Holy Week Schedule 2018

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Holy Thursday, March 29th 

  • Join us as we recall Jesus’ gift of the Ordained Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist
  • Mass in Church at 7pm; the Repository remains open for Prayer in the Chapel until 10pm (please use the ramp doors).
  • Join the custom of visiting other Churches on Holy Thursday Night to “watch and pray” with Jesus. Perhaps a visit to St. Athanasius, Holy Cross and Our Mother of Consolation?

Good Friday, March 30th 

  • Join us for quiet prayer in our Church during the Hours of our Lord’s Passion (Noon to 3pm). Sit and appreciate why this day is so good!
  • Enjoy a delicious Fish Dinner from Noon until 6pm in our School Hall. Take out or eat in. Proceeds benefit the Parish. Be sure to try the soup!
  • Service of Our Lord’s Passion and the Veneration of the Cross in the Church at 3pm.
  • Seven Last Words Service (with reflections from seven different parishioners) and Veneration of the Cross at 7pm in the Church.

Holy Saturday, March 31st 

  • Join us at 9am to decorate the Church for Easter! No experience needed. Enter thru the ramp doors.
  • There is no 5pm Mass on Holy Saturday.
  • Join us for the beautiful Easter Vigil when we welcome new members through the Sacrament of Baptism at 7pm in the Church. Please remember our new members in pray as they receive the gift of God’s love in a new way!

Easter Sunday, April 1st 

  • Easter Mass at 8am.
  • Easter Mass at 10am.
  • Easter Egg Hunt for the children will follow (if weather is not good, the activity will take place in doors). All are welcome as we rejoice in the glory of new life in Christ!

 

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Holy Week

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Join us for the holiest week of the year and journey with Jesus.

Palm Sunday Masses are Saturday (March 24) at 5pm and Sunday (March 25) at 8am and 10am. Palm will be distributed at the end of each Mass. Fr. Chris will be available for Confessions (a great way to prepare for Easter) following the 8am Mass as well as from Noon to 2pm. Why should you confess your sins to a priest? Watch this. Need Help getting ready? Click Here.

Holy Thursday (March 29) Mass will be at 7pm and all are welcome to pray at the Repository until 10pm. Join us for the beautiful liturgy as we recall Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples, his institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Priesthood as well as his solemn entrance to the Garden where he prayed for the strength to be faithful to God’s plan.

Good Friday (March 30) Service at 3pm, Fish Fry will serve food from Noon to 6pm, Seven Last Words Service at 7pm. There will be an opportunity to venerate the Cross at both the 3pm and 7pm services.

Holy Saturday (March 31) Mass at 7pm. Join us as we welcome new members to the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist! Let us sing Alleluia!

Easter Sunday Masses at 8am and 10am (with an Easter egg Hunt for the Children to follow). Yes, the Church will be quite full but we always have room for you to bring a friend!

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News for February 9th

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Our Parish Mardi Gras Party will be Saturday, February 10th at 7pm in the School Hall. There is no charge and all are welcome (bring a friend as well). The event is BYOE (bring your own food and drink, alcohol welcome). There will be a DJ for Dancing, great conversation and card games! Kids are welcome too and there will be special activities for them (and pizza). Let us know you are coming by contacting Michelle Downing.

Along with Churches throughout the nation, we have entered National Marriage Week. Married couples always need support and encouragement and as a Church we want to be here to help couples persevere in good time and bad times – and not just at Valentine’s Day.  The US Bishops are offering many wonderful resources HERE and Richara on our Staff is always looking for folks to join our Marriage Ministry to support couples!

Ash Wednesday is next Wednesday, February 14th. Come and hear the word: Remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return! Mass with Distribution of Ashes at 8am. Prayer Service with Distribution of Ashes at 10:30am (with School Community) and again at 7:00pm. Bring a friend; all Christians are welcome in the House of the Lord!

Throughout the weeks of Lent we will have 15 Small Groups gathering to reflect on the Sunday Gospel. These groups of 8-10 people will be a chance to grow in faith and fellowship. They have been a tremendous blessing for growth in discipleship in the parish and we know it will continue in your life. For more information call the Parish Office or email Minta Brown.

There has always been a traditional in Christianity of Drama Plays  during Lent. Two opportunities for such experiences happen this Lent at St. Raymond. On Thursday, March 8th we will take a trip to St John Bosco Church in Hatboro PA to experience The Cross and the Light. This multi-media experience with a multi-cultural cast promises to draw is into the mystery of Christ’s love for us. Tickets are $30 and include bus transportation leaving St. Raymond at 5:30pm. On Saturday, March 10th we will return to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster for JESUS. The cost is $145 and includes a coach bus (leaving at 8:30am), the show, lunch at Hershey Farms and time for shopping at Tanger Outlets. Return at 9pm. Contact Michelle for information on either trip or stop by the office with ticket payment.

