Home for Christmas 2018

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Christmas is coming fast! We will have our annual HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AT ST RAYMOND event on Christmas Day to serve our sisters and brothers from shelters across Philadelphia as well as those who are without a place to gather for Jesus’ Birthday.

Our ALL VOLUNTEER Meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7pm in the School Hall. On that evening people will meet with their Teams to discuss what needs to happen in the two weeks before Christmas to make this another amazing experience of God’s love for the poor and suffering. All are welcome!

To sign up for a Team or the tell us what type of food you will cook (and deliver on Christmas morning), please sign up in the back of Church, call the Parish Office at 215-549-3760 or email Yoline, our Office Manager.

Home for Christmas Flier – Please share this flier with those you may think would like to join us on Dec. 25th!

Small Groups – Weeks 3 & 4

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As we journey into Advent, please continue to make use of the resources we are using in our Small Groups. Even if you are not able to join a group because of your schedule, the reflection questions can be a blessing to you and your family!

Last Week:  Week 3 – Member Guide

This Week: Week 4 – Member Guide

Have you downloaded our Parish App yet? There are amazing resources there for your growth as a Disciple of Christ. Please text App to 88202 to get a link to download the myParish app and then select our St. Raymond Parish after you open the app. Be sure to let the Parish Staff know what you think of it!

The Sin of Racism

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Now that we have you attention….

On Thursday, December 6th at 7pm the diocese will host Father Wilton Gregory, Bishop of Atlanta. He will be leading a conversation on racism in the community and the Church at St. Charles Seminary. It is free and open to all but registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

This lecture is part of the effort to discuss the US Bishop’s recent Pastoral Letter on Racism that was thankfully approved at their November meeting in Baltimore. You can read the full letter and find out more about their efforts HERE.

Please be a part of the conversation and the ongoing solution!

REGISTER HERE

Small Groups – Week Two

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Happy Thanksgiving from this guy (he is one of the ones that got a pardon from the President)

Please consider joining us for Mass on Thursday, Nov. 22nd at 9am in the Church. God is so good to you, please make time to give Him praise and thanks!

Please join our small groups in reflecting on the Word of God this week. This handout can be used on your own, in discussion with a friend or in some other way. As long as you are letting the Word reach a deeper place in your life…all is good!

Week 2 Advent Small Group Discussion

Have a blessed day – see you in Church this weekend as we celebrate Christ the King!

Small Groups – Week One

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Thy Word is Light unto my feet.

 

Our parish Small Groups have begun the journey with God’s Word. If you are not able to join an actual small group experience, we still want you to experience the beauty of spending time reflecting on the Word of God. Use this handout to encounter the Word of God (from the previous week’s Sunday Mass Gospel):

Week 1 – Member Guide

May God bless you in great abundance! If you choose to join a Small Group (they meet at different places and times throughout the week), please contact Minta.

We Need an Office Manager

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After six years of faithful and exceptionally generous service, Michelle Downing has chosen to move to a new position outside of Saint Raymond. We pray that God bless her in her time of transition and continue to use her for great things.

We have begin the search for someone to succeed her in this position. If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate for this position, please follow the instructions on the job description.

May God raise up a good and worthy disciple of Christ for this crucial role in our parish.

Office Manager Position

News for Nov. 1st

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Happy All Saints Day! We will celebrate Mass at 8am (Church) and 7pm (Chapel). Let us continue to strive to become saints in glory!

All Souls Day in Friday, Nov 2nd. We will have Mass at 8am in the Chapel. This weekend we will pray for all of the dead as well. Lord, have mercy!

In response to tragic murders at the Pittsburg Synagogue last Saturday, we are invited to join some of our Jewish sisters and brothers in prayer for their Sabbath. More information on this flier: Temple Prayer

We have some spots on the bus to Baltimore to offer prayerful witness at the meeting of the US Bishops during this wretched time in the Church. The trip is now Tuesday, Mov. 13th (it had been the 14th). Please contact Fr. Chris if you are interested. Details are here: Bus Trip to MD Flier

Please pray for our Sunday Bass player Forrest Setzer who is in the hospital with a very serious health condition (there is a growth in his chest that is impacting his breathing and more).  He is a talented young man and is a great blessing to our Church; may God restore him to fullness of health.