Good News for January 20th

God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America, especially a peaceful transition of power. We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world. We lift up President Biden, Vice President Harris, all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement. Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Amen.

Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for two webinars that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. These sessions (each covering a different topic) will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: TONIGHT at 7:00PM January 20th and January 27th (7pm to 8:30pm). Each session will be unique: different panelists, different topics. Panelists will include parishioners (and friends of the parish) who are physicians, medical ethicists, public health experts and leaders in vaccine development. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns or questions ahead of time to Father ChrisPlease spread the word and invite others! JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM (please remember that on a webinar, you will not be on camera or able to speak but can participate via the chat box). Both webinars will also be streamed on Father Chris’ Facebook Page.

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this VIDEO TEACHING FROM MS. ARLEEN and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Lord God, bring healing to all who are suffering with COVID!

Our parish has been live streaming on a service called Live Stream for many years. For a variety of reasons, we are moving our live streaming to YouTube (where we have been for many months now as well as Live Stream) effective this weekend. We plan to have a direct link on the parish website as that seems to be the way most people access the live streaming. Please be patient as we make this adjustment. You will see many improvements as we will now have two cameras with various transitions. However, our volunteer crew will need some time to acquire mastery of the new software. Questions? Interested in volunteering to be a part of our 10am Video Team? Contact Richara. The parish is grateful to Rob Barrimond, Chris Bradley, and, of course, the late Rasheem Davis who have built an amazing foundation for this wonderful ministry in our parish.

Plan to be with us as we March for Life on January 23rd in Philadelphia. Enough is enough! More information HERE! Are you struggling with the “abortion issue”? Take a few minutes (and have an open mind) as you watch: My Body, My Choice; or I am Pro-Life but I Can’t Take Away Someone Else’s Choice; finally, watch Why does the Church talk about Abortion? Want to get involved with our local pregnancy center, helping moms who choose life with the resources they need? Check out Guiding Star Home.

Saint Joseph the Worker by Michael Corsini

Good News for January 13th

God of justice, In your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception. Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being. Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family. Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others. Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change. Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history. And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven, and establish peace and equality for all in our communities. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Our Parish will host a Prayer Service (you are welcome to gather in Church or through Live Stream) on Sunday, January 17th from 5pm to 6:30pm in our Church. This Prayer Service will allow our larger community to appreciate the beautiful Conversation Groups that took place on various topics surrounding race in 2020. You are also encouraged to join us for a zoom based Reading Group on Monday, January 18th from 10am until Noon as we read and discuss selected writings of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please sign up in advance so we can send you material to read (or listen to) to maximize our time together. All are welcome!

Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for two webinars that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. These sessions (each covering a different topic) will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: January 20th and January 27th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Each session will be unique: different panelists, different topics. Panelists will include parishioners (and friends of the parish) who are physicians, medical ethicists, public health experts and leaders in vaccine development. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns or questions ahead of time to Father ChrisPlease spread the word and invite others! JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM (please remember that on a webinar, you will not be on camera or able to speak but can participate via the chat box). Both webinars will also be streamed on Father Chris’ Facebook Page.

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this VIDEO TEACHING FROM PAULA MANCHESTER and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Can you imagine reading the WHOLE BIBLE in a year? How about listening to it instead? Ascension Press is offering a daily podcast (20 to 25 minutes) that will allow you to listen to the entire Bible in 2021. This FREE resource has been a blessing to Father Chris and others in the parish already. SIGN UP TODAY and allow the Word of God to fill your mind, heart and ears!

As always, Father Chris desires to stay connected with the Church Family. He spends time each day calling and connecting with our family. If you have not connected with him recently (and would like to connect), send him an email or schedule time for a phone call. Fr. Chris is also happy to visit your home!

The artist of the above image, Brother Mickey McGrath, is hosting a webinar on Thursday night. The theme is “evolving justice” and will examine the gap between what the Church teaches and how her members live in the modern world. The webinar comes from Boston College, begins at 6pm and costs $10, Please go HERE for more information or to register. Enjoy!

The Year of Saint Joseph

Good News for January 6th

Our parish was blessed with a presentation by artist Kate Capato at the 8am and 10am Masses on Sunday. She presented the painting and shared a bit of the “back story“. The price of the painting is $5000 (discounted for our Parish by the artist) and we are making progress towards the goal. Interested in sharing some of your stimulus money? Mark the envelope or check with “Art Fund” and it will be used in that way. Please share any other feedback on the painting of its potential placement in our Church with Father Chris.

