Good News for October 21st

Thursday, October 22nd is the Feast of Saint John Paul II: a pope who had the heart of a Pastor as he traveled the world, including his memorable visit to Philadelphia in 1979. Reflect on these words from JPII when he visited New Orleans in 1987: I express my deep love and esteem for the black Catholic community in the United States. Its vitality is a sign of hope for society. Composed as you are of many lifelong Catholics, and many who have more recently embraced the faith, together with a growing immigrant community, you reflect the Church’s ability to bring together a diversity of people united in faith, hope and love, sharing a communion with Christ in the Holy Spirit. I urge you to keep alive and active your rich cultural gifts. Always profess proudly before the whole Church and the whole world your love for God’s word; it is a special blessing which you must forever treasure as a part of your heritage. Help us all to remember that authentic freedom comes from accepting the truth and from living one’s life in accordance with it-and the full truth is found only in Christ Jesus. Continue to inspire us by your desire to forgive-as Jesus forgave and by your desire to be reconciled with all the people of this nation, even those who would unjustly deny you the full exercise of your human rights.

Small Groups will begin once again the first week of November. We are using the series SEARCH that will allow us to reflect on the meaning of life and what it means to be in relationship with Christ! Groups will meet throughout the week – some in person and most via ZOOM. Please contact Minta Brown for more information and look for the flier with all of the group contact information this weekend!

The video for this weekend’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be made available on Friday. Be sure to find it and share with our young disciples.

Need a retreat? This Saturday Father Chris, Richara and Jessie will be offering an online retreat this Saturday, October 24th through the Miraculous Medal Shrine from 11am to 3:30pm. The retreat will help you reflect on the many events of 2020 and find Christ in the midst of the mess! Please sign up by Noon at this location!

Join us on Wednesday Night at 7pm for a one house Bible Study on the Gospel of John. Join us in Church or via livestream. We are studying Chapter 12. Be nourished by the Word of God and enjoy some socially distanced (or virtual) fellowship!

We will have a Neighbors Meeting for those who live on the blocks close to Saint Raymond to build a better working relationship and resolve ongoing concerns. The meeting is Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm in our Church. If you know of friends or family who live on the blocks immediately surrounding the Church Property, please be sure to encourage them to attend in person or virtually. May the Lord bless our effort for the good of our efforts!

Every child is a precious gift from God. As Christians, we are called to work hard to make it so that no couple considers abortion as an option. There are so many resources available for women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy: The Sisters of Life, Alpha Care Pregnancy Center and Hope Pregnancy Center to name a few! Many from our Parish have attended the Annual Pro-Life Union STAND UP FOR LIFE Dinner. This year, it is a virtual event on Sunday, November 22nd at 7pm. Please SIGN UP HERE to “attend” and be inspired by all the things happening to love them both!

Good News for October 15th

Saint Teresa lived in Spain in the 16th Century. She was a great reformer of the Church through her life of prayer, teaching and urging others to follow Jesus more closely. Her influence was HIGE. Many find her prayers very inspiring, including this one: Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things will pass away. God never changes; patience obtains all things, whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. Amen.

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm at the Cathedral. In addition to this being the 1st Mass with Archbishop Perez, it will be the occasion of 16 of our young people receiving the Sacrament of ConfirmationPlease mark your calendars and plan to be there to pray for our young disciple to catch a good dose of the Holy Spirit! There will not be a bus but parking is available at the Cathedral.

Two more Wednesday of Bible Study – live in the Church or via Live Stream. Please join us next Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm as we study John Chapter 12! God has a WORD for you at this season of your life!

Praise God for our young disciples! Please help continue to form them in the ways of Christ. Life is challenging for us all…but especially our young people at this tough time in history. Please share the video teaching (ideally on Sunday when your family is worshipping or when you come home from Mass). Be sure to download the handout as well…

Our next session of Small Groups will begin at various times on various days the 1st week of November, Most will be via ZOOM and we will be using a video based program called The Search. Check out the TRAILER. Want more information? Contact Minta Brown.


Please wear your mask properly!

Good News for October 7th

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It recalls a military battle between a Christian nation and a Muslim nation. The Christians won and gave “credit” to the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary (many had been praying the Rosary to save Europe). There are a few hundred people (including a few from our parish) who gather Monday thru Thursday at 8pm to pray the Rosary on ZOOM for an end to the pandemic. Why not join in this one night? Link HERE.

Pope Francis issues a new encyclical last Sunday on the call for the human family to live more as brothers and sisters in a post-COVID world. You can read about it HERE and read the document in its entirety HERE.

