All Saints Day

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

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

SENIOR HOUSING MTG – UPDATED

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

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

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

 

Senior Housing Meeting – TUESDAY NIGHT

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

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

 

Parish Financial Report (FY 18-19)

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

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

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

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

Dorothy Davis – RIP

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

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

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

Hot Topics: Homosexuality as a new Civil Right?

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

Father Chris and Richara’s video teaching is HERE

Please follow along with our Handout

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

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

Hot Topics – Last Session

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

Celebration in Honor of Fr. Chris

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The Parish Family of Saint Raymond

invites you to join in the celebration of

Father Christopher Walsh

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

12 Years of service as our Pastor.

Saturday, the 19th of October, 2019

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

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

1350 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia PA 19150 

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

Black Catholic History Month

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

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

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

News on Father Chris

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We share some sad news with our Church Family: Father Chris is in the hospital in New Orleans. He went to New Orleans on Monday to give some presentations to their priests. He was feeling fine other than a slight backache from moving something on Friday. The back pain got worse throughout Monday and by early Tuesday it was so bad he went to the ER at Tulane University Hospital.  After lots of tests, he was diagnosed with an infection. The infection is not contagious. Fr. Chris is being treated with IV antibiotics. He is in no pain and is receiving great care.  He hopes to be home on Monday. Please give him a few days before you start calling and texting – he needs rest! Please join our Church family in prayer: Lord Jesus, throughout your time on earth you brought healing to so many who were ill. I trust that you do still today Jesus. Please bring healing to our Pastor, Father Chris. Rid his body of this infection and restore him to the fullness of health that he might serve you and our Church Family in the ways you desire, Grant him traveling mercy when he makes his way home and allow him to be patient during his time of recovery. I praise and thank you Jesus and trust that this, and all things, can be for your glory. Amen.