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.

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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!

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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.
 
 
 

Dec 13


THE REVELATION TO JOSEPH

Joseph, the spouse of Mary, lived a life of obscurity and devotion to him suffered the same lot during the first centuries of the Church. However, we find that Jerome praises his virginity: John Chrysostom spoke about his sufferings and his joys. It is said that Helen built a church in his honor at Bethlehem and a feast has been celebrated in his memory by the Eastern Churches since the ninth century.

The Maronite Church celebrates his feast on the fifth Sunday of the Season of Announcement and also on March 19.

From the day of the announcement of Gabriel to Mary and her virginal conception, three months had already passed. During this time, Mary kept silent. Although the consequences could have been disastrous to  her reputation,  her betrothed, or her relative, Elizabeth. She trusted in God and knew that he would reveal the great mystery in his own time and in his own way. The Lord did just this.

When Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant, he could not understand how something like this could have happened. Mary continued to be modest, kind and compassionate. Saint Jerome describes Joseph’s confusion. “Joseph, knowing the chastity of Mary and admiring what happened , his in a silence the mystery he was unable to understand.” Just as Mary respected the mystery, so did Joseph. However, he decided that it was his duty to send her away in silence, even though he would have to suffer. They would have to separate rather that unveil the mystery. The Holy Family began with this martyrdom of self in the face of God’s mystery.

God intervened in a dream, which Joseph did not doubt as coming from heaven. God told Joseph that Mary was pregnant through the power of the Holy  Spirit. He also gave Joseph his role as the “father” of the family: “Mary will give birth and you will call him Jesus.” This child will deliver people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). A great responsibility was given to Joseph and, like Mary, he accepted the will of God.

Joseph was called to be the humble servant of God, Jesus and Mary. He would do all his duties in silence. He would serve, protect, provide and die before even seeing a miracle. His entire life became one of love, immolation, sacrifice, work and self-effacement.

He would take Mary to Bethlehem, flee to Egypt, bring Jesus and Mary out of Egypt, look for Jesus in the Temple-and die in silence. This was his mission and he accomplished it because he trusted God.

Joseph has often been compared to the Joseph of the Old Testament, the son of Jacob. As Joseph of the Old Testament saved Egypt and its neighbors, may the Joseph of the New Testament  save the Church and all those who come to him. “Go to Joseph. He has the riches of the king!  The King has entrusted to him the distribution of his goods!”

 

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.

 
THANK YOU
Breakfast with Santa was a huge success. Sincere thanks to Mrs. Robbyn Wahby and her committee for a job well done. Thank you also to the Men’s Society for cooking and to all those who helped behind the scenes setting up and cleaning up. A special thank you to Santa and Mrs. Clause for making the day a good memory for many children! Mark your calendars for next year. Breakfast with Santa will be held on December 6, 2015

 

CALENDARS

The 2015 calendars are available in the vestibule of the church.  The Catholic Extension calendars are with the Maronite setting.  Sincere thanks to Kutis Funeral home for their complimentary Roman calendars. Please help yourselves.

 

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.

 
WEDNESDAY LUNCH
The hall will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Wednesday,  December 31st for the Christmas Season. We will reopen Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
 
CHRISTMAS NOVENA
Beginning Monday December 15th, the Christmas novena will be prayed at St. Raymond’s every evening at 7:00 PM. On Saturday December 20th the novena will be prayed following the 5 pm Liturgy and Sunday December 21st  the novena will be prayed following the 11 am Liturgy. The last day of the novena will be Tuesday December 23rd. This is a good way to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Our Savior. Please make every effort to attend and bring a friend or family member.
 

 

Dec 7


The Birth of John the Baptizer

Fourth Sunday of Announcement

 

The Church does not usually celebrate the earthly birthdays of the saints, but rather their birthdays in heaven, namely the day of their deaths when they obtain their crown of glory. However, in the case of John the Baptist, we celebrate his earthly birth-his coming into the world to announce the Son.

John’s coming was filled with marvels. The angel announced his birth. Because of his doubt Zechariah was struck dumb. John leaped with joy in the womb of his mother when visited by the Virgin. He was sanctified at that time by the Holy Spirit. As soon as John was born, Zechariah was able to speak and sing the beautiful song of “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,” a hymn the Church continues to sing even today.

The angel predicted that many would rejoice at John’s birth and that he would be great in the sight of God, and holy, ascetic, and just before the people. He will bring many back to God. He will be the Forerunner of the Savior and return the hearts of parents to their children, and the unbelievers to the wisdom of the just. He will prepare for God a holy people.

Some months before the Lord began his preaching ministry, John came out of his solitude and appeared  near the Jordan River, as the Forerunner of the Lord predicted by the prophets. He impressed the crowds by his poverty, austerity of life, severity of preaching and the practicality of his exhortations. His ministry was quite successful. Many people came to him to receive his baptism and confess their faults as he announced the imminence of the messianic kingdom. He was so humble that he declared himself unworthy to untie the sandals of the Lord. “I have baptized you in water; he will baptize you the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)He will separate the sinners from the just.

When Jesus came to be baptized, John wanted to withdraw, saying that it was he who should be baptized by the Lord, but Jesus insisted. John said, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” and told his disciples to follow Jesus. When the disciples complained that Jesus was becoming more and more popular, John said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” He reproached Herod for his scandalous conduct and was put in jail. In prison he sent his disciples to Jesus. He wanted them to follow him and to let Jesus declare himself as the Savior predicted by Isaiah. John was praised as superior to all the faithful of the Old Testament.

 

CHRISTMAS NOVENA

Beginning Monday December 15th, the Christmas novena will be prayed at St. Raymond’s every evening at 7:00 PM including Saturday December 20th and Sunday December 21 and will end Tuesday December 23rd. This is a good way to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Our Savior. Please make every effort to attend and bring a friend or family member.

 

 
WEDNESDAY LUNCH
The hall will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Wednesday,  December 31st for the Christmas Season. We will reopen Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
 
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.
 
The Men’s Society Christmas party will be held Thursday, December 11th at 6:30 pm in the Lebanon room. All men are invited to attend.