Good News for August 5th

Tomorrow, August 6th is the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. If you are able, please join us at 8am for Mass and a Holy Hour from 8:30 to 9:30am. God, our Father, in the transfigured glory of Christ your Son, you strengthen our faith by confirming the witness of your prophets and by showing to us the splendor of your beloved Son, help us to become heirs to the eternal life with Him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

This little girl finds Father Chris interesting, maybe you do too!. He is willing to have. phone call or even schedule a visit to your home (he will wear a mask). If you have not been able to join us for Mass, he can bring Holy Communion. To schedule a phone call, click HERE. If you would like Fr. Chris to visit, please send an email. You can also sign up to receive a video from Fr. Chris a few days week HERE. Please continue to pray for Father Chris and for all the priests who serve the Church!

Join us this Saturday at 5pm or at 8am or 10am on Sunday. The Word of God challenges us to allow the Lord to be with us through the storms! Not ready yet? Join via Live Stream or on the front lawn (weather permitting). You may also choose to worship during the week at the 8am Mass in the Church when the Church has more space. But, if you are going out to the store, social gatherings and for a coffee – God expects you to be in Church for worship as well (Amen or Ouch – your choice), Let the children come to Jesus as well! Please share this video teaching from Richara with your little ones and download the handout:

Henry Tanner was a gifted African American artist who faced much prejudice in his time in Philadlephia. A recent article offers us insights on the way Mr. Tanner dealt with it…read the article HERE.

JOIN US WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7PM.

WE WILL WELCOME A PRIEST FROM THE SOCIETY OF AFRICAN MISSIONS TO ST. RAYMOND ON AUGUST 14TH AND 15TH. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THESE 900 PRIESTS HERE OR HERE.

Good News for July 29th

Happy Feast of Saint Martha! O blessed St. Martha, your faith led Jesus to proclaim, “I am the resurrection and the life”; and faith let you see beyond his humanity when you cried out, “Lord I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” With firm hope you said, I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him, and Jesus called your brother Lazarus back from the dead. With pure love for Jesus you welcomed him into your home. Friend and servant of our Savior, I too am “troubled about many things.” (Pause for silent prayer.) Pray for me that I may grow in faith, hope and love, and that Jesus, who sat at your table, will hear me and grant me a place at the banquet of eternal life. Amen.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5th at 7pm for a Holy Hour for Vocations in our Church. Seminarians will join us (as the ride bicycles across the City of Philadlephia throughout the week). The time of prayer will include amazing music, inspirational words and time with Jesus! If you cannot join us live, please join us via Live Stream. Download the flier:

Father Chris enjoys chatting with members of the Church Family. He is willing to have. phone call or even schedule a visit to your home (he will wear a mask). If you have not been able to join us for Mass, he can bring Holy Communion. To schedule a phone call, click HERE. If you would like Fr. Chris to visit, please send an email. Please continue to pray for Father Chris and for all the priests who serve the Church!

Praise God for our young disciples who long to know God’s Word. Please continue to share these videos with children – perhaps while the adults are worshipping on Saturday Night or Sunday or at some other time. Thank you to Ms. Arleen for this week’s VIDEO TEACHING. Please download the resource and share it with your young people too…

Please join us praying for our school leaders and parents during this difficult time in our history, God is able! Father God, we come to you today asking your blessing on our school administrators, teachers and parents.  Thank you that they have answered the call to care for our our children so they learn in a safe and nurturing environment conducive to academic and personal success. Bless our school administrators with wisdom, integrity, a sense of humor, patience and the physical and mental energy equal to their tasks.  Bless them with strong support from parents, teachers and the community, especially as they make decisions for this coming semester. We pray for patience and wisdom for our administrators when complaints arise from parents.  Give them the grace to listen.  We pray for parents that they will be reasonable and willing to listen. We pray that parents be blessed with Your Wisdom Father God. As we pray, Father God, we are aware that being a school administrator, a teacher or parent can be a lonely and difficult job.  Please send each of them encouragers and relieve them of demanding workloads that prevent them from having quality family and personal time.  Show them healthy ways to relieve stress and ways to stay active physically.  Help them feel loved and accepted by You in their most difficult professional and personal times. Reward all who care for our young people by allowing them see the fruits of their labor displayed in the success of our young people.  Keep our kids, our teachers, our parents and our school leaders safe through this season Father God. Accept our prayer today as an expression of our gratitude to You, knowing You are always faithful. We ask this in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Forward in Christ!