As we approach the National Election on November 4th there is a great need for POLL WORKERS. Normally, our elders fill this need at the polls but because of COVID many are choosing not to fill the role this year. We need YOU. Besides assisting in the great experiment in democracy, there is a stipend that may reach $250 for the day. Please visit HERE if you are interested learning more about how you might serve our country on election day!

Our proposed Senior Housing goes before the Philadelphia Zoning Board on Wednesday, October 14th at 9:30am. We are unsure if people are able to join. If that is allowed, we will send a link early next week. If you join, please speak loudly and respectfully in favor of the project (thank you for the many signatures we gathered). If you can’t join us (via zoom), please pray at 9:30 that God work in the hearts and minds of those who hear of case!

Praise God for our young disciples! Please help continue to form them in the ways of Christ. Life is challenging for us all…but especially our young people at this tough time in history. Please share the video teaching (ideally on Sunday when your family is worshipping or when you come home from Mass). Be sure to download the handout as well…

We return to the Gospel of John for the next four Wednesday Nights. Join us in Church or on Live Stream, from 7pm to 8pm and allow yourself to be nourished as a Disciple. A handout will be available in Church, on the homepage of our website or in the comments section of the Live Stream by the time Bible Study begins.

Please spread the word about testing being available. Some has asked about why insurance information is gathered. Note, it is NO COST which does not mean FREE. The grant that provides the testing does not cover lab costs. Thus, the bill your insurance and it will be covered. If you do not have insurance the government will cover the cost! We have gotten some news coverage for our efforts as well – way to go Andrea!

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has appointed Mr. James Andrews as the new Director for the Office of Black Catholics. We look forward to welcoming James and allowing him to meet our community. He will be present at the Mass in honor of Saint Martin de Porres on November 7th at 1pm – please mark your calendars and plan to be with us!

Venerable Father Tolton, pray for us and our Church!

Senior Housing – WE NEED YOUR HELP

The vote from the neighborhood meeting on Tuesday night was not as we had hoped (54 against; 11 in favor). Father Chris is aware that many were not able to attend the ZOOM for a variety of reasons but still want to support this project. If you live in the 50th Ward (most of our parish neighborhood), please download the attached petition and sign it. Please have your neighbors sign it as well. There will be copies available this weekend in Church as well. For the good of our elders (and those to be elders) who desire to age in our neighborhood, please sign this petition and lend your support!

Good News for September 30th

Today is the Feast of Saint Jerome. He was a priest who lived in Bethlehem for many years (in the late 300s) translating the Bible into Latin (from Hebrew & Greek). He came to Christ as an adult after searching for the truth throughout many years and many paths. He fell in love with Jesus and the Bible and eventually would write: Ignorance of Scriptures if ignorance of Christ! We never want to be ignorant of Christ….please plan to join us for the next 4 weeks of Bible Study on John’s Gospel!

As we approach the National Election on November 4th there is a great need for POLL WORKERS. Normally, our elders fill this need at the polls but because of COVID many are choosing not to fill the role this year. We need YOU. Besides assisting in the great experiment in democracy, there is a stipend that may reach $250 for the day. Please visit HERE if you are interested learning more about how you might serve our country on election day!

Praise God for our young disciples! Please help continue to form them in the ways of Christ. Life is challenging for us all…but especially our young people at this tough time in history. Please share the video teaching (ideally on Sunday when your family is worshipping or when you come home from Mass). Be sure to download the handout as well…

Praise God for His HOLY WORD! We will gather for the four Wednesdays of October to once again study the Gospel of John. You can join us two ways: join us LIVE in the Church or via Live Stream (the same location people join for Sunday Mass at 10am). We will meet from 7pm to 8pm each week and look forward to a great turn out once again to be nourished by His WORD!

Prayer for Patience Lord, some of Your people are hard to love. They can be moody, mean, difficult, and impossible to understand. Sometimes I wish You hadn’t put them in my life. Sometimes things do not go the way I want, especially in these days because of the effects of COVID. Show that are are with me today and help me be patient with myself, with others and with tough situations. Thank you for being patient with me for loving me when I’m the one who’s difficult in someone else’s life.   Help me, Lord Jesus. Amen.

COVID testing offered through Thomas Jefferson University begins this week on Thursday (11am to 6pm) and Saturday (11am to 4pm). The phone number to register is not yet live so this week walk-ins are welcomed (and will be going forward as well). Please have ID and Insurance (although you will not be charged at all). The team will be able to handle those who drive thru or walk up! Please let your neighbors know – all are welcome. Enter the school parking lot off of Williams Avenue.

