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Good News for November 2nd

We hope you can join Archbishop Pérez for the 59th annual St. Martin de Porres Mass Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. We will have 12 students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Mass!

On November 3rd, the Church Celebrates the feast day of St. Martin de Porres. According to, “Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records. “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” is the cruel name inflicted by those of “pure” blood. Like many others, Martin might have grown to be a bitter man, but he did not.”

Martin came from a broken family and his father abandoned his family. Even though the family was not as stable as others, he had a heart of great charity. This charity led him to become a Dominican even though he did not see himself worthy to be a religious brother. He founded an orphanage, took care of slaves brought from Africa, and managed financial affairs for the needy.

He also had unique and extraordinary spiritual gifts - ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bi-location, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures, and a remarkable rapport with animals.

He is a great patron saint to intercede on the behalf of the end of racism and a great saint to intercede when we need to learn how to forgive.

Fr. Jeff

The weekend of Nov. 5th & 6th, we will celebrate our Annual Memorial Mass as we remember those of our parish who have died in the past year at all Masses. Why do Catholics pray for the dead? Please spread the word and invite others!

The weekend of Nov. 5th & 6th, we will celebrate our Annual Memorial Mass as we remember those of our parish who have died in the past year at all Masses. Why do Catholics pray for the dead? Please spread the word and invite others!

REMINDER - On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Daylight Savings Time ends.

At 2:00 a.m. clocks will be set back one hour to 1:00 a.m.

Advent Life Groups- Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! St. Raymond Advent Life Groups meet the weeks of November 13th through December 22nd. Day and evening meetings are held throughout the week at St Raymond and via Zoom. During 90 minutes, experience Jesus through prayer, scripture, and reflection. A more spiritual you is the best gift that can be given! Fliers are available for information, including meeting dates, places, and times. Please register in advance. Contact Minta Brown at 610-329-7256 with any questions.

2022 Advent Small Group Flier
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Van service for the 11/6 St Martin de Porres Mass from St Raymond to the Cathedral is available. The Van will leave St Raymond at 2:00 pm. You must sign up in advance by calling the office at 215-549-3760 due to limited seating.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:

On the weekend of Nov. 12th and 13th, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be administered at the Saturday 5:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am and 10:00 am Masses. Parishioners are invited to be anointed who meet the following criteria: 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 and desire to receive this Sacrament, signup sheets are available on the desk in the rear of the church, or you must call the rectory no later than Nov. 7th. No names will be accepted after this date. Should you have any questions, please call Fr. Jeff or Arleen Daniels at 215-549-3760.


11/3/2022 On November 3rd, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Martin de Porres. Juan Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru, in 1579. He was raised in poverty. His father was a Spanish gentleman, and his mother was a black former slave from Panama. Martin wished to be a missionary. When Martin was twelve years old, he served as an apprentice to a barber/surgeon. He learned not only how to cut hair but how to draw blood. Martin applied to the Dominican Order to be a "lay helper." He felt he was unworthy to become a religious brother. After nine years, the community requested that he make a full religious profession. He then became a Dominican Brother. Martin led a daily life of prayer and penitential practices.

St. Martin was instrumental in founding an orphanage and took care of slaves. He worked daily in the kitchen, laundry, and infirmary. A formidable fundraiser, he obtained thousands of dollars for dowries of poor girls so they could marry, or enter a convent. Martin was a spiritual director to many of his fellow religious brothers. He was also a good friend to a fellow Dominican, St. Rose of Lima.

St. Martin was given extraordinary gifts from the Holy Spirit. His ecstasies lifted him into the air, light filled the room where he prayed, instantaneous cures were common, and he was known for a remarkable repore with animals.

11/4/2022 Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop. Charles Borromeo, the bishop of Milan, came from a wealthy, aristocratic Italian family. He was born in the family castle, and lived a rather lavish life, entertaining sumptuously as befit a Renaissance court. He personally enjoyed athletics, music, art, and the fine dining that went along with lifestles of the rich and famous of the sixteenth century. His maternal uncle, from the powerful Medici family, was pope. As was typical of the times, his uncle-pope made him a cardinal-deacon at age twenty-three and bestowed on him numerous offices. He was appointed papal legate to Bologna, the Low Countries, and the cantons of Switzerand, and to the religious orders of St. Francis, the Carmelites, the Knights of Malta, and others.

