Christ House

Thank you to ALL who assisted with the Italian Cookie Baking for Italian Dinner Night last Saturday, May 12th. Parishioners and family and friends had a lovely evening and the KoC Council gave the extra food items and cookies to St. Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity at the Queen of Peace Mission in southeast D.C.. The Missionary Sisters were very grateful and expressed their thanks to our Pastor, parish Knights, families, and friends.

Now on to the Christ House Committee’s June Dinner!!!

1) Click here to get to the Committee’s June Meal site on

Are you looking for one more Corporal Work(s) of Mercy for you or for you and your family this summer? Then sign up to help/support our parish-sponsored June Dinner at Christ House on 6/29/18 or the meal in August on 8/31/18. You may sign up to provide food items for the hungry and homeless and/or provide financial donations at the parish office.

Sign up TODAY here

(Username: House & Password: STRAYS)

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~ June Dinner Menu ~

* Chicken BBQ Sandwiches * Baked Beans

* Macaroni & Cheese * Garden Salad w/Ranch Dressing

* Chocolate Cake * Watermelon * Fruit

Sign up to donate a food item(s) for our parish’s June Dinner Menu for the homeless and folks who are “food insecure” who visit Christ House in Alexandria, VA, on a Fifth Friday for a warm meal.

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You say you cannot serve THIS month, but you are interested and available to help in some way with one or more of the meal(s) below:

1) August Meal (08/31/18)

2) November Meal (11/30/18)

Please e-mail St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee with your available date(s) and time(s) at

If you do not have enough time to volunteer to help with the meal prep at St. Raymond’s kitchen OR the Christ House Kitchen in Alexandria,

1) send us menu suggestions

2) send us Recipes or Meal ideas

3) volunteer to buy table cloths

4) volunteer to buy flowers

5) volunteer to buy a food item(s)

6) make a recipe for one of the dinners

Write us with your interest & commitment at

To learn more about Arlington’s Diocesan Catholic Charities Christ House Food Pantry Programs, go to:

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All St. Raymond’s Parishioners who would Love to Donate Food or Bake:

Sign-up at to help out!

Event Coordinator Last Name: House & Password: STRAYS

Monetary Donations: Drop off at Parish Office during Office Hours (donation receipt provided)

Food Items Due Date: Thursday, 28 June (6:20 am to 7:30 pm)

Where: St. Raymond’s Kitchen Window (LOOK for the Christ House Drop-Off Sign)

Food Items Needed:

1) Boxed Macaroni and Cheese, KRAFT or ANNIE’s (to be Purchased by the Christ House Committee)

2) BBQ Chicken (see recipe on PerfectPotluck site)

3) Baked Beans (NEED 3 LARGE canss)

4) 3 or 6 Romaine Heads in a Bag for the Garden Salad (NEED 6 packs of 3 HEADS/Bag OR 3 packs of 6 HEADS/Bag)

5) Baby Tomatoes for the Garden Salad (NEED 12 pints)

6) Bananas (NEED 12 bunches of 6 bananas per bunch)

7) Apples, Red (NEED 8 bags of 8 apples per bag)

8) Clementines (NEED 3 crates or 6 bags)

9) Watermelons (NEED 5 large watermelons)

10) Brioche buns

11) Pickles

12) Bamboo “food picks”

The recipes below are found on, click on hypertext words below or, our parish website.

1) Ranch Dressing

2) Chocolate Cake

3) BBQ Chicken
Throughout the rest of Easter, Pentecost, and summer, please pray for the dinner guests who visit the Christ House Dining Room in Alexandria, VA, and for the staff and volunteers across our Diocesan parishes who provide warm meals for and serve the guests in the Holy Family Dining Room at Christ House in Alexandria.

To God be all the Glory!
St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee

Christ House
Our parish started a Dinner Service Project in January 2015, with a handful of volunteers who make up St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee. Since then our Committee has grown to include Friends of St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee. Via this dinner project which our parish sponsors & our parish Christ House Committee hosts at Christ House in Alexandria, VA, every month with a 5th Friday, we prepare and serve a warm dinner and support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) in its program to provide warm meals year-round as CCDA believes passionately in a future without hunger.

Right now, 219,000 (Feeding America) people in our diocese are food insecure—they do not know where their next meal will come from. Christ House in Alexandria serves dinner for between 50 and 70 men and women, and a few children, every day of the year. Founded in 1973, Christ House provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and clothing to those in need. Christ House hosts up to 17 men in transitional housing and helps individuals recognize their abilities, develop self-sufficiency, and maintain their self-respect.

