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Good News for February 22nd

Celebrating Black History Month: A Retrospect

Recently I was working out at the YMCA. To celebrate Black History Month, they displayed several screens which featured several men and women who were prominent in the cause of black America. See if you can match the descriptions to the names of the persons. One description covers three people who worked together.

  1. Katherine Goble

  2. Anthony Bowen

  3. Maya Angelou

  4. Carter Woodson

  5. Dorothy Vaughn

  6. Lewis Latimer

  7. Amanda Gorman

  8. Daniel Hale Williams

  9. Sadie Alexander

  10. Mary Jackson

  11. Shirley Chisholm


  1. She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist she traveled the world, and at one point met Malcolm X. while living in Ghana. She returned to the United States in 1964 and helped the black leader in his political efforts. She was the first black woman to write a screenplay for a major movie release She was also the first female, inaugural poet in US presidential history and was awarded the presidential medal of freedom

  2. She was the first black congresswoman (1968) representing New York State. She served seven terms in the House of Representatives for the state of New York. She especially fought for educational opportunities and social justice. She was the first African American, and the second woman to make a bid for the U.S. with a major party when she ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972. She was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.

  3. He pursued a pioneering career in medicine and became an African-American Surgeon General. In 1893 he was the second surgeon to successfully repair a heart wound. In 1891 he opened the Providence hospital and training school for nurses. It was the first hospital with an interracial staff.

  4. In 1841 he established one of the first few schools for African Americans call the “Sunday evening school.“ He established the first YMCA for African-Americans in 1853 in Washington DC.

  5. She was the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. and a the second to earn a doctorate. He was the first African-American to be awarded a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed as an Assistant City Solicitor for the city of Philadelphia in 1928. She served as the first national president of the black woman’s sorority Delta Sigma Theta from 1919 to 1923.

  6. He invented the first incandescent lightbulb to make light affordable and practical to the average household. He helped draft the patent for the first telephone.

  7. He is the father of Black History. He pioneered the celebration of Black History Week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This celebration has been expanded to become Black History Month.

  8. She was one of the first black women to work for NASA. She helped develop equations to put us into space. She also helped to desegregate NASA and break glass ceilings for black women in STEM careers.

  9. She is an American poet and an activist. She was the first person to be named national youth poet laureate. At age 22, she captivated the world at President Biden’s 2021 with the poem “the hill we climb.

  10. In 1915, she published the poetry book, “The one for whom food is not enough. “ She performed the poem “ The chorus of the captains“ for Super Bowl LV


  1. 3 - Maya Angelou

  2. 11 - Shirley Chisholm

  3. 8 - Daniel Hale Williams

  4. 2 - Anthony Bowen

  5. 9 - Sadie Alexander

  6. 6 - Lewis Latimer

  7. 4 - Cater Woodson

  8. 10 - Mary Jackson; 1 - Katherine Goble; 5 - Dorothy Vaughn

  9. 7 - Amanda Gorman

Fr. Charles


7:00 PM Mass


Home Going Service


Thomas Satchell


February 23, 2023

at St. Raymond of Penafort Church

Viewing at 10:00 AM Funeral is at 11:00 AM


Volunteers needed to lead the rosary before Mass during lent. Sign-up sheets will be in the back of the church or see Toni. Looking for people to lead the rosary beginning Saturday, February 25th through Sunday, April 2nd. Need leaders to lead at 4:40 PM on Saturday, 7:40 AM Sunday, and 9:40 AM Sunday.


A Place At the Table: African Americans On the Path to Sainthood,” a documentary released this year by Stella Maris Films, was crowdfunded in early 2021 and covers the exceptional lives of the six venerated US Black Catholics. Simply put, the two-hour film drew me in from start to finish and touched me in a surprising way.

While we are all called to be saints, those who have lived particularly heroic and virtuous lives often enter the canonization process by way of their religious community and/or local diocese. “A Place At the Table” goes into detail on Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Servant of God Mary Lange, Venerable Henriette DeLille, Venerable Augustus Tolton, Servant of God Julia Greeley, and Servant of God Thea Bowman.

Be sure to see this amazing film! A Place at the Table can be viewed on Formed.Org

Please pray for these six venerated US Black Catholics.



Congress XIII (2023)

Announcing the Congress Theme

“Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive”

July 20-23, 2023

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745


You are Cordially invited to the

Installation of Fr. Charles Zlock

as Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort

Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia

Sunday, March 5, 2023

at the 10:00 AM Mass

Luncheon - Reception to follow after Mass.

