Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NO LEBANESE LUNCH MARCH 25 AND APRIL 1

March 21 bulletin and Holy Week schedule


Sunday of Bartimaeus the Blind

A theme that is central to the Maronite Liturgy is Jesus as the Light of the world and daily we invoke Mary as the Mother of the Light. On this sixth Sunday of Lent, we recall Bartimaeus, the blind man who wanted to behold the light of the world.

Jesus and the crowds around him were approaching the gate of the city of Jericho where a blind beggar was sitting. It was a good time to beg for alms because the number of persons who walked by. The gospel gives us his name as “Bartimaeus.” Bartimaeus heard the tramping of feet and the noise of the crowd and asked who was passing by. When he heard that it was Jesus who was approaching, he began to shout and make noise in order to attract Jesus’ attention. Everyone who was trying to listen to the Master was offended and tried to silence the beggar. But this was the only chance for the beggar: Jesus was passing by and he wanted to escape from his world of darkness.

When Jesus indicated that he wanted to see what Bartimaeus wanted, the attitude of the crowd changed. They told the blind beggar, “Courage, get up. He is calling you.” The beggar’s response was immediate. He throw off his cloak and rushed to the Lord. In many ways, we are called to be like the beggar. Certain opportunities come only once. When the Lord calls us, we must throw off anything that will hinder us and run to Christ.

The blind man knew what he wanted; he wanted light.  Not only was the beggar to receive the gift of sight from the Lord; he was also to receive the gift of inner light, the gift of faith. How courageous Bartimaeus was in his desire to seek the Light of the world. Many of us desire to remain in the darkness.

Let us not allow the world to prevent us from seeking the Light, but let us cast aside all that hinders us and go to meet the Lord. “Through the rays of your light, we shall see the light, O Jesus, full of mercy.”

 

PALM SUNDAY DINNER & BAKE SALE

March 29th 11:30 am—3 pm Lebanese Food will be served for the public in the Cedars Hall.

Please bring your family and friends to join us!

The Ladies Society will be hosting a bake sale for Palm Sunday. Please bring your baked items to the Cedars Saturday, March 28

between 4pm and 6 pm or Sunday morning.

 

 
SCHOLARSHIP
The applications for college and High School scholarships for St. Raymond’s are available in the vestibule of the church. Remember, NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 15TH.
 
SYMPATHY
Sincere sympathy to Dr. Edmond Cabbabe  and his family on the loss of his brother George Cabbabe who passed away this week in Alepo, Syria. May God grant him eternal rest and peace and bestow upon the family  the blessings of comfort and consolation at this time of sorrow.
 
Altar Servers  for Holy Week
 
The season of lent will end with the observance of Passion week; Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Mid-Night (Saturday) and Easter Morning (Sunday).
This is the culmination of the liturgical year, beautiful liturgies that require a great deal of involvement from our parish membership.  Ushers and Altar servers play an important role in all of these liturgies; our beautiful liturgies depend upon this involvement.
We are asking that families of boys in the age group of 8 – 18 make an effort and commitment to attend the liturgies over the next two weeks; Palm Sunday, and Passion Week, following.
March 29th, Palm Sunday, at 12:30 PM, we will have an Altar Server meeting in the cathedral to train, walk through, and assign roles for Passion Week.  We ask that all parents let your boys know your anticipated attendance schedule for Passion Week; paying special consideration to the Holy Thursday and which Easter Liturgy you plan to attend.  Remember that Holy Thursday requires at least twelve (12) altar servers to attend to perform the liturgy.
Please contact the rectory (314) 621-0056,  David Wahby (314)713-1002 or Anthony Simon (314) 322-6553 with any questions and to RSVP for the Palm Sunday Meeting.
 
EASTER EGGS
We will be accepting donations of colored Easter eggs on Saturday April 4th for the reception after the 10 pm mass. You may bring them in before the Liturgy begins.
 
NO WEDNESDAY LUNCH
There will be no Wednesday Lunch on March 25 and April 1.  We will re-open April 8th.
 
