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Advent Calendar of Events

SATURDAY,  DEC. 9, 9:00-11:00 AM Advent Morning of Prayer and Retreat. Join Mary Abinante for this reflective and prayerful retreat focusing on Advent.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 7:00 PM Young Adult Wine and Social. Join young adults (18-40) in the community for a relaxed evening of wine and fellowship.

SUNDAY,  DEC. 10, 8:00 PM Advent Night Prayer The perfect end to the day: a candlelit, restful evening with the Liturgy of the Hours.

TUESDAY,  DEC. 12, 7:00 PM Advent Taizé Service and Our Lady of Guadalupe Come celebrate Our Lady within the context of a candlelit evening of prayer followed by a reception.

FRIDAY,  DEC. 15, 6:30 PM Advent Cooking Class with Jesson Mata. Learn some time-tested cooking tips for holiday cooking like how to make a mirepoix to enliven your most treasured dishes. Everyone is welcome, including moms and dads.

WEDNESDAY,  DEC. 20, 7:30 PM Advent Penance Service Join the entire community plus two other parishes for an evening of reflection and confessions with meditative music.

THURSDAY,  DEC. 21, 7:00 PM “Simbang Gabi” or “Night Mass” Join the Filipino community for a festive night imbued with cultural traditions and food from the Philippines

Altar Server Training and Social

All Altar Servers are invited to a special Altar Server Training and Social on Monday, October 30, 12:00-2:00 PM at the St. Raymond Parish Center/Church. We will spend the first hour on lunch (provided) and a social activity (learn how to throw a rugby ball with Mr. Jesson Mata).

We will discuss some liturgical trivia, learn the ins and outs of the Roman Missal (the book we use for prayers at the Mass), and practice some very cool actions that date all the way back to the time of St. Dominic. To sign up or for more information contact Jesson Mata at We thank everyone for you and your parents for your work and dedication. 

Pope Francis celebrating Mass.

All Saints/All Souls Celebrations


On “All Hallows Eve,” that is, the Vigil of All Saints, we will have a candlelit evening of chanted Night Prayer, readings from the Saints, and the Litany, followed by drinks and merriment to commemorate this great feast! Please note the Vigil will follow the 6:00 pm Mass.


The feast of All Souls will be celebrated this year on Thursday, November 2. We will have a candlelit Taizé service with special readings and prayers to commemorate the dead. As is our custom, we will collect the names of those you wish to remember and place them at the altar for the month of November where they will be a constant part of our prayer as a community. On the tables by the doors of the church there are cards on which to write the names of your beloved deceased as well as envelopes should you desire to make a contribution in their memory.

(Click on the image for a video on Taize)


New Small Group Bible Study

Please join the new Small Group Bible Study!

We gather every Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the home of Christine Galvez, 875 Hermosa Way, Menlo Park.

The group discusses the scripture readings for the coming Sunday Mass and shares how those readings speak to us now, in 2017. Members receive materials which include the readings, as well as suggestions for discussion, questions and ways in which to live the lessons of scripture in our day to day life. If you might be interested, join us any Wednesday.

Come whenever you are able; no advance notification required. Any questions: please call Christine Galvez at 650-279-9149 or email

New…Youth Ministry Gatherings

33 Teens Attended Our 1st Youth Ministry BBQ of the Year on Sunday, September 27, 2017

Youth Ministry Gatherings  

Who’s invited?

7th & 8th Graders from all schools are welcome & High School Students as Mentors and Core Leaders

When is it happening?

Sundays, Sept 10th, Sept 24th, and Oct 8th

With more dates to be announced!

Where to I go?

St. Raymond’s Youth Center/8th Grade Classroom

1100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park


What time does it take place?




What’s the loose agenda look like for our meetings?

We will gather together to celebrate our Catholic faith, share dinner with friends, spend time socializing and playing games, relaxing and venting about the stress that teens are dealing with in their lives.


RSVP for Sunday, September 10th Italian Dinner Night so we can have enough food for everyone at 


Ministries with Children

Do you enjoy children? Do you hope that they will

“catch the fire” of our faith? Perhaps you have a

calling to be involved in a ministry with children.

Please take a few moments to pray and look into

the options:

Religious Education for Children: meets on

Sunday mornings between Masses. We need

assistant catechists, subs, general help with setup

and logistics, and more! Contact the office



Children’s Liturgy of the Word: meets during the

first half of Mass. It is an opportunity for children to

hear the readings from a children’s Bible and

discuss them at their level. We need leaders,

readers, song leaders and individuals who would sit

with a small group of children to discuss

the readings with provided questions. Contact the

office or

Lots of training, support and

goodies provided for all!

Summer Highlights…


Air Conditioning for the Church—Find out how you can help on page 2 in the bulletin.

Summer Book Club– Information on page 2. New Belonging Committee—See page 2 in the bulletin for more.

Faith Formation for Special Needs Families—Read more on page 4 in the bulletin.

Summer Help Needed—Details on page 4 in the bulletin.

Together in Holiness Marriage Conference—More on page 5 in the bulletin.

Stations of the Cross and Soup Suppers

Please join us at St. Raymond this Lenten Season. 
 Prayer, Soup, and Fellowship
This Lent bring your family to pray the Stations of the Cross, followed by a simple (but delicious) supper of soup and bread served in the Parish Hall.
Your parish priests are hosting our first soup supper on Friday, February 12th. Come join us every Friday in Lent at 6:30 p.m. in the Church to walk with Jesus and eat with friends!
If you can’t make it, we are also continuing our traditional midday Stations of the Cross at 12:10 pm each Friday.
Soup Supper Schedule
February 12th – Hosted by Parish Priests
February 19th – Hosted by the Altar Society
February 26th – Hosted by School Board & Pastoral Council
March 4th – Hosted by Society of St. Vincent de Paul
March 11th – Hosted by Legion of Mary & Confirmation Class
March 19th – Hosted by Religious Ed & Mother’s Ministry

Our Parish’s Mom’s Ministry Dinner & Kick-Off Meeting, Oct. 27th

St. Raymond Mother’s Ministry 

Mark your calendar…..

Tuesday, October 27th from 7:30pm-9:30pm,

The Mother’s Ministry of St. Raymond church will be having a

kick-off event.  Dinner will be served.

Please come and bring a friend.

If you would like to be added to the Mother’s

Ministry email Distribution list to receive

reminders and information

please contact Stephanie Virag at or

Sarah Gonzalez at

Come as you are to Thrive with 

other moms.