Dear Friends in Christ,
As we begin this week after Labor Day, activity is starting to pick up at St. Raymonds. I would like to call three things to your attention:
1. For those that are interested, we will clap in our 1st to 8th-grade students at St. Raymond School on Tuesday, September 6th. We will meet in the school cafeteria by 7:15 AM if you are interested in participating.
2. We will begin our Series on Prayer/Bible Study through the help of Dr. Tim Gray beginning Wednesday, September 7th at 7 PM in the basement of the rectory. We hope to see you there.
3. As the school year begins again, we pray for the success and safety of all students and teachers. Our REST Team did an amazing job of supporting the effort to get the 8 children from the Afghan family prepared for and off to school. Many of you, as parents and grandparents of school-aged children, can appreciate what a challenge this is. We are grateful to the St Raymond Church family and the REST Team for all the prayers, work, and donations that have enabled us to do this great work. "when I was a stranger, you welcomed me." MT. 25: 35. If you wish to help the REST team, let me know or contact Dan McVay or Deacon Bill
Fr. Jeff and Deacon Bill
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church Lecture Series
The story of Mother Mary Lange
Villanova is to coordinate the Mother Mary Lange Lecture in Black Catholic Studies. This event is Villanova’s marquee event for Black Catholic History Month. This year’s Mother Mary Lange Lecture will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 7pm in Villanova’s Mullen Center for the Performing Arts. Fr. Bryan Massingale, a theology professor from Fordham University, and the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, will be this year’s featured speaker. Villanova will provide transportation to and from the event if there are at least 20 people interested in attending. Sept 10th is the deadline to save your spot on the bus. Use the sign-up sheets in the rear of the church or call 215-549-3760 to sign up.
For Our Youngest Disciples Ages 5 and up Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Will be Returning 10/2/2022 during the 10:00 am Mass. Children will have the opportunity to Celebrate a part of the Mass that speaks them in a more meaningful way.
How are they to believe in Him whom they have not heard?
How are they to hear without a preacher, or teacher or catechist?
Our Religious Education Program is in need of volunteer Catechists and classroom aides. If you are willing to share the faith that was handed on to you with our young people, please contact Arleen Daniels for more information. 215-549-3760.
Religious Education Program for Catholic (PREP) children attending public school, ages 5 - 12, resumes on Sunday, September 18th. Please contact Arleen Daniels at 215-549-3760, or sign up via the clipboard on the table in the back of the church.
There is a suggestion box in the back of the church for comments and questions. Feel free to jot down your feedback. Pre-formatted slips, with specific information, are in the basket (along with a pen) for use. Your opinions matter!
Have you seen the new Prayer Wall? It is also in the back of the church and ready for you to leave post-it notes for prayer intentions. As we are told in 1Chronicles 16 11: Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always!
Catholic Women’s Conference 2022
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9am - 4:30 pm
Join Catholic women from the greater Philadelphia area for a day of fun, friendship, faith formation, and prayer at the Catholic Women’s Conference. The 2022 theme is “Be Not Afraid: Finding Your Freedom in Christ, “ in which together we will discover the healing and freedom of heart that Jesus Christ desires to give each of us. There is no charge for the event, thanks to the generosity of the Martin de Porres Foundation. Additional information to follow. Early sellout is expected. To register, contact Arleen Daniels 215-549-3760.
Event: Are You Being Called? Permanent Diaconate Information Night Session - Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00 PM
There is an information session for men who may feel called to serve the Church as a Deacon. Our parish would be blessed by additional men stepping into this essential role of service. Could it be YOU or someone YOU know? Please share the information. Catholic men (and wives if married) between the ages of 29 and 55 are invited to join an in person panel of clergy about discerning a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate and admittance to the School for Diaconal Formation program.
Location: Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Auditorium, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Monday Evenings, 8 PM
Event: Virtual World Mission Rosary
Join hundreds of people throughout the Archdiocese who have regularly been praying the ROSARY LIVE! United in this most powerful prayer, we ask for the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to hear our intentions and renew our Catholic faith as we pray in unity for our brothers and sisters in mission lands world-wide. On Mission Mondays, we pray the World Mission Rosary, created by Venerable Fulton Sheen, in which we offer each decade for one of five Mission areas, including the US.
Location: Use this Zoom link to join each Monday: https://zoom.us/s/494480541
More Info: Sponsored by the Pontifical Missions Societies (phillymissions.org)
As we say goodbye to the summer, we Celebrate our commitment as a Church and school community!