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Good News for March 22nd

Parish mission, vision, and values are part of any parish onboarding plan. Parishioners and the Pastoral Staff outlined for me what these were at St. Raymond.

Parishioners and the Parish staff outlined the vision and mission of the Parish. The parish vision has been a Philadelphia that knows, loves, and serves Jesus Christ. The mission has been to introduce people to Jesus. Thus, they grow in their faith. They discover their purpose and make a difference because, with Jesus, life is better.

Finally, the values of St. Raymond were outlined. St. Raymond values excellence and innovation and their impact on the church family. The parish values the treasury of traditions. This includes the black church and the universal Catholic church. St. Raymond values the presence of children. There is a strong will to mentor, guide, and accompany them in their lifelong journey of discipleship. The parish values authenticity. First, this includes the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be. It then embraces who Jesus calls us to be today. Saint Raymond values opportunities to connect with those who do not know Christ. It also wishes to reach out to those who do not have a church family. Finally, the parish values intentional service. This is a regular part of the life of every Christian in general and members of St. Raymond in particular.

Fr. Charles



As more people have returned to in-person mass, we’ve had lots of questions about joining the choir at St Raymond. If you’d like to become a part of this amazing ministry, please reach out to our Director of Music, Kenny Arrington, at so that he can set up a time to meet and conduct a voice assessment to determine where your voice may fit. We’re looking for people who are moved to Praise God through song, are humble, patient, and able to commit to attending weekly practices and singing for our 10:00 mass.


Palm Sunday is next weekend, the beginning of Holy Week. Bring your family and friends to Church.




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


3/25 + 3/26 = Monthly Prayer Team after Mass

Special Collection Envelopes

  • 3/12 = Rice Bowl

  • 3/19 = Easter Flowers

  • 4/7 = Holy Land



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:

Lent Week 3 - 2023 Member Guide
Download PDF • 170KB


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:

April 15th & May 20th

Social to follow.


Holy Thursday, 4/6/23 Mass 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Good Friday, 4/7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • 4/7 Pray- Stations of the cross 2:00 pm

Easter Vigil, 4/8/23 Mass 7:00 pm (No 5:00 pm service)

Easter Sunday, 4/9/23 Mass 8:00am & 10:00 am


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,


Monday, March 20, 2023. We normally celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 19, but this year it is transferred to Monday, March 20 because March 19 is the Fourth Sunday of Lent

St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the legal father of Jesus according to Jewish law, is a model of humility and obedience to God’s will. He followed God’s instructions, given by angels in dreams, and took the pregnant Mary into his home as his wife, protected her and Jesus at the child’s birth in Bethlehem through the family’s sojourn in Egypt, and provided for them as a carpenter in Nazareth.

St. Turibius de Mogrovejo

Feast Day March 23rd

Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo was a Spanish prelate of the Catholic Church who served as the Archbishop of Lima from 1579 until his death. He first studied the humanities and law before serving as a professor and later as the Grand Inquisitor at the behest of King Philip II.

Born: November 16, 1538, Mayorga, Spain

Died: March 23, 1606, Saña District, Peru

Full name: Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo

Canonized: 10 December 1726; Rome, Papal States; by Pope Benedict XIII

March 25th, The Solemnity Annunciation of the Lord. A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March. It was at the hour of midnight, when the most holy Virgin was alone and absorbed in prayer, that the Archangel Gabriel appeared before her, and asked her, in the name of the blessed Trinity, to consent to become the Mother of God.




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