Use the sign-up sheets in Church or contact the office at (215) 549-3760

if you plan to attend the Luncheon.

*******Please RSVP by 2/26/23 ********


How will the month of February enrich your knowledge of Black History (in the world, our nation, our city, and our neighborhood? There is much to learn and much to share. What is your plan? There are things to do in Philadelphia.


  • Last weekend of the month we have Monthly Prayer Team after Mass.

  • Part 2 of our listening sessions will be held this Sunday, February 26 following the 10:00 AM Mass. The Archbishop is looking for every parish to submit 3 significant parish priorities on which to focus over the next 3 - 5 years. He is also asking for 6-7 goals that correspond to those Parish Priorities. St. Raymond needs to submit this within the next 6- 8 weeks. We received great input last week and I am looking for more. Light refreshments will be served. I look forward to meeting you and hearing what you say. Please pray intentionally for this initiative.



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 + 4 weeks = a new relationship with Jesus and others. What are the next steps? Pick up a flier 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. Want to know more? Call Minta Brown at 610-329-7256 or email

NOTE: The flier was recently updated with a new day/time for Fr Charles Zlock’s group. His time is now 8:30 am Monday, immediately following 8 am Mass, in the office basement. Details for all groups are on this handout:

2023 Lenten Life Group Flier
Download PDF • 270KB

Friends of Bishop McDevitt will again be offering a limited number of $1000 grants to grade school students who are related to a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School. These grants may be used at any Catholic high school, private or diocesan. #LancersForLife


St. Malachy’s Catholic Church

1429 N. 11th St Phila. Pa 19122

Presents “The Source” Holy Hour with Music

Come, Receive The Lord’s Mercy & Healing

Confessions are Available at 6:30 pm

On the following Dates:

Feb. 18th, March 18th, April 15th & May 20th

Social to follow.


Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia assigned to St. Athanasius Parish located in West Oak Lane. Deacon James was ordained on June 6, 2004. He is responsible for teaching the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and instructing a bible study class at St. Athanasius Parish. He is currently employed as the Associate Director of the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in East Germantown. He is also an instructor in Homiletics for the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Attention! Attention! Men of St. Raymond Save the Date March 4, 2023

15th Annual Man UpPhilly

Men’s Conference

March 4, 2023

Join other Brothers in Christ for

this special experience and stand

united as true Men of God.

Cardinal O’Hara, High School

St John Vianney Hall Theater.

1701 S. Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064


His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

Deacon James Mahoney

St. Athanasius Parish

Assoc. Director Miraculous Medal Shrine

Jim Wahlberg

Producer, Writer, Film Director

and Catholic Revert

Music By Mark Forrest, (Irish Tenor)

Archbishop Nelson Perez,

Mass Celebrant

To register for this event contact

Arleen Daniels at 215-549-3760


Opportunities to Reflect, Renew & Restore

Cranaleith Spiritual Center, 13475 Proctor Rd, Phila. Pa 19116

Gaelic for “sanctuary of trees,” Cranaleith offers serene and rejuvenating space to those who wish to reflect on what matters deeply in their lives, renew their spirit for life and work, or restore themselves from life’s traumas. Individuals and groups are invited to participate in retreats and other programs offered in a spirit-rekindling environment of well-being, respect, and harmony. Cranaleith is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. For program, information log on to,


Peter Damian, OSB was a reforming Benedictine monk and cardinal in the circle of Pope Leo IX. Dante placed him in one of the highest circles of Paradiso as a great predecessor of Francis of Assisi and he was declared a Doctor of the Church on 27 September 1828. His feast day is 21 February

Born: 1007, Ravenna, Italy

Died: February 22, 1072, Faenza, Italy

Nationality: Italian

Feast: 21 February; earlier 23 February (General Roman Calendar, 1823-1969)

St. Polycarp was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. He had the opportunity to learn about the life of Jesus from those who had walked with the Lord during his time on earth. St. Polycarp was in the second generation of Church leaders, and he had to navigate a lot of questions and heresies in the absence of the apostles. When faced with heresy, he showed the "candid face" that Ignatius admired and that imitated Jesus' response to the Pharisees. Polycarp became bishop of Smyrna and died a martyr. Feast Day February 23rd


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Volunteers are needed to resume pew-to-pew collections. Please see a staff member, or call the office at 215-549-3760


Thank you for your patience as we address our sound issues in church and online is greatly appreciated.

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Terry Mendenhall
Terry Mendenhall
23 thg 2, 2023

so glad you went to the Y, Father. I learned so much from your article....only knew a couple of them

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