Good News for July 4th

Join us for Mass at 9am on July 4th!

The Parish Family, along with some friends from other Churches, are gathering for Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a July 2020 group today!conversation-groups-on-race-for-july-2020Downloadnorms-for-our-conversationsDownload

Let the children of God be formed in His Word. Please share this VIDEO from Ms. Arleen with our young disciples this Sunday. Please download this handout which goes with it….

This weekend you are welcome to worship at 5pm Saturday as well as 8am and 10am Sunday. No need to sign up. Please wear a face covering, be prepared to have your hands sanitized and be seated at a distance. Our Restore Team will continue to serve thankfully! Weather permitting, speakers will be set up for 5pm and 10am Masses, bring your own chair (or blanket).

Good News for July 1st

As our nation enters the weekend of celebrating our Independence from Great Britain in 1776, we continue to see true and lasting freedom for all our citizens – a freedom that only comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ! Please join us for Mass in Church at 9am on July 4th.

We rejoice in having Jordan receive Holy Communion for the first time this past Sunday. What a grace for his family and our Church as another Christian feasts at the Table of the Lord. May you know God’s love for all the years of your life Jordan!

Jesus wants you back in Church! Starting this weekend we have our full schedule – Saturday at 5pm and 8am and 10am on Sunday. You are welcome to worship from the front lawn with our speakers to assist you in hearing (Holy Communion will be brought out to you). There is no need to “sign up” starting this week. However…. we will continue to sanitize your hands when you arrive, we will all wear a mask and maintain social distance. Questions or concerns? Please contact any of our staff persons who will assist you!

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a group today!

Join us for our study of the Gospel of John (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well…

Good News for June 26th

We had great turnouts for both the 5pm Sunday and 10am Sunday Mass last weekend. Please consider joining us this weekend. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (at both 5pm and 10am; weather permitting). If you desire to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASS. All are welcome – every week if you desire as we are able to accommodate by sign ups (this will be the last weekend that requires sign ups as we we will then enter the Green Phase.  – BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE MASKS, SANITIZE HANDS AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING) If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. This will be the last weekend for the Communion Service (if you are not ready for the crowds at weekend Masses, consider joining us for the 8am during the week). If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team. Here is our Worship Aide for the 10am Mass (we will have a Worship Aide for the 5pm Mass available when you arrive)…

We want to continue to nourish the faith of our Young Disciples. Please share this video teaching with your children and grandchildren this weekend. Be sure to download the handout that accompanies it as well…

We do not always get things right but God still blesses us Church, AMEN! If you want a chance to share some of your blessings or need help exploring the ways in which God is blessing you, why not schedule a time to talk with Father Chris? Nothing formal – just a chance to chat… CLICK HERE. Just so you know, Father Chris will be away from the parish July 6th to 10th for his Annual Retreat.

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a group today!

Good News for June 23rd

Our Parish rejoices that Jessie is now one with us in Holy Communion. May her example of preparing to receive Jesus inspire each of us as we come to the Table of the Lord each week. We had great turnouts for both the 5pm Sunday and 10am Sunday Mass. Please consider joining us this weekend. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (at both 5pm and 10am; weather permitting). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASS. All are welcome – every week if you desire as we are able to accommodate by sign ups (this will be the last weekend that requires sign ups as we we will then enter the Green Phase. If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. This will be the last weekend for the Communion Service (if you are not ready for the crowds at weekend Masses, consider joining us for the 8am during the week). If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

We have 2 more weeks with our study of the Gospel of John (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well… (the handout will be on the website under News by Wednesday afternoon).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia ordained 5 new priests last Saturday, including Father Kevin Okafar. Father Kevin is originally from Nigeria and will be serving at St. Elizabeth Church in Chester Springs. He will celebrate his First Mass with the Ibo Community at 2pm at Saint Raymond on Sunday. You are welcome to attend.

Did you see last Sunday’s Church Bulletin? Thank you for your continued financial goodness and generosity. we will finish our Financial Year very strong thanks to you. A full report will be coming to you soon. Have you signed up your children for our Summer’s Days at Saint Raymond? We welcome children entering Kindergarten through Grade Five Tuesday and Thursdays form 9am to 4pm. We will start on June 30th and it is FREE. Please contact Richara for more information

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race (Race in the Church; Education; Employment; Praying your Way through Troubles Times; Resilience in Tough Conversation). The groups will meet for 3 6o to 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together.

This speaks of the “Beloved Community” Father Chris preached on this weekend.

Good News for June 19th

God, grant us the heart to weep with those who weep. Give us empathy and understanding. Create trust where there is pain. Make your Church the united bride you want her to be. These divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep, O God. Without you, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we express our hope that Jesus can change our hearts and unite the Church. We believe the gospel is greater than our divisions. And we long for the day when the world will take note of how we love each other. So, help us to meet each other in this prayerful journey. We come to learn to lament. Hear us as we weep together, that we might walk together. In the name of Jesus, our King. Amen.

