HAPPY FEAST DAY!
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
As we celebrate the renewal Sunday of the church,
we also celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint in our Parish.
Romanos was born in Palestine in Caesarea and ordained
Deacon in one of the villages belonging to this province.
When the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, began his persecution
of the Christians both in the East and in the West, especially
at Antioch, Romanos immediately decided to go to that city
when he heard that many of the Christians there were
abandoning their Christian faith. The Emperor threatened to
cut out Romanos’ tongue, but the future martyr continued
preaching and urged the people to confess to no other savior
Finally, he was arrested, thrown into prison and in 303, beheaded.
On this special day commemorating his feast, in coincidence with Renewal Sunday, we pledge to follow the example of St. Raymond, to renew our commitment to the church, to renew our Christian faith as sons and daughters of God the Father, and to renew our commitment to our community of St. Raymond and its organizations.
We cannot be called “Christians” only by name, our deeds must precede us in action. Our church is not a building of stones, it stands on the participation and stewardship of everyone of us, old and young, single and married.
We are called today to be an example and model in our own families, in our neighborhood, at work, in our schools and everywhere we go.
We have so many opportunities and so many places we can live our Christian faith and our commitment. We have our own organizations: The Ladies Society, The Men’s Society, the Maronite Youth Organization (MYO), the heritage classes for children, the choir, we can also live our commitment by volunteering as a reader on the altar, as a server, as an usher.
Most importantly, we can be an example of St. Raymond by inviting a family member or a friend to participate and attend the service of the Eucharist, to discuss and encourage them to participate in any other spiritual function as a body of Christ, the Church.
This is the best way to renew ourselves today, this is the best way to honor St. Raymond on His Feast day, and promise Him our love and commitment.
May the Lord, through the intercession of St. Raymond, guide us, strengthen us, and give us the perserverance to live our Faith and be true witnesses to His gospel today and forever.
Happy Feast day!
Msgr. Moussa Joseph
Breakfast with Santa will be held on Sunday, December 15 instead of
December 8th as previously noted. Tickets will go on sale November 17th.
Save The Dates!
On Friday, December 13, 2013 the ordination of Msgr. Moussa Joseph
to the dignity of Chorbishop will be celebrated during a liturgy at 6:30 pm
followed by a buffet reception at the Cedars. More details to follow.
The Ladies Society will hold their Christmas party on Thursday, December 5th at 6 pm at Bartolino’s Osteria on Hampton Ave. Tickets are $27 per person. Anyone interested in attending may call Pat Busekrus at 314-920-2573.
The Men’s Society will hold their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30 pm and will serve St. Louis style barbeque prepared by the folks at Pappy’s Smokehouse. We would like everyone to try and get their sons or nephews to attend, if they are college age or older. We will send out an email for people to RSVP so we can order enough food. If you are not receiving our emails currently, please contact David Wahby at email@example.com or Mike Hurley at Michael@hurleyandhurley.com. As always, men’s society will sponsor the meal, but will accept donations to offset the cost, however your attendance is what we consider most important. Please make an effort to attend this meeting, as well as, to help create interest in the men’s society among young men in our parish. Thank you
On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 we will have a New Years Eve Party at the Cedars Hall. I hope many of you will consider joining us at St. Raymond’s. Details will be posted in future bulletins.