Through our parish dinner service projects at Christ House, we support the mission, vision, and virtues highlighted below as we pray to our parish church patron, St. Raymond of Peñafort and St. Thérése de Lisieux, “the Little Flower,” and St. “Mother” Frances Cabrini, dedicating our work and efforts to God as we follow the examples of these and many great saints in their witness of charity and service to others. As Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and our church’s most recently canonized saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta, have taught us, good works of charity, mercy, and compassion–love in action–accompany us on our faith journeys as we give God all the glory.

Vision: To uphold the dignity of every dinner guest at Christ House in Alexandria when St. Raymond’s hosts a dinner every month with a 5th Friday.

Mission: To help grow a culture of justice and charity in today’s world through prayer, fellowship, and service to our neighbor.

Shared Virtues: Justice and Love

Patron Saints: Mary, Help of Christians, St. Joseph, St. Raymond of Peñafort, St. Thérése of Lisieux, St. Mother Frances Cabrini, and St. John Bosco, pray for us.

Dedicated to: The Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary and Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis

A.M.D.G.: As. St. Ignatius of Loyola would teach, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam,” To God be all the glory!

Christ House in Alexandria is located at 131 S. West St. Alexandria, VA (703-539-8644)

Founded in 1973, Christ House provides food to the hungry (a warm dinner meal 24/7, hosted by our Diocese’ parish groups), manages a food pantry which currently is in URGENT NEED of resupplying (see for details), shelter to the homeless, and clothing to those in need (a Thrift Shop is adjacent to Christ House Dining room and offices in Alexandria). Christ House helps individuals recognize their abilities, develop self-sufficiency, and maintain their self-respect. It offers limited assistance to individuals needing help to pay their rent, utility bills, prescription bills, and other expenses.

Volunteers are needed to fill a wide variety of roles at Christ House in Alexandria. Volunteers work in the food pantry, staff the Thrift Shop, assist with the evening meal, answer phones and provide information and referrals to people coming to Christ House in need. Volunteers also help out with painting, cleaning windows and rugs, and washing dishes. Learn how to volunteer today.
Directions: From 395, take the Route 7 East Exit to Old Town Alexandria (Exit 5). Route 7 becomes King Street. Stay on King Street. Turn right onto south West Street (which is after Peyton Street). Go down South West Street one block to intersection. Christ House is on the right side at the corner of South West and Prince Streets.

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Calling ALL Friends of St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee and fellow parishioners and friends of parishioners!
Do you want to help our parish host a warm dinner for guests who visit Christ House OR make Snack Packs and serve Jesus in those who are hungry?

Feed the Hungry. “Then the King will say to those on his right hand (the sheep), …. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” 35a ….And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”40 Matthew 25:35a; 40.

You may drop off your monetary donation by the Parish Office with your name and receive a tax-deductible donation form. Please contact St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee at to sign up to volunteer or with any questions or menu suggestions you might have. Thank you!

”Do whatever He tells you.” Jn 2:5

This Project — Awaiting Approval (TBD). Make “Snack Packs” at Home for individuals enduring food insecurity right here in our Diocese. Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) began the Snack Pack Home Project at Thanksgiving in 2016. This project affords one the opportunity to offer up a corporal work of mercy by putting together one or more Snack Packs for children who endure food insecurity right here in the Springfield area. Snack Packs which you and your family and/or friends make, may be dropped off at St. Raymond’s St. Martin de Porres BOX near the Ushers/Bride Room in the narthex AND the packs will be distributed to a program that provides after-school snacks to those children in Springfield who are food insecure. Click here for a flyer for instructions.

Thank you for helping St. Raymond’s Committee in our service mission to feed the hungry and nourish bodies and souls.

Graciously in Christ during these Passiontide Days of Lent,

St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee

Maria Sánchez-O’Brien, Jackie Kruse, Denise Anezin, Cindy Leaf, Bob and Pauline Ferguson, Joseph Adelman, Pat Greco, Craig Sweigert, Beth Berger, and Mariel Spiritosanto


Click  here to see more about Catholic Charities.

To view and print the Volunteer application Evening Meal Form click here

To view and print the Volunteer application Short Version Form click here

To view and print the Liability Form for Youth Volunteers click here

To view and print the “How to sign up as Evening Meal Volunteers” click here


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