Welcoming Refugees

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The parish wanted to give a brief update on the Ingabire family of 6 (foster family of Irene who we welcomed last June) arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo next Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  REST (our refugee ministry) held an organizational meeting on Sunday and we wanted to share contact information for the different team leaders.

Food Ministry – Ellen Griffin – elianora04@verizon.net – 215-300-2008

Clothing Ministry – Brenda Greene – chickwe@aol.com – 215-421-4530

Education Ministry – Mary Bell – mbell2362@gmail.com – 215-219-5667

Finance Ministry – Deacon Bill – deaconbillbradley@gmail.com – 215-869-1369

Furnishing  Ministry – Jessie Marushak – jm1625@gmail.com – 610-533-6158

Medical Ministry – Carl Laquerre – lacarde06@hotmail.com – 215-588-1606

We encourage you to reach out to one of these leaders to get involved.  In the coming days and weeks we will need assistance with transporting the family to the county assistance office, the social security office and the market as well as purchasing clothes, navigating the public transportation system and much more!

REST was also able to secure a beautiful three bed room home in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia and received an incredible donation of furniture and bedding today from HTN ministries.  The house is set up and ready to go!

As you may know, Espoire (who arrived in December 2017) and Irene are both doing well at work.  They continue to exceed all expectations and have done an incredible job balancing their full time jobs with paying rent and utilities and continuing to study the English language.  They will both be fantastic examples for the arriving family and help guide them in these first few days and weeks.

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Finally, please consider getting involved in whatever capacity you are able to assist in.  Please feel free to e-mail Dan McVey at rest@saintraymond.net or give me a call at 267-331-1682 if you have any questions.

Have a great rest of your week and please keep the family in your prayers this next week as they prepare to travel more then 6,500 miles to their new home.

Book of Romans: Week Two

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On Wednesday, May 9th we studied Chapter 2 and 3 of Romans and continued exploring the topics of justification, salvation and what it means to be authentic follower of the Lord.

Download the handout that can be used to accompany Father Chris’ lecture: Week Two

Watch the video of Father Chris offering the teaching (the first few minutes are not here; we “once again” had “technical issues”…be patient with us…St Paul appreciates it!

May the  Lord allow His Word to be fruitful in our lives!

Romans – Week One

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

Here is the handout for Week One of our Study on the Book of Romans:

Week One

Want to watch the archived VIDEO of Fr. Chris’ teaching? Click HERE. We did experience some technical difficulties at the start of the session so the recording joins the sessions already in progress. We apologize for this inconvenience.

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