In addition, our Parish will host a Prayer Service (you are welcome to gather in Church or through Live Stream) on Sunday, January 17th from 5pm to 6:30pm in our Church. This Prayer Service will allow our larger community to appreciate the beautiful Conversation Groups that took place on various topics surrounding race in 2020. You are also encouraged to join us for a zoom based Reading Group on Monday, January 18th from 10am until Noon as we read and discuss selected writings of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please sign up in advance so we can send you material to read (or listen to) to maximize our time together. All are welcome!

Plan to be with us as we March for Life on January 23rd in Philadelphia. Enough is enough! More information HERE!

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this TEACHING FROM LISA ELDRIDGE for Baptism of the Lord Sunday and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Happy Feast of Saint Raymond on January 7th. Celebrate our beloved Patron Saint by learning more about him HERE or HERE. Please consider joining us for 8am Mass in the Church (and staying to pray the Rosary after Mass).

Are you making a New Year’s resolution? Maybe joining Father Chris is losing 20 pounds (the annual physical went well…except that “ideal weight” part)? Here are a few suggestions from the Pastor: (1) Pick up and read the book I Heard God Laugh and make a commitment to daily prayer (essential is we are going to live as disciples of Christ). (2) Use our St. Raymond App each day: download myParishApp to your tablet or phone; find St. Raymond Church, Philadelphia and then begin enjoining the many opportunities for prayer and reflection. (3) Remain committed to being part of our effort to move through this difficult COVID Season by remaining committed to the WORSHIP of God each weekend (live or thru Live Stream), becoming more EQUIPPED to live the Christian Life through what you study and read, INVITING others to join us at Saint Raymond, and by SHARING what you have with the Church and others. Do New Year’s Resolutions actually work?

Are you getting the vaccine when it is offered to you? What information do you still want to know? Join us for two webinars that will address a great variety of issues around the vaccines being offered. These sessions (each covering a different topic) will be a Webinar through ZOOM (and streamed to Father Chris’ Facebook as well) on consecutive Wednesday evenings: January 20th and January 27th from 7pm to 8:30pm. Each session will be unique: different panelists, different topics. Panelists will include parishioners (and friends of the parish) who are physicians, medical ethicists, public health experts and leaders in vaccine development. You are welcome to submit your comments, concerns or questions ahead of time to Father Chris. Please spread the word and invite others!

Good News for December 30th

Please join us for our annual Watch Hour by joining us live in Church or through LIVESTREAM. Please spread the word as people of faith need time to process this extraordinary 2020 with the grace of God!

Our Parish is most grateful to all those who donated to our annual Christmas Flower Fund providing the beautiful poinsettias in our Church. Please take a moment to read the Memorial Page attached here. In addition, have you reflected on Father Chris’ message about changing our role within the family just as the way the Eck Family changed poinsettias? You can review the homily HERE. Also, did you see this week’s BULLETIN?

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this TEACHING from FR CHRIS for Epiphany Sunday and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

COVID will certainly impact the celebration of Rev. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Legacy but it will not keep us from reflecting, praying, singing, reading and resolving to move forward in hope that one day, his dream will be fully realized. At Saint Raymond, here are three opportunities to remember and recommit: On Sunday, January 17th we will gather from 5pm to 6pm in our Church for a Prayer Service (join in person or via Live Stream) as we reflect of what members of our Church Family learned from the two sets of Conversation Groups we hosted in Summer and Fall of 2020. On Monday, January 18th there will be an opportunity for a small group of 15-20 people to gather for a Reading Group and reflect on some of Rev. King’s writings and have a facilitated conversation (the group will gather distanced in the School Hall from 10am to Noon; materials will be available soon). On Monday, January 18th the Office of Black Catholic will offer the Annual MLK Prayer Service via Live Stream (details to be provided, check their website). Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in some way as we begin 2021!

Are you making a New Year’s resolution? Maybe joining Father Chris is losing 20 pounds (the annual physical went well…except that “ideal weight” part)? Here are a few suggestions from the Pastor: (1) Pick up and read the book I Heard God Laugh and make a commitment to daily prayer (essential is we are going to live as disciples of Christ). (2) Use our St. Raymond App each day: download myParishApp to your tablet or phone; find St. Raymond Church, Philadelphia and then begin enjoining the many opportunities for prayer and reflection. (3) Remain committed to being part of our effort to move through this difficult COVID Season by remaining committed to the WORSHIP of God each weekend (live or thru Live Stream), becoming more EQUIPPED to live the Christian Life through what you study and read, INVITING others to join us at Saint Raymond, and by SHARING what you have with the Church and others. Do New Year’s Resolutions actually work?

