Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July bulletin


Saturday, June 29 Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Peter was originally from the town of Bethsaida on the shores of the Lake of Tiberias in the region of Galilee. In Aramaic, his name was Simon, son of John and the Lord gave him the name Peter, which means rock. He was married and worked with his brother Andrew as a fisherman at Capernaum. Almost nothing is known about his family life. Peter and Andrew were disciples of John the Baptizer and, when called by Christ, they became his followers. Peter had a fiery temperament and was, at times, somewhat hot headed. Yet he loved Jesus and followed him with all his spirit. At Caesarea Philippi the Lord handed the care of the Church over to Peter and confirmed

Peter’s primacy after the resurrection. After the ascension Peter exercised his authority over the Church through his preaching and teaching in Antioch, Corinth and Rome. Peter wrote two epistles and the gospel of Mark preserves much of his teaching. He suffered and died  in Rome  where he was imprisoned and eventually crucified upside down on the Vatican Hill on the twenty ninth day of June in the year 67. The Emperor Constantine constructed a church over his tomb.

The Apostle Paul was born at Tarus in Cilicia around the year 7. He called himself “Saul” and says concerning himself that he was “circumcised on the eighth day, being of the stock of Israel and tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrew origins; in legal observance I was a Pharisee, and so zealous that I persecuted the church...But those things I used to consider gain I have now reappraised as loss in the light of Christ.” (Philippians 3:5-7) He acquired knowledge of both the Greek and Hebrew cultures and studied theology in Jerusalem under the great Rabbi Gemaliel. He assisted in the persecution of Christians and was present at the death of Stephen. He was converted when the Lord appeared to him on the road to Damascus. He was baptized and began to preach the gospel to the gentiles. He traveled throughout the Mediterranean and some claim that he went as far as Spain. He was arrested and brought before the Jewish and Roman authorities. Because he was a Roman citizen he appealed his case to Rome where he was beheaded. The letters of Paul are an incomparable source of Christian doctrine and are essential for thorough understanding of Christ. To the Lord, who chose Peter to be chief of the apostles and Paul to be the apostle to the nations, be glory and praise forever! May their prayers be with us. Amen.

 

ST. RAYMOND’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL

Mark your calendars for St. Raymond’s annual parish festival: Saturday

September 20th & Sunday, September 21st, 2014. Come for the wonderful food, fellowship and FUN! More details will follow.

 

Stars and Stripes Forever

Maybe the fourth of July conjures up thoughts of summer picnic baskets, backyard gatherings or maybe the day means nothing to you.  In 1776 the American colonists won their freedom from England but only after many were killed or maimed by the war. 

In the early 20th century Middle Eastern immigrants wanted freedom so badly they endured the hardships of the long journeys to other lands—including the United States in search of a better way of life. Those who settled in the United States spoke little English yet found their way around the city streets as peddlers and entrepreneurs.  Yet, their first priority was God and setting up a place of worship in their communities.

The Maronite faith would not exist in this country had it not been for those poor, uneducated faithful immigrants.  The churches we enjoy today exist because of them and because their descendants and others not of Middle Eastern descent have worked to keep their doors open. 

Have a wonderful Independence Day!

 

SINCERE SYMPATHY

Sincere sympathy to Mrs. Joyce Ganim and her family on the loss of their beloved Mitchell Ganim who went to his heavenly home on Monday June 16, 2014. May God grant him eternal rest and peace.

 

NAM CONVENTION

The National Apostolate of Maronites will gather for the 51st annual convention July 3-6, 2014 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Our best wishes to NAM and to Our Lady of Victory in Pittsburgh for a successful convention.
 
SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LEBANON
Those who are attending the Shrine on August 12-16th are asked to make their first payment of $75.00 for the bus by June 8th and give to Roxie (check should be made payable to St. Raymond’s Cathedral). Final payment of $75.00 is due no later than July 20th. Due to the bus contract, NO REFUNDS can be given—only in an  emergency. Now is the time to confirm your reservation. Let Roxie know if you will be  rooming with someone or rooming by yourself. Call Roxie at 314-277-0452 or  email at roxierask@yahoo.com.
 
 
Chorbishop Moussa Joseph will be on vacation July 9-July 30th to visit his family in Lebanon. There will be no daily liturgies in July—only weekends.
 
Monday, June 30th-Thursday July 3rd, the Maronite Bishops and clergy of both Eparchies will gather in Pittsburgh for the annual business meetings. Please keep them in your prayers.
 
