keep them, and the staff who care for them, in your prayers each day!

The parish welcomed more than 40 people last Sunday for our first “Pandemic Communion Services”. People were respectful of our policies, each put in place to keep you and others safe. We will offer Communion Services once again this Sunday. Please watch this VIDEO which helps you understand how to sign up. Please sign up HERE. We look forward to welcoming you to the Feast this Sunday!

Our parish is so grateful to the wonderful Small Group leaders who helped so many from our parish through these difficult weeks by guiding them in being nourished by God’s Word and healthy spiritual conversation. Please join me in thanking Deacon Bill & Cindy Bradley, Kelli Renn, Ida Gowens. Ken Morris, Arleen Daniels and Minta Brown. These Christ-loving women and men persevered in learning new technologies and mastering how to facilitate our Lenten Groups in this time. Praise God! In the days to come, we will announce new groups, called Fellowship Groups, that will allow our Church Family to connect with others for friendly conversation and prayer on a weekly basis.

Our parish is grateful for your continued generosity and goodness. Our offering for April 18th was $11,841. Our weekly average is now $9312 which keeps us on budget for the Fiscal Year. We have also received $4655 for our Easter Collection and $1397 for Rice Bowl. 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. Please consider supporting our work by making a Cash App offering to: $StRaymondPhilly; our Venmo account is: @St.Raymond-PenafortPhilly. We are also grateful to those who have been making Aid for Friends meals. Need more information? Contact Arleen. We are also grateful to those who have filled our clothing bin (next to Rectory on Williams Avenue). Praise God for your goodness!

As schools remain closed throughout the year, this has made it difficult for us to conduct end of year rituals like move up ceremonies and graduations. These are very difficult times for the Class of 2020 (elementary, high school and college). Please be kind when speaking to these graduates as it is sad for them. Our St. Raymond School will gather for a virtual Mass on Thursday at 9am. Join us HERE. Especially join us if you have school age children as Father Chris tries to comfort them in this difficult time with God’s abiding Word and Love!

Good News for April 17th

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Father Chris and the Parish Staff continue to pray for you each day. We know many of you have loved ones and friends who have been sick with this virus. Some have passed. Most have recovered. Many of you are out of work and worried, we know that! Some are anxious, bored or even frustrated. We hear you and we entrust you to the Lord from whom all blessings flow. If you want to speak with one of us during this difficult time, please call us (215-549-3760) or send us an email, we are here for you!

Join us…Facebook or Zoom or thru the Call to Prayer Line!

Join us for this week’s St. Raymond LIVE. In addition to joining on Father Chris’s Facebook Page, you can now join via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app (it will help you) but you can see and hear the conversation (and make comments) without being on Facebook. This week’s topic is HOW TO HOMESCHOOL YOUR CHILDREN (AND HOW WE CAN ALL HELP PARENTS WHO ARE TRYING THEIR BEST. Join your Church Family from 7pm to 7:45pm.

Take time to think and share your answer to this with others!

Would you rather own a private plane or a luxury yacht? Why?

Jesus comes to His people!

While we all greatly enjoy the experience of worshipping thru Live Stream, we all miss gathering with one another and especially to receive Holy Communion. We hunger for Jesus and want to feast on his Body & Blood. After much conversation, the Parish Staff and I believe we have come up with a procedure that will allow our community to feast of the Body & Blood of Christ!

  • This VIDEO explains the process for signing up
  • This LINK will take you to the sign up.

If you bave questions, please contact Father Chris or Deacon Bill or call 215-549-3760.

Praise God for today!

Caring for Friends, formerly known as Aid for Friends, is a wonderful organization that provides healthy home cooked meals to our seniors who live alone. We have been preparing and serving meals for ten years and it is a blessing to our elders. During this pandemic, we have a need for MORE MEALS. We provide the containers. You cook, package and freeze the meals and then bring them to the Rectory (9:30am and 4:30pm Monday thru Friday during quarantine). If are able to deliver meals, using appropriate precautions, we welcome that as well. Start with information HERE. To arrange pick up of containers, email Arleen.

God speaks to His people…including YOU!

