Monday, November 3, 2014

Nov 1-16th bulletin


SUNDAY OF THE CONSECRATION OF THE CHURCH

The liturgical year of the Maronite Church opens with commemorations in honor of the  Church of Christ. The two Sundays of the Church, the Sunday of the Consecration of the Church and the Sunday of the Dedication of the Church, although not directly connected with the Season of Announcement, the first of the liturgical seasons in which the life of Christ is reflected, form a fitting introduction to it. For these two Sundays teach us that the entire salvific mission of Christ today takes place through his Church.

The Old  and New Testament both use the term “corban” to indicate something consecrated to the Lord. Quite often an object was anointed with oil and then considered holy or set apart for the Lord. In the Old Testament, priests, kings, the meeting tent and its furniture, and the Ark of the Covenant were all anointed and thus consecrated to the Lord. In the New Testament, Jesus himself is called the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One. In the Church today, we still anoint catechumens, those being chrismated, the sick, the  priests and bishops, church building, and sacred vessels in order to set apart these people, places and objects as sacred, consecrated to the Lord.

In the Old Testament, the sacred object was the Ark of the Covenant. It was a symbol of the covenant between God and his people, as it originally contained the stone tablets of the ten commandments of God’s law. By means of the covenant, Israel was set apart as the chosen people, and Yaweh was to be their God. The Ark was the symbol of God’s personal and saving presence among his people. It was upon the Ark that the blood of atonement was sprinkled and it was before it that divine communications were received. As a sign of God’s leadership and protection for his chosen people, the Ark was carried before the army in battle.

In his prophecies, Isaiah  refers to the servant of Yahweh as a “covenant of the people, a light for the nations.” This covenant of the people will establish justice on the earth, open the eyes of the blind, and free prisoners.

(Isaiah 42:4,6-7)

Jesus, the Anointed One, is the New Ark. His sacred person is the place where the divine and the human meet. He is the bearer of the good news. It is through the sacrifice of his body on the cross that sins are atoned for and his resurrection establishes  an everlasting covenant between God and his people.

Through the outpouring of the Spirit of Christ, the Church has come into being and continues the mission of Christ in the world. It is now the Church which proclaims to mankind God’s saving love for the world.

The Sunday of the Consecration of the Church invites individual Christians to renew their personal consecration to the Lord and his Church, and to strive to realize God’s kingdom on earth.

 
The Ladies Society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday November 4th at 7:00 pm in the Lebanon Room. All ladies are invited to attend!
SAVE THE DATE : The Ladies Society annual Christmas party will be held  December 4th at
Bartolino’s Osteria at 6 pm. The cost will be $35.00 a person

The Men’s society will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday November 6th at 6:30 pm in the Lebanon room. All men are invited to attend.
 
HOLY HOUR
When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Eucharist, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.” A Holy hour of adoration to the Blessed Sacrament will take place at St. Raymond’s Cathedral at 7:00 pm on Thursday November 13th followed by the blessing with the Sacred Eucharist.
Come, join, venerate before the Blessed Sacrament and offer your petitions and intentions in a quiet way to the Lord who will listen and take care of all needs!
 
ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15:          COCKTAILS 6:00 PM
                                                                     DINNER: 7:00 PM
                                                                    MUSIC & DANCING: 8:30-11:00 PM
                                                                    OPEN BAR!!!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16: PONTIFICAL LITURGY: 10:00 AM
COMPLIMENTARY BRUNCH FOLLOWING AT THE CEDARS
Saturday evening tickets: $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 & under
To purchase tickets or reserve your table (tables of 10) you may contact: Mary Cohen Ehlen and John LeCuyer at 636-394-9944 or straymonds@yahoo.com.
NOTE: We are coming to celebrate as the family of St. Raymond’s with one Liturgy at 
10:00 AM (no 9 am and 11 am Liturgy on Sunday November 16th.)
No tickets will be sold after November 9th!
Please make your reservations as soon as possible, time is running out!
NAM AWARENESS DAY
For more than 50 years the National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) has worked to help unite and preserve a Maronite presence in the United States. In fact, it is the only lay apostolate of its kind in the Maronite world. NAM rest on the support of the Maronite parishes to advance its mission.  Like any other organization, NAM depends on membership to help achieve its goals and objectives. Bishop . Elias Zaidan has asked  that we designate the weekend of November 8 & 9th as “NAM awareness Day.” Our NAM delegates, Mr. & Mrs. Rick and Janet Baker will be available to assist you.
Thank you for your support.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH AT 10:00 AM
Tickets go on sale following 9 am liturgy on Sunday November 9th. Adults $15, children $5.
Breakfast with Santa raffle tickets will  be sold after both masses as well. Raffle tickets are $1 and will help offset the cost of this wonderful event. Need not be present to win.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 18 bulletin


ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST CELEBRATION

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15:          COCKTAILS 6:00 PM
                                                                     DINNER: 7:00 PM
                                                                     MUSIC & DANCING: 8:30-11:00 PM
                                                                    OPEN BAR!!!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16:                PONTIFICAL LITURGY: 10:00 AM
COMPLIMENTARY BRUNCH  AT THE CEDARS

Saturday evening tickets: $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 & under.

To purchase tickets or reserve your table (tables of 10) you may contact: Mary Cohen Ehlen and John LeCuyer at 636-394-9944 or straymonds@yahoo.com.

NOTE: We are coming to celebrate as the family of St. Raymond’s with one Liturgy at 

10:00 AM (no 9 am and 11 am Liturgy on Sunday November 16th.)

 

No tickets will be sold after November 9th!

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as time is running out

 

St. Rafqa Biography

Rafqa was born in Himlaya, one of the villages of Northern Metn (Lebanon), on June 29, 1832. She was the only child of Mourad Saber el-Choboq el Rayess and Rafqa Gemayel. On July 7, 1832 she was baptized and named Boutroussieh. Her parents taught her the love of God and the practice of daily prayer. At age seven, she suffered her first great loss with the death of her mother. In 1843, her father experienced financial difficulties and sent her into service for four years in the home of Assaad Badawi. Rafqa grew into a beautiful, pleasant, humorous young woman, pure and tender with a serene voice. In 1841, she returned home to find that her father had remarried. His new wife wanted Rafqa to marry her brother. Conflict developed when her aunt sought to arrange a marriage between her son and Rafqa.

At this time, Rafqa felt drawn to the religious life. She asked God to help her achieve her desire and set off for the convent of Our Lady of Deliverance in Bikfaya, accompanied by two girls whom she met along the road. When she entered the convent church, she felt deep joy and happiness. One look at the icon of Our Lady of Deliverance, and she heard God's voice confirming her desire to enter religious life.

Following a year of postulancy, Rafqa received the habit of her congregation on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 1861. A year later, she pronounced her first vows. The new nun, along with sister Mary Gemayel, was assigned to work in the Jesuit-run seminary in Ghazir. Among the seminarians were Elias Houwayek and Boutros el-Zoghbi, later to become Partriarch and Archbishop, respectively. Rafqa was in charge of kitchen service. In her free time she studied Arabic, calligraphy and mathematics and also helped to educate girls aspiring to join her congregation. In 1860 Rafqa was sent to Deir el-Kamar to teach catechism. There she witnessed the bloody clashes that occurred in Lebanon during this period. On one occasion, she risked her own life by hiding a child under her robe and saving him from death.

After a year in Deir el-Kamar, Rafqa returned to Ghazir. In 1862, she was sent to teach in a school of her order in Byblos. One year later, she was transferred to Maad village. There, with another nun, she spent seven years establishing a new school for girls, made possible through the generosity of Antoun Issa.

While living in Maad, and following a crisis in her congregation, Rafqa sought divine guidance. Entering at St. George's Church, she prayed for help. Once again, she heard the Lord's voice confirming her call to religious life. Soon after, she dreamt that St. George, St. Simon and St. Anthony the Great, the father of monasticism, were telling her to enter the Lebanese Maronite Order.