NO WEDNESDAY LUNCH
Due to vacations and maintenance, there will be no Wednesday lunch on Wednesday July 2 and Wednesday July 9th, 2014. We will re-open Wednesday July 16, 2014.
 

 

 

 

No Wednesday Lunch

There will be no Wednesday Lunch at St. Raymond's on July 2 and July 9th due to vacations. Please join us again on July 16th from 11-2!

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 7th -29th bulletin


PENTECOST

The church is missionary because of the Holy Spirit.

Easter and Pentecost are the most solemn feasts of the liturgical year because they acknowledge with great joy the miracle of God’s gift-of-self to us for the sake of our redemption and sanctification.

Easter celebrates our redemption. Pentecost focuses our attention on sanctification, the work that the Holy Spirit carries out within each of us and in the church as a whole. Redemption and sanctification are gifts from God that are necessary for salvation. Without Christ’s death and resurrection, we would be stuck in our sins,  prisoners of our sinfulness and the sins of the world. Without sanctifying grace, we would not have the strength to carry on. We know that we need the Holy Spirit’s sevenfold gifts (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord) to sanctify us, make us holy, and sustain us in life’s journey.

Our Lord promised that He would prepare a place for us in Heaven. He sent His Holy Spirit so that we might have the courage and the confidence we need to be faithful to His promise.

In His apostolic exhortation, (the joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis argues passionately for a renewed missio-

nary spirit in the church. In his final chapter, the Pope exclaims: “How I long for the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervor, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction! Yet I realize that no words of encouragement will be enough unless the fire of the Holy Spirit burns in our hearts.” The Pope challenges us no matter who we are, to be “spirit—filled evangelizers,” missionary disciples of Jesus Christ whose hearts are on fire. We are called to be missionary disciples, “who are willing to move beyond our comfort zones to proclaim the good news and serve others. The message of Jesus is clear, “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”(Mt 28:19-20). This great commission belongs to each of us and to the whole church.

Because of the Holy Spirit, each baptized Christian, and the entire community of faith, can be missionaries for Christ. We can fulfill the mission given to us by our Lord because of the sanctifying grace poured into our souls by the Holy Spirit at baptism and confirmation.

This same sanctifying grace is renewed and strengthened each time we receive the sacrament of penance and the Holy Eucharist. The church is missionary by her very nature,  and so are we. Let’s pray that we will be open to the gifts the Spirit brings to each of us so that we can be courageous in carrying out Christ’s mission.

 
GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Men’s Society is hosting the 23rd annual golf tournament June 22, 2014 honoring John Nassif. Entry fee is $100 per golfer, $400 per foursome. Early registration and payment prior to the day of the event is greatly appreciated. Contact Mike Rask with any questions: mrask@charter.net or (314) 561-1977
 
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
As we celebrate Father’s Day on June 15th, we extend our love and prayers to all the fathers of our parish. May the Lord God, through the intercession of St. Joseph, Patron of all families, bless you and sanctify your vocation of fatherhood and grant you health, peace, and joy to guide your children and lead them on the path of faith and salvation.
Be assured of our prayers for you. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on the faithful.” (Psalm 103)
“When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him.” (Proverbs 20:7)
 
JOURNEY TO HEAVEN
Join us for a “mini-retreat” presented by Father Gary George Friday, June 20th from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm and Saturday, June 21st from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Maronite Heritage Institute. The retreat will conclude with the 5 pm Liturgy at the Cathedral. The cost is $20 per person which includes snacks and lunch. Checks should be made payable to St. Raymond Cathedral and mailed to 931 Lebanon Dr. St. Louis, MO 63104.
Please contact Joan Rask at joanrask@sbcglobal.net or call 636-575-3430. Flyers available in the vestibule.
 
ST. RAYMOND’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Our first meeting for the festival will be held Tuesday, June 10th at 7 pm in the Lebanon Room. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Many hands make light work. The festival will take place on September 20 & 21, 2014.
 
SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LEBANON
Those who are attending the Shrine on August 12-16th are asked to make their first payment of $75.00 for the bus by June 8th and give to Roxie (check should be made payable to St. Raymond’s Cathedral). Final payment of $75.00 is due no later than July 20th. Due to the bus contract, NO REFUNDS can be given—only in an  emergency. Now is the time to confirm your reservation. Let Roxie know if you will be  rooming with someone or rooming by yourself. Call Roxie at 314-277-0452 or  email at roxierask@yahoo.com.
 
