Third Sunday Of Easter

Post-Lent: Rest, Catch-Up, and More. Lent and Easter are a very busy time for all of us, but especially for priests. Unfortunately, with all the attention given to the special activities of Lent and the Triduum, some things of ordinary “business” get postponed or overlooked by the priest and parish staff. That is especially the case this year, with the reshuffling of our offices at the beginning of Lent, and then Cardinal Burke’s visit in March.   Because of this, I, for one, am playing catch up, going back and discovering all the things I didn’t do during Lent. At … Continue reading

Modified Weekday Mass Schedule

MODIFIED  Weekday Mass Schedule April 24th – May 5th   St. Raymond’s will be following a  Modified WEEKDAY Mass Schedule   Monday, April 24th through April 28th   Monday, April 24th – 8am Mass ONLY   Tuesday, April 25th – 6:30am Mass ONLY   Wednesday, April 26th – 8am Mass and 7pm Mass   Thursday, April 27th – 6:30am Mass ONLY   Friday, April 28th – 8am Mass ONLY   Monday, May 1st through May 5th   Monday, May 1st – 8am Mass ONLY   Tuesday, May 2nd – 6:30am Mass ONLY   Wednesday, May 3rd – 8am Mass and 7pm Mass   Thursday, May 4th – 6:30am … Continue reading

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Christus resurrexit! Resurrexit vere! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! He is risen! He is risen indeed! What a glorious day—the Lord has risen from the dead, conquering sin and death, and has crushed the head of the ancient serpent. Alleluia! The world has been redeemed, salvation has been won for all mankind—if only we will accept this infinitely generous gift of Our Risen Lord Jesus. Thanks to all who worked so hard to help make this such a blessed Lent, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter Sunday. And remember, today is just the beginning of this new Season of Easter, as we … Continue reading

Thank You From Christ House!

Many thanks to all of you generous folks who helped fill the fridge, freezer, and pantry of the Missionaries of Charity of St. Theresa of Calcutta today with wonderful foods for their Easter Sunday Lunch for their guests!  We delivered 13 hams, 13 Frozen Mixed Vegetable (1 and 2 pound bags), fresh green beans,  19 pounds of butter and five cases of sodas. Saint Raymond’s Christ House Committee thank you as do the very grateful Sister Missionaries of Charity.  May God reward your kindness and generosity.  May we each enjoy a blessed Holy Week. To God be all the glory! -St. Raymond’s Christ … Continue reading

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

  Holy Week begins Today. One of the keys to Lent is meditation on our Lord’s Sacred Passion—His suffering and death. This week we do this in a particularly intense way, as we spiritually place ourselves with Our Lord as He suffers in His last hours: as He agonizes in the garden, is scourged, spat upon, mocked, and crowned with thorns; as He carries the cross, is nailed to it and hung upon it for three hours to die an excruciating death. We look upon Jesus enduring all this, and remember that He did this all out of love for … Continue reading

Easter Food Project Donations Needed!

St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee   FOOD COLLECTION for a special Easter Food Project   To BENEFIT The Missionaries of Charity (St. “Mother” Theresa of Calcutta Sisters) EASTER DINNER at Queen of Peace Mission in Southeast Washington, D.C.   Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity asked if our Committee could provide :   v     Hams, spiral sliced ( 3 Total Needed) v     Vegetables (5 Total Needed – 2 lb. bags)   To sign up, email Christ House Committee:   DROP-OFF is EARLY next week! MONDAY, April 10th — between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm OR TUESDAY April 11th —  between 8:30 … Continue reading

Thank You From Christ House

J.M.J. Dear Friends of St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee, Thank you to ALL who helped and supported our parish Committee to prep and serve dinner last night at Christ House. Eight volunteers from St. Raymond’s served up a warm meal for about 55 guests Friday evening. And we drove extra food over to the Missionaries of Charity at the Queen of Peace Mission in Washington, D.C., where four sisters serve many! Both Christ House dinner guests and the Sisters Missionaries of the Order St. Mother Theresa founded, say “Thank you.” To God be all the Glory! A.M.D.G.

Fifth Sunday Of Lent

Cardinal Burke’s Visit. What a great evening our parish experienced on Friday, March 24, as we were blessed by long anticipated visit and lecture by Cardinal Raymond Burke. Both the Cardinal and I were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and the size of the crowd—standing room only (so well over 900 people), by far the largest crowd for a speaker we’ve had in my term here. His Eminence spoke for about 50 minutes. He began with a tribute to our patron, St. Raymond of Peñafort, as a great moral theologian, confessor and pastor, as well as a great Canon Lawyer. He … Continue reading