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Good News for May 4th

Praise God for the gift of our Blessed Mother, Mary. At the Cross, Jesus entrusted her to us so as we approach Mother's Day we honor her along with our earthly mothers and all of the women who are such a blessing in our lives. We will have a blessing and a gift for all of the women of our parish this weekend as well as our May Crowning of Mary. Please bring a friend...the only way they are likely to join us is through your invitation!


NEED INFORMATION ON COVID TESTING AND COVID VACCINES? Please note that vaccines are no longer offered every Friday. Vaccines will be offered on April 29th!

As a community of faith, we hold each other in prayer each day...

  • FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Msgr. O'Brien (who fell and hurt his knees), Deacon Bill, Hazel S., Patti L., Bonnie W., Dolores M., Ernestine, Ed S., Alethia G., Ruth H., Tom S., Charles M., Carmelo C., 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 those grieving a loved one who died in recent days, and those who lost someone to the violence in our City. Lord, heaven mercy on those who have died!

  • FOR SPECIAL NEEDS: for peace in Ethiopia, Sudan & Ukraine, for young families who are without a Church Home; for those who suffer from anxiety.

  • Someone leaked an upcoming decision from the Supreme Court on abortion. HERE ARE 12 THINGS TO KNOW.

  • PRAY FOR POPE FRANCIS - he is experiencing knee pain that is influencing his ability to meet with people as he would like.

  • What is there to learn from a woman who survived the Rwandan Genocide while praying the rosary?

  • The oldest person in the world is a nun in France!

  • Father Chris invited the MEN OF THE PARISH to join him to watch the Phillies beat the Giants on Wednesday, June 1st. The game is 6:05 pm in South Philly and tickets will likely be $40. Interested in joining him? Send your name and number of tickets needed to

  • Have Left Overs? Don’t toss them out! Why not package them for Caring for Friends? We are in constant need of a variety of meals for ailing seniors. The one meal that you discard can be a meal for an ailing senior living alone. Containers are located in the Sacristy. Frozen meals can be dropped off at the Rectory between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. For more info, contact Arleen at 215-549-3760.

  • Check out CatholicPhilly. You can sign up to receive a weekly email from them as well. Stay informed!

On Sunday, May 15th at 3 pm there will be a Concert for Racial Healing at our Cathedral. It will feature choirs from various ethnic communities and a message from Archbishop Perez.

Read about the concert; if you would like a ride, contact Fr. Chris (who will drive our bus)

Deb Gawthrop will host an IN-PERSON Grief Support Group at St. Luke Chapel House (2330 Fairhill Road, Glenside. The series has been a blessing for many people from St. Raymond. Call 215-624-8190 to save your place. Topics are: Grief & Family (May 10); Myths about Grief (May 24) & Does Grief End? (June 7). Invite a friend!

Join fellow Christians from Our Lady Help of Christians (Abington) and Immaculate Conception (Jenkintown) for this wonderful opportunity to meet others and build community!

Our parish is partnering with Artcinia to bring great music to our neighborhood. Please plan to be with us for the first of three concerts in 2022 on Pentecost Sunday. Tickets are $10 and are purchased ONLINE. Limited scholarships are available, contact the Parish Office.

JOIN THEM THIS WEEKEND (THE RSAIN IS GOING TO KEEP YOU OUT OF THE GARDEN ANYWAY). Do you desire greater spiritual freedom? Has abuse, abandonment, addiction or something else left a lasting hurt in your life? Did Fr. Chris’ homilies on VICTORY increase your desire for VICTORY? Consider attending the Unbound Conference on May 6th & 7th in Media, PA (Delaware County). It is 6:30-9p on Friday and 9 am to 7:30 pm on Saturday. It will be a blessing. Father Chris is willing to pay the cost to attend. Learn more or sign up!

On Sunday, May 29th we will have lunch after the 10 am Mass in the School Hall. This is free and a chance to gather as a Church Family during the Easter Season - and celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. If you plan to join us, please call the Parish Office to reserve your place, use the clipboard in the back of the Church, or email

On Saturday, June 11th at 3 pm, we will “take a trip” to see the show MOSES on South Street in Philadelphia. The all-black cast makes the story of Moses come alive in an inspiring story of freedom. The cast includes men who have sung at St. Raymond! The cost, including transportation, will be approx. $80. Interested? Please contact Shelley Johnson at 215-247-7411. The deadline for tickets will be May 9th (very limited space remains for bus transportation to the Concert).

On the weekend of May 14th and 15th, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered on Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday, at 8:00 am and10:00 am. Parishioners are invited to be anointed who meet the following criteria: dealing with a chronic illness (cancer, diabetes, arthritis, lupus, diseases of the heart, lung & kidney, etc.) undergoing treatment for a disease/illness, or living at a very advanced age. If you qualify on the desk in the rear of the church or you must call the rectory no later than May 9th. No names will be accepted after this date. Should you have any questions please call Arleen Daniels at 215-549-3760 or email her at

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