Congratulations to all the recent graduates! May God bless you on your upcoming journey!
 
LADIES SOCIETY
The Ladies society will be making aprons for the parish festival on Thursday June 12th at 6:30 in the Lebanon room. All are welcome to help cut, iron, sew, etc. If you have questions, please contact Denise Seifert at 636-464-4715 or goofyoflay@sbc.global.net. You will need to bring : material donations are needed along with thread, 2 coordinating prints (45-60 width) - 1 yd each,  portable sewing machines,  irons,  cutting boards,  sewing notions (pins, scissors, etc.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

MINI RETREAT

Journey to Heaven

Come join us for a “Mini Retreat”
Experience what it means to be a “Holy Family” during this year of The Family
through prayer, social interaction, and talks given by Fr. Gary George, C.Ss.R.
Friday, June 20 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and

 Saturday, June 21 from 9 amd -5 pm
 at the Maronite Heritage Center - 1021 S. 10th Street, 63104
Snacks will be provided - as well as a light lunch on Saturday.
We will end with the 5PM liturgy on Saturday.

Cost is $20.
Open to the men, women, and teenagers of the parish and

any outside guests
Please contact Joan at joanrask@sbcglobal.net or call (636) 575-3430.
Checks should be made out to St. Raymond Cathedral and mailed to 931 Lebanon Drive, St. Louis, MO 63104.
Please put “Mini Retreat” in the subject line.
Name:____________________________________
Phone:____________________________________
Email:____________________________________
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May 24 bulletin


ASCENSION THURSDAY

Our Lord tells His disciples in the gospel of John 16:16-20 that they will weep and mourn while the world rejoices, but their mourning will turn into joy.

Now we know, of course, that was the case with regard to the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. It was also the case with the fact that they had to live their lives in this world for a number of years after the time of our Lord’s Resurrection and then finally they could be put to death and then raised to life and brought to eternity in heaven. But it is also a pattern that we see over and over again in our lives.

What is necessary for us is simply to keep our focus on the Lord because that is where all our hope comes from, and, consequently, it is last, as far as world is concerned. We recall that our Lord told us that the joy He would give is not the kind of joy the world gives, and He told us it is a joy that will not be able to be taken away. So, if things around us, not in anything that the world has to offer, but only in God.

So if we continue to be faithful to Him, then eventually when our day comes, we will be granted a joy that is beyond anything we have ever known, a joy that will never lessen, a joy that will never be taken away, because we will enter then into  the face to face vision of Christ, the One upon whom we have kept our focus in this world. On that day, that joy will never be taken. We will be filled with the joy that is Christ Himself. That is what is being offered to us.  On that day, the world will mourn and grieve– not us. Now we can mourn and grieve but we can still be  filled with joy, to keep our focus on Jesus, to know the joy of Christ, and to look forward to the joy that will never end.

THIS IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION! PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND MASS AT NOON OR 7 PM.

  
SAVE THE DATE
The Aquinas Institute of Theology is pleased to honor Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Shaheen with its 2014 Great Preacher Award.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
THE CEDARS BANQUET HALL
 
GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Men’s Society is hosting the 23rd annual golf tournament June 22, 2014 honoring John Nassif. Entry fee is $100 per golfer, $400 per foursome. Early registration and payment prior to the day of the event is greatly appreciated. Contact Mike Rask with any questions: mrask@charter.net or (314) 393-3787
SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF LEBANON
Those who are attending the Shrine on August 12-16th are asked to make their first payment of $75.00 for the bus by June 8th and give to Roxie (check should be made payable to St. Raymond’s Cathedral). Final payment of $75.00 is due no later than July 20th. Due to the bus contract, NO REFUNDS can be given—only in an  emergency. Now is the time to confirm your reservation. Let Roxie know if you will be  rooming with someone or rooming by yourself. Call Roxie at 314-277-0452 or  email at roxierask@yahoo.com.
 
