Updated: Apr 21
Did you know that Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland? Honestly! Read the story of how it happened. And pray the holy saint of Ireland's words.... I arise today, through God's strength to pilot me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's shield to protect me, God's host to save me From snares of devils, From temptation of vices, From everyone who shall wish me ill, afar and near. I summon today All these powers between me and those evils, Against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and soul, Against incantations of false prophets, Against black laws of pagandom, Against false laws of heretics, Against craft of idolatry, Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards, Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul; Christ to shield me today Against poison, against burning, Against drowning, against wounding, So that there may come to me an abundance of reward. Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
The sacristy freezer got defrosted without any problems. Thank God Father Chris is really trying to be PATIENT! How are you doing this week? Are you remembering God's patience towards you and then sharing that patience with others? If yes, well done. If not, start today! Watch the homily or experience last Sunday's WORSHIP. Be sure to read last week's BULLETIN as well. If you want to schedule some time to chat with Father Chris, please do do HERE.
We continue to seek to serve our young disciples through our virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Please share this VIDEO TEACHING WITH BROCK & FATHER CHRIS with any child 8 and under so they might be nourished by the Word of God this weekend. CLOW-Mar21
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Guiding Star Ministries (GSM) Maternity Home (located next to St. Benedict Church in Germantown) provides shelter and assistance to pregnant women and their children. The staff and residents of GSM strive to work together to create a beautiful home and a welcoming community. There is an immediate opening for both Live-In Overnight Staffand Part-time Staff (there are several members of St. Raymond who have been serving in this way for years and could offer you insights on the experiences). This is an excellent service opportunity that includes free room and board plus stipend for Live-In and hourly wage for Part-time staff. Positions are open immediately for female candidates over 21 years of age with a positive spirit, a heart for moms, babies and the pro-life mission, and the ability to adapt and be flexible in a variety of situations. Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Claire at 215-885-8150.
Friday is the Solemnity of Saint Joseph (since it is such a great day of celebration, the Church "allows" us to eat meat and skip the fast for this Friday of Lent). The spouse of Mary the mother of Jesus and the legal father of Jesus according to Jewish law, Joseph is a model of humility and obedience to God’s will. He followed God’s instructions, given by angels in dreams, and took the pregnant Mary into his home as his wife, protected her and Jesus at the child’s birth in Bethlehem through the family’s sojourn in Egypt, and provided for them as a carpenter in Nazareth. This feast, which was celebrated locally as early as the ninth century, became a universal feast in the fifteenth century, when it was placed on the liturgical calendar. Pope Pius IX named St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church in 1870; he is also the patron saint of carpenters, the dying, and workers. “Being a guardian is the distinctive trait of Joseph: Being the guardian is his great mission . . . We look to Joseph as the model educator, who watches over and accompanies Jesus as he grows ‘in wisdom, age and grace,’ as the Gospel says. He was not Jesus’ father: the father of Jesus was God, but he was a father to Jesus, he was a father to Jesus in order to help him grow. And how did he help him grow? In wisdom, age and grace.” —Pope Francis. ENJOY OUR VIDEO REFLECTION ON ST. JOSEPH FROM CHRIS SUPPLEE!
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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2021 PALM SUNDAY: Regular weekend Schedule (5,8,10) with the Church open from Noon to 2pm for those who wish to obtain Blessed Palm (while supplies last). HOLY THURSDAY: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm (and on YouTube) No Washing of the Feet this year to honor health precautions. Quiet Prayer until 10pm at the Repository (in the back of Church this year to allow for distancing). GOOD FRIDAY: Service of the Passion at 3pm (we will reverence the Cross with a bow but there will be no “contact” in respect to health precautions) and Stations of the Cross at 7pm. Both on YouTube. EASTER VIGIL: Mass at 7pm. EASTER SUNDAY: Alleluia! Masses at 8am and 10am (which is on YouTube; weather permitting the speakers will be outside as well).
Father Chris and Richara were invited to offer a three night Lenten Retreat for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. It will be posted on their YouTube Channel this coming week - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 22, 23 & 24). May it be a blessing for you and your family as you use the videos to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. You can find the videos HERE each evening!