You likely recognize her face from the banners in the back of the Church - but do you know her story? Venerable Henriette Delille died on this date in 1862 after a life of service to the people of God as a religious sister in New Orleans. She was of mixed race and suffered greatly because of bigotry. She was portrayed by Vanessa Williams in a wonderful movie about her life. Her Cause for Sainthood continues to progress as well. Amongst her quotes that can inspire us all is this: I want to live and die for God!
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Wazmina and her children will move into their new home in Northeast Philadelphia on Friday. The generosity of our Church Family and the Friends of St. Raymond and REST has been overwhelming. Throughout the past month, people have cleaned rooms, donated, sorted, and folded clothing, taught English, played games, walked to the park, donated an amazing amount of money that will cover rent and utilities for many months, and most importantly - loved these ten human beings who have experienced unthinkable things in their lives. Our work is not done. We will walk with this family as we have the others served by REST. We need you! In the weeks to come, the children will start school and will need lots of help in the evening with homework and social support. Could you commit to four hours a month (two, two-hour shifts - Monday to Friday) helping this family? Shifts will be 4 pm to 6 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm at their home near Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in NE Philly. If you can only serve during the day, Wazmina will need 1:1 support as she continues to learn as well as support in adjusting to life in the USA with her children. In addition, there will be help needed to get the family to medical appointments too! What part will you play? Send an email to email@example.com to express your willingness to serve!