JOURNEY TO HEAVEN
Join us for a “mini-retreat” presented by Father Gary George Friday, June 20th from 6:00 pm-9:30 pm and Saturday, June 21st from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Maronite Heritage Institute. The retreat will conclude with the 5 pm Liturgy at the Cathedral. The cost is $20 per person which includes snacks and lunch. Checks should be made payable to St. Raymond Cathedral and mailed to 931 Lebanon Dr. St. Louis, MO 63104.
Experience what it means to be a “Holy Family” through prayer, social interaction, and talks given by Father Gary. Open to men, women, and teenagers and to ANY outside guests!
Please contact Joan Rask at joanrask@sbcglobal.net or call 636-575-3430. Flyers available in the vestibule.
 
LADIES SOCIETY
For the month of June, the Ladies Society will gather for dinner on June 3rd at Joey B’s in South County (Concord Plaza) at 6:00 pm . Those interested in joining them, please contact Gina Fanetti by calling (314)
704-1149 or email at straymondsladiessociety@gmail.com. Please R.S.V.P. by May 28th.
 
MENS SOCIETY MEETING
The next Men’s Society meeting will be held on Thursday June 5th at 6:30 pm in the Lebanon room.
 
THIRD BANNS OF MARRIAGE
Third banns of marriage between Jacob T. Elking and Agnes C. Jos.
 
Memorial Day
Memorial Day is one of our nation’s oldest and most significant holidays, born solely of our shared American heritage.
Together, we recall the glory and sacrifice of all who have set their personal aspirations aside for the preservation of our society. We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to these men and women of the United States, both foreign and domestic.
As Americans, may we never forget those who fought for our freedom, and may we celebrate the lives of those who have truly made America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Today, of all days, we must reflect on what it truly means to live in freedom. We must solidify and reaffirm our commitment to our service members and their mission. We owe all of our veterans, past and present, a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices in the defense of liberty. In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, it is the job of the living to “take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the  last full measure.” We owe it to the heroes that died and the loved ones left behind to make sure that their sacrifices are remembered and that their service to  this nation always be honored.
May God bless our Veterans and May God bless America!
 
NAM CONVENTION
The annual NAM convention is a great way to meet Maronites from other parishes in both Eparchies and a great way to incorporate a family vacation! Mark your calendars for the NAM convention:
July 2-6 in Pittsburgh, PA. Registration forms are  available in the vestibule of the church.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Town Hall Meeting

The town hall meeting is this Thursday, May 8th at 7:30 pm in the Maronite Heritage Center. Bishop Elias A. Zaidan will celebrate at Liturgy honoring St. Sharbel at 6:30 pm at St. Raymond's Cathedral.
Everyone is invited to attend!

Friday, May 2, 2014

May 3, 2014


The Road to Emmaus

The journey is a common theme in Luke as is the concept of Faith as seeing.

It was Easter Sunday when two men were walking back to Emmaus, a distance of about 7 miles from Jerusalem. They were confused, they were troubled, and they were heading back home where they could forget about the whole thing.

Because, for the two men from Emmaus, Easter passed them by. Christ was raised from the dead, and somehow, the magnitude of that event passed them by.  They were there. They were in Jerusalem. They were spending time with the other believers. But somehow,  even though there were involved physically, emotionally and spiritually they were somewhere else.

There are times for us all when we are engaged with church, coming to worship and spending time with other Christians but, for whatever reason, we might be somewhere else in our heads or we might be going through a spiritually dry time. We are present in body-but not in mind or spirit. And that is why we need the example of the two men because, no matter where they were in their emotions, no matter how spiritually low they felt, the risen Christ came and walked with them anyway.

The beauty of this passage is that Christ understands that the two men are feeling spiritually low. But his presence with them is not dependent on them understanding him. His presence with them is dependent on him understanding them! Christ understands how they feel and so he becomes present to them.

The truth is that Easter comes to them even without them understanding what Easter is all about.

Right from the beginning of the Bible, from the story in the Garden of Eden where God goes looking for Adam and Eve...right through to the end of the Bible in the Book of Revelation where the risen Christ says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…” the Biblical story is one of God seeking after us.

Even though we do not understand. Even when we are hiding from him. Even when the door is locked. Even when we are not looking for him….God comes looking for us and is present with us.

Easter—the resurrected Christ-comes to us and that is love.

This is love, that God comes into the chaos of our emotional lives. As Paul says in Romans, “if we have been united with him in his death, we shall certainly be united with him in his resurrection.”

Christ is resurrected in us and his resurrection becomes our resurrection. The cold, dark tomb of our emotional turmoil and lack of understanding is the place that is transformed by Christ into a resurrection chamber.

The light of Christ fills the darkness of our sadness and turmoil.

