Spiritual Maturity – 1st Week

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As we begin the Season of Advent, Father Chris is preaching a sermon series on Spiritual Maturity. If you misses the homily last week, please make time to listen by clocking HERE.

Here are some notes he shared as well for all of the community to spend time in reflection on our growth as humans in Jesus Christ!

The Spiritually & Emotionally Mature Christian

  1. Have you ever thought about Christians needing to be mature in their view of God, self, others and the world?
  2. Review the signs of an “immature” Christian, do you see any of these things in yourself?
    1. Hatred of change (I want things to stay the same and when they are not I become more controlling)
    2. Lack of intimate relationships (I have friends but things never get to a deep level of honesty or sharing; I do the things of God but avoid intimacy with Him too)
    3. Instant gratification (I find a quick fix to my pain or struggles so I can feel good, even if for a minute; there is no place for suffering)
    4. Highly sensitive (knowing that feelings are good, this implies overreacting to things and favoring drama in a way unlike the response of Jesus)
    5. The world is black and white (I need to make sense of things at all times and do not allow for mystery or God’s presence in circumstances that are not yet clear)
    6. Lack of healthy boundaries (I try to do it all, I am often “out of my lane” in ways that often upset others)
  3. Have there been “storms” in your life that are perhaps signs that you are not as spiritually and emotionally healthy as you could be at this point on your journey?
  4. As you look “beneath the surface” (recall that 90% of the iceberg is under water), what are some of the emotional wounds you carry with you from your family of origin or other relationships and experiences that have hurt you?
  5. How can you begin to create a quiet place in your life (at least 10 minutes a day) where can begin to experience God and His amazing plan for you as He shows you how to walk in His ways and He instructs you in His paths?
  6. What are you feeling today (angry, sad, worried, grateful)? Talk about this feeling with God.

Be sure to join us this weekend for the second homily in the series. Father Chris will also be available for confessions before and after Masses this weekend and the following weekend. Let the Lord love you through His mercy.

Advent Small Group Series

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Our Small Groups for Advent are underway (we are already in Week Three). Praise God for the awesome movements of grace that are happening. We have almost 100 people participating (more than last Advent).

If you missed a week, or were not able to join a group this year, check out these discussion guides and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your spritual renewal in these weeks of Advent!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Have a blessed week…see you in Church!

 

Home for Christmas

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Have you been in the stores recently and noticed that Christmas Shopping is in full swing? We do not want to get left behind at St. Raymond and we too are getting ready for our Home for Christmas event. This event takes place on Christmas Day when we welcome more than 200 guests from homeless shelters across the City of Philadelphia. They will be served by more than 200 volunteers who set up in the days before Christmas and on Christmas Day. Can you help?

Do you want to purchase items that will be given as gifts to those who come? You can take a tag from our Giving Tree during Advent who do some ONLINE SHOPPING with this new addition this year!

Do you want to prepare a tray of food that will be served at our Christmas Dinner that day? Sign up in the back of Church or use this wonderful tool (also new this year) to sign up for what you will prepare in a full size aluminum tray and deliver to us cooked on Christmas morning.

Do you want to volunteer your time? Why not sign up for a team? Please sign up on one of the lists int he back of the Church or email your name and phone number to our Office Manager Brandi Rose who will get you on the list. Here are the Teams you can join…

  • Decorating – they transform the Parish Hall/School gym into a beautiful and welcoming place that makes all of our guests feel like they are celebrating Christmas. 
  • Food Prep & Service – some will gather starting at 6am to receive and prepare food donations while others will take shifts working the buffet line or keeping the trays filled. Of course some will wash dishes as well
  • Hospitality – this team welcomes our guests, shows them to a table and makes sure the have all they need while they are with us; in addition they sign in volunteers and help keep people’s belongings safe at the coat check
  • Blessing Shop – this team sorts and displays all of the gifts we have for our guests and then oversees the shopping experience for our guests
  • Kids Table – this folks lead our many young guests in playing games, doing arts and crafts, getting nails done and more
  • Facilities – this Team moves tables and chairs into place, makes sure the floors are clean and the bathrooms are working all throughout the day
  • Clean Up (3pm) – these saints show up at 3pm and help us put things away, clean the space and get back to normal at St. Raymond until next year

There will be a meeting for all volunteers on December 3rd at 7pm in the Hall. Please be sure to join us.

 

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.

Financial Report to Parish Oct 2019

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.