Good News for July 25

As promised, we are sharing our Children’s Liturgy of the Word VIDEO TEACHING for our young disciples. Please share this with your children and grandchildren – perhaps while you are worshipping with us (online or in person). In addition, please download this handout as well…

Join Richara, Father Chris and others on Saturday Monring

As you are aware, there are many wonderful conversations happening across our region and nation on the issue of racial reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host one of these conversations next Tuesday evening via zoom. One of our parishioners, Connie McCalla, will be a panelist. Consider “participating”; sign up is required. Please download the flier and share with others:

We look forward to welcoming you for worship this Sunday at 5pm, 8am or 10am. No need to register but bring your mask. Live streaming continues at the 10am!

Good News for July 22

Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen. Saint Mary Magdalen was one of the few who remained with Christ during His agony on the Cross. She visited His tomb with two other women and found it empty. It was to her that our Lord first appeared after His Resurrection. He asked her to announce His Resurrection to the Apostles. We pray… Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love. You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

We rejoice with Paris and her family as she came to the Altar of the Lord for her First Holy Communion. Paris is the last of our children in the “Covid Communion Class”. We are grateful to Donna Ackridge and Arleen Daniels for their tireless effort in preparing our children for this wonderful moment. Please pray for our children and their families as they navigate this difficult season on faith, worship, quarantine and time at home. To God be the glory!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ commands us to serve. In order for Saint Raymond to continue to be who God desires us to be…we need YOU to step up and commit a few hours each month for the good of others. There are several areas where we need service… AID FOR FRIEND DELIVERIES: (now called Caring Friends), this wonderful program has an individual like YOU pick up 14 frozen meals from a freezer in the Parish Office and deliver the meals to a homebound elderly person in our area once every two weeks; COVID behaviors will be observed; please contact Arleen Daniels. TECH SUPPORT TEAM: As we continue to develop our online presence and use of technology during in-person worship, we need YOU; roles would include assisting in creating slides for worship thru google slides, supporting content for You Tube, Facebook and other social media platforms and more; we will offer training and are hoping for a few hours a month of service; contact Deacon Bill. COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Things have been peaceful in our neighborhood this week thankfully but we know that the horror of violence continues to be a scourge and God wants YOU to be a part of our effort to engage the young men in our neighborhood; we do not have a plan but are confident that God wants us to do something and we all have a part to play (including through intercessory prayer for this effort); contact Fr. Chris. We cannot wait for “someone else to do it”; that is the lie of the devil. Be a part of the solution as a matter of your faith in Jesus Christ!

As you are aware, there are many wonderful conversations happening across our region and nation on the issue of racial reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host one of these conversations next Tuesday evening via zoom. One of our parishioners, Connie McCalla, will be a panelist. Consider “participating”; sign up is required. Please download the flier and share with others:

Have you ever wondered where priests “come from”? They are from families like yours! God calls men from every family, including YOUR FAMILY. On Wednesday, August 5th we will host a group of seminarians who are riding their bicycles across the Philadelphia area. Join us for a Holy Hour at 7pm that evening in our Church (or via Live Stream). Please invite friends from other Churches as well. The evening will include the Rosary, a brief sharing from a seminarian, time for reflection and amazing music from our beloved Kenny Arrington. Download and share this flier:

We continue to offer a healthy environment to worship, We have a place in our pews for YOU. Allow God to quiet your fears and guide you in the days to come. Questions? Contact our Parish Office.

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word video will be emailed later this week!

Good News for July 16th

Our parish rejoices with the family of Aubrey and Xavier as they joined us for the first time in receiving Holy Communion! What a blessing for our community as they are nourished by the Lamb of God! May the Lord bless them and guide them for the years to come!

On Wednesday evening the State of Pennsylvania imposed further restrictions on public gatherings. As of this writing, Father Chris is unsure of what these means regarding our gathering for Worship. As Catholics, WORSHIP OF GOD IS ESSENTIAL. It is fundamental to who we are as human beings. Look for another communication on Friday regarding any changes you can expect when you come to worship this weekend. We will continue to persevere and rely on the help of the Lord!

