Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Bishop A. Elias Zaidan would like to do a second collection Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th for the persecuted Christians in Iraq. The money collected will go to the most in need. It will be divided between the Chaldean Catholic and the Syriac Catholics of Iraq.

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch wrote the following prayer!

The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and encourage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever. Amen



Aug 9th bulletin


Ancient tradition tells us and our own faith assures us of what

the Church has solemnly proclaimed: the Virgin Mary has entered,

body and soul, into heaven. After her death, the Virgin Mother of

God, without undergoing corruption, has entered heaven, by a

special privilege of God, with her body glorified as was her Son’s.

As God had preserved her from the stain of original sin, made

her a mother and yet preserved her as a virgin, so also has he brought

her to himself in her integral human nature of body and soul. The

origins of this feast are very ancient and date to a period some time

Before the sixth century. Although it has been an ancient tradition

to venerate the bodies of the saints, there never has been any mention of there being any veneration to the body of the Virgin. This is an added witness to the truth of the bodily assumption of the

Virgin Mary. This feast is celebrated in the Churches of both East and West under a variety of titles. May our Virgin Mother intercede for us and may her prayers protect us. Amen.



Friday August 15, 2014 is the Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven. It is a Holy Day of obligation. The schedule of liturgies at St. Raymond’s is:

12:00 noon and 7:00 P.M.

There will be no 8:00 A.M. liturgy on that day! Please make every effort to attend liturgy that day!

Sincere sympathy to Bishop Robert Shaheen on the loss of his beloved Uncle, Albert Rishdan (his mothers’ brother) who passed away this past week in Danbury Connecticut. May God grant eternal rest and peace to Albert and grant consolation and comfort to his family.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
 Those attending the National Shrine trip, please meet here at 5:15 am                              August 12th as the bus will leave promptly at 5:30 am. We will depart                                the Shrine at 7 am Saturday August 16th and should return to St. Louis around 6 pm!
There will be no Wednesday lunch on August 13th due to many kitchen volunteers attending the Feast of the Assumption at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Ohio. We will re-open August 20th from 11:00 A.M.—2:00 P.M.
Mark your calendars for St. Raymond’s Festival:
September 20-21, 2014! The next meeting for the festival will Be Thursday,
August 21st at 7:00 P.M. in the Lebanon Room. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Sunday August 17th, following the 9 am Liturgy, we are looking for help with a
mailing for the festival of raffle tickets and updated information. Please consider
giving a hand.
                          The Ladies Society of St. Raymond’s would like to invite you to an ice cream       social Sunday August 24, 2014 from 10 A.M. -1 P.M. Come and enjoy coffee,                                                     donuts, ice cream and of course camaraderie and fellowship! Kids activities will also be available. Please join us!
Help the Ladies Society collect school supplies for the less fortunate.
There will be a drop box in the church for the month of August.
Items that are needed include:
Scissors            dry erase markers             Tape                   crayons
Glue                    sheet protectors Markers index cards
Folder flash drives Pens etc

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.



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 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.



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.
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
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.
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


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.

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: or (314) 561-1977
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)
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 or call 636-575-3430. Flyers available in the vestibule.
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.
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
Congratulations to all the recent graduates! May God bless you on your upcoming journey!
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 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.)



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 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.