Ascension Thursday & More…

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Join us for Holy Mass as we celebrate the Ascention of Jesus on May 25th at 8am and 10am in the Church.  If you need an evening Mass, there is a 7pm at St. Athanasius or contact a Church near your home or work.

Please join us for our Pentecost Party on Sunday, June 4th following the 10am Mass.  It is a free event for the whole parish to gather as we celebrate the birthday of the Church.  You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not have a Church Home as well to introduce them to the wonderful world of St. Raymond.  Please contact the Parish Office to let us know you are coming (or sign up in the back of Church after Mass).

Did you get your raffle ticket for the Vacation Home in Williamsburg?  These $20 tickets are helping us raise much needed funds for our renovation of the School Hall this summer. Please but your tickets after Mass and please help sell tickets as well (contact Michelle in the Parish Office).

Who will you bring to Mass this weekend?  God needs YOU to share your faith and be a bridge for others to come to know His saving love.  If you are not inviting others, who is?

April 27th News

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Happy Easter!  We continue to rejoice in the Glory of the Resurrection of Jesus.  May we come to the faith that St. Thomas came to and also cry out…My Lord and My God!

Did you read the BULLETIN from last week?  Stay informed on your parish!

This weekend at the 5pm and 10am we will offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  If you are dealing with chronic illness or disease and would like to receive this Sacrament of God’s Love, please contact Arleen Daniels in the Parish Office (you can also call 215-549-3760).

Our School Students will honor the Mother of God this Monday, May 1st at 7pm with our Annual May Devotion and Crowning.  This year’s celebration will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Revelation of Mary at Fatima, Portugal.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY BEGINS AGAIN THIS WEEK ON MAY 3RD! Join us for a seven week series called “Who am I to Judge?” exploring insights from the Bible, Philosophy and our Catholic Faith on how to “handle” moral issues in today’s world.

Are you ready for a little (or a lot) REBIRTH AND RENEWAL? Please join our Discovering Christ Course on Monday Nights at 6:30pm starting May 8th! No cost (just an open heart). You will be so happy you made this choice! Call the Parish Office for more information.  WATCH THIS VIDEO as you make your decision!

Share the gift of life by donating blood!  St. Raymond will sponsor a Blood Drive on May 10th from 2:30pm to 7:30pm in the School Hall.  Please sign up after Mass or REGISTER ON LINE by searching by our Zip Code (19150) and then go to May 10th.  Thank you for helping our sisters and brothers in need!

GOD IS CALLING YOU TO SHARE HIS GOOD NEWS! As Catholics we often want to share our faith but simply do not know how to do it. Join us on Friday, May 12th (7pm to 9:30pm) and Saturday, May 13th (9am to 4:30pm) at St. Raymond Church for The New Evangelization Summit. The Summit will be live streamed to our location from Ottawa, Canada featuring a great variety of speakers including Bishop Robert Barron. The day will include inspiring talks, opportunities to share your learning and experiences with others and become better equipped to share the Good News of Jesus! The cost of the day is $45 that includes snacks, breakfast and lunch (members of our parish will receive a scholarship). To register or find out more contact Richara in the Parish Office (215-549- 3760). JOIN US!!!

Have you considered setting up Electonic Giving as a way of supporting our Parish?  It is easy…GET STARTED HERE!

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March 29th News

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Praised be Jesus Christ who so willingly died to set us free?  Have you spoken with Jesus today yet?  He really wants to be a part of your day.  Take a minute (right now) to tell Him what is happening in your life…

Did you see last week’s bulletin?

Father Chris will be celebrating Mass at Channel 6 on City Line Avenue this Saturday, April 1st (no foolin‘) at Noon and 2pm.  He is in need of an “audience” for the masses which air early in the morning for those unable to get out to mass.  Would you like to join him for this experience?  Call the Parish Office for more information (rides are available).

Dd you know that St. Raymond offers Electronic Giving?  This wonderful features allows you to make your regular contribution to St. Raymond without ever having to write a check or bring an envelope (although some still use their envelope and mark the “I gave electronically” line on the front).  Want to learn more…visit HERE.

