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Good News for October 12th

Last week, we heard about the one leper that returned back to Jesus to thank Him for curing his leprosy. At St. Raymond, we have many things to be thankful for this week. Among them are:

  • We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Pashai family from Afghanistan. The REST team helped this beautiful family of 10 arrive in Philadelphia on October 9, 2021, and is currently helping them with their rental, and other living needs as well as educational and assistance with learning English. Thank you to Dan McVay and the REST team for their great work. Please keep them in your prayers and consider financially supporting the REST program.

  • On Tuesday, October 11th, many students from LaSalle College High school came to St Raymond to perform service projects for their Freshman Branch Out Day. We had over thirty students with fathers/guardians and faculty volunteers to clear the school computer lab to make it conducive for learning, clean the church, including polishing the pews, organize the gym equipment room, and help clean some areas of the main floor of the rectory. The day of service for Lasalle High School was a tremendous success. We are grateful!

  • On Sunday, October 23rd, Deacon Bill and Cindy Bradley will renew their wedding vows to celebrate their 50 years of blessed Sacramental marriage. We pray that the Lord will bless them for many more years to come.

If you are celebrating any milestone occasion, please let me, Deacon Bill, or the staff know so that you can be recognized in some way.

Fr. Jeff

Join us at 7 pm Wednesday as we open wide our hearts and minds to a series on prayer and how to pray with scripture. We will use the Lectio: Prayer series in FORMED (Lectio is pronounced Lex-E-Oh). Lectio Divina is a means to hear from God and then respond in conversation utilizing four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. We meet in the Church Basement.

If you are unable to attend in person, the video series (Lectio Prayer, by Tim Gray) is available online at Episode Six - “Resolutio: Putting Love Into Action,” will be covered this week. Handouts are copied below and can also be found on

Our series concludes this week. Thank you for participating. May God bless you as your prayers become more intimate with your love of Jesus!

Lectio - Session 6 Member Guide
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Lectio Week 6 - Commit at Home
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In the event of severe snow, the 8:00 am Weekly Daily Mass Schedule will be based on the Philadelphia Public and Parochial School Schedule. If St Raymond School is closed or delayed, there will be no 8:00 am Daily Mass that day, thus giving time to get the lot cleared safely. Please follow news coverage for closures and delays.

(This relates to 8 am Daily Mass ONLY! It is not applicable to the weekend Mass)

Please join Sean Bradley

for an exciting and informative Nature Walk on Saturday, October 15, 2022, to the Andorra Natural Area in Wissahickon Valley Park.

We will enjoy the sights and sounds of the Wissahickon Valley Park. We will meet in the St Raymond Church parking lot at 9:00 am and proceed to the parking Lot 1 which is on Northwestern Avenue off of Ridge Pike. The group will first hike a small section of the Red Forest Loop onto the Meadow Loop. (see map)We will then hike the Meadow Loop back to the Red Forest Loop and take the Red Forest Loop back to Parking Lot 1. The walk will last approximately 2 hours. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Church this weekend. For more information, contact Sean Bradley at

Nature Walk Map
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For Our Youngest Disciples Ages 5 and up Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Has Returned on 10/2/2022 during the 10:00 am Mass. Children will have the opportunity to Celebrate a part of the Mass that speaks to them in a more meaningful way.

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.

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 more information, including meeting dates, places, and times. Please register in advance. Contact Minta Brown at 610-329-7256 with any questions.

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 in the United States began on

Thursday, September 15, and ends on Saturday, October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of the independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

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You're invited to a Halloween Party for kids 12 and under!!

Please join us Saturday, October 29, from 2 pm-4 pm for Fun, Games, Snacks, and a Costume Parade!!!!