NAM CONVENTION
The NAM convention will take place in Cleveland, Ohio July 1-5, 2015. Those who wish to attend and participate may pick up fliers and information from the vestibule of the church or visit the website of NAM at www.NAMNEWS.org for more details
APRIL SHOWERS
The Ladies Society is collecting items for April Showers for the entire month of April.  You may bring them to church with you and put them in the designated area in the vestibule. There is a list of items needed in the back of church. All donated items go to Our Lady’s Inn.
 
God appeared to you in a vision and said, “Ask me for anything and I will give it to you,” What would you ask Him for? Think about it for a moment. Would you ask for money, a long life, success in a  career, victory for your favorite sports team?”
Quote from the Best Lent Ever.
 
ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL
The Annual Lenten Appeal for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon is now taking place. This year, a copy of a letter from Bishop Elias Zaidan was sent to every family in the mail, together with a special gift. This is the same appeal that we do every year.  If you write a check, please make it payable to St. Raymond’s and mail it or put it in the collection basket. We will send one check to the Eparchy at the end of the Appeal. Our parish’s goal for this year’s Appeal is $8500.00. We have only received $2700.00 of the $8500.00 so far. If we don’t reach our goal, the parish has to make up the difference. Please be generous and support the Eparchy.  For those of you who did not receive any by mail, there are some extra pamphlets in the vestibule. Thank you. 
 
service of the Benediction of the cross will be celebrated
 at St. Raymond’s Cathedral at 7:00 pm followed by pot luck dinner in the Lebanon
room.
March 27th: Donors
 
St. Raymond’s Holy Week Schedule
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29
10 a.m.                          Solemn Liturgy with procession and distribution of palms. 
4 p.m.                             Liturgy & distribution of palms.
PALM SUNDAY DINNER
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Lebanese food will be served for the public in the Cedars Hall.
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 31 & APRIL 1
Mon, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy of the Blessing of Holy Oils
Tues, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy & Benediction of the Cross
Wed, 12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Rite of the Lamp and Liturgy
THURSDAY, APRIL 2 (HOLY THURSDAY)
12 Noon Liturgy
7 p.m. Liturgy and Washing of the Feet; Procession with Blessed Sacrament and Adoration till 11 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3 (GOOD FRIDAY)
11 a.m. Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
7 p.m. Burial of the Lord
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 (GREAT SATURDAY OF THE LIGHT)
10 a.m. Confessions
11 a.m. Prayer of Forgiveness
NO 5 PM LITURGY
10 p.m. Opening of Tomb and Solemn Liturgy of Resurrection
(Everyone is welcome to the Cedars Hall for refreshments following the 10 pm
Liturgy)
SUNDAY, APRIL 5th (EASTER SUNDAY)
9 a.m. Liturgy of Easter (No coffee hour on Easter Sunday.)
11 a.m. Liturgy of Easter
 
DURING HOLY WEEK, CONFESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BEFORE ALL LITURGIES
 
 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feb 22, 2015

SUNDAY OF THE LEPPER

The miracle of Jesus curing the leper took place when Jesus was visiting the cities of Galilee. At that time, many diseases of the skin were re-ferred to as leprosy. In the time of Jesus, the leper was declared to be "unclean" and was separated from the rest of the community.

The physical disease of leprosy can be compared to the spiritual diseases of sin. A person who sins eventually loses the image of the divine im-printed upon his soul. He becomes hateful to others and even to himself. He becomes separated from the rest of the community, the Body of Christ, and forced to dwell alone.

In the Old Testament , a leper who was cured was treated similar to a repentant person. A cured leper was required to offer two birds at the Temple. One bird was killed and the second live bird was dipped in the blood of the sacrificed bird and allowed to go free. We are also cleansed by the blood of Christ.

We must consider the courage of the leper who approached Jesus for healing. According to the law, he was forbidden to go near anyone, but the leper does not consider the law. He simply wants to be cured and he knows where the healing is to be found. Jesus does not reproach the man for breaking the law, but shows him mercy. Jesus stretched out his hand and touched the leper. (This act itself was forbidden by the law.) His only concern was the desperate need of this suffering man. After curing the man, he instructed him to perform the ritual imposed by the law.

