Good News for August 26th

This Thursday and Friday we celebrate the feasts of Saint Monica and her son Saint Augustine. They lives in 4th Century North Africa and their Christian Faith has inspired generations of disciples. Learn more about these saints with this video. This prayer is prayed by many who have had a child leave the faith or go astray in some other way (like Augustine did for many years). May it be a blessing for you as we approach her feast day: Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son. (Mention your intentions here) With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me, that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy. Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me, that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.  Amen.

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!

In the months to come, our motto at Saint Raymond will be Forward in Christ. The experience of the pandemic, quarantine. the ongoing economic crisis, the need for racial understanding and reconciliation, the political discord and our everyday human failures and sins demand that we not be paralyzed, not fall back, not give up thinking but that we MOVE FORWARD IN CHRIST. This will call us to remain committed to Worship, remaining Equipped as Christians, Share our time and treasure with others, and continue to Invite others to join us as a Christian Family. How will you WORSHIP the Lord this weekend? Did you participate in worship last weekend? View our Livestream and check out the Bulletin.

The creator of The Bible Timeline Learning System will be leading the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study live on Facebook and on our website, www.ascensionpress.com, starting September 16, 2020 at 8:00 PM eastern! In this 8-week study, Jeff will be diving into topics that he did not have enough time to cover in the videos and workbook of the original Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a study led by the author himself!

We are very blessed to have parishioners prepare the video catechesis for our young disciples. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share with your children and grandchildren. Worship is essential for them as well as we move forward in Christ! Please watch this week’s video from Steve Mathis and download the handout:

Holy Hour for the Election: 50 States – 50 People – One HourJoin us for an hour of prayer and adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist as we petition for grace and blessing upon our country, especially asking for God’s will to be accomplished in the upcoming presidential election. We hope for at least 50 people to be present, one for each State of the United States of America, but more are welcome! Sunday, November 1, 2020 – 2-3 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. Free parking is available. Social distancing will be observed. Please RSVP at phillyevang.org/events.

Praise God for the beauty of creation!

Good News for August 19th

Friday, August 21st is the Feast of Saint Pius X. His statue is located in the rear of our Church on the Forrest Avenue side. His image was often placed in Churches built in the 1940s and 50s (like our own) even though he was not yet a saint. His life was an inspiration to generations of Catholics, even today! Born Joseph Sarto, this devoted servant of Christ and the Church lived from 1835 until 1914, serving as a priest, bishop and pope. He lived a simple life and was always mindful of the poor in his decisions. He brought great reform to the Church at many levels and encouraged people to receive Holy Communion often as well as lowering the age for 1st Communion to the age of seven. His motto as pope was “restore all things in Christ”. Dear Jesus, through the intercession of Saint Pius X, may we grow in love of present in the Blessed Sacrament and always seek to be renewed by You. Please continue to reform our Church that we may be the community of faith, hope and love that you desire most. Amen.

In the months to come, our motto at Saint Raymond will be Forward in Christ. The experience of the pandemic, quarantine. the ongoing economic crisis, the need for racial understanding and reconciliation, the political discord and our everyday human failures and sins demand that we not be paralyzed, not fall back, not give up thinking but that we MOVE FORWARD IN CHRIST. This will call us to remain committed to Worship, remaining Equipped as Christians, Share our time and treasure with others, and continue to Invite others to join us as a Christian Family. How will you WORSHIP the Lord this weekend? Did you participate in worship last weekend? View our Livestream and check out the Bulletin.

As promised, here is the LINK to send a financial gift to Father Nelson as part of his Mission Appeal. You are also welcome to drop off donations in an envelope marked MISSIONS. God bless your goodness!

We are very blessed to have parishioners prepare the video catechesis for our young disciples. Please take advantage of this opportunity and share with your children and grandchildren. Worship is essential for them as well as we move forward in Christ! Please watch this week’s video from Kayah (one of our new teachers and doing a fine job too) and download the handout:

Our second round of conversation groups on various issues related to race will begin the week of September 14th (for three weeks). These 90 minute discussion groups of 6 to 8 people will meet for 90 minutes. Each group looks at a particular topic: Race in the Church, Education and Race, Having Conversations on Race, Race in the Work Place and Racism: America’s Original Sin. 99% of those who participated last time said they would participate again! If you have questions or would like to reserve your place in a group, contact Father Chris.

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 email Richara who will provide information and coordinate this effort. If you are interested in being an adult who provides supervision and assistance to our young people, please contact Richara as well.

Good News for August 12th

Ethiopian Coptic Icon of the Dormition & Assumption of Mary

Praise God for the gift of our Mother Mary, a model for us as Disciples of her Son Jesus. On Saturday, August 15th we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at our 8am Mass. Please join us in our Church. Learn more about the meaning of this Solemnity through this article. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be a mother to me now!

Deacon Bill and Father Chris rejoice in seeing more and more people each weekend at Mass (as well as the many people who are joining us for the 8am Mass during the week in place of their Sunday Worship). The Parish Staff is aware that many remain cautious because of a vulnerable health condition. Please return when you are ready. Perhaps start with worshipping “from the lawn” on Sunday at 10am (bring your own chair please). While virtual worship is certainly a gift (and we are blessed with a great team to provide it at St. Raymond), as Catholics we must remain committed to worshipping in person so that we might feast on the Holy Eucharist. Seeing family over zoom is great, but not as great as being with someone you love in person! Perhaps you need a “refresher” on the Catholic Understanding of the Eucharist? Watch this 8 minute video and be in awe of how good God is to us, his people. Join us soon (or if you would like Father Chris to bring Holy Communion to you at home, please contact him at 215-549-3760).

Arleen Daniels and Richara Krajewski are working hard to provide a wonderful experience of Religious Education and Sacramental Formation for our young people as the quarantine continues through the Fall. We plan to have our young disciples gather on our property every other week. The other weeks will be a chance for parent’s to assume their role as the “first teacher” of their child in the way of faith. We will provide wonderful handouts based on the the Sunday Scriptures and give access to video teaching. If your child attends a non-Catholic school, please be sure you have registered them with Arleen for PREP (Parish Religious Education Program; there is no cost). We are grateful to Paula Manchester for her teaching for this weekend. Please share the video with your young disciples and be sure to download this handout and print it our for the kids:

Venerable Augustine Tolton, Original Image at Saint Athanasius Church

The cause for canonization for Father Gus Tolton continues to move forward. Do you bring your need for a miracle to the Venerable Father Tolton (he does need a miracle through his intercession to move to the next level in the process). Learn more about his move toward sainthood HERE. In addition, on Saturday, August 29th from 7pm to 8:30pm there will be a VIRTUAL event called Tolton’s Legacy: A Road Map to Unity with a host of impressive presenters. Registration is FREE; please sign up HERE. Venerable Father Tolton, pray for us!

Father Nelson Adjei Bediako, a native of Ghana, will be at St. Raymond on August 14th & 15th to appeal for our support. Father is part of a group of 900 priests evangelizing throughout Africa. Join them in this most important work of the Gospel! You will have received an envelope for the “Mission Co-op” or you can place the offering in an envelope
marked Missions that weekend. We look forward to his sharing the Gospel with us! Learn more about his community HERE.

Sad but true…please pray for our parents and kids!

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).