We have gathered for the last two Sundays and this week we restore the 5pm Saturday Mass. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (see above; we have speakers set up for both the 5pm and 10am). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASSTo allow everyone a chance to attend Mass in person, we are asking that people please consider attending Mass in person every other week (and starting next week, consider attending the 5pm instead of the 10am if possible). If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) and leave a message for Father Chris or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

The Parish plans to offer Summer Days at Saint Raymond to give parents a break from child care on Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks this summer (starting on June 30th). These days will be a chance for children who attend our Church to learn, laugh and grow together as our young disciples. There is no cost to the parent. If you have a child (not a neighbor, grandchild, cousin’s friend’s kid) who you would like to participate, please complete this INTEREST FORM so that we can continue our planning.

Why does the cute baby look so shocked? Obviously, Father Chris was talking to her too long! The Pastor needs other people to talk with! Want to sign up for a phone call with the Pastor? Nothing formal – just a chance to chat… CLICK HERE. Just so you know, Father Chris will be away from the parish the week of July 6th for his Annual Retreat.

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for 3 6o to 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together.

Our Church values our young disciples and wants them to continue ot be nourished by the Word of God! We are blessed to have Ms. Janice Mason teaching this week. Please allow your young people to experience our “virtual” Liturgy of the Word for this Sunday. Have other ideas on how we can best engage our young people? Please let Arleen know. Be sure ot download the handout for the kids as well….

Good News for June 16th

Father Chris are the Parish Staff continue to plan thoughtful conversations around the many issues regarding the need for ongoing racial reconciliation in our City and our Church. The hope is to offer a variety of “Conversation Groups” on various topics and provide a larger “Town Hall” opportunity in which we can learn from one another’s experiences in the groups. Further details will be provided by the end of next week. If you have an idea you’d like to be considered, please email Father Chris.

Our Parish rejoices that Corinne is now one with us in Holy Communion. May her example of preparing to receive Jesus inspire each of us as we come to the Table of the Lord each week.

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We have gathered for the last two Sundays and this week we restore the 5pm Saturday Mass. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (see above; we have speakers set up for both the 5pm and 10am). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASSTo allow everyone a chance to attend Mass in person, we are asking that people please consider attending Mass in person every other week (and starting next week, consider attending the 5pm instead of the 10am if possible). If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

We continue our study of the Gospel of John this week (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well…

The Parish hopes to offer Summer Days at Saint Raymond to give parents a break from child care on Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks this summer. These days will be a chance for children who attend our Church to learn, laugh and grow together as our young disciples. There is no cost to the parent. If you have a child (not a neighbor, grandchild, cousin’s friend’s kid) who you would like to participate, please complete this INTEREST FORM so that we can continue our planning.

God, grant us the heart to weep with those who weep. Give us empathy and understanding. Create trust where there is pain. Make your Church the united bride you want her to be. These divisions of mistrust and historical bias run deep, O God. Without you, nothing will ever change. In our pain and our weariness, we express our hope that Jesus can change our hearts and unite the Church. We believe the gospel is greater than our divisions. And we long for the day when the world will take note of how we love each other. So, help us to meet each other in this prayerful journey. We come to learn to lament. Hear us as we weep together, that we might walk together. In the name of Jesus, our King. Amen.

Good News for June 12th

Last Sunday was our first “restored” Mass and we are grateful to all who attended. Please be patient as we implement needed procedures and slowly return to our “regularly scheduled worship”. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (we will set up speakers; bring your own chair; last Sunday we had 40 folks distanced across the lawn). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please SIGN UP TO ATTEND MASS. To allow everyone a chance to attend Mass in person, we are asking that people please consider attending Mass in person every other week (and starting next week, consider attending the 5pm instead of the 10am if possible). If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

The Parish hopes to offer Summer Days at Saint Raymond to give parents a break from child care on Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks this summer. These days will be a chance for children who attend our Church to learn, laugh and grow together as our young disciples. There is no cost to the parent. If you have a child (not a neighbor, grandchild, cousin’s friend’s kid) who you would like to participate, please complete this INTEREST FORM so that we can continue our planning.

Since our Sunday Religious Education has stopped for the summer, we want to offer our young people some experience of faith formation. A few of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word Catechists will offer a video reflection and we will offer handouts for parents that include activities. These may be used while worshipping virtually on Sunday or at some other time. God be praised. Watch the REFLECTION FOR JUNE 14. Download the handout:

You may also sign into FORMED (use access code 8TJNV2 to create your own account) and watch a wonderful session (see image below) called The Eucharist for Little Children.

