DID YOU READ THIS WEEK'S CHURCH BULLETIN?
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, Bernita, Marjorie, Horace, baby Victor, Marjorie, Less and all who are sick with COVID or struggling with mental illness
FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: Janine (who lost her husband), Melissa (who lost her son), Fr. Andrew (who lost his sister), Vera (who lost her son), Earl (who lost his mom), Joann (who lost her sister)
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)
Looking for a retreat? The Cranaleith Spiritual Center is offering a Day of Reflection on Rev. Martin Luther King's "Call to be a Beloved Community" on January 19th in NE Philadelphia. If interested, the Parish will reimburse you for the cost, contact Arleen Daniels in the Parish Office.
Villanova University, with the support of Sr. Cora Marie Billings and Dr. Tia Noelle Pratt, has launched a fully-funded graduate residential position for a lay Black Catholic interested in lay ministry in honor of Sr. Cora Marie’s work. This position will be awarded to an applicant who is committed to Sr. Cora Marie’s work of anti-racism within the Catholic Church in particular. And it includes full tuition remission for a 48-credit M.A. in Ministry and Theology, room and board for two years, and a substantial annual stipend. Learn more (and please share with young adults who may be interested).
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!
We had an amazing Watch Hour last week. The reflections were taken from a Bible Study on the YouVersion Bible App. Pray the end of 2021 and the start of 2222:
Pope Francis calls us to be committed to being good stewards of creation. There is a workshop coming up that seeks to train parish leaders in this effort. Could you represent St. Raymond? Information:
There is an Open House at Martin Saints Classical High School for current 7th Grade Students. Learn more here:
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.
For the remaining weeks of January, we are collecting NEW CHILDREN's SHOES that will be sent to Ghana. The effort is led by a parishioner, Daniel Adongo. Your goodness in providing strong shoes for children is appreciated. There is a donation box in Church.
Please plan to join us in person or on YouTube on January 16th for this wonderful concert. In addition, the Archdiocese will host a Prayer Service Monday, January 17th at 7 pm at the Miraculous Medal Shrine. May we live our lives in ways that make his dream come true!
On Friday, January 21st people will arrive in Washington, DC to March for Life. This event seeks to raise awareness among elected officials that every life matters, especially that of the unborn child. We gather that day because it was January 22, 1972, that the US Supreme Court rendered its decision in Roe v. Wade which made it legal to kill a child throughout the 9 months of pregancy. God have mercy on our nation! Join Fr. Chris in Marching for Life, email him if you want to ride the bus with him (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WE START IN TWO WEEKS - PLEASE SIGN UP!!! 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.
Jesus wants you to be his disciple in 2022 (and every other year). At times we struggle with what this means. In 2022 we are offering SAINT RAYMOND GOES OUT to train more people in being Missionary Disciples of Jesus. In just 10 - 45 minute sessions over the year, you will be invited to walk more and more as a disciple. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Richara at email@example.com Check out the flier (and invite a friend to join you)...