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Good News for December 29th

On January 1st we will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. Mary deserves this title because of the Christmas Mystery: she gave birth to the God-Man, Jesus Christ! God "walked about" in the life of Mary and desires to "walkabout" in your life as well. Welcome Jesus in these days of Christmas in some new way. Join us for a Eucharistic Holy Hour after 8 am Mass on December 30th; join us for our Watch Hour/Holy Hour on December 31st at 10 pm and Mass at 11 pm; join us for Holy Mass on January 1st at 9 am. Start the NEW YEAR of 2022 with the Lord! Saint Athanasius Church will offer Mass at 4 pm on December 31st is you are looking for another option!


NEED INFORMATION ON COVID TESTING AND COVID VACCINES? There will not be COVID Vaccines on Dec. 24th; No Covid Testing

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

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Melissa, Earl, Mike, Ethel, Joe, Pat, John, Helen, Dolores

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: Janine, Melissa, and all who have lost a loved one in 2021.

  • FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: that we choose faith over fear in the midst of the ongoing COVID Pandemic; that St. Raymond School be blessed with long term substitute teachers to serve two of our classes for the good of our students; that we find housing for Fenie, a single mom from Haiti who is pregnant and has two children (she is currently seeking asylum status in USA)

  • Pope Francis offers his Christmas/New Year greetings for peace. Read more...

  • The world mourns the passing of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. A Jesuit priest offered a beautiful reflection.

  • Pope Francis understands many of the stresses of family life. He preached about it on Holy Family Sunday.

  • The Vatican has restricted the use of the Traditional Latin Mass? Read more...

  • Tired of Netflix and Amazon Prime? Why not feed your soul with something more? Watch some videos (even movies) on FORMED (our parish has a membership and you can create your own account). Watch classic films on Mary, the Mother of God, and St. Joseph and there are great videos for the little ones too! You can also download audiobooks and ebooks too! Resolve to get good content into your mind in 2022!

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

We have a new APP for our parish. Please search for St. Raymond where you get your apps. Or you can text 'straymondapp' to (833) 363-7471, for a quick way to download the app. There are many wonderful features that will be a blessing for you as you experience our Digital Campus. There is another new app available called AMEN. Get it today and use it in your daily life of prayer.

Make time to visit our new outdoor Nativity Scene. The manger scene was built by Roy Kerr. The figurines came to us from Bishop McDevitt High School when it closed and were restored by Rob Brown. Praise God for the witness it brings to Vernon Road. The shepherd will be added soon and the Kings by next year!

Father Chris is available for confession before Mass each weekend and anytime by an appointment. God loves you and wants to free you from sin and give you the grace to begin again! Why confess your sins to a priest?

Our Pre-K through 3rd Graders had their Christmas Show on Wednesday - it was amazing! Do not be sad you missed you - you can watch it HERE and let these dear little ones get you in the mood for Christmas!

Thank you to all who donated food, gifts, and toiletries for our Home for Christmas event. Once again, you were amazing. Things are delivered this week to the facilities and are welcomed with gratitude. If you have ideas on how things can be improved, please share the ideas with Deacon Bill at If you volunteered to help and were not contacted, we are sorry. We will try to not let that happen again. Please pray for all those facing homelessness - may God provide them with the opportunity of a new home in 2022!

Our Life Groups had a wonderful time watching Episodes 1, 2, 3 & 4 during Advent. In 2022 we will watch the remaining episodes of Season One in larger groups on Wednesday (at 1 pm or 7 pm) on January 19, 26, and February 2, 9. Please SIGN UP so we know who to expect.

As we celebrate the Epiphany this Sunday (at 8 am or 10 am), we will share Home Blessing Cards once again. Be sure to join us!

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