The ugliness of gun violence reared its ugly head on our Church Campus on Wednesday evening at 8pm. As Father Chris gathered for one of our Conversation Groups more than 20 bullets were fired by young men in our playground and school parking lot. One young man was shot in the arm. As a Church, we must reach these young people. We must pray that their hearts and minds are changed. We must stand guard LITERALLY for the safety of our kids (thankfully there were no children in our playground at the time; normally there are a few with their parents). Are you willing to join our efforts to be more present for the good of our children and the salvation of these young men’s souls? Email Father Chris.

Our Food Cupboard is open once again through the goodness of the women and men who volunteer to serve our sisters and brothers. Please spread the word…all who live in 19150 are welcome Thursdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. We are thankfully stocked right now. Arleen can always use more volunteers and we also need a few people willing to deliver frozen dinners to the homebound once a week. Contact Arleen Daniels.

Praise God for your generosity and goodness to our Parish! We were able to complete $19,000 in concrete repairs around the property this week. You will hopefully notice the work and be happy that we are able to keep things “fresh”. Some of the concrete we replaced was original to 1948 – let’s hope this batch lasts that long!

Praise God to the blessing of passing on our faith to the next generation. Please share this video teaching with the young disciples in your family this weekend as we worship together. We are grateful to Janice Mason for her love and great Christian witness. Be sure to download the worksheet too…

Good News for July 8th

Jesus lived among us as a servant leader. He told his disciples: I came not to be served, but to serve. Do we live in imitation of Him in this way? Our parish is blessed with many disciples who are willing to wash feet (and pews) and we are all blessed by their goodness. As we move through this long season of Covid restrictions, how might God be asking you to serve others as a manifestation of your love for Jesus? Want to serve but not sure where? Why not be in contact with someone from our staff who could help find a place for you? We are in need of people to assist with our new “slide shows” that assist us at Mass, could that be an area of service for you? As we plan for the reality of a very different return to school, might you be willing to support parents with kids in some way (like helping with reading or homework over the phone or a video chat)? Want to make phone calls to our members who are still quarantined? There are lots of feet that need washing…

Our parish rejoices in Zoe being one with us at the Eucharistic Table and congratulate her mom and dad whose faith has led her to this gift of Holy Communion. Please pray for Zoe and all of our children who have received Holy Communion this year under very strange circumstances. May the Lord nourish them in generous ways. The parish is grateful to Donna Ackridge and Arleen Daniels for preparing our children. God be praised!

Praise God for our young disciples and their desire to know the Lord. Please share this VIDEO reflection from Father Chris with your children and grandchildren as they seek to create hearts that can best receive God’s Word. Be sure to download the handout for them as well…

Please join for for Holy Mass this Saturday at 5pm or Sunday at 8am or 10am. Want a smaller crowd? Join us for the 8am Monday thru Thursday or Saturday in the Church. Our RESTORE Team is committed to keeping you safe. If you feel ill or have any Covid symptoms, please stay home. While the “obligation” to attend Mass remains lifted, Father Chris wants the parish to be cautious about losing the habit of worship which can happen easily. If you are not yet ready to come to Church, be sure to still commit time to worshipping via a TV Mass or our Live Stream at 10am. Did you see the Sunday Bulletin? If you have questions about our precautions and practices, please contact Minta Brown.

Good News for July 4th

Join us for Mass at 9am on July 4th!

The Parish Family, along with some friends from other Churches, are gathering for Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a July 2020 group today!conversation-groups-on-race-for-july-2020Downloadnorms-for-our-conversationsDownload

Let the children of God be formed in His Word. Please share this VIDEO from Ms. Arleen with our young disciples this Sunday. Please download this handout which goes with it….

This weekend you are welcome to worship at 5pm Saturday as well as 8am and 10am Sunday. No need to sign up. Please wear a face covering, be prepared to have your hands sanitized and be seated at a distance. Our Restore Team will continue to serve thankfully! Weather permitting, speakers will be set up for 5pm and 10am Masses, bring your own chair (or blanket).

Good News for July 1st

As our nation enters the weekend of celebrating our Independence from Great Britain in 1776, we continue to see true and lasting freedom for all our citizens – a freedom that only comes through a relationship with Jesus Christ! Please join us for Mass in Church at 9am on July 4th.

We rejoice in having Jordan receive Holy Communion for the first time this past Sunday. What a grace for his family and our Church as another Christian feasts at the Table of the Lord. May you know God’s love for all the years of your life Jordan!