Our Church Family mourns the passing of Mr. Rasheem Davis. Rasheem, along with his mother Jamette and sister Rashawna, joined Saint Raymond after the closure of St. Therese Church. Rasheem quickly became active as a greeter, an office volunteer, 8am Mass Altar Server, and most notably operating the camera for our live streaming the 10am Mass. Rasheem was always willing to serve and did so with a huge smile. When he was not at his Human Resources job, he enjoyed horseback riding, martial arts, video games and shopping with his devoted mother. His funeral is Thursday, December 31st with a viewing at 10am and Mass at 11am. Join us in the Church or thru Live Stream. May he rest with the Lord he loved!

There is NO COVID TESTING ON THURSDAY (NY EVE). testing will resume on Saturday, January 2nd. Please let friends and family know!

Please mark your calendar and plan to join other citizens of good will as we cry out in protest in the name of the more than 500,000 children that have died from abortion in our City since the Roe v. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court. As a people committed to justice, we will continue to pray for and support couples facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy. We will also speak truth in the streets of our City and raise a voice that cried justice for all, including the unborn. The day will begin with a 9am Mass at the Cathedral and then a peaceful protest walk to Independence Hall for a Rally at Noon. Want to know more? Read this or contact Father Chris.

Worship with us this weekend for the Epiphany!

Good News for December 23rd

Please plan how and when you will worship at Christmas! These Holy Days must be celebrated as God is worthy of our praise. You are encouraged to join us in person at one of the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Masses or at least join us for the 8am Mass in the “Days of Christmas) when there is a smaller crowd in the Church. Be nourished by the Eucharist, be inspired by our holy ground decorated so beautifully and receive all that the Lord is offering. Questions about worship? Please call the Parish Office.

Advent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord’s mercy and that can happen at any Catholic Church or the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Why should I go to confession? How do I go to confession? Father Chris will join many other priests on Wednesday, December 23rd at 7pm at St. Luke Church in Glenside. Father Chris is always willing to meet with you privately at a convenient time and even make a trip to your house…confession can be that wonderful for you!

We continue our journey of redemption as we journey through the weeks of Advent. God is doing something in you for sure…are you paying attention to Him and His voice? Did you hear Fr. Chris’ words on being REDEEMED FROM OUR ANXIETY. The weekly BULLETIN is always a source of good information and encouragement as well.

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this TEACHING FROM BROCK for Holy Family Sunday and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? Why not join us for our annual Watch Hour on December 31st at 10pm as we prayerfully reflect on the experience of the pandemic. The Holy Hour will be followed by Mass at 11pm. There will be Mass at 9am on January 1st as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (and World Day of Peace).

The generosity of our Church Family and Friends was amazing once again as we provide Christmas for friends living in 5 different facilities in the area. All who received the gifts (on Monday and Tuesday) were so overwhelmed. Those who will receive the food (going out on Thursday) will also be excited. Whatever you did – you make this happen!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Good News for December 16

We continue our journey of redemption as we journey through the weeks of Advent. God is doing something in you for sure…are you paying attention to Him and His voice? Did you hear Fr. Chris’ words on being REDEEMED FROM OUR SADNESS. The weekly BULLETIN is always a source of good information and encouragement as well.

Have you heard about the amazing Christmas Concert on Sunday evening? If you missed it, you can watch it ON DEMAND. If you have a friend of family member experiencing a moment of challenge, perhaps they are missing Christmas Music and the power of song, please share the link with them so that they too can be blessed. We are so grateful to Kenny Arrington, our musicians, soloists and choir so the gift of these 90 minutes of praise!

As we move through the long season of this pandemic, we must keep our young people connected to the Good News of the Gospel. Please share this TEACHING FROM PAULA for the 4th Sunday of Advent and be sure to download the handout as well so our young disciples will remain in a place of grace!

Christmas Eve Masses are at 5pm and 7pm. Christmas Day Mass is at 9am. All three Masses of Christmas will be available via Live Stream. Please extend an invitation to others as well – to join us in person or via the world wide web! When was the last time you made a good confession? Advent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord’s mercy and that can happen at any Catholic Church or the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Why should I go to confession? How do I go to confession? Father Chris is available this weekend for 30 minutes before and after all masses and he will join many other priests on Wednesday, December 23rd at 7pm at St. Luke Church in Glenside. Father Chris is always willing to meet with you privately at a convenient time and even make a trip to your house…confession can be that wonderful for you!