Meeting for Senior Housing – Tuesday at 6pm

PLEASE JOIN US! WE NEED YOUR VOICE OF SUPPORT! The Community Meeting is Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm for the Senior Apartments we hope to build on our property with a wonderful organization called Human Good. Father Chris asks that you join the ZOOM or call in to voice support, especially if you live in 19150 (Councilwoman Parker is most interested in the voices of these residents). If you wish to call in (please use a line that is toll free as it is a toll call), please dial: 1-301-715-8592, use Meeting ID: 948 9047 4775 and Passcode: 769243. If you have questions, please call Father Chris or send him an email. Please make the time for the good of the elders of our parish and neighborhood who wish to age in the area of the City they know as home!

Good News for September 23

The Church remembers the Italian Priest Padre Pio today. A man of great care for the sick and the poor, known as a great priest in the confessional who could read the souls of the people who came to him and often remind them of the sins they were not confessing (Father Chris can’t do this yet). St. Pio also experienced the stigmata, he had the wounds of Christ on his hands and feet. At this tough time in history, his encouragement to not worry should be welcomed by us all!

The Community Meeting is Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm for the Senior Apartments we hope to build on our property with a wonderful organization called Human Good. Father Chris asks that you join the ZOOM or call in to voice support, especially if you live in 19150 (Councilwoman Parker is most interested in the voices of these residents). If you wish to call in (please use a line that is toll free as it is a toll call), please dial: 1-301-715-8592, use Meeting ID: 948 9047 4775 and Passcode: 769243. If you have questions, please call Father Chris or send him an email.

Our school parking lot has been prepared for the COVID Testing that will be provided by Thomas Jefferson University starting Thursday, October 1st. The phone number through which you will schedule an appointment will be shared next week. They will accommodate people for drive thru as well as walk through testing. While not required, they will request insurance information as well. Testing will be done Thursday (11am to 6pm) and Saturday (11am to 4pm). Please spread the word and help end this pandemic!

There will be a Flu Shot Clinic (provided bu Acme Pharmacy) in the Parking Lot of Saint Raymond House just off Phil Elena Street on Tuesday, October 6th from 3pm to 5pm. You need to have insurance and need to register by calling Tamara at 215-298-9219.

Praise God for the chance to share the Good News with young disciples. Please share this video teaching from Father Chris and download the handout as well….raise the children in the Lord’s grace and mercy!

Miss talking to this guy? Need some time to chat with the Pastor or want to schedule a visit (in person, on the phone, through zoom)? Set up a time HERE or call the Office at 215-549-3760.

Good News for September 17th

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation and became a Doctor of the Church. Robert Bellarmine was born to a poor Italian family. His early intellectual accomplishments gave his father hope that Bellarmine would restore the family’s fortunes through a political career. His mother’s wish that he enter the Society of Jesus prevailed. On completion of his studies, Bellarmine taught at a variety of universities. Robert Bellarmine spent the next 11 years teaching and writing a three-volume defense of the Catholic faith against the arguments of the Protestant reformers. Through his writings Bellarmine was involved in the political, religious, and social issues of the time. Bellarmine also communicated the decree of condemning the Copernican doctrine of the movements of the earth and sun, issued by Congregation of the Index to Galileo Galilei in 1616. He and Galileo were friends and remained friends, the Cardinal often being being a voice a reason in the midst of these difficult days Although he was one of the most powerful men in Rome, Bellarmine lived an austere life. He gave most of his money to the poor. Once he gave the tapestries from his living quarters to the poor, saying that the walls wouldn’t catch cold. While he took little regard for his own comforts, he always saw to it that his servants and aides had everything they needed. St. Robert Bellarmine was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931.

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Richara Please download the handout for them as well!

The students of our school are so grateful for the amazing generosity of our parishioners who have made it possible for our students to have new Chrome Books to use for their at home learning. Your response has been amazing, The Men of Saint Raymond will be donating $1,000 and have offered a “challenge” grant of $500 is two more parishioners “step up” and purchase Chrome Books (as of today we still need 42 more). Come on…do it for our kids! You can send or drop off a $250 check payable to St. Raymond School or donate on-line HERE. Thank you and know that God will reward your goodness. By the way, the photo above was taken long before COVID precautions!

We will celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm at the Cathedral. In addition to this being the 1st Mass with Archbishop Perez, it will be the occasion of 16 of our young people receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please mark your calendars and plan to be there to pray for our young disciple to catch a good dose of the Holy Spirit!

Did you read last week’s BULLETIN? Are you committing yourself to worship the Lord each week (live or thru Live Stream)? Can you plan to join us for Bible Study on the Gospel of John for the four Wednesdays of October at 7pm in Church (or via Live Stream)?

