Good News for June 9th
This weekend we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Blessed Trinity. While we sometimes believe the concept of One God, Three Persons is too "difficult", it is a foundation of our faith. Begin exploring a relationship with the Trinity with this prayer: The Father is my hope. The Son is my refuge. The Holy Spirit is my protector. Glory to the holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever. Let us praise the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; let us bless and exalt God above all for ever! Almighty and everlasting God, to whom we owe the grace of professing the true faith, grant that while acknowledging the glory of the eternal Trinity and adoring its unity, we may through your majestic power be confirmed in this faith and defended against all adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Who will you invite to join us for Mass this weekend? God needs you to do the inviting!
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As a community of faith, we hold each other in prayer each day...
FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Msgr. O'Brien, Hazel Scott, Patti Laughlin, Dolores Mason, Ed Sharkinow, Alicia Wells, and Barbara Campbell, for victims of recent shootings in our neighborhood; and all who are sick with COVID or struggling with mental illness
FOR THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING: For the family of Ernestine McCullough (whose funeral will be this Saturday at 9:30 am); those burying the three people killed on South Street; Lord, have mercy on those who have died!
FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: for the Holy Spirit to guide the transition of leadership at our parish; for graduates who are looking for work; for an end to persecution of Catholics in Nigeria
Our parish is not the only parish in the nation frustrated by policies that move pastors after a set number of years. Check out this article!
Please keep in prayer our fellow Catholic in Nigeria who face great persecution. Read more...
As we deal with so many shootings, one Archbishop offers insights on the culture that creates this level of violence
If you wish to connect with our incoming Parochial Administrator, Father Jeff Rott, please email him at email@example.com
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As we bid farewell to Father Chris and prepare to welcome Fr. Jeff Rott, please be mindful...
You can record a VIDEO TRIBUTE to offer thanks to Father Chris. Please complete it today!
You can sign up for a 15-minute time slot to either talk with Fr Chris on the phone or visit him in the Parish Office.
There will be a Farewell Cabaret (BYOE) on Saturday, June 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm in the School Hall. All are welcome. Please let us know you are coming.
Please pray for Fr. Jeff, Fr. Chris, and the Parish Staff during this time of transition. God is able!
Msgr. John O'Brien, who served as Pastor of Saint Raymond from 1987 to 2008, is quickly approaching the hour of his death. Father O'Brien is 88 years old and has been in declining health. Deacon Bill and Father Chris visited him this week at his sister's home where he has been receiving care for the past few months. According to his family, his death will be sooner than later. Please pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You do not will that anyone should perish and never is a prayer made to you without hope of mercy. You have promised: “All things that you ask in my name, shall be done for you”. Therefore, I ask you, O Lord, for your holy Name’s sake, to grant Fr. O'Brien, at the hour of his death full consciousness of Your love, sincere contrition for his sins, true faith, firm hope and perfect charity, that he may be able to say to you with a clean heart: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit: you have redeemed me, O God of truth, who are blessed for ever and ever. Amen.
All people of goodwill are invited to participate in the From Sanctuary to Street, From Lament to Action, a prayerful interfaith gathering that will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, TODAY (June 9th) at 2:00 p.m. Most Reverend Edward M. Deliman, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia (ret.), will serve as the principal convener. He will be joined by faith leaders from the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia, Quba Masjid, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. This prayerful initiative seeks to honor the memory of victims of gun violence and work to end the sin of gun violence. The event will include a city-wide interfaith prayer service, Memorial to the Lost Tee-shirt display, Witness Walk, and a moment of remembrance at a gun violence site. This ecumenical gathering will be streamed live via the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArchPhila). It is being sponsored by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, Heeding God’s Call, and local faith institutions.