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Good News for November 3rd

Happy Feast of Saint Martin de Porres, patron of African-American youth! Known in his lifetime as Martin the Charitable, he remains a model for all Catholics in the ways of faith, prayerfulness, forgiveness, care for the sick and suffering, and hope for the Church. Learn more about his beautiful life and pray the Litany of Saint Martin de Porres. Please join us this Sunday at 2 pm for the Mass in his Honor at our Cathedral. Our bus will leave the Church at 12:45 if you would like to join us!



Please make an effort to join us at the Cathedral on November 7th - to God be the glory!

A bus leaves St. Raymond at 12:45 if you would like to ride with Father Chris!

Wazmina and her children celebrated their first American Halloween (the candy was a welcome surprise). Our REST Team continues to work on finding a home (they are VERY close), registering the children in school, and preparing them for that experience!. OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR PEOPLE TO BE RECTORY HOSTS. PLEASE SIGN UP TO BE A RECTORY HOST AND ASSIST THEM IN THEIR TIME WITH US. THESE THREE HOURS ARE A GIFT TO THE FAMILY AND THE PARISH STAFF! Please pray for the leaders of REST - Lord, give them the wisdom to make the choice that is truly best for this family; may we be generous but prudent in accord with your holy plan for our parish family. AMEN

  • Deacon Bill experienced some bad health on Tuesday morning. He went to the ER with his wife Cindy. He is stable, in good spirits, and being observed as they figure out what happened. Please keep him some time and space to recover and keep them both in prayer. Lord, please bring a complete recovery to our dear Deacon - heal him from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. Amen!

  • During the month of November, you receive an INDULGENCE for making a visit to a cemetery (we have four in our neighborhood) and praying for the souls of those buried there? Why not stop after Mass on Sunday?

  • This Sunday, following the 10 am Mass, there will be Hospitality in the School Hall as part of the Open House and School Homecoming/Memorial Mass. Please plan to be with us and get to know your sisters and brothers. Hopefully, Wazmina and her children can join us as well!

  • After a successful hearing in the US Supreme Court, Catholic Social Services is back to providing foster care to children in our City. Interested in being a foster parent?

  • The news out of Haiti has been sad and sometimes even sadder. How do they move forward and more importantly, what is the role of the USA?

  • This week's celebration of All Saints Day & All Souls Day reminds us of "the last things" including the reality of hell. St. Thomas Aquina, a dear friend of St. Raymond has some important lessons for us on the reality of hell!

  • Many have heard the amazing story of forgiveness offered by Immaculee, who survived the Rwandan Genocide. She will be speaking at. St. David in Willow Grove on December 15th; tickets are going fast. FIND OUT MORE

  • The through its website CatholicPhilly. You can sign up to receive a weekly email from them as well. Stay informed!

Richara is grateful to all who generously contributed food for our Halloween Party for kids last Saturday. It was a blast! Pray for her efforts in reaching out to parents from our school community with the hope of their joining us for worship! Why? Because life is better with Jesus!

Have you signed up for your life group yet? Formerly known as "Small Groups" these groups of 5 to 8 people meet once a week (from the week of November 7th until the week before Christmas) to share faith and grow in authentic friendship. The focus this year is the series The Chosen which reveals the life of Jesus. We will watch brief video clips and then discuss the impact of Jesus in our lives. Questions? Please contact Please check out this flyer with all the details of when a group meets and contact the Life Group leader directly to save your place! Have you seen The Chosen? Visit this website and watch it for FREE!

2021 Advent Small Group Flyer
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In six weeks we will celebrate the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving at St. Raymond means a few things: (1) a chance to gather to say thank you to God from whom all blessings flow; plan to bring your family to Mass at 9 am on Thanksgiving Morning; (2) each year we are able to share our blessings in a tangible way by giving away 50-60 Thanksgiving Food Baskets with Turkeys to families; if you or someone you know would welcome the blessing of a basket or if you want to help collect and prepare the baskets please contact Arleen at

We have a new APP for our parish. Please search for St. Raymond where you get your apps. Or you can text 'straymondapp' to (833) 363-7471, for a quick way to download the app. There are many wonderful features that will be a blessing for you as you experience our Digital Campus.

Guess who is turning 80? Saint Raymond Church! Since December 7, 1941, Saint Raymond Church has led generations of people to a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ! Join us at 3 pm on Sunday, December 5th for a Concert of Christmas Music (the Concert will not be available on live stream; please join us in person the way they did in 1941) in our Church at 3 pm followed by a Catered Celebration Dinner in our School Hall. There is no cost but we are requesting a $10 "deposit" per guest to save your place at the meal (please drop off an envelope with your name and the $10 cash to the Parish Office or place it in the offering boxes in Church; the deposit will be refunded at the Dinner). Please call the Parish Office if you have questions. COMPLETE THIS FORM TO ATTEND THE CONCERT and THE DINNER.

At age 15, Anne Marie Becraft founded the nation’s first Catholic school for free black girls, Georgetown Seminary, on Dumbarton Street in Washington, D.C. With an average enrollment of 30-35 students, Georgetown Seminary welcomed both boarders and day students. Becraft led the school until 1831, when she became the 11th black woman to join the Oblate Sisters of Providence and subsequently renamed herself Sister Mary Aloysius. She taught at the school established in 1828 by the Oblate Sisters, Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore, which today remains the oldest continuously operating predominantly African American high school in the United States. In 2017, Anne Marie Becraft re-emerged as a historic figure when Georgetown University renamed Rev. William McSherry Hall, which honored a Jesuit enslaver involved in the selling of 272 enslaved people to benefit the University in 1838, to Anne Marie Becraft Hall.

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