News For February 22, 2019

When was the last time you invited a friend or family member to join you for Mass at Sait Raymond?Could you do it this week? As you know, many in our families (especially those under 40) have stopped attending church for many reasons. The St. Raymond family must (1) continue to invite, (2) provide a meaningful experience of worship, (3) love and honor those who come to join us and (4) provide them authentic witness of what it means to follow Biblical Christianity in 2019. The world needs witnesses. If this parish will continue to grow and impact the community, we must grow. I need YOU to do that!

-Father Chris

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Hisorical Fact:

Born in 1867 to former slaves on a Louisiana cotton plantation, Madam Walker rose in power to become America’s first female self-made millionaire. She did so through the creation of the Madam C.J. Walker Company. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, her company was a cosmetics manufacturer that specialized in beauty and haircare products for African American women.
Walker’s business prowess was matched only by her philanthropy and activism. She helped establish a YMCA in the black community of Indianapolis and contributed funds to the Tuskegee Institute. Upon moving to New York, she joined the NAACP, donated generously to the NAACP’s anti-lynching fund, and commissioned the first black architect in New York City to build Villa Lewaro, her home on the Hudson where great minds such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington gathered to discuss social matters important to the African American community.
By the time of her death in 1919, she was known not only as a remarkably successful African American business owner, but one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs of all time.

Saint Raymond’s School Presents:

Legacy of Pride!Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7pm in the Hall All are Welcome!afroprint

Come out to get a piece of rich History of the Tuskegee Airmen!


Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love Series:  

USCCB LISTENING SESSION ON RACISM  Monday, February 25, 2019 7:00pm. Saint Joseph Universtiy- Chapel of St. Joseph- 5600 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131. For more information from the Office of Black Catholics please, click here.

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Highlights for Next Month save the date!

  • Ash Wednesday is on March 6th!

  • Lenten Small groups are coming This March starting on the 10th. Come to our day and evening meetings throughout the week. During 90 minutes, experience Jesus through prayer, scripture and reflection…for more details and schedules click this link- 2019 Lent Small Group Flier

  • Come! Celebrate culture at its best as the Archdiocese’s Pastorial Office of Migrants & Refugees Present the Cultural Heritage Mass at the Basilica of SS. John & Paul. 2019 Theme: “Go, Therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Where Native Americans, Asians, Africans, European, Caribbean and South American Catholics come together as a family in the Extraordinary Year of Missions! 2pm on Saturday, March 23, 2019. for more info click here

  • Parent Café March 10, 2019. Join the converstion! This month’s topic: “Hungry crowds Encounter Jesus” presented by Dr. Joselli Deans.


News for January 9th

Happy-New-Year Catholic

Happy New Year!

Did you get a chance to read the church bulletin from last weekend? If not, click HERE.

Looking for a way to celebrate the legacy of Rev. King on his Birthday? Here are some opportunities:

  • US Bishop’s Letter on Racism Join the St. Raymond Church Family in reading portions of the US Bishop’s recent Pastoral Letter on Racism on Rev. King’s Birthday Commemoration, January 21st from 9am until Noon at the parish. The time will include reading and study, shared conversations and hope-filled resolutions for turning ideas into actions. All are welcome
  • Community Meeting with State Rep. Chris Rabb Join our State Representative, his staff and other community organizers for brunch and an energizing conversation around transforming Philadelphia more and more into a City of true brotherly love and sisterly affection. Join us Monday, Jan. 21st starting with lunch at 12:30pm and the afternoon concluding at 2:30pm. The session will be held at St. Raymond School Hall. For information, please contact: Carla Johnson, 215-242-7300
  • Bishop Braxton Lecture Bishop Braxton from Bellville, IL will give a lecture on the issues Rev. King would be passionate about were he living today on Monday, Jan. 21st at 7pm in the Chapel of St. Joseph at St. Joseph’s University, located at 5600 City Avenue in Philadelphia. The address will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a music prelude by the Phila. Catholic Mass Choir. If you would like transportation, St. Athanasius is offering a bus for $5; call 215-548-2700. Want more info? Please contact: Fr Richard Owens 215-587-3541. Free parking is available off of 54th St. in the Hawks Landing parking garage.

We begin a new Bible Study on Wed., January 16th at 7pm in the Rectory basement. The topic will be Women in the Bible. We will look at two women each week. All are welcome to join us in person or via Live Stream.

The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive at St. Raymond – Friday, January 25th, in the Hall from 2:30pm to 7pm. Sign- up at the back of the church on Jan. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Sign-up Online.