Jesus wants you back in Church! Starting this weekend we have our full schedule – Saturday at 5pm and 8am and 10am on Sunday. You are welcome to worship from the front lawn with our speakers to assist you in hearing (Holy Communion will be brought out to you). There is no need to “sign up” starting this week. However…. we will continue to sanitize your hands when you arrive, we will all wear a mask and maintain social distance. Questions or concerns? Please contact any of our staff persons who will assist you!

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a group today!

Join us for our study of the Gospel of John (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well…

Good News for June 26th

We had great turnouts for both the 5pm Sunday and 10am Sunday Mass last weekend. Please consider joining us this weekend. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (at both 5pm and 10am; weather permitting). If you desire to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASS. All are welcome – every week if you desire as we are able to accommodate by sign ups (this will be the last weekend that requires sign ups as we we will then enter the Green Phase.  – BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO REQUIRE MASKS, SANITIZE HANDS AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING) If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. This will be the last weekend for the Communion Service (if you are not ready for the crowds at weekend Masses, consider joining us for the 8am during the week). If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team. Here is our Worship Aide for the 10am Mass (we will have a Worship Aide for the 5pm Mass available when you arrive)…

We want to continue to nourish the faith of our Young Disciples. Please share this video teaching with your children and grandchildren this weekend. Be sure to download the handout that accompanies it as well…

We do not always get things right but God still blesses us Church, AMEN! If you want a chance to share some of your blessings or need help exploring the ways in which God is blessing you, why not schedule a time to talk with Father Chris? Nothing formal – just a chance to chat… CLICK HERE. Just so you know, Father Chris will be away from the parish July 6th to 10th for his Annual Retreat.

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race. The groups will meet for three 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together. Download the flier and sign up for a group today!

Good News for June 23rd

Our Parish rejoices that Jessie is now one with us in Holy Communion. May her example of preparing to receive Jesus inspire each of us as we come to the Table of the Lord each week. We had great turnouts for both the 5pm Sunday and 10am Sunday Mass. Please consider joining us this weekend. Not ready to enter the Church? You are welcome to also worship from the front lawn (at both 5pm and 10am; weather permitting). If you wish to worship inside of the Church, please WATCH THIS VIDEO so that you understand what things will be like when you arrive for Mass (come 15-20 minutes early, please). If you choose to worship (you can still worship from home until you feel ready; you are not obliged to come out for Mass), please REGISTER for the SATURDAY 5PM MASS or SUNDAY 10AM MASS. All are welcome – every week if you desire as we are able to accommodate by sign ups (this will be the last weekend that requires sign ups as we we will then enter the Green Phase. If you plan to worship from home via Live Stream but want to join us for a brief Prayer Service with Distribution of Holy Communion, please SIGN UP. This will be the last weekend for the Communion Service (if you are not ready for the crowds at weekend Masses, consider joining us for the 8am during the week). If you have questions or need help signing up, please call the Parish Office (215-549-3760) or contact Minta Brown who is leading our RESTORE Team.

We have 2 more weeks with our study of the Gospel of John (Wednesday Night form 7pm to 8pm). Please join on Zoom or on Fr. Chris Facebook Page. Please have your Bible ready and maybe a friend who is also participating that you could call when it is time for discussion. If you have never done Bible Study with us, please consider joining in. If it is not what you want. you can drop out and no-one will know! Try it…you have the time! Be sure to download the handout and print it out so you can take some notes as well… (the handout will be on the website under News by Wednesday afternoon).

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia ordained 5 new priests last Saturday, including Father Kevin Okafar. Father Kevin is originally from Nigeria and will be serving at St. Elizabeth Church in Chester Springs. He will celebrate his First Mass with the Ibo Community at 2pm at Saint Raymond on Sunday. You are welcome to attend.

Did you see last Sunday’s Church Bulletin? Thank you for your continued financial goodness and generosity. we will finish our Financial Year very strong thanks to you. A full report will be coming to you soon. Have you signed up your children for our Summer’s Days at Saint Raymond? We welcome children entering Kindergarten through Grade Five Tuesday and Thursdays form 9am to 4pm. We will start on June 30th and it is FREE. Please contact Richara for more information

The Parish Staff hope to share details of our upcoming Conversation Groups on various topics associated with race (Race in the Church; Education; Employment; Praying your Way through Troubles Times; Resilience in Tough Conversation). The groups will meet for 3 6o to 90 minute sessions and be composed of people of varied races to allow for a more fruitful conversation. The focus is on how desires Christians to be human together.

This speaks of the “Beloved Community” Father Chris preached on this weekend.