The cure of the leper manifests what sin can do to us and what the miraculous healing power of the Lord can do for us. Just as the leper showed courage and sought the healing power of Jesus, let us seek the healing power of Jesus in confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness.


"Everyone knows something about God, but when we really encounter God, most of us discover he is not like we thought. You may know about God, but now its time to get to know God. And you may dis-cover that much of what you thought you knew was wrong."

Quote from Matthew Kelly from the bestlentever.com.

BEST LENT EVER!


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BENEDICTION OF THE CROSS

Every Friday during Lent, service of the Benediction of the cross will be celebrated at St. Raymond’s Cathedral at 7:00 pm followed by pot luck dinner in the Lebanon room.

Below is a list of committees who will sponsor the dinner:

February 20: The Ladies Society

February 27: The Men’s Society

March 6: Faith and Heritage

March 14th: Choir

March 20th: Kitchen volunteers

March 27th: Donors

 
MARONITE VOICE
St. Raymond’s will be receiving 100 copies of the Maronite Voice every month for our Parishioners. The members who requested and paid for the subscription through the envelope, will receive a copy delivered to their home. Next year, there will be no home deliveries as it will be available at church and online. A new edition is available in the vestibule of the church. Please help yourselves.
 
REGULATIONS FOR LENT!
Ash Monday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
 
CARITAS
There will be a second Collection for Caritas on Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st . Please be generous in helping this organization for all the humanitarian deeds they do for the needy in Lebanon.
 
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS!
Applications for college scholarships are available in the back of church. High school seniors please take one and return it by April 15, 2015.
 
 
LADIES SOCIETY FASHION SHOW!
Mark your calendars for  Sunday, March 8, 2015 for the spring fashion show featuring lunch, shopping, fashion show and a cash sangria bar! For more information, please contact Gina Fanetti at: straymondsladiessociety@gmail.com.
Paperdolls Boutique, Unique Ideas -n- More, Thirty- One, Tru Candle, Longenberger Baskets, Dimvaloo Active Living, Stella & Dot, & Tupperware by Dolores Nordman are some of the vendors that will be present to sell their items. Also Salon Antebellum is doing hair and make-up!
 
Massabki Award
Congratulations to Mrs. Marie Kallial as she received that NAM Massabki award last Sunday for her dedication, support and commitment to St. Raymond’s. I encourage you to join the National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) so this award can be presented to those of you who work  hard and dedicate much of your time to St. Raymond’s.  You must be a member of NAM for one year to receive this award.
 
ANNUAL LENTEN APPEAL
The Annual Lenten Appeal for the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon is now taking place.  A copy of a letter from Bishop Elias Zaidan was sent to every family in the mail, together with a special gift.  The Eparchy relies upon you to support our Maronite parishes, like this one, and train our future Maronite priests.  Every family is asked to participate in the Appeal at a level which is meaningful for them and be generous.  You can make your donation with a credit card, and make a pledge payable over 10 months.   Our parish’s goal for this year’s Appeal is $8500.00. Please be generous and support the Eparchy.  Thank you. 
 
SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars! First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday April  26, 2015 during the 9:00 am Liturgy.
NO FAITH & HERITAGE CLASSES MARCH 8TH DUE TO THE FASHION SHOW

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

January 30, 2015


CANA SUNDAY

Great Lent is a  time for change, for transformation. The Maronite Church begins Great Lent with Cana Sunday, a commemoration of the transformation of water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana at Galilee. This change prepares us for the evening when we change wine into his blood and bread into his body.

Mary had only to mention to Jesus that something was wrong: “They have no wine.” Jesus understood that his Mother was not simply making an observation, but was seeking his powerful intervention. On her part, Mary was confident that he would listen to her. She had given birth to him and had lived with him for thirty years, so she had faith in him. At first, Jesus responded with an apparent refusal, “Woman, (a term of respect which he would also use on the cross) how does this concern of yours involve me?” The reason for his response was that his hour had not yet come, namely the hour of his death and resurrection, after which he would answer all the prayers of his Mother.