Next week will be our last sessions for our Small Groups. Starting  Wednesday, May 6th we will have Bible Study at 7pm. You can join via Live Stream (where we stream our Sunday Mass) or join a Zoom Group (video or simply with the phone) that will watching together and having a virtual conversation about the Bible Study (when we break for questions). If you would like to be part of a small group watching together (virtually or over the phone) please email Minta Brown. Father Chris would like to include a few “panelists” each week who will ask questions and assist in presenting the Bible Study. Interested? Contact Richara and let her know to include you!

Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now!

The Archdiocese offer a chance to pray the Rosary every night of the week at 8pm with more than 2000 other people). Please click the link below to tune in each night at 8 PM:
https://zoom.us/j/494480541
Or dial-in by telephone:
Dial: (646) 558-8656; enter the Webinar ID: 494 480 541

Good News for April 15th

IMG_4391Happy Easter! Praise God for the Victory of Jesus over death that sets us free! Even though the physical Church was empty on Easter, we worshipped with almost a thousand people (twice what we would have on a “regular” Easter; and even more have worshipped with us virtually since then). If you were not able to join us, please do WATCH! The Word was proclaimed and preached and Kenny, once again, led us in amazing singing and praise! The parish is grateful to Deacon Bill, Richara, Kenny, Rasheem and the Proclaimer’s of God’s Word who make this weekly worship possible. The parish is also grateful to Veronica Corner and her son Brandon who assisted Father Chris in decorating our beautiful Church.

IMG_1597Guess what? He did come back in 3 days (and she was really happy)! Did you see our Church Bulletin? It remains an online publication and a great vehicle for keeping you updated. You can always access past bulletins on our Parish App. Please download the app to your device and then search for our parish (by our Zip Code).

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While we all greatly enjoy the experience of worshipping thru Live Stream, we all miss gathering with one another and especially to receive Holy Communion. We hunger for Jesus and want to feast on his Body & Blood. After much conversation, the Parish Staff and I believe we have come up with a procedure that will allow our community to feast of the Body & Blood of Christ!

  • This VIDEO explains the process for signing up
  • This LINK will take you to the sign up.

If you bave questions, please contact Father Chris or Deacon Bill or call 215-549-3760.

These are images of Rob and Lisa Barrimond (along with Amari and Imani) worshipping with us at home. Thankfully, Robs the “backend” of the Live Stream flowing each week. Can you send us a picture of your family worshipping (maybe with the Mass on the screen behind you)? Send the photo to Father Chris.Community of Grace Lutheran Church

As we arrive at the middle of April, the financial hardships of these pandemic will begin to face many of our families. If you know someone in need of food, please contact Arleen. If someone is facing trouble paying their bills, please contact Deacon Bill.

The Gospel Of John - Big Valley Grace Community ChurchStarting  Wednesday, May 6th we will have Bible Study at 7pm. You can join via Live Stream (where we stream our Sunday Mass) or join a Zoom Group that will watching together and having a virtual conversation about the Bible Study (when we break for questions). If you would like to be part of a small group watching together (virtually or over the phone) please email Minta Brown. Father Chris would like to include a few “panelists” each week who will ask questions and assist in presenting the Bible Study. Interested? Contact Richara and let her know to include you!

GiveThank you for your continued generosity. Our offering for April 5th was $14,176 and for April 12th was $12,684. The Parish is grateful to those who made up the weeks they missed in the early weeks of quarantine! Our weekly average is now $9251 which keeps us on budget for the Fiscal Year. 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. Please consider supporting our work by making a Cash App offering to: $StRaymondPhilly; our Venmo account is: @St.Raymond-PenafortPhilly

St raymond Live MemeJoin us for this week’s St. Raymond LIVE. In addition to joining on Father Chris’s Facebook Page, you can now join via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app (it will help you) but you can see and hear the conversation (and make comments) without being on Facebook. This week’s topic is HOW TO HOMESCHOOL YOUR CHILDREN (AND HOW WE CAN ALL HELP PARENTS WHO ARE TRYING THEIR BEST. Join your Church Family from 7pm to 7:45pm.

Good News for Good Friday

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Good FridayWhen we recall our Lord’s suffering and death on the Cross for our salvation.