At the 10am Mass on Sunday we will have a brief Corpus Christi Procession with a Eucharistic Procession during Mass. The Procession will go the front lawn and corners of the property that the Lord Jesus might bless our neighborhood!

Good News for June 9

Our Parish Family rejoices as Maiya was one with us in Holy Communion for the first time this past Sunday. May her joy in receiving the Lord inspire us all! Jesus said: let the children lead you. May their joy in these days of First Communion remind us WHO we receive and the power of HIS presence.

Last Sunday was our first “restored” Mass and I am grateful to all who attended. Please be patient as we implement needed procedures and slowly return to our “regularly scheduled worship”. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (we will set up speakers; bring your own chair; last Sunday we had 40 folks distanced across the lawn). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please SIGN UP TO ATTEND MASS. If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

As we restore public worship, some have asked about their role in various liturgical ministries at St. Raymond. Father Chris offers the following information: GREETER MINISTRY: The role normally filled by the Greeters has been assumed by the RESTORE Team, however we always need more help until we are in the Green Phase on Covid-19. All Greeters are welcome to contact Minta about serving with RESTORE at this time. READERS: Deacon Bill and Brandi are coordinating the schedule based on who is ready to return. Please be in touch with them if you have not heard from them. EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION: We will not be offering the Precious Blood for the foreseeable future, so our need for Ministers has lessened greatly. In the weeks to come, as we increase the number of those attending Mass (and eventually return to a Communion Procession) we will likely have a need. If you are an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and are comfortable distributing Holy Communion at this time, please contact Brandi and let her know. MUSIC MINISTRY: Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Choir will not be singing until further notice. Kenny will be inviting 2-3 singers for the 10am Mass. If a singer is interested in joining this effort, please contact Kenny directly. HOSPITALITY MINISTRY: This beloved Ministry is on hold at this time for the good of public health.

Father Chris mentioned during Sunday’s Homily that a documentary about our Parish won an Emmy Award last Saturday Evening (for the Northern California Region where the producers live). Some had not yet seen the documentary, so here are a few links to various videos: FIRST Version, SECOND Version (with different video clips) and the Emmy Presentation. To God be the glory!

We continue our study of the Gospel of John this week (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well:

Litany for June by Clare McCallan)

Prayer & Witness

If Jesus were walking the earth in Philadelphia today, how would he be responding to the violence caused by some police officers? Responding to the looters? Responding to the peaceful protesters? Responding to the people who have lost businesses? Responding to those locked in their homes afraid? Responding to those who are unsure of how to respond and what to do next? Our mission as a parish is to discern what Jesus would do and do it!

Our Town Hall Meeting on Monday night was a wonderful gathering that sowed hope in the hearts of many people. It was a beginning. If you would like to be a part of a team of passionate parishioners who explore the next steps in building conversation and planning action, please email Father Chris and he will include you in the Planning Session (date and time to be determined, but it will be soon). If we are not leading on this, then why are we here as a Church?

Join people of faith from across the Philadelphia area for a VIRTUAL PRAYER VIGIL Thursday at 5:30 (sorry for the last minute notice, it was shared with Father Chris on Wednesday). Register to attend the webinar (you will see the leaders but they will not see or hear you).

Sadly, we know one of the most racially divided days of the week of Sunday when we gather in Churches. Thankfully, that is not the case at Saint Raymond. As our country experiences this moment, it is vital that we, as people of faith, stand united. A denominationally diverse group of clergy will walk Broad Street from Cecil B. Moore to City Hall and pray together there. Please join Father Chris, priests from across the Archdiocese and even our new Archbishop, Nelson Perez. It will be peaceful. It will be hope filled. We seek to give witness that the love of Christ will conquer all things. Want more information? Email Father Chris. Can’t make it or not ready to break quarantine? Please spend time in prayer on Saturday from Noon to 2pm, interceding for our City.

Let us become like children…

Good News for June 2nd

Friends, the past week has been very difficult. Witnessing the brutal murder of George Floyd and the trigger it has become for so many people in our community is painful. The anger that has been unleashed can be a catalyst for change but in some cases we saw it become a means of destruction. We are confused. We are numb. We are sad. We are frustrated. We are weary. Yet, please God, we are also HOPEFUL The prophet Jeremiah, speaking for the Lord, tells us: I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Struggling with being hopeful? Ask the Lord to renew you!

After many weeks of waiting, we have been given permission to restore public worship this Sunday, June 7th. Thins will be very different. We will be restoring things very slowly and prudently. This weekend and next weekend we will have just the 10am Mass with 50 people in attendance. You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (we will set up speakers; bring your own chair). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please SIGN UP TO ATTEND MASS. If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-680-3496) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

We continue our study of the Gospel of John this week (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well… (sorry, Father Chris was not able to prepare the handout at the time of this publication; it will be on the website under “news” by Wednesday afternoon; he apologizes for any inconvenience).