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!

REVIVAL – Sept. 26th & 27th

All are welcome at the Annual Philadelphia Catholic Revival being held this year Monday and Tuesday, September 26th & 27th at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia (right on the Parkway).  Busses will leave St Raymond at 5:30pm (please reserve your seat).  Music by the Catholic Mass Choir begins at 6:30 with the Revival running 7pm to 8:30pm.  In this Year of Mercy, be renewed in the grace and mercy of our Glorious God!

 

Town Hall Meeting

All members of the parish are invited to join Father Chris on Wednesday, September 7th for a Town Hall Meeting at 7pm in the Sr. Rosemary Room (Rectory Basement).  The purpose of the meeting is to review the proposed Pastoral Plan for the coming year and gather feedback on “where we ought to be headed” as a Church Family.

All are welcome.  We will conclude by 8:30pm.  If you have questions, send an email to Michelle or call her at 215-549-3760.

See you there!

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75th Anniversary Gala

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Happy 75th Anniversary St. Raymond!

Join us on Sunday, November 13th at our 10am Mass to celebrate our Diamond Anniversary as a Parish. Bishop Timothy Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, will preside and preach at our Liturgy.  Priests who have served in the past, as well as the priest sons of the parish, will be in attendance as well as current and former members and friends of our community of faith.  As always at St. Raymond, all are welcome!

Following Mass, all are welcome to join us from 2pm to 6pm at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell for Gala Event.  It will be a delightful afternoon of celebration featuring a wonderful meal (a buffet featuring soup, salad, breads, oven roasted chicken, pan seared salmon, beef flank steak, vegetables, homemade pies and a cash bar), music and dancing, fellowship and the sharing of 75 years of memories. God’s grace and mercy have brought us through so much and it deserves to be honored. Tickets are $75 per person. They may be purchased using Credit Card or by contacting Michelle Downing in the Parish Office (215-549-3760) to arrange for payment by credit card (there is an small additional fee to cover costs of processing), cash or check.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office!