Good News for February 11th
Updated: Feb 11, 2022
The image above is of the grotto where the Blessed Mother appeared to a young French girl named Bernadette in 1958. The apparitions are known as Our Lady of Lourdes. Since then thousands have reported various physical and emotional healings at the location. The classic movie Song of Bernadette tells the story - watch it for free on YouTube! We will honor the apparitions and celebrate the Anointing of the Sick at the 8 am Mass this Saturday, February 12th in the Church. Please join us; no need to register beforehand.
DID YOU READ THIS WEEK'S CHURCH BULLETIN?
NEED INFORMATION ON COVID TESTING AND COVID VACCINES? Please note that vaccines are no longer offered every Friday. Please call the Parish Office for details.
As a community of faith, we hold each other in prayer each day...
FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Deacon Bill, Hank, Joe, Pat, John, Helen, Dolores, Marjorie, Billy, Patricia, and all who are sick with COVID or struggling with mental illness
FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: The Scutt Family (who lost their husband and dad), the family of Joan and those grieving a loved one from the violence in our City.
FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: that we choose faith over fear in the midst of the ongoing COVID Pandemic; that we find housing for Feenie, a single mom from Haiti who is pregnant and has two children (she is currently seeking asylum status in USA); for Wazmina and her children as they continue to adjust to life in Philadelphia; for Shonda to find an apartment, for peace in Ukraine, for young families who are without a Church Home, for people who struggle with loneliness at Valentine's Day
Please bring your palm from last year to Church over the next few weekends so it can be burned to make the ashes you will receive on March 2nd (we will have services at 8 am, 10:30 am, and 7 pm).
The Church is considering a new saint...a young man who died in Pakistan in 2015. Learn about Servant of God Akash Bashir
Valentine's Day is approaching... is there a "Catholic" approach to Valentine's Day?
How about a Catholic perspective on football and the Super Bowl?
A priest used the "wrong" words in baptizing people and now the Church in Arizona has to clean things up... oh my!
Why wait until you’re engaged to prepare well for marriage? Learn about communication, male/female complementarity, conflict resolution, healing, forgiveness, and much more now! Relationship Ready: The Single Catholic’s Roadmap to Marriage is an 8-week interactive, online course that offers the tools necessary to have fruitful dating relationships and lasting marriages - the only program of its kind!
You can order your FREE at-home COVID Tests from the US Government.
We will not be having our Valentine's Brunch for Couples as normal due to lack of interest. We will try again next year!
The Philadelphia Catholic Charities Appeal has started. Learn more and pledge your support.
The MEN of the Parish are encouraged to make a weekend retreat at the Malvern Retreat House on February 26, 27 & 28. Fr Chris will be the presenter of the retreat. Scholarships are available to assist with the retreat. Interested? Please call Atiba at 267-588-8888. There is also a way to participate virtually if you would rather experience the retreat from home.
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 mourn Pierre Scutt, who worshipped here with his wife and daughters Yoline (who worked in our office at one time) and Melissa (who teaches in our 5th grade). His funeral will be Saturday, February 12th at 10 am. Pray for the family!
How will the month of February enrich your knowledge of Black History (in the world, our nation, our city, our neighborhood? There is much to learn and much to share. What is your plan?
Watch Connie McCalls' Intro Video on Black Catholic History in Philadelphia.
On Friday, February 25th at 10 am we will have a presentation from Mr. Sam Still who has two notable relatives: William Still (1821-1902) who is known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad" and William's brother James Still who is known was known as the “Black Doctor of the Pines” in New Jersey. The program is in our Church, for our School, but all of the parish is most welcome and encouraged to attend. The school’s Legacy of Pride event will be live-streamed on Feb. 24th at 1 pm.
See events sponsored by Phila.'s Office of Black Catholics
There are things to do in Philadelphia too - LEARN MORE. The Free Library has a full calendar too!
Sign up for the Sisters of Mercy Lenten Series on Becoming Anti-Racist through various Lenten Experiences.
Life Groups are open to parishioners, family, and friends (pretty much anyone). If you have never joined a Saint Raymond Life/Small Group, now is the time! 90 minutes + once a week + for seven weeks = a new relationship with Jesus and others. What are the next steps? Pick up a flyer from the back of the Church and look over the different groups. Then make a phone call to the Life Group Leader to save your spot at the table (or on the couch). YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO ENSURE YOUR PLACE AT THE TABLE. Want to know more? Call Minta Brown 610-329-7256 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on this handout:
This is a picture of our school community gathered in Church during Catholic Schools Week. Thank you for your continued financial gifts to support St. Raymond School. You have an envelope marked “School Appeal” for this weekend. All of these funds go directly into tuition assistance for our school families. You can also donate to the school HERE. If you are a business owner and want to learn about a tax credit that can help our school, contact Father Chris. If you want to volunteer time in our school (especially after school), call Richara.
Last year, Pope Francis called for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Learn more about the Synod and what it will "look like" in Philadelphia HERE. If you have questions or ideas, please contact Fr. Chris or Minta!
The life of Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton is inspiring to everyone who learns it! One of the ways people can encounter the amazing story of his life is through a "one-man" play that has been touring the nation for years. Many from our parish saw the play a few years ago at LaSalle University. The play is coming back! Join us Sunday, February 27th at 7 pm at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill.