Wednesday, August 14, 2013



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 has 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 the West under a variety of titles. May our Virgin Mother intercede for us and may her prayers protect us. Amen.



The invitations for Sayedna’s retirement liturgy & banquet have been mailed to the entire parish. Please send in your returns as soon as possible. Seats are assigned as they come in.


The bus for the Shrine will leave at 5:00 am sharp on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Those who are riding on the bus, please get to the parking lot of St. Raymond’s by 4:30 am.


Don’t forget you raffle tickets for the 2013 Ford Focus! Tickets are $100.00 and only 300 will be sold. Tickets are available after weekend masses, the Wednesday lunches and by calling the rectory at 314-621-0056. Thank you to those of you who have already purchased one or more! Even Pope Francis rides in a Ford Focus!!

There will be no Wednesday lunch on August 14th due to the Feast of the Assumption. Please join us again on Wednesday August 21st!

Pray for the Sick

Please continue to remember the sick or homebound of our parish in your prayers. Josephine Bouhasin, James Crenshaw, Ann Elking, Tom McDermott, James Randazzo, Mary Jane Simon, Thelma Simon, Erma Valentine, Vince Wahby, Esther Nassif.



Many thanks to those of you who have contributed to the festival. We encourage many more parishioners to participate in donating time, talent and treasure. We are the FAMILY OF ST. RAYMOND’S!

Thank you to those of you who have sponsored a booth: Midwest Cardiovascular, Inc. Dr. Antoine Adem & Dr. Andre Bouhasin; North American Montessori Child Care, Inc.  Richard Deeba II.

The St. Raymond’s Ladies Society is excited to launch the 2013 “Back to School Supply Drive” to support Catholic school children in need. This year we have selected to support children at St. Francis Cabrini (in Gravois Park) and Holy Trinity (in Hyde Park.) Both schools provide a high quality Catholic education to children in need.
When you are out shopping for school supplies, please consider picking up a little something extra. A list of needed supplies is below. There will be a donation box in the church vestibule from Sunday July 20 - August 18.
Items needed: Backpacks, pencils, pens, markers, blunt tip scissors, regular tip scissors, Folders, crayons, protractors, compasses, rulers, pencil boxes or pencil bags, glue sticks, regular white glue, notebooks, loose leaf paper, and printer paper.
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please call Robbyn Wahby at (314) 374-8339.

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