Please pray for the soul of Mrs. Vera Sousa who passed away on February 6th. Her funeral arrangements are not yet finalized. May she rest in peace.

Prayer Week Four: Intercessory Prayer

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Praised by Jesus who desires us to be a community of prayer!

In this 4th Week we spend time exploring the scriptural basis of praying for others, the way this was lived out throughout the history of our Church and how we can make it a part of our lives today!

Week Four Handout

Watch the VIDEO of the Teaching by Father Chris.

Let us continue to grow as a community that prays with and for each other!

Prayer Week Three: Praying with St. Ignatius of Loyola

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In our 3rd Week of the Prayer Course we focus on the life and experience of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Ignatian Spirituality has been a gift to the Church since the mid-1500s and has impacted millions of Christians. Enjoy!

Week Three Handout

Watch the teaching and guides prayer offered by Father Chris HERE.

All for the glory of God!

Additional resources on Ignatian Prayer:

Ignatian Spirituality

 

 

Jan. 10th News

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Happy New Year! May the Lord in His goodness bless you and your family each day of 2018! Trust in His ways and all will be well indeed.

Join us for our events in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15th. Our Day of Service will include: Mass at 8am, a light breakfast, a Prayer Service/Discussion, and an opportunity to service around the parish until Noon. In the evening we will join people from across the Archdiocese at St. John Church in Wallingford for a Prayer Service with Archbishop Chaput. Our (free) bus will leave St Raymond at 5pm. Please call our Parish Office at 215-549-3760 to reserve your place or for more information.

Next Wednesday, we will begin a Four Week Course on Prayer. Join us each week at 7pm for this opportunity to grow as a Disciple of Jesus. More information here:  Prayer Course

Families are welcome to join us for a Family Movie Night on Saturday, February 3rd to watch Captain Underpants! Bring the kids and/or grandparents for a fun night. Movie Night

Next Friday (Jan 19th) is the Annual March for Life in Washington, DC. People from across the nation will gather to remember the millions of unborn children who die through the horror or abortion. This witness to our elected officials, the Supreme Court and the public are crucial. If you are hurting after an abortion…let the healing begin HERE.

Have a blessed day and plan to be with us this weekend for Holy Mass!

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Christmas Schedule

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Our Christmas Schedule is as follows:

  • 4th Sunday of Advent Masses: Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 8am and 10am (with the debut of our Children’s Choir)
  • Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th at 7pm
  • Christmas Day Masses at 8am and 10am
  • Annual Home for Christmas at St. Raymond event welcoming people from shelters across the City and anyone else who needs a place to be for Christmas Day. Doors open at 10:30am, Meal is served at Noon, Clean up at 3pm.
  • Vigil Mass for Feast of the Holy Family on December 30th at 5pm and Feast Day Masses at 8am and 10am on Dec. 31st.
  • Watch Hour on Sunday, Dec. 31st at 10pm followed by Mass at 11pm.
  • Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family on January 1st at 9am

May God bless you and your family with peace and joy at Christmas!

Outreach at Christmas

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The celebration of the Birth of Jesus is truly a time of rejoicing. Please join our parish in the following opportunities to rejoice in the gift of our Savior:

Our Evangelization Team will meet at the Rectory on Saturday, Dec. 16th at noon. We will travel to a local shopping center where we will invite others to join us for Christmas. We will be finished by 2pm. No experience needed. Please contact Richara for more information.

Our annual Home for Christmas at St. Raymond Church will happen once again on Christmas Day. We always need volunteers to assist with the set up (Friday, Dec 22nd from Noon to 6pm or Saturday, December 23rd from 9am until 4pm) or on Christmas Day itself (10am until 4pm). We are also in need of NEW toiletry items as well as all sizes of underwear, socks and gloves for men, women and children. Please deliver to the Parish Office before December 22nd. For more information, please contact Deacon Bill.

How is your Advent? Make it the best Advent Ever (even if there is only another 10 days). We will be discussing two more gifts we can give this Christmas at the 5pm, 8am and 10am Masses this weekend and next weekend (yes, you need to come to Mass on Dec. 23rd or Dec 24th as well as for Christmas). Let God into your life in a new way!

Want to help decorate our Church? Join us on Friday, December 22nd in the Church from Noon to 2pm. God will reward your goodness in serving with us! Contact Fr. Chris to let us know you will be joining us!

Our Christmas Schedule is as follows:

  • Confessions heard after Masses December 16th & 17th.
  • Christmas Eve Mass on December 24th at 7pm
  • Christmas Day Masses at 8am and 10am
  • Vigil Mass for Feast of the Holy Family on December 21st at 5pm.
  • Watch Hour on Sunday, Dec. 31st at 10pm followed by Mass at 11pm.
  • Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family on January 1st at 9am.