Friday, August 26, 2016

Bulletin August 28-September 4,2016


           August 29  

The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, is the day that commemorates the martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist on the orders of Herod Antipas because of the vengeful request of his step daughter, Salome and her mother.

According to the Synoptic Gospels, Herod, who was tetrarch, (sub-king), of Galilee under the Roman Empire, had imprisoned John the Baptist because he reproved Herod for divorcing his wife and unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother,    Philip.  On Herod's birthday, Herodias's daughter, Salome danced before the king and his guests. Her dancing pleased Herod so much that in his drunkenness he promised to give her anything she desired, up to half of his kingdom. When the daughter asked her mother what she should request, she was told to ask for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Although Herod was appalled by the request, he reluctantly agreed and had John executed in the prison.

None of the sources gives an exact date, which was probably in the years 28-29 AD (Matthew 14:1-12; Mark 6:14-27; Luke 9:9) after imprisoning John the Baptist in A.D. 27 (Matthew 4:12; Mark 1:14).

The liturgical commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is almost as old as that     commemorating his birth, which is one of the oldest feasts, if not the oldest, introduced into both the Eastern and Western liturgies to honor a saint.

The Maronite Church along with the Roman and Orthodox Churches, celebrates the feast on August 29. Historically the day is was observed with strict fasting.

Saint John the Baptist, Pray for Us!

Scripture Readings For

* August 27/28, Sixteenth Week of Pentecost-THE FRUIT OF THE WORD (The Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector) Book of Offering Page 425 or 492. Romans 8:18-27 and Luke 18:9-14.

* September 3/4, Seventeenth Week of Pentecost-THE FRUIT OF THE WORD: LOVE OF NEIGHBOR  (Parable of the Good Samaritan) Book of Offering Page 425 or 492 Romans 13:8-14 and Luke 10:25-37

Sick, Home Bound and those in the Hospital

Please inform  the parish office (314-621-0056) that you or someone else would like to be visited to receive Communion , Confession or other spiritual needs.  Always notify the parish when someone is hospitalized. Thank for your kind attention to this.

Email Contact List

Much of our communication with parishioners is done via email. If you would like to be put on our email list please send an email directly to with your email and NAME in the text

Men’s Society
The Men will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday September 8th. Dinner at 6:00pm followed by the meeting at 6:30pm in the Lebanon Room.
All are welcome to attend!

Ladies Society
The Ladies will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday September 6th at 7pm in the Lebanon Room.               
All are welcome to attend!

IDC Meeting
There will be an In Defense of Christians (IDC) meeting on Thursday September 1st at 7pm in the Lebanon Room. All are encouraged and invited to attend the meeting.

Parish Finances August 21st-28th
Saturday August 13th Loose Offertory: $0
Saturday August 13th Envelope Offertory: $560.00
Sunday August 14th Loose Offertory: $164.00
Sunday August 14th Envelope Offertory: $1,343.00
Baton Rouge Catholic Charities: $85.00
Feast of the Assumption: $85.00 (Sat & Sun)
Maintenance and Repair: $325.00 (Sat & Sun)
Revenue during the week: $700.00
Candles: $50.00
Kitchen Sales: $76.00
Coffee Hour: $99.00
Income: $3,487.00
Expenses: $5,954.47

Festival Income August 14th-21st
Donations: $903.96
Sponsorships: $450.00
Booth Tickets: $420.00
Raffle Tickets: $203.00
Total: $1,976.96

Kitchen Scoop
Monday Rolling Cabbage @ 8 am
Tuesday Making Kibbi Aras @ 8 am
Rolling Grape Leaves Schedule:
Sunday August 28th and Sunday September 11th after liturgy in the kitchen. 
Thursday September 1st 4pm-6:30pm before the festival meeting.
The Kitchen will be CLOSED on Monday September 5th for the Holiday. We will be OPEN for lunch on Wednesday September 7th. The kitchen will NOT be serving Tabouli  on September 7th because we will be serving it for the festival.
The Kitchen is in need of workers for both days of the festival. A schedule will be included in the next bulletin for the week of the festival with all the prep work. The three days with the most work will be Wednesday September 14th, Thursday September 15th and Friday September 16th where we will need help in the morning and evening. 
Many hands make the work load lighter!