Jesus came into the world for a definite purpose and task, as we all do. He did not see his life in terms of the immediate needs of any particular moment, but only in terms of his purpose and the eternal plan of the Father. All of his deeds had to correspond and lead to the ultimate fulfillment of his life.

Mary knew that her prayer would not be refused; she told them to do whatever he told them. Mary trusted in her Son and her request was fulfilled. She told the servants as she tells all of us: do whatever my Son tells you.

Jesus instructed the servants to fill the six waterpots. The number six might be significant because in the mentality of the time, six was an imperfect number. (Seven was considered as perfection.) The six waterpots can represent the imperfection of the old law, which Jesus is to fill with the wine of the Gospel and of his grace. The imperfection of law was transformed into the perfection of grace. The imperfection of law was transformed into the perfection of grace. These jars held 180 gallons of water, which was to be transformed into excellent wine. What was originally lacking is now to be found superabundance.

Aside from the rich theological significance of the transformation of water into wine, let us reflect on the simplicity and “homeliness” of the act. Jesus knew that the lack of wine would be source of embarrassment to the groom and misfortune for the guests. He did not rejoice in the misfortune of others, but used his great power to save a simple man of Cana from humiliation. Let us imitate his example and be concerned with the simple needs of those around us and how we can fulfill them.

 

A BLESSED JOURNEY OF LENT!

 

MEN’S & LADIES SOCIETY

The Ladies Society will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm. All Ladies of the parish are invited.

The Men’s Society will hold their monthly meeting Thursday,  February 5,  2015 at 6:30 pm.  All men of the parish are invited.

 

THANK YOU!

Sincere thanks and appreciation for all your support and your generosity to the Little Sisters during their visit at St. Raymond’s last weekend.

 

BENEDICTION OF THE CROSS

Every Friday during Lent, service of the Benediction of the cross will be celebrated at St. Raymond’s Cathedral at 7:00 pm followed by pot luck dinner in the Lebanon room.

February 20: The Ladies Society will sponsor the dinner

February 27: The Men’s Society will sponsor the dinner.

The rest of the schedule will be posted in the next bulletin.

 

BEST LENT EVER!

Lent begins February 16th. To help us prepare ourselves spiritually sign up for this “daily inspiration”  http://dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever. Lets have the best lent ever!
ASH MONDAY MASSES: 8 AM & 7 PM
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES:  8 AM & 12 NOON
 

FAITHFUL DEPARTED

In our Maronite liturgical calendars, we will commemorate  The Faithful Departed the week of February 7-14 this year. During that week, please remember your faithful departed as family members or loved ones. Pray for them!

May all the Faithful departed through the Mercy of God, rest in peace! Amen.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

The Armenian A Cappella Trip Zulal will be at the Historic Wildey Theater in Downtown Edwardsville, Illinois on Sunday February 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm. Go to www.wildeytheater.com for more information.

 

WEDNESDAY LUNCH!

There will be no Wednesday lunch on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. We will reopen Wednesday February 25th. We appreciate your business!

 

LADIES SOCIETY FASHION SHOW!

Mark your calendars for  Sunday, March 8, 2015 for the spring fashion show featuring lunch, shopping, fashion show and a sangria bar! Tickets go on sale February 1st! For more information, please contact Gina Fanetti at

straymondsladiessociety@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DEC 31


EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD

On Tuesday, January 6th, we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the Eastern Churches this feast is known by two names: Epiphany and Theophany. The Greek word, “Epiphany” means “a manifestation “ or “an apparition” and the word, “Theophany means an appearance of God.” On this day we celebrate the appearance or manifestation of Christ among us as God’s Son.

The feast of Epiphany was first celebrated in the East around the third century and eventually was adopted by the Western Church. In the Eastern Churches the celebration of the Epiphany originally centered on both the Birth of our Lord and his baptism. When the later Western feast of Christmas was introduced into the East, Christmas became the feast of the Birth of our Lord and the Epiphany, that of his baptism.

