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Good News for April 13th

Blessed Holy Week! Praise God for the many opportunities to grow in an awareness of how much you are loved this week! Please mark your calendar and make time to join us on Holy Thursday at 7 pm; Good Friday for the Service at 3 pm or to watch The Passion of the Christ at 7 pm. Join us to decorate the Church Saturday at 10am. The great Easter Vigil is Saturday at 7 pm when we welcome new members to the Church and then Easter Masses at 8 am and 10 am. Please invite friends and family! The only way they are likely to come is through your personal invitation!

This weekend we continue a sermon series on the victory with can have in Jesus as we seek to overcome all the struggles that are mentioned above. Last weekend we discussed VICTORY OVER REJECTION! The homilies are all archived on our YouTube Channel - use them and share them with others as well!


NEED INFORMATION ON COVID TESTING AND COVID VACCINES? Please note that vaccines are no longer offered every Friday. Vaccines will be offered on April 29th!

Join us for seven consecutive Fridays to learn more about how to live in the Holy Spirit! God has a glorious plan for you! There is no need to "register" - just show up. The talks will be available on our YouTube Channel as well. Want more information? Contact them directly by emailing And yes, Father Chris knows the name of our parish is misspelled in the flier!

As a community of faith, we hold each other in prayer each day...

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Msgr. O'Brien (who fell and hurt his knees), Deacon Bill, Hazel Scott, Patricia Laughlin, Carol Kollmer, Bonnie Wynn Morris, Dolores Mason, Ernestine McCullough, Ed Sharkinow, for victims of recent shootings in our neighborhood; and all who are sick with COVID or struggling with mental illness

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: For Vernita & Earl LaRue who mourn the death of her grandson and his nephew - Steve Greene; for those grieving a loved one who died in recent days, and those who lost someone to the violence in our City. Lord, heaven mercy on those who have died!

  • FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: for peace in Ukraine, for young families who are without a Church Home; for those who long for VICTORY over RESENTMENT; for parents who are dealing with troubled children of all ages!

  • The Parish Office will be closed Thursday and Friday in observence of the Sacred Tridduum.

  • You are welcome to help decorate the Church on Saturday at 10am. You will be done before Noon.

  • What does a recent Pew Study on Black Catholics reveal to us? (and check out whose photo is used in the article as well)

  • On Saturday, April 23rd St. Raymond will celebrate Earth Day by "taking a walk in the park" in Wissahickon Valley. We will meet for 8 am Mass at St. Raymond then carpool to the park where our own Sean Bradley will guide us in appreciating God's creation in some new way. Please let us know you are joining us by emailing

  • On April 24th there will be a Mass for Persons with Disabilities at the Cathedral at 2:30 pm. Join Archbishop Perez in affirming the dignity of every human life!

  • In recent times many people publicly reject the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality. Father Phil Bochanski, a classmate of Fr. Chris, writes an Open Letter to the Bishops

  • On May 7th at 5:15 pm, Archbishop Perez will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral for couples celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, or 50th Wedding Anniversary. Register at or call 215-587-0500.

  • In the weeks to come thousands of people will become Catholic (including a few at St. Raymond). Read the story of a few college students who are becoming Catholic.

  • Have Left Overs? Don’t toss them out! Why not package them for Caring for Friends? We are in constant need of a variety of meals for ailing seniors. The one meal that you discard can be a meal for an ailing senior living alone. Containers are located in the Sacristy. Frozen meals can be dropped off at the Rectory between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. For more info, contact Arleen at 215-549-3760.

  • On Sunday, May 15th at 3 pm there will be a Concert for Racial Healing at our Cathedral. It will feature choirs from various ethnic communities and a message from Archbishop Perez. Mark your calendar!

  • Check out CatholicPhilly. You can sign up to receive a weekly email from them as well. Stay informed!

  • The Office of Black Catholics Spring Newsletter is available here:

OBC Newsletter-Spring-2022
Download PDF • 6.57MB

Congratulation to Cyan (and her parents Jenn and Les) on receiving the Connelly Scholarship which pays 40% of her high school tuition! Cyan will graduate 8th grade from Blessed Trinity School in June.

Deb Gawthrop will host an IN-PERSON Grief Support Group at St. Luke Chapel House (2330 Fairhill Road, Glenside. The series has been a blessing for many people from St. Raymond. Call 215-624-8190 to save your place. Topics are: Physical Symptoms of Grief (April 26); Grief & Family (May 10); Myths about Grief (May 24) & Does Grief End? (June 7). Invite a friend!

This is an amazing experience of the Stations of the Cross.

Consider attending with your family - it makes the Cross come ALIVE!

Please consider attending this event. Father Chris is willing to "sponsor" your family to attend this day and represent Saint Raymond. Reach out to him at

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday after the 10 am Mass. We welcome kids ages 3-8 to join us for a candy hunt. If you’re too old to participate but want to make the day special we are accepting donations of fruit snacks, dum dums, tootsie pops, Swedish fish, Hershey kisses, individual chocolates, starbursts, fruit roll-ups, goldfish. All candy should be individually wrapped. You can drop off the candy at the back of the church or at the rectory during office hours. Contact Richara for more information

Fariba, one of Wazmina's children, is proud of her recent Kindergarten homework. She and her siblings continue to study hard and grow in their English skills. BUT THEY NEED HELP. We need people willing to assist the children with homework (3 pm to 5 pm) on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Can you commit to two hours one day a week (or every other week)? Please email Dan at and we will get the process started! PLEASE ACT TODAY!

Our School's 8th Grade blessed us with amazing Living Stations during Holy Week. The entire school remained silent and filled with awe at the words and actions. Enjoy it on YouTube this week and pray for our young people!

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