Prayers for Parkland, Florida

Loving God,
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence,
especially at Parkland, Florida.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who suffered on the Cross
so that we might have eternal life.
Amen.

Mass for the Victims of the Florida Shooting
Friday, February 16, at 5:30 pm

We are grieved at St. Raymond Parish after another senseless shooting in our schools. While we are shaken by this terrible tragedy, our faith shall never waiver. Let us mourn for the 17 people who were killed. Let us pray for the victims, their families, and for each of us. Then let us act . What that may look like will be different for each of us. If you are interested in helping us frame a response in light of peace and justice, please contact outreach@straymondmp.org .
STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Friday, February 16, at 6:00 pm,
preceded by Mass at 5:30 pm, and
followed by a simple soup supper

In light of the tragic events of this week, we have tailored the Stations of the Cross to address contemporary issues in our world, like violence. Let us enjoin our prayers to Jesus, who bore the pain of suffering in order that we might have life.

Join the community at St. Raymond Parish every Friday this Lent with Mass, Stations of the Cross, and Soup Supper. Each week will be hosted by a different group in the parish. This Friday, the staff of St. Raymond will host the Mass, Stations, and Soup Supper. The following Friday will be hosted by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Click below for a PDF version of St. Raymond’s The Way of the Cross.
Every Friday, we will have a different set of Stations of the Cross. Please contact liturgy@straymondmp.org if you have any questions.

Stations of the Cross

Celebrate Christmas with Us

CHRISTMAS SERVICES AND MASSES

Click here for the program for our Christmas Masses.

Sunday, December 24
4:00 pm Family Service of Carols and Readings
4:30 pm Family Mass

FAMILY SERVICE OF CAROLS, READINGS, AND MASS “A Storybook Tale of Christmas”.  Not just for kids but the entire family and the parish, the Service of Carols and Readings on Christmas Eve is a tradition that focuses our attention on the Birth of Jesus through the lens of storytelling. Travel through time and sacred places with the children of the parish through carols and readings from scripture and poetic verses. Then we will seamlessly take you into the celebration of the Mass where both children and parishioners will experience the liturgy anew through sacred words and song. Accompanied by a trombone quartet, the children will lead us in prayer to herald the Birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. What to expect: there may be some wiggles and giggles along the way because children are naturally joyful, but it’s ok because we’re going to pray with them, hand-in-hand, so that they experience the fullness of our faith through joy and love. Together, we will pray as one family in Christ.

7:00 pm Vigil Mass
9:00 pm Vigil Mass
11:00 pm Service of Carols and Readings
12:00 am Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25
8:00 am Christmas Mass
10:00 am Christmas Mass
6:00 pm Christmas Mass

For more information, please contact us at liturgy@straymondmp.org.

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

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

The following is a blessing you may use for your Advent wreath at home.
All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Response (R/.) Who made heaven and earth.

Then the Scripture, Isaiah 9: (lines 1-2 and 5-6) or Isaiah 63 (lines 16-17 & 19) or Isaiah 64  (lines 2-7) is read:

Reader: The Word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

With hands joined, the leader says:

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The blessing may conclude with a verse from
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”:

O come, desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of humankind;
bid ev’ry sad division cease
and be thyself our Prince of peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

Advent: Wait, Watch, and Wonder

The Gift of Advent by Mary Abinante, Pastoral Associate 

Next week we begin a new Church year and the season of Advent, a particular gift of our Catholic tradition. Much of the culture around us will be rushing headlong into Christmas, but we recognize two separate but complementary seasons, Advent and Christmastime.

Our observance of Advent, with its quiet, reflective waiting and watching, is very different from the hectic activity of the secular season. Advertisements would lead us to believe that what we do makes or breaks Christmas; we have to make it happen. Our frenetic preparation seems all important. As people of faith, we are challenged to focus not so much on what we do but on what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for us. Through our celebration of Advent, we open ourselves to God preparing us for Christ’s coming:

  • in the past — Jesus was born into the world, a day we remember for its significance for history and spirituality.
  • in the present — as Jesus appeared to the first frightened disciples after his death on the cross, so he continues to live in the lives and hearts of believers today.
  • in the future— the coming of the Lord at the end of time. In fact, the liturgy of Advent tells the story of Christ’s coming backward, beginning with this final coming.

This year the scriptures of the Advent season invite us to three actions or attitudes:

Wait: Throughout Advent we wait in joyful expectation of the coming of the Lord. In a world where so much is instantaneous, this season calls us to practice patience. We know that Christ came into our world that long-ago night in Bethlehem. But the kingdom he came to inaugurate is a long way from fulfillment, leaving us to experience it in the state some theologians call “already and not yet”. The prophets and John the Baptist remind us what God’s kingdom looks like: straight paths, mountains made low and valleys raised, mercy and justice, when “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Our Advent waiting is active, as we prepare the way for the presence of Jesus now and in the fullness of time.

Watch: In the gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Jesus tells his disciples to stay awake, to be constantly on watch. Our Advent call is also to watch. Our lives are filled with demands for our attention, from daily responsibilities to the lure of advertising or cultural norms which promise happiness, wealth, or power. Without judgment, in the midst of all of this, Jesus asks us to be constantly on watch – for his presence in our lives and in our world, for the truth, for those who need us to be their voice or the hand of God.

Wonder: It is no accident that children are the face of Christmas, because they are filled with wonder. But as adults, we have heard the story so many times; we have seen dreams of peace die; we doubt that we can make a difference. Advent invites us to open ourselves to wonder: at God’s unconditional love for each of us, expressed in presence in every moment of our lives; at the mystery of the Incarnation: that God became one of us, and, in the words of our liturgy, “gives our mortal nature immortal value”; at the promise of hope for peace and justice for all the earth.

Mary is a perfect image for Advent. For the first coming of Jesus, she waited for his birth – a mystery she could not comprehend but accepted because of her deep faith and  her knowledge of all the ways that God had been with her people through generations. In his growing up and in his ministry, she watched – and followed as his first disciple, learning from him as he learned from her. And she wondered, which allowed God to work through her to advance the plan of salvation: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. (Luke 1:46)

Let us take the time to enjoy this special season. Not only will we be enriched by its gifts as we go along, we will probably experience its fruits even more in the Christmas season to come. May our gathering and celebrating together overflow into our daily lives and help to prepare a way for Christ in our world.

Prayer for Texas

The St. Raymond Parish community prays in unity with the entire Christian Church. We pray for the repose of the souls of the victims of the massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. May God console us in our time of need and may we always strive to bring light to the world, especially amidst such horrific violence.

The staff at St. Raymond Parish invite and encourage you to visit our church and light a candle throughout the day. We also invite you for a prayer service tonight, November 6, 2017, from 6:00-7:00 pm. We will have a quiet, reflective time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. You may come in for a few minutes or stay for the entire Holy Hour.

Below, you will find a prayer card with various prayers and scriptural passages for your use so that you may enjoin your prayers with the entire community even if you are unable to come to church. We pray in solidarity wherever we are in the world.

Prayer Card

Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can be of help to you and your families. Contact us at liturgy@straymondmp.org.