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Good News for September 14th

Over the past couple of days, we welcomed our students back to school. This week was the first week of school. In addition, St. Raymond Church welcomed back the parents on September 12th and 13th during their Back To School nights. Everyone that came was told that they were welcome to worship with us.

This Sunday, September 18th, we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. In addition to our St Raymond School children, we are also welcoming our PREP/Religious Ed students back. Our catechists are ready to teach and pray with our students. Recommissioning and blessing of our Catechists will take place during the 10 am Mass. In addition, we will be blessing all who teach children in any capacity.

We welcome and pray for all families after the Summer Break.

Please consider inviting your family and friends and let people know that they are welcome to St. Raymond – we need your voice heard. Extend the offer in a warm and friendly manner. Have a wonderful day, and we hope to see you next week at Hospitality Sunday after the 10 am Mass.

Fr. Jeff

Join us in congratulating Irene Ndizeye! Irene is the first refugee that St Raymond welcomed and sponsored in June of 2017. He truly represents the American success story! Irene was sworn in as a US citizen last Friday, September 9th. We are also thankful for everyone who has assisted this amazing young man along the way.

It is not too late to join us at 7 pm Wednesdays (through 10/12) 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. Meetings will be 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 Two - Guigo’s Ladder: A Way of Ascent will be covered this week. Handouts are copied below and can also be found on

Lectio - Commit At Home - Session 2
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Lectio - Session 2 Member Guide
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For Our Youngest Disciples Ages 5 and up Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Will be Returning 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.

Event: Are You Being Called? Permanent Diaconate Information Night Session - Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00 PM

  • There is an information session for men who may feel called to serve the Church as a Deacon. Our parish would be blessed by additional men stepping into this essential role of service. Could it be YOU or someone YOU know? Please share the information. Catholic men (and wives if married) between the ages of 29 and 55 are invited to join an in-person panel of clergy about discerning a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate and admittance to the School for Diaconal Formation program.

  • Location: Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Auditorium, 100 East Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096

  • More info: Want to learn more visit or the School of Diaconal Formation website

We have four Special days to celebrate this week

Tuesday, 9/13, Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

John Chrysostom was an important Early Church Father who served as archbishop of Constantinople. If his body was weak, his tongue was powerful. The content of his sermons, his exegesis of Scripture, were never without a point. Known for his preaching and public speaking, he denounced the abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders.

Wednesday, 9/14, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also called Universal Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross or Holy Cross Day, liturgical feast celebrated on September 14 to honor the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.

Thursday, 9/15, Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15, the day after the feast of the Holy Cross to show the close connection between Jesus' Passion and Mary's Sorrows. This advocation has its roots in the Gospel.

Friday. 9/16, Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by his rival, the first anti-pope Novatian. He convened a synod of bishops to confirm him as the rightful successor of Peter.

Saint Cyprian of Carthage is second in importance only to the great Saint Augustine as a figure and Father of the African church. He was a close friend of Pope Cornelius,

Cornelius, with the strong support of Cyprian, whose feast we also celebrate today, insisted that the Church did have the power to forgive apostates and other sinners. And that they could be re-admitted to the Eucharistic table after having performed an appropriate period of penance.

In 253 Cornelius was exiled by the emperor Gallus and died of the hardships he endured in exile. He is venerated as a martyr.

On September 14, 258, Cyprian was martyred during the persecutions of the emperor Valerian.

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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