Want to help renovate our School Hall?  This summer we plan to have a complete makeover of our School Hall.  We need YOU to help.  Flier for Leaves on Tree

Annual Easter Egg Hunt!!!  We will be hunting for Easter Eggs at St. Raymond on Easter Sunday! We are accepting all of the candy you abandoned for Lent. Especially: Fruit Snacks, Dum Dums, Toostie Pops, Swedish Fish, Chocolate Mini Eggs, Starbursts. Small individual packets greatly appreciated. Bring to Parish Office or leave at Info Desk in the back of Church.

Holy Week Schedule

  • Confession: Palm Sunday (12:30pm until 3pm) & Tuesday Confessions (April 11th 6pm to 8pm)
  • Holy Thursday Mass: April 13th at 7pm
  • Good Friday Service: April 14th at 3pm
  • Good Friday Fish Fry: Food available 12-6pm
  • Seven Last Words: April 14th at 7pm
  • Easter Vigil: April 14th at 7pm
  • Easter Sunday Masses at 8am and 10am.

Please mark your calendar and begin inviting someone to join us for Holy Week and Easter!

Do you know someone in need of prayer?  Join us Tuesday, April 4th at 7pm in the Chapel for our monthly Hour of Prayer, a chance to raise up our prayer needs as a community.  All are welcome to join us.

 

Parish Survey

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The snow and ice will melt and we will see the grass again one day…we promise!

Have you completed the Parish Survey? The Disciple Make Index will provide very valuable information to Father Chris and the Parish Staff. Please take 10-15 minutes and complete the survey TODAY! Friday was to be the last day but we’ve been extended until Monday.   It is essential that we gain 50 more responses to the survey…act today for the good of our parish in the years to come!

March 15th NEWS

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The snow has arrived and will likely stay around for a few days! The snow gives us all a chance to slow down, enjoy time with others and perhaps be more charitable to neighbors as well. Enjoy it – really!

Have you completed the Parish Survey? The Disciple Make Index will provide very valuable information to Father Chris and the Parish Staff. Please take 10-15 minutes and complete the survey TODAY! Friday is the last day…

The State of Pennsylvania is considering an expansion of the EITC and OSTC scholarship program which is a HUGE blessing to our School and many of our families. Please take a few minutes and send a note to your PA State Legislators urging their support. Use this LINK with the PA Catholic Conference.

The Catholic Church throughout the WORLD will celebrate 24 Hours for the Lord at the urging of Pope Francis. At St. Raymond we will celebrate on Friday, March 24th with Eucharistic Adoration in the Church and the Sacrament of Reconciliation available from 7pm to 10pm. Stop by for prayer, confession and a chance to visit Jesus!

Did you read last week’s Church Bulletin?

Please be sure to mark your calendars and be with us the weekend after Easter: on Saturday, April 22nd we will have a Jazz Concert in the Evening hosted by the Men of St. Raymond (Cabaret style), on Sunday, April 23rd we will have a Divine Mercy Holy Hour from 9am to 10am and then at 2pm a Mahalia Jackson Tribute Concert feauturing local singer Joliet Harris. The proceeds benefit our Parish Hall “Makeover” that is happening this summer. Tickets for ecents are available after weekend masses or in the Parish Office.

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Please invite someone to join you for Mass this weekend – God wants to use YOU in their salvation journey! To God be the Glory!

News for this Week

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Praise God for the gift of this new week (and beautiful weather so far too)!

Please make time to complete our Disciple Maker Index (Parish Survey) that helps us gain valuable feedback on how the parish is serving you in your call to be a Disciple of Christ.  It will take 10-15 minutes.  You will enter an email address to make sure that people are only taking the survey once; it is not used to identify you or your answers. Please select “Archdiocese of Philadelphia” and then “Saint Raymond of Penafort” to access our Survey. Your participation is very important and I value your input.