The party will take place in St Raymond School Hall. Please register via this SignUp Genius link - or call the office at 215-549-3760. PLEASE LET US PROMPTLY KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING. YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE. Donations of Halloween treats/candy are also requested. Please make sure they are free of Nuts. Please pick all children up no later than 4 pm


2022 REUNION MASS - 10 AM SUNDAY, 10/30/22


The church recently underwent a $1.6 million revitalization necessitated by a leaking roof. In addition to art and architecture restoration, we're excited to present four new murals of prominent and diverse Catholic figures, four culturally significant depictions of Mary on the nave ceiling, and unveil new Stations of the Cross by local artist Cavin Jones.

The celebration will include a blessing of the church, tours of the revitalized parish interior, and light refreshments. All community members are encouraged to visit. Please feel free to bring along anyone you think would be interested. We look forward to welcoming you!


St. Vincent De Paul Parish

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church 10/15/22

St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church 1515 – 1582, October 15 – Memorial Liturgical Color: White Patron Saint of headache sufferers and lacemakers A rich, fiery personality purifies herself and the CarmeliteThe call for reform of the Church has rung out through the centuries down to today. However, it is largely misplaced. Reform of Church structures is required periodically for her internal well-running. But purification is needed more than reform. The constant purification in holiness of the baptized is harder, more efficacious, and more enduring than the reform of Church organs of governance. Today’s saint was a reformer, yes, but she was first a purifier. She purified herself, her religious sisters, and then the Carmelite Order. Structural reform came last after she had died. Saint Teresa of Jesus, commonly known as Saint Teresa of Ávila, was the inspiration for the great Teresas who followed her: Saints Thérèse of Lisieux, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Born behind the high and thick walls of Ávila in Central Spain amidst that country’s greatest century. She was from a large, middle-class, and pious family. As a girl, Teresa dreamed of being a martyr or a hermit and loved to repeat the words “forever and ever and ever.” When she decided to become a religious, she entered Ávila’s Carmelite convent mostly because it was there. The convent was large, and the nuns were serious. But it was a bit too comfortable. Many nuns brought their social status into the cloister and had private kitchens, oratories, and guest rooms. Teresa was one of these. Visitors came and went at will. While the convent caused no scandal, it produced no saints either. Even so, Teresa remained faithful—she prayed, observed the rule, and endured the normal fasts and mortifications. But by the mid-1500s, the wave of Church reform, even spiritual reform, which had been rising in Central Europe for decades, finally broke on the shores of Catholic Spain.

Teresa suffered various health scares, read some seminal works on mental prayer, had mystical experiences, and slowly became convinced that her convent was too lax. The Church and Christ demanded more. She had developed the practice in examining her conscience to not just weigh her virtues and vices but to consider all the graces, all the good, and all the holiness God desired of her which she had impeded. Inspired by the great reformers of her century, many of them fellow Spaniards, Teresa decided to found a new Carmelite convent.

Teresa spent her last twenty years founding new convents as she traveled throughout Spain, all the while living in the most primitive conditions. By middle age, she had earned a reputation for holiness, for legitimate mysticism, for affability, and for total obedience to the Church. She lived what she demanded of others. She led by example. And she did it all with a cheerful disposition and a rich personality that overcame deep-seated opposition. The Discalced Carmelites were given their own Spanish province in 1580 and were recognized as a distinct Order in 1594, twelve years after Teresa’s death. On a banner day in 1622, Teresa was canonized with Saints Philip Neri, Ignatius of Loyola, and Francis Xavier. Teresa was the first female non-martyr to have her feast day extended to the universal Church, and due to the profundity of her mystical writings, she was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Saint Paul VI in 1970.

This September represents the 17th annual 40 Days For Life Campaign. On Friday, October 28th, we will pray at Planned Parenthood from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We ask that you donate one hour of your time for prayer. That is it. Please contact Toni Reaves at 215-549-3760. Please stand up for those who have no voice, and we will continue to assist moms who choose life.

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We are looking for all youth to serve as; Altar servers, Youth choir, Liturgical dancers, Lectors, Church slides, and Live Stream operators. Open to all Youth and Young adults.

Call Ms. Toni and or use the sign-up sheet in the back of the church.

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