Good News for April 7th



This weekend, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. We delight in the gift of God's mercy offered to us, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before the at 4:40 as well as immediately after the 8am and 10am Masses. Why not go to confession before Mass this weekend? Need some help getting ready? This is a wonderful weekend to celebrate confession. St. Luke Church will host a Divine Mercy Holy Hour this Sunday from 2pm to 3pm in their Church. After a brief prayer service you are welcome to spend time in silent reflection and Adoration of Jesus the Divine Mercy. Priests will be available to hear confessions during the Holy Hour. The Holy Hour will conclude at 3 pm with recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Throughout the Easter Season Catholics are encouraged to pray the Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) at 6am, Noon and 6pm in place of the Angelus. Please adapt this practice:

Queen of Heaven V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia. R. Pray for us to God, alleluia. V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please make time to continue reflection on the life of Saint Joseph and what he can teach us as we live our Christian Faith in 2021. This week's reflection is from Komlavi Ekouvi. May it be a blessing for you and those with whom it is shared!

Are you praying for our young disciples? They need the prayers of our entire Church Family…not just their parents and grandparents. Let’s cover them in prayer as they persevere in a difficult school year (and their parents as well). Please continue to share these CHILDREN’S LITURGY reflections with our young disciples so that they are formed in the ways of Christ! Please share THIS VIDEO TEACHING FROM PAULA and please download the worksheet as well: CLOW-Apr11

Father Chris is most grateful to all who cleaned and decorated our Church, prepared the liturgies and served with such reverence as well as the amazing musicians and singer. What a glorious Holy Week and Easter! Alleluia! It was so good having so many back in Church safely as well. To God be the glory! Have you seen the Easter BULLETIN? If you need a refresher on the homily (be surprised like Mary Magdelene; run like Peter; be humble like John and be hopeful like his mom), please go HERE! And please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel as well. It will be a great help as we build our Digital Campus.

While we have only started the Spring Season, it is also time to plan for the summer. If you have children or grandchildren who need some wonderful engagement in a safe environment this summer we need to hear from you as our staff makes plans. We hope to have a three week Summer Camp option as well as an opportunity for a babysitting co-op to keep children safe without costing too much for parents. In order to help us plan, please complete the interest form for SUMMER DAYS AT SAINT RAYMOND as well as the interest form for BABYSITTING CO-OP AT SAINT RAYMOND. Thank you!

We have received confirmation that Jefferson University will be offering a COVID Vaccineto Philadelphia Residents who are eligible (1A and 1B at this time) on a Friday at the end of April or in early May. This will take place in our School Hall. Please complete the INTEREST FORM and you will be contacted by Jefferson directly to schedule your appointment. Please feel free to share this with others who live in Philadelphia, meet eligibility and are interested in receiving the vaccine.


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