The feast of the Epiphany is intimately connected with the mystery of our Lord’s birth. The Child who was born for us and the Son who was given to us is manifested before us to be the Son of the Most High. Christ begins his public life with his baptism by John in the Jordan river. At his baptism, Christ is seen as the fulfillment of John’s preaching: he is the Messiah and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Father and the Holy Spirit are witnesses to Christ for he is the beloved Son of the Father and upon him the Spirit rests. Thus at the baptism of the Lord we have not only an epiphany or manifestation of Christ as God’s Son, but also a theophany or manifestation of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The feast of the Epiphany reminds us not only of the baptism of Christ, but also of our own baptism. St Ephrem in his Hymn on Epiphany says: “...our blessed Lord came to be baptized with sinners and because of his glory the heavens were opened. The One who purifies all creatures, desiring to cleanse them, went into the waters and sanctified them for our baptism.” It is for this reason that we bless water on this day. Originally, the mystery of baptism was celebrated on this feast and the waters blessed were those of baptism.

On Epiphany, we celebrate the manifestation or epiphany of the Trinity at the baptism of Christ as well as the manifestation of the glory of God in the person of the Lord come into the world, that is to say, the manifestation of Christ, the Word of God, among us. Let us then call to mind the grace of God who has appeared for the salvation of all, and thank him for the baptism through which we have been begotten in the Spirit and through which we have put on Christ and become children of the Father.

 
MEN’S SOCIETY
LET’S GO BLUES! The Saint Raymond’s Men’s Society is having a night out at the Blues game. The game is on Thursday January 8th at 7 pm against the San Jose Sharks. Tickets are $27.00. Please consider bringing your sons or grandchildren and/or a friend to the game. We will meet at Johnny’s Restaurant & Bar located at 1017 Russell Blvd at 5:01 sharp for dinner and drinks and they will shuttle us to the game and back. Please contact Scott Elking at (314)267-3002 or scott@caryep.com to reserve your tickets.
DUE TO THE HOCKEY GAME, THE MENS SOCIETY  WILL HOLD THEIR MONTHLY MEETING ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 15TH  AT 6:30 PM IN THE LEBANON ROOM. ALL MEN ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.
 
LADIES SOCIETY
Due to the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th, the Ladies society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday January 13th at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. All ladies of the parish  are invited to attend.
  THANK YOU....
Chorbishop Moussa Joseph extends his sincere thanks and appreciation for all the thoughtfulness, the
Christmas cards and the gifts from the parishioners and friends of St. Raymond’s. May the New Year bring to all of you the blessings of good health , peace and happiness.
 
THANK YOU
Sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who helped with the tree of life gifts for the needy. A special thanks to Mr. And Mrs. Brian Wahby  who coordinated the project and distributed the gifts to the Sisters of St. Teresa & Bridget.
 
FAITH & HERITAGE
There will be no Faith and Heritage classes on December 28th and January 4th. They will resume January 11th. Have a blessed holiday Season.
EPIPHANY
On Monday, January 5th at 7:00 pm, there will be a Liturgy for the Epiphany of Our Lord with the ceremony of the blessing of the water. Following the Liturgy, everyone is invited to the hall for the traditional treat “ZLABYEE” and coffee.  Please join us as a parish family and community. On Epiphany, there will be two
Liturgies: 8 am and 12 noon. Please make every effort to attend one of the Liturgies
The Little Sisters of the Poor, who have been welcoming aged poor persons and sharing their lives with them within the Archdiocese for over 140 years, will be visiting our parish Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 to speak of their mission within the Church, and to ask our help.  Their Home, in North St. Louis, currently serves 115 needy elderly persons who are loved and cared for until death, so that they live in security and dignity.
 
The heart of their mission is simply to provide a “Home”, so that those elderly with whom the sisters joyfully share their lives, realize how much God loves them and wants them to be with Him forever in heaven.  Throughout their history, the Little Sisters have depended on the collaboration of the laity to enable them to support their Residents and live their vocation.  The Sisters will have envelopes in the pews and will briefly speak at Mass to ask your support.  Please make checks payable to the Little Sisters of the Poor.