Good News for December 8th
Today, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Masses are at 8 am and 10:30 am). We rejoice in God preserving Mary from Original Sin and also rejoice in the amazing ways God gives us to draw us away from sin and heal the wounds that lead us to choose sin. Learn more about the Doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception. This Sunday (Dec. 12th) is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe which recalls Mary's appearing to a group of indigenous people (and her appearing as an indigenous woman). Mary is a model of faith, hope, and love. Learn more about the article of clothing on which Mary appeared as part of the experience (it can still be seen in Mexico City).
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There is a FREE Christmas Concert at the Carmelite Monastery this Sunday at 3pm.
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). There are great videos for the little ones too!
Father Chris needs help decorating the Church for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 18th after the 10 am Mass. Can you spare 30, 60, or 90 minutes to transform the Church for Christmas?
Do your kids annoy you sometimes? We bet your kids are not as bad as THIS KID!
Monday was the Feast of "Jolly Old" St. Nicholas. How much do you know about this famous REAL LIFE Bishop of the Catholic Church?
How is your Advent going? Do you have a plan? Maybe use emails from Best Advent Ever, use the Hallow App or use this online Advent Retreat
Many have heard the amazing story of forgiveness offered by Immaculee, who survived the Rwandan Genocide. She will be speaking at. St. David in Willow Grove on December 15th; tickets are going fast. FIND OUT MORE
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Do you know all of the amazing things that Catholic Social Services does in the Philadelphia region? Learn more in their newsletter:
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.
Are you getting excited for Christmas? Our Home for Christmas event will be a tremendous gift to our sisters and brothers living in the five homeless shelters we serve. WE NEED YOUR HELP (remember our Church Family is committed to serving at least 2 hours each week outside of the home). Please let us know how YOU WILL SERVE with our Home for Christmas event this year! PLEASE BRING ITEMS FROM THE GIVING TREE TO CHURCH THIS WEEKEND SO WE CAN BEGIN PREPARING THE DONATIONS FOR DELIVERY.
Some of the greatest poverty in our City is along Kensington Avenue as thousands of young people battle addiction. Jesus desires us to serve our sisters and brothers there in some way. Beginning in December, we will have a small team from our parish go to Kensington one Sunday a month to serve lunch and offer hope. Dates for our service are December 19th, December 25th (yes, Christmas Day for those who can join us), January 9th, and February 13th. To learn more contact, Anne McGowan, at 267-818-0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray for the soul of Carolyn Thomas who passed away. Her funeral is this Friday, December 10th. Viewing is 9:30-10:30; Eastern Star Service at 10:30; Mass at 11. Keep her husband James and son Danny in prayer as well.
Pray that God brings comfort and healing to the sick, especially: Baby Angelo, Paul, Ethel, Joe, Peggy, Alethia, Wendy, and Kevin.
Pray for Calvin Clement whose sister Edith Brooks passed away this week.
Pray for our college students who are taking exams.