  • Father Chris will pray the Stations of the Cross at 9am on his Facebook page or watch via ZOOM
  • St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: 2 p.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from St. Raymond at 3pm on our Live Stream (please have a cross or crucifix with you while worshipping from home, it will be sued during the Liturgy)
  • Reflections on Our Lord’s Seven Last Words from St. Raymond at 7pm via Father Chris’ Facebook (Christopher Michael Walsh) or ZOOM or listen on our our Call to Prayer Line
  • Way of the Cross from Rome: 8 p.m. on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 18 & 19. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Easter Sunday: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.

    • Easter Mass on Channel 6 at 5:30am.
    • Urbi Et Orbi: Message and Blessing with Pope Francis at 6 a.m. on EWTN
    • Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. on EWTN
    • Easter Mass from St. Raymond Church at 10am on our Live Stream 
    • Easter Sunday Mass at Noon on EWTN
    • Our Church will be be open for a visit from Noon until 3pm – come a visit Jesus and see the beautiful flowers decorating our Church.
    • Drive Thru Prayer in front of the Church from 3pm to 4pm; confessions available.
    • The Sign & Sound Theater in Lancaster’s production of Jesus (which is amazing) will air for FREE Easter Weekend on the TBN App.

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Did you know Father Chris does a daily video that is posted to You Tube? Check them our HERE(and even sign up to have it emailed to you daily). Don’t worry, he does not usually try to tell jokes.

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Father Chris and the Pastoral Team are developing a plan to continue Small Groups during the extended time on pandemic. Perhaps Bible Study, maybe ALPHA, maybe a Book Club. Do you have a thought? Let Minta know your ideas and desires. Here is the handout for the last week of our wonderful Small Groups:  Easter Sunday 2020 Member Guide

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Thank you for your faithfulness that allows us to remain in a good financial position. Our collections are good and we hope will remain good as we move forward. If you have not signed up for electronic giving, consider it and start that process HERE. You are always welcome to mail your tithe or drop it in the mail slot of the Parish Office front door.

Father Chris is very aware of how difficult these time are for many in our parish. People feel isolated. People feel forgotten or confused. Some are anxious about jobs and finances. He is here to serve. Call him at 215-549-3760 to talk. Send an email to set  time to talk or even visit (with social distancing precautions in place). Need service, let him know. Have an idea for ways to serve, let him know. Rejoice in the Good News – Jesus is Risen!

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Good News for April 7th

IMG_4295For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

Many os us are having tough days. We are sad as friends get sick. We are lonely in isolation. We are frustrated because of many situations. We feel helpless and at time close to hopeless. Please continue to pray, let the Lord love you through this and even in new ways. Limit the time you spend on the news. Speak to people who offer your hope.

Did you see last weekend’s CHURCH BULLETIN?

The parish is grateful to all those who made possible our Palm Drive Thru pick up on Saturday and Sunday. More than 250 cars came through in the two days. The Holy Week bags were packed by Jamette and Rasheem Davis, Sheree and Savanah Jenerette (the idea of making the bags originated with our every talented Sheree) and Lauren Meyers with her dear sarah, Aiden, Bella and Keagan. Each was generous with time and social distancing was observed!

IMG_4334Holy Thursday: When we recall the Lord’s Last Supper, giving us the Eucharist and the Priesthood, as well as His arrest.

  • The Chrism Mass normally celebrated this morning at the Cathedral will take place on Monday Evening privately. The diocese will stream it on their website.
  • Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper from Rome: 11 a.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 5:30 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper from St. Raymond Church at 7pm on our Live Stream  Please have a piece of paper (or note card) and pen with you for an exercise of service that you will be invited to perform during the Mass in the place if the washing of the feet.
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 10:30 p.m. ET, live from Christ Cathedral in CA on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?
  • Drive your car to St. Raymond (or another Catholic Church) and sit outside the Church in car, knowing that Jesus in the Eucharist LIVES here. Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

Good FridayWhen we recall our Lord’s suffering and death on the Cross for our salvation.

