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Good News for September 21st

I want to invite you to the Grown Folks festival that will be on the property of St. Raymonds on Saturday, October 1, from 12-3 PM. We would love for you to witness your love for the Lord and St. Raymond Parish with us. I am now going to transition and talk about one of the great modern saints.

On September 23rd, the church celebrates the Feast day of St. Pio. St. Pio was a Franciscan Priest and a saint who spent most of his life in the 20th century, experiencing many supernatural experiences. He received the stigmata (the 5 wounds of Jesus) on September 20th, 1918, and they were with him until his date of death on September 23, 1968 (50 years and 3 days). In addition to sharing in the wounds of Christ, he had gifts of healing and was able to bilocate. He was probably the most profound mystic in the life of the church since St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Pio had the following great quotes relating to the spiritual life:

1. Today’s society does not pray. That is why it is falling apart.

2. Prayer is the best weapon we possess, the key that opens the heart of God.

3. Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.

4. Endeavor to unite the simplicity of children with the prudence of adults.

2. The demon has only one door by which to enter into our soul: the will; there are no secret doors. No sin is a sin if not committed with the will. When there is no action of the will, there is no sin, but only human weakness.

I invite you to read more about the life of St. Pio using the following link:

St. Pio, Pray for us

Fr. Jeff

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

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 Three - Lectio & Meditation:

Climbing The First Rungs will be covered this week. Handouts are copied below and can also be found on

Lectio - Commit At Home - Session 3
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Lectio - Session 3 Member Guide (1)
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For Our Youngest Disciples Ages 5 and up Children’s Liturgy of the Word

will be Returning 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.

Black Founders of Villanova Honored with New $7.5 Million Deanship

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 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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Pastoral Care Department

10400 Roosevelt Boulevard ~ Philadelphia, PA 19116

Dear Faithful Catholics,

As Chaplain of St. John Neumann, I am responsible for the spiritual welfare of the residents & employees of St. John Neumann Center. While no longer owned by the Church, SJN maintains regular Mass and liturgical service for the benefit of the residents. Before covid, there were many volunteers who helped throughout the building, now there are very few. Typically, Mass is at 11 AM Monday to Friday, and Sunday Mass is usually at 2 PM and sometimes earlier.

In pastoral care, we could use volunteers who are willing to give residents a listening ear, help transport residents to the Chapel, bring them Holy Communion and pray with them. If anyone might be interested, please e-mail me at or leave a message at my residence 215-745-3211.

To volunteer, I would need a letter from your pastor attesting that you are a practicing Catholic in good standing.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace (1Peter 4:10).

May God bless you & Mary keep you.

Fr. Harold McKale

Chaplain, St. John Neumann Center

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

109 E Price Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144

We have three Special days to celebrate this week

9/20/22 Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

The first native Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon, was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai and was ordained a priest. Back home, he was assigned to arrange for more missionaries to enter by a water route that would elude the border patrol. He was arrested, tortured, and finally beheaded at the Han River near Seoul, the capital.

Andrew's father Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. Paul Chong Hasang, a lay apostle and married man, also died in 1839 at age 45.

Among the other martyrs in 1839 was Columba Kim, an unmarried woman of 26. She was put in prison, pierced with hot tools, and seared with burning coals. She and her sister Agnes were disrobed and kept for two days in a cell with condemned criminals but were not molested.

9/21/22 Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

The Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle, and Evangelist is celebrated on September 21st. Matthew is also known as Levi in the Gospels of Mark and Luke. Matthew is one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. As one of the four Gospel writers, Matthew is one of the four Evangelists.

Little is known about Saint Matthew, except that he was the son of Alpheus, and he was likely born in Galilee. He worked as a tax collector, which was a hated profession during the time of Christ.

According to the Gospel, Matthew was working at a collection booth in Capernaum when Christ came to him and asked, "Follow me." With this simple call, Matthew became a disciple of Christ.

From Matthew, we know of the many doings of Christ and the message Christ spread of salvation for all people who come to God through Him. The Gospel account of Matthew tells the same story as that found in the other three Gospels, so scholars are certain of its authenticity. His book is the first of the four Gospels in the New Testament.

9/23/22 Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Born into a poor Italian farm family, from a young age, Francesco Forgione desired to be a friar. When he was sixteen, he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Order and took the name Brother Pius (Fra Pio). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1910; six years later, joined the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo. He spent many hours every day hearing Confessions. The height of his apostolic commitment was the celebration of the Holy Mass. He described himself as “a poor brother who prays.” “Prayer is the greatest weapon we have,” he said. It is “a key to open the heart of God.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

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.

Saturday, October 29th, Holloween Party for Children 12 and under sponsored by

St. Raymond of Penafort Church. Time 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. In the School Cafeteria. More information will follow.

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