Did you get a gift bag with a calendar, spiritual reading, house blessing and more? WE still have about 60 bags to share with you. Stop by the Parish Office this week or get one this weekend at Mass!

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? Why not join us for our annual Watch Hour on December 31st at 10pm as we prayerfully reflect on the experience of the pandemic. The Holy Hour will be followed by Mass at 11pm. There will be Mass at 9am on January 1st as we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (and World Day of Peace).

Let Jesus love you and influence you today!


Great News for December 11th

Remember…your Parish Christmas gifts will be shared this weekend. The Gift Bag (do not get too excited about the bag it is cheap plastic bag like you get from the store) has a 2020 Calendar, a wonderful book about developing a habit of daily prayer, a missal with the Sunday Readings for the year as you worship form home, a Living Faith Book, a House Blessing Card to place over your front door (inside) and the promise of the pray from your parish family. Bags are available after all masses this weekend and thru a Drive Thru Pick Up on Sunday starting at noon (ending at 1pm or when we run out of bags). Please enter from Williams Avenue side, drive across in front of the Church and exit into Forrest Avenue! Can’t make it this weekend? Call the Parish Office on Monday and hopefully we still have one for YOU!

On Sunday, December 13th our parish will offer a Virtual Christmas Concert from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The Parish Staff knows that our 2020 Christmas will need an extra effort to feel the joy of Jesus’ birthday! Kenny Arrington and our Choir is putting together an amazing concert that will wow us even more than the annual Soulful Christmas. Please plan to join us virtually it will be a wonderful evening (and available on demand thru Christmas). THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!!

Are we still having Mass this weekend? YES!!! Since Governor Wolf’s announcement on Thursday, some have asked the question. Father Chris reminds you of the statement from the Commonwealth’s Directives: “Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce physical distancing and other mitigation measures at their gatherings.” Our RESTORE Team continues to guide us (and enforce) our standards of excellence and we will move forward trusting in Christ! The experience of Worship and Community, and our reception of the Eucharist, is ESSENTIAL in our life as Catholic Christians. If you are not ready for a weekend Mass, please do join us for 8am on Monday to Thursday and Saturday…the Bread of Life awaits you!

Good News for December 9th

Saturday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, recalling when Mary appeared in Mexico in 1531. The event led to the conversion of many indigenous people whose ancestors now live in our nation. Please pray this prayer, written by St. John Paul II, begging the protection of Our Holy Mother…. O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we fall help us to rise again and return to Him through the confession of our faults and our sins in the Sacrament of penance, which gives peace to the soul. We beg you to grant us a great love of all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth. Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our consciences, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all others true joy and peace, which come to us from your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Check out this video from last year’s celebration at our Cathedral.

On Sunday, December 13th our parish will offer a Virtual Christmas Concert from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The Parish Staff knows that our 2020 Christmas will need an extra effort to feel the joy of Jesus’ birthday! Kenny Arrington and our Choir is putting together an amazing concert that will wow us even more than the annual Soulful Christmas. Please plan to join us virtually it will be a wonderful evening (and available on demand thru Christmas).

hroughout the weeks of Advent we will reflect on what it means to be REDEEMED by Jesus. Last weekend, Father Chris preached on being REDEEMED FROM DESPAIR – if you missed the homily, listen HERE. You can also read last Sunday’s BULLETIN. As we move Forward in Christ, please remain committed to Worship, Sharing. being Equipped as a Christian and Inviting others to walk with us in faith, hope and love! Looking for a way to get involved in our 2020 Home for Christmas? Perhaps you can cook a tray of food, buy food products or help with delivery of items in the days before Christmas? Please contact Brandi in our Parish Office.

Our Christmas Eve Masses will be at 5pm and 7pm and on Christmas Day at 9am. Please share this news with others and extend an invitation. Each of these Masses will be available on Live Stream as well.

We continue to nourish our young disciples with the Word of God. Please share THIS VIDEO TEACHING with your children and grandchildren. Please download the handout and share with the children…

Have you considered making an End of the Year Gift to Saint Raymond? You can designate to the Parish’s General Account (and help pay the electric and gas bill), designate it for our upcoming renovations of the Church Basement or designate it to assist parent’s with tuition for Catholic Schools. Learn more HERE or contact Father Chris is you would like to discuss your gift. If you are updating your will or estate planning at the end of the year, please consider naming St. Raymond in your planning (we recently received a parishioner’s home and entire estate which will be a great blessing for us).

