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Good News for April 7th

This weekend we begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday! Please plan to be with us to read the Passion of our Lord and receive palm that we might cry our Hosanna to the Son of David! Please invite family members and friends to join us this weekend - remind them that life is better with Jesus!

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 RESENTMENT! Listen to the Homily. This week's topic: VICTORY IN JESUS OVER REJECTION! Invite a loved one or friend who suffers from anger (many people do). Remember, you are welcome to come to one of our Prayer Teams after Mass for ministry 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 8th and April 29th!

We will be praying the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Mother before Masses throughout Lent. We are in need of people to assist in leading the Rosary. Can you sign up to help? For more information, contact Richara at

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

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, 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 Ellen Griffin (whose sister-in-law passed); 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!

  • Father Chris needs volunteers to have their feet washed during the Holy Thursday 7 pm Mass. If you would like to be included, please contact Fr. Chris at

  • There is a CONCERT FOR UKRAINE tonight (April 7th) at 7 pm at Holy Redeemer Sister's Chapel (521 Moredon Road in Huntingdon Valley). It will feature Choirs from St. Vincent Germantown and Holy Cross Mt. Airy. Free will offering.

  • 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!

THIS Saturday, April 9th - please join us for our Saint Raymond Game Night - come by yourself, with friends, or your whole family (kids are welcome). We will begin at 6:00 pm in the School Hall (and ends by 9 pm). Please park in the School Parking Lot at 7940 Williams Avenue. Bring your own games (cards, board games, whatever) and we will have some as well! The event is BYOE (bring your own food and drinks; we will have snacks and some water). Need more information? Contact

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: Dealing with Special Days (April 12); Physical Symptoms of Grief (April 26); Grief & Family (May 10); Myths about Grief (May 24) & Does Grief End? (June 7). Invite a friend!

So...what do you think? Please MAKE TIME TO SHARE YOUR OPINION ON THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH. Please share your opinion and insights - you can catch up on all of the questions - the information is being used to continue improvements for the good of our Church Family.

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

Please plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Raymond on Monday, April 11th between 6 pm and 8 pm in our Church. Father Chris and two guest priests will be available to share with you the gift of God's Mercy. Are you unsure of why you should go to confession? Need help preparing for confession? Give yourself this precious gift to start Holy Week!

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 in the school hall (to keep the kids new clothes nice and clean). 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!

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