Her trip from Maad to the Maronite Monastery of St. Simon el-Qarn in Aito was facilitated by the generosity of Mr. Antoun ISSA. She was immediately admitted to the Order, receiving the habit on July 12, 1871 and pronouncing her vows on August 25, 1872. She received the name, sister Rafqa, after her mother.

She was to spend the next 26 years in the monastery of St. Simon. In her observation of the rule, her devotion to prayer and silence, in her life of sacrifice and austerity, she was a role model to the other nuns. On the first Sunday of October 1885, she entered the monastery church and began to pray, asking Jesus to permit her to experience some of the suffering He endured during His passion. Her prayer was immediately answered. Unbearable pains began in her head and moved to her eyes.

Her superior insisted that she undergo medical treatment. After all local attempts to cure her had failed, she was sent to Beirut for treatment. Passing by St. John-Mark's Church in Byblos, her companions learned that an American doctor was traveling in the area. Contacted, he agreed to perform surgery on the afflicted eye. St. Rafqa refused anesthesia. In the course of the surgery, her eye became completely detached. Within a short time, the disease struck the left eye. For the next 12 years she continued to experience intense pain in her head. Throughout this period, as before, she remained patient and uncomplaining, praying in thanksgiving for the gift of sharing in Jesus' suffering.

When the Lebanese Maronite Order decided to build the monastery of St. Joseph al Dahr in Jrabta, Batroun, in 1897, six nuns, led by Mother Ursula Doumit, were sent to the new monastery. Rafqa was among them. In 1899, she lost the sight in her left eye. With this a new stage of her suffering began, intensified by the dislocation of her clavicle and her right hip and leg. Her vertebrae were visible through her skin. Her face was spared and remained shining to the end. Her hands stayed intact; and she used them to knit socks and make clothing. She thanked God for the use of her hands while also thanking Him for permitting her a share in His Son's suffering.

Preparing for death, she called upon the Mother of God and St. Joseph. Finally, on March 23, 1914, after a life of prayer and service, and years of unbearable pain, she rested in peace. She was buried in the monastery cemetery. On July 10, 1927, her body was transferred to a shrine in the corner of the monastery chapel. The case for her beatification was introduced on December 23, 1925, and canonical investigation of her life began on May 16, 1926.

Pope John Paul II declared her: Venerable on February 11, 1982; Beatified on November 17, 1985; a role model in the adoration of the Eucharist during the Jubilee Year 2000.

 
ST. RAFKA’S RELICS VISITS ST. RAYMOND’S
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of her death (1914-2014), the relics of Saint Rafka from Lebanon will visit St. Raymond’s Maronite Catholic Cathedral at 931 Lebanon Drive, St. Louis, MO 63104  on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. The relics will arrive at the Cathedral at 5:00 PM. Please come and welcome them as  a Parish Family. A Liturgy will be celebrated at 7:00 PM by His Excellency A. Elias Zaidan, Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon assisted by local clergy.
The Cathedral will remain open for the visitation of the relics until midnight,. Join us for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, movie about St. Rafka, and rosary,  on Wednesday October 22. The Cathedral will be open again on Thursday October 23rd for visitation from 7:00 AM -10:00 AM. A Liturgy will be celebrated at the Cathedral at 8:00 AM. At 10:00 AM, the relics will be moved from the Cathedral to be traveling to another parish in Los Angeles, CA.
 Come join us in prayer for this historic event and offer your intentions to Saint Rafka on this special day in St. Louis!
 

 

St. Raymond's Feast Celebration


JOIN US FOR A FUN WEEKEND FOR ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST!

 

ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST CELEBRATION

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15:          COCKTAILS 6:00 PM
                                                                     DINNER: 7:00 PM
                                                                     MUSIC & DANCING: 8:30-11:00 PM
                                                                    OPEN BAR!!!

 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16:             PONTIFICAL LITURGY: 10:00 AM
COMPLIMENTARY BRUNCH FOLLOWING AT THE CEDARS

 

Saturday evening tickets: $40 per adult and $20 for children 12 & under

To purchase tickets or reserve your table (tables of 10) you may contact: Mary Cohen Ehlen and John LeCuyer at 636-394-9944 or straymonds@yahoo.com.