As we know well, Jesus served! Throughout his life he put the needs of others before himself. Our parish is blessed with many who serve others in many selfless ways. We have been presented with additional needs from the community. We need 4 people willing to assist in delivering food within the Mount Airy neighborhood once a month (in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and we need 12 individuals able to volunteer time one Saturday a month to deliver food to our sisters and brothers at Saint Malachy Church near Temple University (in partnership with the food distribution program at New Covenant Church). Want more information or are you ready to volunteer? Please contact Arleen by email or call her at 215-549-3760. God be good to you!

The architectural drawing above is the proposed Senior Housing Apartment Building that we hope to build in partnership with Human Good (formerly Presby Inspired Life). These apartments (located at Phil Elena and Williams Avenues) will be for seniors (who qualify financially) from our neighborhood who want to stay in our beautiful neighborhood as they realize that staying in their home is no longer the best option. We still have a few hurdles, including an upcoming Zoning Hearing in October. Before that meeting, there will be a Community Meeting (required) via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us via Zoom (we need Church Members who live in 19150, especially in the immediate area, who will speak in favor of the project). The zoom link will be shared in the week prior to the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Father Chris.

Can you see things from different perspectives?

Good News for Sept. 11th

Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you,” grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

Our PODS are READY to launch this week As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please complete THIS FORM so that we can begin the process of gathering information. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara. We have been blessed with many responses and are grateful!

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Miss Arleen. Please download the handout for them as well!

Each week we are blessed by the presence of more and more of our members. We remain cautious in our practices (wearing masks, sanitizing, keeping appropriate social distancing) so that we might do our part to defeat this wretched virus. If you have thoughts or concerns, or would like to get involved with our RESTORE Team, please email Araminta Brown who will happily receive you!

As we know well, Jesus served! Throughout his life he put the needs of others before himself. Our parish is blessed with many who serve others in many selfless ways. We have been presented with additional needs from the community. We need 4 people willing to assist in delivering food within the Mount Airy neighborhood once a month (in partnership with Interfaith Hospitality Network) and we need 12 individuals able to volunteer time one Saturday a month to deliver food to our sisters and brothers at Saint Malachy Church near Temple University (in partnership with the food distribution program at New Covenant Church). Want more information or are you ready to volunteer? Please contact Arleen by email or call her at 215-549-3760. God be good to you!

Can you help our kids at Saint Raymond? Many are in need of a Chrome Book to assist with their virtual learning. Currently, they are either sharing a device with a sibling (or a parent who is working from home) or using a tablet or phone which limits their participation. Could you purchase a Chrome Book for a child for $250? More than Could you make a donation towards a Chrome Book in any amount? Make your donation HERE. Your goodness is greatly appreciated!

The architectural drawing above is the proposed Senior Housing Apartment Building that we hope to build in partnership with Human Good (formerly Presby Inspired Life). These apartments (located at Phil Elena and Williams Avenues) will be for seniors (who qualify financially) from our neighborhood who want to stay in our beautiful neighborhood as they realize that staying in their home is no longer the best option. We still have a few hurdles, including an upcoming Zoning Hearing in October. Before that meeting, there will be a Community Meeting (required) via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us via Zoom (we need Church Members who live in 19150, especially in the immediate area, who will speak in favor of the project). The zoom link will be shared in the week prior to the meeting. If you have questions, please contact Father Chris.

Good News for Sept. 2nd

As we enter into the Labor Day weekend, please commit to worshipping with us on Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 8am or 10am, as well as possibly joining us Monday at 9am to pray for workers and those looking for work. Please pray… On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living.  We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name.  We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere.  May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity.  May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Conversation Groups on “Being Human Together” will begin again the week of September 14th. They cover a variety of topics and take place bother via zoom and in person. Please join us…this is the way forward! Please consider inviting a friend as well. Download the flier and contact one of the hosts (space is limited).

Let your young disciples be nourished by the Word of the Lord through this video teaching by Father Chris. Please download the handout for them as well!

Have you heard about PODS? As we face the start of a very strange school year, many parents are looking for an alternative to their children being at home every day. While safety from COVID is valid, so is the child’s need for socializing and the mental wellness of parents. The idea of grouping students into smaller groups in am appropriate space outside the home has gained traction and the groups are often called PODS (read about them HERE). Saint Raymond would like offer parents of school age children the opportunity to have their children join a POD at Saint Raymond. If you are interested in learning more, please complete THIS FORM so that we can begin the process of gathering information. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara. We have been blessed with many responses and are grateful!