Dear Parishioners & Friends of St. Raymond’s,
As we celebrated Thanksgiving last week, I offered my special thanks to God Almighty for each and everyone of you, for your vocation and for your kindness and generosity in using yourself to serve God and His church.
Indeed, our community is blessed to have so many wonderful and dedicated people that are always using themselves to help others and make our community a healthier and more prosperous family. After all, the parish is the spiritual home of each one of you. If any of you have not been involved and participated in building up our community, now is the right time to do so. As we move into the season of the greatest Mystery in existence, it is that God is becoming a human like us in all things except sin. Of course, there are no words sufficient enough to describe this Mystery, all that we can do is offer praise and exaltations to God and honor His name by living our faith and trust in Him.
How privileged we are to be called His body, the church, and how lucky we are to be able to know, see and feel Jesus in the Sacraments, as well as in the beautiful lives of those that we encounter in our daily life.
God became one like us in His son Jesus to unite us together. This unity is an invitation to all of us to realize how much God loves us and how much the world needs this love through us. Let us reveal this love to others around us, let people see Christ in us and hear Him through our mouth as we give them hope and salvation.
To each and everyone of you, I extend my warmest wishes, hoping that this blessed Christmas season may empower you with the gift of faith, peace and joy so that you may pass it on to those whom you meet daily.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Msgr. Moussa Joseph
St. Raymond’s New Year’s Eve Party Tuesday December 31, 2013
The Cedars Hall 8:00 P.M.-1:00A.M.
There will be dinner, cash bar, party favors, and live music.
Featuring Joseph Beshara and his band.
Tickets are $75.00 per person
For Reservations call 314-621-0056 or Rick/Janet Baker 314-845-5997
Please join us in bringing in the New Year with liturgy at 7:00 P.M.
Thank you to all those who donated to the Collection for the Philippines. Your generosity is appreciated. We collected $750.00.
We ask you kindly to send us your email address so we can communicate with you faster. Any of you who have moved or changed phone numbers, please contact the rectory at
Santa is coming to St. Raymond’s on Sunday December 15th. We need elf volunteers Saturday December 14th at 8 am to help set up. If you have any questions, please call Robbyn Wahby at 314-374-8339 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget your wrapped gift for the needy children.
As of January 1, 2014, we have no more mass intentions from the Parish for weekdays and Saturdays. We have only a few intentions for Sundays till end of February. Do not be surprised if you only see “Special Intentions” or unfamiliar names. I hope and pray that you will go back to the traditions in remembering your deceased family members or any intention you would like to pray for.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE:
Christmas Novena: Monday December 16th –Friday, December 20th at 7 pm
Saturday December 21st following 5 pm Liturgy
Sunday, December 22nd following 11 am Liturgy
Monday, December 23rd at 7 pm
Christmas Eve: Tuesday December 24th: 5 pm Children’s Liturgy & 10 pm Christmas Liturgy (following the 10 pm liturgy, everyone is invited to the hall for refreshments and fellowship.)
Christmas Day Wednesday December 25th: 10 am Christmas Liturgy (No coffee hour today)
Schedule for confessions: Everyday during novena from 6:15-7 pm
Tuesday December 24th: 3:30-4:30 pm and 8:30-9:30 pm
New Year’s: Tuesday December 31st 7 pm Liturgy
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 10 am Liturgy