Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Raymond:
Grace, peace and happiness to you during this season of love and joy. The Christmas season comes again to remind us that the birth of our Savior Jesus is the source of our joy and hope in this journey of life toward heaven, our eternal house. God became one of us so that we may be one like Him and with Him for eternity. We celebrate the life of God and we live it with much joy and excitement here on earth to experience His kingdom and share it with others.
I call upon all of you to take extra time this season to focus on prayer and friendship with your families and loved ones. I urge you to reach out to someone that you have been neglecting or forgetting and to bring them the special touch of our “Merciful Lord” who calls upon you to be His “speaker” in society today.
The world needs you today more than ever to act as light to the world and salt to the earth so that the message of the gospel may shine on those who are still living in darkness. With the angels, we proclaim “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth.” This peace must start with you and me and spread like fire that will destroy every hatred, anger and darkness of sin. This peace must fill all of us with hope, courage and faith.
During this year of Faith, the glorious birth of Jesus will have more meaning and will bring more joy into our life if we commit ourselves to the mercy and love that God bestows upon us and share them with others. As I send my love and prayers with this message, I call upon you all to be more active in our Christmas novena, the liturgies at Christmas and other spiritual events so that God may be more Glorified.
Wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas, I remain
Msgr. Moussa Joseph
A sincere thank you to Diana Deeba and Ramona Milford for a successful trivia night. Sincere appreciation to the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped with their time, talents and treasure. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you to those of you who attended . Because of your participation we have cleared $3,100.00 for St. Raymond’s Church.
Parish Envelopes: We are in the process of providing the envelopes for 2013. If you don’t receive envelopes now and would like to , please call Toni at the rectory at 314-621-0056 or by email at :
firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you receive envelopes now and don’t need them because you give by online banking, please let us know. Thank you!
Board Meeting: The next board meeting is scheduled for December 12th at 6:15 pm in the Lebanon room.
Avis Rent A Car is offering a discount through NAM! As a result, we can all use this discount. For personal or business travel, please provide Avis Worldwide Discount number (AWD) L253072.
Join the Order of St. Sharbel: The order of St. Sharbel is a national organization of people who pledge their spiritual strength and financial support for the education of our seminarians. Think about joining the Order of St. Sharbel and support its “mission.” The order of St. Sharbel is organizing the annual retreat January 18-20, 2013 in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. If you are interested in attending, registration forms are in the back of the church or you may contact Ms. Roxie Rask.
During this holy and blessed season, I encourage you to remember your deceased loved ones by offering a mass in their memory. To do so, you may call the rectory at (314) 621-0056 and provide us with the information or use the envelopes in church.
We are using “intentions” from outside the parish. How do you feel about your deceased???
Novena schedule in preparation for Christmas:
Monday, Dec. 17-Friday Dec.21: 7 pm prayers of novena
Sat. & Sun. Dec 22, 23; Novena will be prayed at end of 5 pm mass on Sat. and end of 11 am mass on Sun.
Please make the effort to attend and prepare yourselves spiritually for the birth of our Lord and Savior!
Christmas Schedule of masses:
Mon. Dec 24: 5 pm Children’s and Youth mass
10 pm Solemn mass of the birth of our Lord: Celebrated by our Shepherd Bishop Robert Shaheen
Tues. Dec. 25: 10 am Mass of the birth of our Lord