MLK Study Session & Food Give Away


On Sunday, Jan. 27th (following the 10am Mass until 2pm), we will gather to study the US Bishop’s Letter on Racism which was released a few months ago. Please join us in the Rectory Basement for lunch, reading portions of the document and life giving conversation on the document. So that we can prepare well for lunch, please call the Parish Office 215-549-3760 to let Father Chris know you will be attending. You can also email Father Chris.

On Saturday, January 26th State Rep. Chris Rabb’s and his staff will distribute food to individuals impacted by the shut down of the Federal Government. All are welcome to gather in our School Hall (7940 Williams Avenue) between 10am and Noon to receive this blessing. If you would like to donate food or toiletry items, please bring them during that same time. For more information, please call Rep. Rabb at 215-242-7300 or visit his office at 7216 Germantown Ave.

Women in the Bible: Week Two

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On Jan. 23rd we examined the lives of Delilah and Ruth, two foreign (non-Jewish) women who taught a great to the Jewish people about faithfulness.

The Handout for the Bible Study: week two

Video teaching by Father Chris available HERE.

Do you want to get the most out of your livestream bible study experience? Follow these steps:

  1. Click the image under “Saint Raymond Live”
  2. Click “Log-in” in upper right hand of window.
  3. A new Box will open, click “join livestream” just below blue login button
  4. Enter your email address
  5. You will receive a link through your email that will allow you to set up a FREE account. It will ask for very basic information (name, etc).
  6. After you have an account set up, you can use the registered email to login so you can chat and comment during livestream bible study.
  7. We recommend that you try to set up the account at least a few hours before bible study.
  8. Please note, you will not be able to see the event until it goes live on Wednesdays at 7pm.

Questions? Email

News for Jan. 16th


Having learned of that the weather on Monday, Jan. 21st will likely be quite bad (icy conditions and very cold), our Parish discussion of the U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Racism has been rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27th following the 10am Mass (concluding by 2pm). Please plan to join us! If you want to prepare, read the document HERE.

Monday evening’s talk by Bishop Braxton at St. Joseph University is still scheduled for 7pm, Monday, Jan 21st. Saint Athanasius Church bus still has room, please call the Parish Office at 215-548-2700.

Did you read last Sunday’s Church Bulletin?

Please pray for the group from Saint Raymond who will March for Life on Friday, Jan. 18th in Washington, DC. May our legislators be open to our call for justice for our pre-born sisters and brothers. Want more information on life issues? VISIT HERE.

On Saturday, Olivia Chandler, Melissa Scutt and Yoline Scutt will travel to Panama for World Youth Day with Pope Francis and a million other young people. Please pray for their safety and that their experience bears great fruit for our parish! Watch next week’s World Youth Day events on EWTN.

Join the Parish Life Committee for a Trip to Sand’s Casino in Bethlehem: casino trip 2.16.19

Please sign up for our January 25th Blood Drive after Masses this weekend.


News for January 9th

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Happy New Year!

Did you get a chance to read the church bulletin from last weekend? If not, click HERE.

Looking for a way to celebrate the legacy of Rev. King on his Birthday? Here are some opportunities:

  • US Bishop’s Letter on Racism Join the St. Raymond Church Family in reading portions of the US Bishop’s recent Pastoral Letter on Racism on Rev. King’s Birthday Commemoration, January 21st from 9am until Noon at the parish. The time will include reading and study, shared conversations and hope-filled resolutions for turning ideas into actions. All are welcome
  • Community Meeting with State Rep. Chris Rabb Join our State Representative, his staff and other community organizers for brunch and an energizing conversation around transforming Philadelphia more and more into a City of true brotherly love and sisterly affection. Join us Monday, Jan. 21st starting with lunch at 12:30pm and the afternoon concluding at 2:30pm. The session will be held at St. Raymond School Hall. For information, please contact: Carla Johnson, 215-242-7300
  • Bishop Braxton Lecture Bishop Braxton from Bellville, IL will give a lecture on the issues Rev. King would be passionate about were he living today on Monday, Jan. 21st at 7pm in the Chapel of St. Joseph at St. Joseph’s University, located at 5600 City Avenue in Philadelphia. The address will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a music prelude by the Phila. Catholic Mass Choir. If you would like transportation, St. Athanasius is offering a bus for $5; call 215-548-2700. Want more info? Please contact: Fr Richard Owens 215-587-3541. Free parking is available off of 54th St. in the Hawks Landing parking garage.

We begin a new Bible Study on Wed., January 16th at 7pm in the Rectory basement. The topic will be Women in the Bible. We will look at two women each week. All are welcome to join us in person or via Live Stream.

The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive at St. Raymond – Friday, January 25th, in the Hall from 2:30pm to 7pm. Sign- up at the back of the church on Jan. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Sign-up Online.


Christmas Schedule

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Merry Christmas!

Please join us on Monday, December 24th at 7pm for Christmas Eve Mass or Christmas Day at 8am and 10am.

Our Home for Christmas event takes place on Christmas Day and we will welcome anyone who needs a place to have a Christmas meal, join in singing and fellowship,. Gifts available as well! Doors open at 10:30am. Meal is served at Noon. Event is completed by 3pm.

Christmas Eve Mass is at 7pm. Masses on Christmas Day are at 8am and 10am. All are most welcome to join us in giving praise and thanks to Almighty God!

Home for Christmas 2018

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Christmas is coming fast! We will have our annual HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AT ST RAYMOND event on Christmas Day to serve our sisters and brothers from shelters across Philadelphia as well as those who are without a place to gather for Jesus’ Birthday.

Our ALL VOLUNTEER Meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7pm in the School Hall. On that evening people will meet with their Teams to discuss what needs to happen in the two weeks before Christmas to make this another amazing experience of God’s love for the poor and suffering. All are welcome!

To sign up for a Team or the tell us what type of food you will cook (and deliver on Christmas morning), please sign up in the back of Church, call the Parish Office at 215-549-3760 or email Yoline, our Office Manager.

Home for Christmas Flier – Please share this flier with those you may think would like to join us on Dec. 25th!

Small Groups – Weeks 3 & 4


As we journey into Advent, please continue to make use of the resources we are using in our Small Groups. Even if you are not able to join a group because of your schedule, the reflection questions can be a blessing to you and your family!

Last Week:  Week 3 – Member Guide

This Week: Week 4 – Member Guide

Have you downloaded our Parish App yet? There are amazing resources there for your growth as a Disciple of Christ. Please text App to 88202 to get a link to download the myParish app and then select our St. Raymond Parish after you open the app. Be sure to let the Parish Staff know what you think of it!

The Sin of Racism

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Now that we have you attention….

On Thursday, December 6th at 7pm the diocese will host Father Wilton Gregory, Bishop of Atlanta. He will be leading a conversation on racism in the community and the Church at St. Charles Seminary. It is free and open to all but registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

This lecture is part of the effort to discuss the US Bishop’s recent Pastoral Letter on Racism that was thankfully approved at their November meeting in Baltimore. You can read the full letter and find out more about their efforts HERE.

Please be a part of the conversation and the ongoing solution!


Small Groups – Week Two

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Happy Thanksgiving from this guy (he is one of the ones that got a pardon from the President)

Please consider joining us for Mass on Thursday, Nov. 22nd at 9am in the Church. God is so good to you, please make time to give Him praise and thanks!

Please join our small groups in reflecting on the Word of God this week. This handout can be used on your own, in discussion with a friend or in some other way. As long as you are letting the Word reach a deeper place in your life…all is good!

Week 2 Advent Small Group Discussion

Have a blessed day – see you in Church this weekend as we celebrate Christ the King!