  • St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: 2 p.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from St. Raymond at 3pm on our Live Stream (please have a cross or crucifix with you while worshipping from home, it will be sued during the Liturgy)
  • Reflections on Our Lord’s Seven Last Words from St. Raymond at 7pm via Father Chris’ Facebook (Christopher Michael Walsh) or our Call to Prayer Line
  • Way of the Cross from Rome: 8 p.m. on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 18 & 19. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Holy SaturdayThis is the “great” Liturgy of the Church, much briefer because of the public health precautions

  • Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m., from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • There will not be an Easter Vigil Mass celebrated publicly at St. Raymond this year.
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 20 & 21. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Easter Sunday: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.

  • Easter Mass on Channel 6 at 5:30am.
  • Urbi Et Orbi: Message and Blessing with Pope Francis at 6 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Mass from St. Raymond Church at 10am on our Live Stream 
  • Easter Sunday Mass at Noon on EWTN
  • The Sign & Sound Theater in Lancaster’s production of Jesus (which is amazing) will air for FREE Easter Weekend on the TBN App.

Besides watching live on the internet, you can access EWTN Network a number of ways: EWTN.com; Comcast Channel 75; Verizon Fios Channel 285; Direct TV Channel 370; on the Radio at 640am.

Our Call to Prayer Line: Call Toll Free: 1-877-309-2073; Enter Access Code – 319-414-445 # (this remains operational all week with prayer at NOON every day)

IMG_1576We will join other Catholics in the United States imploring the mercy of Christ’s Sacred Heart at our Holy Thursday and Good Friday Liturgies. Please print out this Litany if you would like to pray along with us: Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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. We are grateful for the many Aid for Friends meals that have been prepared and delivered to our freezers (9:30am or 4:30pm daily; please call first). For more information, contact Arleen.

Lenten Small GroupsOur Lenten Small Groups will have their final meeting next week. Use this guide to open your heart to the Word of God. In the weeks to come, we are considering “reading groups” or book clubs to meet over ZOOM or the phone. Interested? Contact Minta.

 

IMG_1583Please do not go out like this lady! We need to wear masks that are effective and perhaps even look good. One of our member, Christine Russell, is making masks for $10 and can even deliver them (reasonable distance). Please contact her at 215-808-4328 or send her an email.

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We are blessed to have Dr. Monique as a member of our Church along with her husband and children. Dr. Monique is an OB/GYN and provides Telemedicine Services at this time. If you are a woman who has neglected (I will do it someday when I have time…) why not get in touch with her now and see if she can assist you in some way. She is a godly woman and a great doctor! Visit her website. 

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Small Groups in Holy Week

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As we journey through this wonderful week of salvation, please make time to join your Small Group or use this handout to reflect on yesterday’s readings on your own. God is alive in His Word and it is always on time!

Palm Sunday 2020 Member Guide (1)

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Each day Father Chris is available for prayer or confession from 3pm to 4pm in front of the Church. For prayer, simply drive past the front doors of the Church and pause at the open doors to ADORE Jesus (on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week it will simply be a Wooden Cross). If you wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, park you car and enter the open doors (please wear a mask); Father Chris will be seated and waiting for you. Please respect social distancing norms.

Did you read the weekly BULLETIN?

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The Bishops of the United States have asked us to implore mercy on our nation this week as we approach Good Friday. Many are telling us there will be great suffering this week as the pandemic worsens. Please consider praying this Litany of the Sacred Heart, adopted by our Parish for this time in history.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Good News for April 3rd

IMG_1559A familiar painting with a new touch! Re-creation will come to us all through good hygiene, social distancing and the grace of Almighty God!

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Palm Sunday: Begin this Holy Week in a way that is pleasing to the Lord as we reflect on His entry to the Holy City as well as His Passion.

  • Mass at 10am on Live Stream from St. Raymond Church
  • Drive Thru Holy Week Bag pickup from 1pm to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Please enter from Williams Avenue. You will be directed to the table with bags, exit your car and take a bag and move forward. Respect social distancing. 100 bags are available each day with palm and other gifts to make the week holy. Just like other places these days…while supplies last!
  • Resources for your children: Coloring PagesSeek & Find, and a great VIDEO on Palm Sunday.

Holy Thursday: When we recall the Lord’s Last Supper, giving us the Eucharist and the Priesthood, as well as His arrest.

