The Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus on Thursday, May 13th. There will be Mass at 8 am and 10:30 am (with School Children; also broadcast on YouTube - live or OnDemand). If you desire an evening Mass, Saint Athanasius has a 7 pm. You are also encouraged to find a Mass close to your home or place of work. Take a minute to prayerfully reflect on the meaning of this Feast. Where Jesus has gone...we hope to follow!
Did you read last week's BULLETIN? Please plan to worship with us this weekend on Saturday at 5 pm or Sunday at 8 am or 10 am. Worshipping in person is safe for you, please be with us! You are welcome to worship from the front lawn at the 10 am Mass.
Are you praying for our young disciples? They need the prayers of our entire Church Family…not just their parents and grandparents. Let’s cover them in prayer as they persevere in a difficult school year (and their parents as well). Please continue to share these CHILDREN’S LITURGY reflections with our young disciples so that they are formed in the ways of Christ! Please share this TEACHING FROM MS. LISA ELDRIDGE and please download the worksheet as well.
While we have only started the Spring Season, it is also time to plan for the summer. If you have children or grandchildren who need some wonderful engagement in a safe environment this summer we need to hear from you as our staff makes plans. We hope to have a three-week Summer Camp option as well as an opportunity for a babysitting co-op to keep children safe without costing too much for parents. In order to help us plan, please complete the interest form for SUMMER DAYS AT SAINT RAYMOND as well as the interest form for BABYSITTING CO-OP AT SAINT RAYMOND. Thank you!
THIS WEEKEND: May 15th and 16th, we will have our Annual May Devotion in honor of the Mother of God at all Masses. This year, we invite all girls ages 3 to 10 to join in the May Procession and honor Mary. The girls will wear a white dress and present a flower to our image of Mary. Sign up to be a part of the May Devotion. In addition, that weekend we will offer the Anointing of the Sick at all masses to parishioners who desire this sacrament of the Church. Sign up to receive the Sacrament of Anointing.
We will return to our study of St. John's Gospel from 7 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, May 5th (and continue through June 9). You can join on ZOOM or in person in the Rectory Basement. Following Bible Study, you are invited to participate in a group discussion in person or on zoom. If you have questions, contact the Parish Office. If you missed the Bible Study, you can find them recorded on Fr. Chris' Facebook page - enjoy!
May, when we honor our earthy mothers, we also honor our heavenly mother, Mary. Jesus gave her to us at the Cross to be our guide, friend, and intercessor. If you have not had a "relationship" with Mary, perhaps now is the time. Take 2 minutes to reflect on WHY MARIAN DEVOTION IS IMPORTANT FOR CATHOLICS. Join Father Chris in praying the Rosary for the intentions of the parish (as well as the end to the pandemic) on the Sundays of Mary at 7 pm on ZOOM or his Facebook Page. Join the St. Raymond Family anytime and pray the Rosary on our YouTube Channel. Pray the Joyful Mysteries on Monday; the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday; the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday. Join us in prayer the Rosary live on Tuesday and Thursdays after 8 am Mass in the Church. You may also download FREE Rosary Guides that you can print out and use in praying the rosary! Join in the ZOOM ROSARY with people from across the Archdiocese Monday to Thursday at 8 pm.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 25 that whatever we do for those who are in need, we do for Jesus!
We have two parishioners with needs that call for our Christian Charity. One gentleman is undergoing treatment for cancer and will need transportation to and from the hospital a few days a week in the morning (we hope YOU can make a four-hour commitment once a month on a weekday). A young woman will be on bed rest for six weeks awaiting the birth of her child and her husband may need help with home care or shopping during this time (we will respond to requests as they are made known; they live in Montgomeryville). By signing up you are expressing a willingness to learn more and possible assist when more details are given. If you would like to learn more, please sign up and you will be contacted.
Ready to gather and have some fun? Join us in our Church Parking lot on Saturday, March 22nd from 6 pm-8 pm for a Tailgate Cabaret. We will have some music and you bring your food, drink, and chairs. We will maintain distance in the parking lot and have lots of fun! The event will be moved to the School Hall in the event of bad weather. Sign up is REQUIRED. Please plan to join us!
One of the many wonderful things about Saint Raymond is the way we welcome visitors to our weekend liturgies. Throughout the COVID Season, we have been blessed with members of the RESTORE Team who have been amazing in not only welcoming people but also keeping us all safe as we followed protocols. While the recent announcement about changes in protocol will bring some adjustments, we still need people to welcome others at 5 pm,. 8 am and 10 am Masses. WE NEED YOU TO SERVE! You will serve one weekend a month at the Mass you normally attend. You will need to be at Mass 20 minutes early and you will receive training. Please contact Minta (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up or for more information.