NOTE: We are coming to celebrate as the family of St. Raymond’s with one Liturgy at  10:00 AM (no 9 am and 11 am Liturgy on Sunday November 16th.)

No tickets will be sold after November 9th!

Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as time is running out

 

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

October bulletin


OCTOBER: THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.

“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources-from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church-it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.”

The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called “Mary’s Psalter.”

The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death , resurrection  and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise: “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she.” Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries make the Rosary not only “a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,” but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ.

Pope Benedict XVI in an address at the Basilica of St. Mary Major where he prayed the rosary with the faithful said:

Today, together we confirm that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of the times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the centre, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son, and also what he did and said. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived. The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented toward the mystery of Jesus. Christ is put at the centre of our life, of our time, of our city, through the contemplation and meditation of his holy mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory. May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries so that through us we can “water” society, beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, it brings, in fact, peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the centre of each “Hail Mary.”

In this month of October, let us consider the beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation!

HOLY MARY PRAY FOR US!

 

THANK YOU

The celebration of our Annual Saint Raymond Parish Festival continues as we not only enjoy the financial benefits of the Festival, but also the success of the stewardship of time and talent offered by so many faithful parishioners and friends. As your Cathedral Rector, I wish to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who helped defray the cost of the Festival, all who purchased the various raffle tickets, those who donated goods and services, and all who came to celebrate the faith and heritage of this great Parish of St Raymond. A very sincere thanks to the anonymous donor of $18,000.00 to defray the cost of the car. May God reward him and his family with abundant blessings.

 In a special and heartfelt way, I extend my gratitude to all of the dedicated volunteers, from the youngest to the oldest, who sacrificed so much of their time to make the 2014 Parish Festival a success. No amount of thanks, though, can replace the joy we all experience in working together as a parish family to build up the Kingdom of God. I extend to all of you my sincere appreciation for making the Festival a true example of Stewardship - time, talent, and treasure - where everyone experiences the joys of parish life. God bless all of you and your families.

Chorbishop Moussa Joseph

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE WINNERS:
CAR:                                                     MR & MRS. DON & TERRY LEONG & MR. & MRS. FRANK & MARY EHLEN
TUPPERWARE BASKET:                     AMY FINNIGAN
KIDS BASKETS:                                     ALEX BAUER, AMYA GARST
RING:                                                     ELIE & ANNIE HLEISS
$1000 CASH:                                       DEBBIE ELKING
LIQUOR WAGON:                               OESTERLEI FAMILY
NECKLACE:                                            LISA GARRETT
MEN’S RING:                                       SANDY WAHBY
MONEY BASKET:                                DEBBIE ELKING
 
AN APPRECIATION
PARTY
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
4 PM IN THE
LEBANON ROOM.
ALL ARE INVITEDTO
ATTEND & PARTICIPATE.
PLEASE COME & ENJOY
YOURSELVES &
CELEBRATE A JOB WELL
DONE

A festival evaluation meeting will be held on Monday, September 29th at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. We will discuss our successful festival. Everyone is invited to attend and participate!
 
IF ANYONE WORKED SERVICE HOURS FOR THE FESTIVAL, PLEASE EMAIL THE RECTORY WITH NAME, HOURS WORKED, AREA WORKED, AND WHERE TO SEND THE LETTER. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED!
straymondscathedral@hotmail.com or 314-621-0056
 
The Men’s Society meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 in the Lebanon room. All men are invited to attend!
 
The Ladies  Society meeting will be held Tuesday October 7th at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. All ladies are invited to attend.
 
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15TH AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16TH WE WILL CELEBRATE ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST!
MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW!
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

EVALUATION MEETING

We will have a meeting Monday September 29th at 7 pm in the Lebanon Room to evaluate our successful festival. Everyone is invited to attend and participate!