  • The Chrism Mass normally celebrated this morning at the Cathedral will take place on Monday Evening privately. The diocese will stream it on their website.
  • Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper from Rome: 11 a.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 5:30 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper from St. Raymond Church at 7pm on our Live Stream or our Call to Prayer Line
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 10:30 p.m. ET, live from Christ Cathedral in CA on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?
  • Drive your car to St. Raymond (or another Catholic Church) and sit outside the Church in car, knowing that Jesus in the Eucharist LIVES here. Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

Good Friday: When we recall our Lord’s suffering and death on the Cross for our salvation.

  • St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: 2 p.m. on EWTN
  • Choral Meditations and Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion: 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m., live from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion from St. Raymond at 3pm on our Live Stream or Call to Prayer Line
  • Reflections on Our Lord’s Seven Last Words from St. Raymond at 7pm via Father Chris’ Facebook (Christopher Michael Walsh) or our Call to Prayer Line
  • Way of the Cross from Rome: 8 p.m. on EWTN
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 18 & 19. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Holy Saturday: This is the “great” Liturgy of the Church, much briefer because of the public health precautions

  • Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m., from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN
  • There will not be an Easter Vigil Mass celebrated publicly at St. Raymond this year.
  • In quiet prayer, read the Gospel of John, Chapters 20 & 21. Ask yourself: what is God saying to me?

Easter Sunday: Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! He is Risen Indeed.

  • Easter Mass on Channel 6 at 5:30am.
  • Urbi Et Orbi: Message and Blessing with Pope Francis at 6 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. on EWTN
  • Easter Mass from St. Raymond Church at 10am on our Live Stream or Call to Prayer Line
  • Easter Sunday Mass at Noon on EWTN

Besides watching live on the internet, you can access EWTN Network a number of ways: EWTN.com; Comcast Channel 75; Verizon Fios Channel 285; Direct TV Channel 370; on the Radio at 640am.

Our Call to Prayer Line: Call Toll Free: 1-877-309-2073; Enter Access Code – 319-414-445 # (this remains operational all week with prayer at NOON every day)

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IMG-4255Stop by for a visit with Jesus any day this week. As the Church does not have Eucharistic Adoration on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday, there will be a simply Wooden Cross available for adoration. Behold the Wood of the Cross…on which hung the Savior of the World!

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state of paThese are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the Pennsylvania primary election related to COVID 19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while also ensuring access to voting, the legislature, Governor Wolf, and the Department of State worked together to pass legislation to reschedule the PA primary election to Tuesday, June 2. Additionally, thanks to historic legislation passed last fall, ALL Pennsylvania voters now also have the ability to vote by mail without having to provide an excuse – for any reason or no reason at all. You can apply for mail-in ballots online, by mail, or in person, until one week before the election. For the 2020 primary, mail-in ballot applications must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Applying online is very easy and quick, and even better, if you enter your email address, you will receive notifications as to the status of your application and ballot along the way.  Once you receive your mail-in ballot, you now have until 8pm on June 2 to deliver your completed ballot to your county election office, but you should drop it off or mail it as early as you can to ensure it is delivered by that time.

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St raymond Live MemeJoin us for this week’s St. Raymond LIVE. In addition to using our Call to Prayer number (see above) or joining on Father Chris’s Facebook Page, you can now join via ZOOM. You will need to download the ZOOM app (it will help you) but you can see and hear the conversation (and make comments) without being on Facebook. This week’s topic is dealing with job loss, layoffs and managing finances during a tough time like we are beginning. Join your Church Family from 7pm to 7:45pm.

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caring-for-friends2Caring for Friends, formerly known as Aid for Friends, is a wonderful organization that provides healthy home cooked meals to our seniors who live alone. We have been preparing and serving meals for ten years and it is a blessing to our elders. During this pandemic, we have a need for MORE MEALS. We provide the containers. You cook, package and freeze the meals and then bring them to the Rectory (9:30am and 4:30pm Monday thru Friday during quarantine). If are able to deliver meals, using appropriate precautions, we welcome that as well. Start with information HERE. To arrange pick up of containers, email Arleen.

IMG-1556Please be faithful to your tithe. Your Church Family depends on YOU!

 

Good News for March 31st

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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.