When Count Frederick Borromeo passed away, many people thought Charles would give up the clerical life and marry now that he had become head of the Borromeo family. But he did not. He deferred to another uncle and became a priest. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed bishop of Milan, a city that had not had a resident bishop for over eighty years.

Although raised to the grand life, Borromeo spent much of his time dealing with hardship and suffering. The famine of 1570 required him to bring in food to feed three thousand people daily food, to feed three thousand people a day for three months. Six years later a two-year plague swept through the region. Borromeo mobilized priests, religious, and lay volunteers to feed and care for the sixty thousand to seventy thousand people living in the Alpine villages of his district. He personally cared for many who were sick and dying. In the process, Borromeo ran up huge debts, depleting his resources in order to feed, clothe, administer medical care, and build shelters for thousands of plague-stricken people.

As if the natural disasters facing Borromeo were not enough, a disgruntled priest from a religious order falling out of favor with Church authorities attempted to assassinate him. As Charles knelt in prayer before the altar, the would-be assassin pulled a gun and shot him. At first, Charles thought he was dying, but the bullet never passed through the thick vestments he was wearing. It only bruised him.

Borromeo combined the love of the good life with the self-sacrificing zeal one would expect of a Renaissance churchman. Once when he was playing billiards, someone asked what he would do if he knew he only had fifteen more minutes to live. "Keep playing billiards," he replied. He died at age forty-six, not at the billiard table but quietly in bed.

—Excerpted from The Way of the Saints, Tom Cowan


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

A Place At the Table: African Americans On the Path to Sainthood,” a documentary released this year by Stella Maris Films, was crowdfunded in early 2021 and covers the exceptional lives of the six venerated US Black Catholics. Simply put, the two-hour film drew me in from start to finish and touched me in a surprising way.

While we are all called to be saints, those who have lived particularly heroic and virtuous lives often enter the canonization process by way of their religious community and/or local diocese. “A Place At the Table” goes into detail on Venerable Pierre Toussaint, Servant of God Mary Lange, Venerable Henriette DeLille, Venerable Augustus Tolton, Servant of God Julia Greeley, and Servant of God Thea Bowman.

Be sure to see this amazing film! A Place at the Table can be viewed on Formed.Org

Please pray for these six venerated US Black Catholics.

News from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia:

  • Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20

Event: Sisters in Christ – Reclaiming Sacred Rest

We are pleased to have Jeannine Peters, Heather Makowicz, Nicky Verna and Jillian Buhl as our retreat leader team! The event includes Mass, Adoration, Conferences, and much more! Join us as we Reclaim Sacred Rest in so many ways!

Location: Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, Malvern PA

  • December 2 - 4, 2022

Event: Sister-To-Sister Weekend Retreat for African/Black Catholic Women. Sister-To-Sister Weekend Retreat is an annual event for Catholic and non-Catholic Women, who want to spend some quality time and to deepen her relationship with God. More Info: Flyer - Arrival Time: Friday @ 4:30 PM - Departure Time: Sunday after 11:00 AM Mass; Cost: $110

  • Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4

Event: Traditional Men’s Retreat with Jeff Cavins (in person and virtual option)

We are pleased to welcome back Jeff Cavins, Bible teacher, speaker and host of “Life on the Rock” on EWTN to lead this weekend retreat for men of all ages and backgrounds. This retreat will include Mass each day, talks by Jeff, adoration and time for personal reflection.

Location: Malvern Retreat House, 315 S Warren Ave, Malvern PA

More info: Registration is required for this event. Contact the retreat house at 610.644.0400

(Discount is available if you need it)

  • Friday, December 9, 2022 – 7pm-9pm

Event – Multi-Cultural Benefit Concert

Location - Holy Innocents Church - 1337 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia

More Information - This free-will donation multi-cultural benefit concert will showcase the talents of our diverse parish while raising funds for the Young Adults attending World Youth Day. There will be praise and worship in different languages, raffles, and refreshments! Please see the flyer for more information. Ample free parking available!

Attention! Attention!

Men of St. Raymond

Save the Date March 4, 2023

Man Up Philly 2023 will be here before you know it. Please reserve the date on your calendar. More Information to follow in the months to come.

Let's bring people back to the pews.

We ask parishioners to sign up to answer a question about their faith and why they worship at St. Raymond. After the interview, we would like to post it on Social Media and play it before Mass.

Can you help?

Does it sound like something you can do?

Call the office and let us know.

( We would like the interviews to air by November 19th)

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