Tuesday Evening (March 7th) is our Monthly Hour of Intercessory Prayer.  Please join us in the Chapel at 7pm for this time of praise and intercession and we beg God for the graces our world needs!

We will gather at 1:30 each Wednesday of Lent for our Stations of the Cross.  This beautiful devotion takes place in the Church (with some of our School children attending).  Please enter the Church through the ramp doors.

On Friday, March 10th the Men of St. Raymond will be hosting a Lenten Fish Fry from 4pm to 8pm in the School Hall.  A meal is $10.  You can purchase tickets at the door.

We will host a Mahalia Jackson Tribute Concert feauturing local singer Joliet Harris on Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm in our Church.  The proceeds benefit our Parish Hall “Makeover” that is happening this summer.

Did you get a Church Bulletin this weekend?

God bless your week – see you in Church next weekend!

Fr Chris

 

Disciple Maker Index

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Happy Lent!

These 40 Days are a time for each Christian to look at his or her life and make intentional decisions that lead us away from sin and more and more into a life with Jesus Christ.  As people do this as individuals, we also must do it as a Parish.

Two years ago we took the Parish Survey called “The Disciple Maker Index” and now it is time to do it again!  We use this Survey to see if we have grown in the areas we targeted and learn more about the areas where we need to continue focusing for the good of you and the other members of the Parish.  The survey takes 10-15 minutes.  You will enter an email address to make sure that people are only taking the survey once; it is not used to identify you or your answers.  Please select “Archdiocese of Philadelphia” and  then “Saint Raymond of Penafort” to access our Survey.  Your participation is very important and I value your input.

I am most grateful to you for taking the Disciple Maker Index.

May God be praised by you and through you each day of this Holy Season

Fr Chris

Honoring Rev. Dr. M.L. King

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On Monday, January 16th the citizens of the United States are invited to remember the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  While he has been dead for many years, his vision for a nation that is truly united without racial hatred and prejudice continues to be needed in 2017.

SERVICE: St. Raymond Church will gather for Mass at 8am in our Church followed by a light breakfast and then opportunities for service on our campus from 9am until Noon.

PRAYER: In the evening we will gather with Catholics and others of good will at St. Philip Neri Church (437 Ridge Pike) in Lafayette Hill for a Prayer Service at 7pm and conversation on race in our nation and within our Church. You will surely want to be there for this evening of grace-filled blessings!  If you need a ride, please call our Parish Office at 215-549-3760.  As we want this to be a true conversation of racial harmony, we hope that Christians of all races will attend!

 

Bible Study – Book of Revelation

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On Wednesday, January 11th we will begin a SEVEN WEEK Bible Study on the Book of Revelation.  While this last book of the Bible is often seen as mysterious and difficult to understand it holds wonderful insights for us as we live our lives today.  No cost to join us.  Bring a Bible if you have one, if not we have them as well.  We will gather each Wednesday at 7pm for 90 minutes of reading God’s Word, Study of its meaning, and discussion of what it means in our lives.  The course will be taught by our Pastor, Fr. Chris Walsh.

For more information, please call the Parish Office.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!

Join us for Holy Mass to celebrate the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ – Christmas Eve Mass at 7pm and Christmas Day Masses at 8am and 10am (there is no 5pm Mass this Saturday). Come as you are…just bring an open heart, ready to receive the love of Jesus!  All are welcome – it does not matter how long it has been since you were last with us.  Join us this weekend.

If you are looking for a place to have Christmas Dinner, join us for Home for Christmas at St. Raymond in our School Hall (7940 Williams Avenue, just behind the Church). No reservations needed. No cost. Volunteers are most welcome as we serve hundred from shelters across the city! Dinner will be served by Noon and fellowship until 3pm.

Next weekend…we will have a our regular 5pm Mass on Dec. 31st and then a Watch Hour from 10pm until 11pm with Mass at 11pm with our regular 8am and 10am on Sunday, January 1st.  Join us in praise of God on this Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God which is also the World Day of Peace!

May God bless you with great peace and joy!