APPRECIATION PARTY


AN APPRECIATION
PARTY
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
4 PM IN THE
LEBANON ROOM.
ALL ARE INVITEDTO
ATTEND & PARTICIPATE.
PLEASE COME & ENJOY
YOURSELVES &
CELEBRATE A JOB WELL
DONE
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


On Sunday September 7th the Faith and Heritage classes began for the year. Those of you who have not registered your children, please do so this week or bring your children next Sunday. Classes take place between 10:00 am and 10:45 am. Registration forms and calendars are available in the vestibule. Please take one on your way out.

 

Maronite Young Adults (MYA) meeting Wednesday September 24th in the Lebanon room at 7:00 pm All young adults are invited to participate.

 

MYO kickoff Saturday September 20th. All youth ages 13-18 are invited for a day of fun, service, and reflection. Join us from 1:30-6 pm followed by the festival. Meet in the Lebanon room. Parents please join us for 5:00 mass.

 

THANK YOU

A sincere thank you to those of you who have already given: M/M John Simon, Diana Deeba, Dr. & Mrs. Dan Abodeely, M/M Frank Ehlen, Milad Abounader, Shirley Milford, Dr. & Mrs. John Bouhasin in memory of Josephine Bouhasin, Helene Gazall, Lorraine Jaboor, Linda Hill, M/M Roger Sholy, M/M Lou Wright, M/M Terry Rask,  M/M Mike Banovz, Jamie Jabouri, Donna Thomas,  M/M Hoppy Randazzo,  M/M Robert Rapp, a donor, Sis McGuire, Marie Kallial, M/M Elias Hitti, Elizabeth Wolff, M/M John Jabouri, Midwest Produce,  M/M Mike Thomas, Raymond Gazall, M/M Don Leong,  Leroy Wilson, M/M Guy Gendron,  Patricia Webbe, M/M Michael Day, Dr. Maged Haikal, M/M Michael Woodling,  M/M Thomas McDermott, Merry Kweiter

We are also thankful to our sponsors:

 

North American Montessori-Child Care, Inc.

Kenricks Meats & Catering

Midwest Cardiovascular, Inc.,

Scholwalter & Jabouri, PC

John Bouhasin, Jr. Attorney at Law

 

COFFEE HOUR

We kindly ask you to please clean off your tables/trays during

coffee hour after both liturgies as we have no porters on that day.

We are grateful for your

cooperation!

 

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Today’s feast is one of the greatest feasts of the Eastern Churches. It is frequently mentioned in ecclesiastical writings and always has as its object the triumph of Christ, his resurrection, and the veneration of the holy cross, the sign of his victory over death. The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was first instituted in order to commemorate the dedication of the Church of the Resurrection on September 13, 335. The Emperor Constantine built this church and the one in Bethlehem and they are both in existence today. The Church of the Resurrection had five naves protected the sanctuary of the sepulcher or tomb of Christ. The date of September 13 was chosen in order to supplant the pagan feast of the Temple of Jupiter in Rome.

The second historical event which is the source of our present feast was the return of the holy cross to Jerusalem under Emperor Heracilius. The wood of the cross had been preserved in the Church of the Resurrection until May 4, 614 when the Persians captured Jerusalem, burned the Church of the Resurrection  and carried off the cross. After the victory of Emperor Jeracilus over the Persians, the cross was returned to Jerusalem on September 14, 628.

On this day the Maronite Church celebrates the Rite of the Cross, which is a service of adoration of the cross, the sign of our salvation. This feast which comes at the end of the annual liturgical cycle is also directed toward the second coming of Christ, who carries his cross of the readings and prayers of the seven weeks which follow and which close the liturgical year. Adoration and honor to the cross of our Savior! Glory and Praise to Christ our God, for ever! Amen.

 

 
St. Raymond’s Festival
Please make every effort to participate in giving a hand for one or two hours during this period in preparation for the Festival:
Monday, September 15 at 10 am—prepare “Kafta” for Saturday meal.
Wednesday September 17th at 4 pm till ?? - prepare “chicken” for Saturday meal.
Friday September 19th 8:30am-4 pm preparation of tabouli and getting other dishes packed for Saturday meal.
Saturday and Sunday we need help in every area, especially the kitchen to prepare the last items for the festival.   GOD BLESS YOU ALL!