When was the last time you made a good confession? Advent is a wonderful time to encounter the Lord’s mercy and that can happen at any Catholic Church or the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Why should I go to confession? How do I go to confession? Father Chris is available this weekend and next weekend for 30 minutes before and after all masses and he will join many other priests on Wednesday, December 23rd at 7pm at St. Luke Church in Glenside. Father Chris is always willing to meet with you privately at a convenient time and even make a trip to your house…confession can be that wonderful for you!

Father Chris mentioned that Hanukah begins this week for our Jewish sisters and brothers. Learn more about the origin of the feast and maybe find ways you and your family could celebrate it this year! It is a story of hope…God is always with us, fighting for us, advocating for us, redeeming us from despair!

Are you going to “get the vaccine”? It seems to be a question many are asking these days and with good reason. What questions do you have about the proposed COVID Vaccines? On January 20th & 27th, Father Chris will be hosting a few webinar style meetings to answer questions and address concerns people have about the vaccines. Guests will include physicians, medical ethicists, vaccine development specialists and even a parishioner who has been part of a trial with the vaccine! What are your concerns or questions? Please share them with Father Chris.

Join us for Mass this weekend…we promise you will be renewed in joy and get to see Father Chris wearing some nice rose colored vestments!

Good News for December 2nd

Thursday is the Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier who lived in the late 1500s and early 1600s and was a great missionary to India and China. He is quoted as writing once: Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one reason only: there is nobody to make them Christians. Sadly, these words could be spoken in Philadelphia and her suburbs today. Our parish needs YOU (and every other person who worships with us) to talk about Jesus and his beautiful plan of redemption for us all. Please talk to some, with kindness and patience, about what Jesus has done for you! Not sure how to do this? READ THIS

Throughout the weeks of Advent we will reflect on what it means to be REDEEMED by Jesus. Last weekend, Father Chris preached on being REDEEMED FROM SELF-SUFFICIENCY – if you missed the homily, listen HERE. You can also read last Sunday’s BULLETIN. As we move Forward in Christ, please remain committed to Worship, Sharing. being Equipped as a Christian and Inviting others to walk with us in faith, hope and love! Looking for a way to get involved in our 2020 Home for Christmas? Perhaps you can cook a tray of food, buy food products or help with delivery of items in the days before Christmas? Please contact Brandi in our Parish Office.

Christmas can be very difficult for many people. This year’s Christmas, with so many restrictions and health concerns regarding the pandemic, is especially difficult for many of us. Father Chris will be preaching about this this weekend under the title REDEEMED FROM DESPAIR. You may also choose to read about “Season Affective Disorder” HERE or HERE. Father Chris is always happy to meet with you to talk, pray, encourage…please use this TOOL to set a time. If you see someone who may need of help at this time, please reach out to them in love.

We continue to nourish our young disciples with the Word of God. Please share THIS VIDEO TEACHING  with your children and grandchildren. Please download the handout and share with the children…

On Sunday, December 13th our parish will offer a Virtual Christmas Concert from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The Parish Staff knows that our 2020 Christmas will need an extra effort to feel the joy of Jesus’ birthday! Kenny Arrington and our Choir is putting together an amazing concert that will wow us even more than the annual Soulful Christmas. While most people will join us virtually we will be able to have a limited number of people in the Church. In order to control access, please register for one or two tickets and know that you will be assigned a seat in the Church (arrive after 4:30pm).

Are you going to “get the vaccine”? It seems to be a question many are asking these days and with good reason. What questions do you have about the proposed COVID Vaccines? On January 20th & 27th, Father Chris will be hosting a few webinar style meetings to answer questions and address concerns people have about the vaccines. Guests will include physicians, medical ethicists, vaccine development specialists and even a parishioner who has been part of a trial with the vaccine! What are your concerns or questions? Please share them with Father Chris.

Pope Francis placing the Cardinal’s “biretta” on Wilton Gregory’s head last Saturday.

African American Catholic History was made last Saturday when Pope Francis “created” Archbishop Wilton Gregory to become the first African American Cardinal. While we have had black Catholic Bishops for many decades, Cardinal Gregory is the first to be admitted to the College of Cardinals who elect the new Pope (as long as they are less than 80 years of age when the conclave gathers) and also advise the Pope on pastoral issues within the Church. May God use Cardinal Gregory for his glory and the good of the people he is called to serve.