So ironically, when we are feeling lost and far away from God, that is the time when we are closest to him. Because Jesus understands. Jesus understands what it is like to feel far from God. Jesus cried out on the Cross, my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” And  if we are united with him in his path, we are certainly united with him in his resurrection. Christ understands—and so he walks with us on our Emmaus Road.

Christ was with them. Christ walked with them. Christ talked to them and taught them from the Scriptures. Christ ate with them...and still they did not respond to him as their Lord.

But Christ stayed with them in their ignorance and darkness and so he stays with us even when we do not have the strength or the understanding or the wit to respond appropriately to him as Lord. That is love.

Christ comes to us—he dwells with us in our community. As Paul says to the Corinthians, “Do you know that you are the temple of God?” As Jesus promised, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The Easter message is one of a God who comes to us and walks with us; a God who comes to us in the ordinary and dwells with us in the ordinary, transforming the ordinary into the eternal.

And when the ordinary of our lives—the pains, the struggles, the turmoil.. When the ordinary is transformed into the eternal.. It is them that we begin to understand ourselves and God.

At this Easter time, we are reminded that Christ comes to us. He walks with us on our road, in the ordinary of our lives. The presence of Christ with us is not dependent on how holy we might be or how strong we are in the faith, it is dependent soley on the fact that he chooses to be present with us and his deep love for us.

Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will refresh you.” Let’s just rest in that promise and allow Christ to come to us in the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the wine. Amen

 
TOWN HALL MEETING
In honor of the Feast of St. Sharbel, on Thursday May 8th,  Sayedna Elias A. Zaidan will celebrate a  Liturgy at St. Raymond’s Cathedral at 6:30 pm followed by a town hall meeting  at the Maronite Heritage Institute  at 7:30  pm We have moved the location as there will be a large party in the Cedars Hall.  Everyone is invited to attend the Liturgy and meeting. Sayedna Zaidan will  run the meeting and will answer any questions to the best of his ability
SCHOLARSHIPS

The forms for the NAM scholarship and St. Raymond’s Scholarship are in the vestibule of the church. Please remember the deadline of May 12th. No applications will be accepted after that date.

 
NAM CONVENTION
Mark your calendars for the NAM convention:
July 2-6 in Pittsburgh, PA. Registration forms are  available in the vestibule of the church.
 
GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Men’s Society is hosting the 23rd annual golf tournament June 22, 2014 honoring John Nassif. Entry fee is $100 per golfer, $400 per foursome. Early registration and payment prior to the day of the event is greatly appreciated. Contact Mike Rask with any questions: mrask@charter.net or (314) 393-3787.
 
Due to special events in the month of May, the Ladies and Men’s society meetings have been changed.  In honor of the Blessed Mother, The Ladies Society will begin their monthly meeting on Tuesday May 13th with a Liturgy at 6:30 pm followed by a Living Rosary to the Shrine by the Pastoral Center and a Blessing with the Icon of the Blessed Mother.  The Ladies will proceed with their meeting in the Lebanon Room. All members are encouraged to attend this special evening.
 
The Men’s Society will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday May 15th at 6:30 pm in the Lebanon Room. All members are encouraged to attend. Please share the change of date with your friends and family
members.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST COMMUNICANTS
Kristy Sholy         Grant Gamma
Munir Abu-Nader          Mary Catherine Slinkard
Savahnnah Suleiman
Sincere thanks to Mrs. Joan Rask for instructing them and guiding them during the year for this special day.
 
COFFE HOUR HOSTS
Attending the Liturgy is of central importance for the Family of St. Raymond Parish. After the Sunday Liturgies, we have the great custom of gathering in the Cedar’s to socialize with our families and friends. We would like to add to this tradition by asking families, or a combinations of couples, to host the coffee hour. Please think about volunteering for the Sunday Liturgy that you normally attend. We hope to get a number of people involved in this important ministry. Please  write your names on the sign up sheets in the vestibule of the church.
 
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
Loving God,
You wrap your arms around your people and show your everlasting love in the same way a mother loves her children. We are grateful for the love you have taught us through the mothers in our lives: our own mother who brought us into this world, the mothers of friends who have welcomed us into their homes and families, our grandmothers who took time for us,  and the mothers who have helped us even though we were  not their children. Bless all the mothers of this world today. May they know the fullness of love they have shared and be blessed every day of their lives.
Amen