If you would like to volunteer please contact Denise Seifert, Kathleen Wahby, or Gina Fanetti
2016 Festival Updates
The next festival meeting will be Thursday September 1st and NOT Thursday September 8th at 7pm in the Cedars Hall ( NOT the Lebanon room). If you are a chair person of a booth or have another responsibility with the festival please come to the meeting. The committee is trying to get updates and progress reports from all involved.
This is a parish event and a huge fundraiser for St. Raymond’s any time you have available to help the week before the festival and the two days of the event is encouraged. All are welcome to volunteer at the festival...parishioner or not. Everyone is invited and included to join us in making this event a success for St. Raymond. 
Every Sunday after liturgy in the hall Booth Tickets and Raffle tickets will be sold. Pre-sale booth tickets are 25 tickets for $20. This offer is available until Sunday September 11th.  You may also contact the parish office to purchase booth  or raffle tickets. 
Saturday September 17th  6pm-10pm
* Main ticket booth will accept cash or credit card to purchase booth tickets
* Outside event
* All the  booths will be accepting TICKETS ONLY
Sunday September 18th 11am-6pm
* Main ticket booth  will accept cash or credit card to purchase booth tickets
* Raffles will only be accepting cash
* The Inside Kitchen will accept cash, credit card and booth tickets
* All the booths will be accepting TICKETS ONLY
* The Inside Kitchen will be closing at 5pm

The committee is creating a festival directory to let you know what booths we will have at the festival and how many tickets the items cost in each booth.

Festival Sponsors
Special thanks to our Festival Sponsors who have donated so far….
North American Montessori, Donald Ganim, Schowalter & Jabouri, P.C., Brian and Robbyn Wahby, Dr. and Mrs. John Bouhasin, Midwest Cardiovascular, Inc., Garrett Paper Company, Helene Gazall and Family, George and Marilue Simon, Dr. Abe Hawatmeh, Anthony and Haifa Sabat
Please continue to ask for sponsorships. We will be accepting sponsorships until Sunday September 4th.
Forms are available in the Parish Office

Land of Peace is a nonprofit organization representing Jerusalem Christian Families scheduled to visit the church on
* August 26th
* August 27th
regarding selling religious articles from the Holy Land.

Land of Peace is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping and supporting Christian families in the Holy Land through the Patriarch of Jerusalem. When anyone purchases handmade arts they help our mission and help the Christians in the Holy Land.

In 1920 the Christian population in the Holy Land was 80%; today it is less than 2%. With the parish support and the parishioner’s generosity we are able to help our brothers and sisters to live in Jesus land of birth.


To donate on line and for more information please visit our   website:

Noel Alshomali, CEO

Please join the MYO in raising funds for the Louisiana flood victims.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) initiated its Incident Management Plan to respond to the floods  inundating our Diocese. The group is asking for cash donations to help meet those needs.
"While the exact role and activities will vary and be unique to each disaster,” said David Aguillard, CCDBR   Executive Director, "we focus on filling gaps in existing services, primarily for the most vulnerable populations and those with the greatest needs.”
At this time, the Disaster Operations staff are contacting entities within the affected parishes, churches, GOHSEP, and VOAD, identifying special needs populations and finding where gaps in services might exist. From there the agency will develop a plan of action for their response in the initial relief stage of the disaster. Once the damages are assessed, they’ll start preparing for the recovery phase of the disaster.
-Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
More than 12,000 people are in shelters and many more have lost everything to the flood.
Please make donations to St. Raymond’s Cathedral and we will send a large donation from  St. Raymond’s Cathedral to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

International Institute
The International Institute of St. Louis offers comprehensive adjustment services for refugees and immigrants in our community. In turn, these newcomers expend the richness of St. Louis’ diversity and help revitalize our economy. (

The International Institute is looking for groups to sponsor potluck lunches for new refugees (many of them Syrian). The food is for about 50 people. Margie Simon would like to put together a group of  individuals from the parish to sponsor a lunch on Thursday September 29th. Please contact Margie Simon at or the parish office (314-621-0056) if you are interested in participating.

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