Please submit your testimonial of “Why my Family Loves St. Raymond” along with a photo of you or your family. Testimonials should be 250 words or less. Please send your photo and testimonial to email@example.com. Articles and photos will be used on the St. Raymond Parish Website and other communications.
The Seamless Garment Ministry is proud to be working with St. Mary’s Services in Arlington Heights during the month of October, Respect Life month. St. Marys’ Services, Founded in 1887 by the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary, is dedicated to helping women experiencing unplanned pregnancies who are considering adoption. Their Hopeful Beginnings Teen Parenting Program works in conjunction with district 214 to provide students with facts, information, and resources concerning pregnancy, labor and delivery, and parenting. Pregnancy, almost always described as unplanned for a teenager, is a difficult and confusing time, and those at Hopeful Beginnings understand the seriousness and sensitivity that goes along with counseling and educating these new parents. Their vision is for these students to graduate high school, and continue to pursue their life goals, while using the skills and lessons learned through this program to be loving, caring parents. They also provide preparation and placement services to families pursuing domestic infant adoption and help both birth and adoptive families before, during and after placement. St. Raymond received a request from St. Mary’s Services and District 214 to help support their Hopeful Beginnings program by collecting new winter baby outerwear (snowsuits, hats, mittens, boots, etc.) for newborn — three year old children. There will be a collection box in the bride’s room for donations the weekends of October 21st-22nd and October 28th-29th The outerwear will be given to their clients at a special dinner on November 13th . There are currently 25-30 teen moms from district 214 in this program and it would be a wonderful way to show our Respect for Life by donating to this inspirational ministry.
St. Raymond will be featured as Parish of the Week on Relevant Radio’s Patrick McCormack Show “On the Front Porch” with a focus on the story of the Rosary Makers. Fr. Ed Panek, Ruth Hauswirth, and Evelyn Mutzabaugh will be interviewed in a live broadcast from the Park Ridge studio on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017, FROM 11:30 AM TO NOON. Tune in on station CHICAGO 950 AM or download the Relevant Radio App for free!
The purpose of this new ministry is to provide sleeping mats to homeless persons. Clean, plastic grocery bags are cut, knotted into “plarn” (plastic yarn) and crocheted into mats (it keeps the plastic out of our landfills, too). If you are a crocheter, or would like to learn, if you are interested in cutting the plastic, or would like to be involved in this ministry in some way, please consider joining us. We gather on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the Formation Room for camaraderie, sharing and fun, while doing something worthwhile. For further information, please contact Kathi Szott, (847) 226-6369, firstname.lastname@example.org “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” ~ Vince Lombardi
September is Hunger Action Month, and Catholic Charities invites you to join the effort to eliminate hunger in our communities. In the Soup-er Stadium Challenge, we will try to fill every seat in Soldier Field with food! Twice! We’ll have a kickoff event at Soldier Field on September 12, but you can help at any time in September by making a donation to the Catholic Charities food pantry in Des Plaines. The most needed food items are: Cereal, pasta, rice, mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelley, canned vegetables, canned soup and fruit. To make a donation or for more information please visit the Catholic Charities Northwest Regional Office at 1717 Rand Road, Des Plaines, or call (847) 376-2100. By meeting the goal of the Soup-er Stadium Challenge we will provide more than 103,335 meals to families in need. We thank our partners in this campaign: The Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools, Soldier Field and the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation! Join us! www.catholiccharities.net/Soup-erStadium
Will you answer God’s call to teach the children?
Have you wondered if you would be a good teacher? (Would you like to co-teach with someone to share and talk about the best way to teach a lesson?) Do you smile when you see a child’s success? Would you like to teach the children more about God — using excellent materials? Would you like to learn more?
Top Reasons to Become a Catechist
- You will grow in your own faith, learn the teachings of the Church, and deepen your relationship with Jesus
- Your baptism calls you to share in Jesus’ ministry
- Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to hear the Good News of Jesus
- Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to encounter good role models of faith
- You have much to share with those you’ll teach and you’ll have opportunities to share faith with other catechists
- Today’s catechetical textbooks/resources offer outstanding support
- You’ll be challenged, you’ll have fun, and you’ll make new friends
- You’ll be helping people deepen their relationship with Jesus (you’ll be evangelizing!)
- You’ll be handing on a 2000-year-old Tradition that changes lives
- It’s our job: Jesus sent us to “go and teach all nations”
Call or email the Religious Education Office 847-253-8600 or email@example.com
Catechists needed: Grade 2: 2catechists, Grade 4: 1 catechist
In order to keep this vibrant ministry going strong in the future for the children, we need to ask our adults to share their talents. Many of our younger children attend CLOW and find it to be very beneficial as they take a look at the Sunday Scriptures, in a “kid-friendly” way that they can understand. Please consider being part of this wonderful ministry. CLOW meets during the 9:30 mass two or three Sundays per month from mid-September through mid-May. We explore the Sunday Readings and Gospel with children ages 5-11 during the 9:30 mass. Handout materials and training will be provided and you have the opportunity to pair with someone until you feel comfortable teaching a classroom alone. For more information contact, Joyce Ochab firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Family Mass Ministry is in need a Family Mass Coordinator. This Ministry provides a Sunday worship experience that is engaging and involves parents and children alike. Family Mass ministers help to facilitate the participation of families at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of each month from October through June. This ministry also coordinates the following special events: the Christmas Eve Family Mass, the Stations of the Cross reenactment for families on Good Friday, and the pet blessing on St. Francis’ feast day in October. Ministers rotate the various events. All adults are most welcome to join the Family Mass Ministry. Training is provided. Please contact Kymm Recht at mailto:email@example.com
Emmaus Walk, an eight week support group for adults grieving the loss of a loved one will begin on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 pm in the Living Room of the Parish Ministry Center and continue through Monday, November 13th. Any adult grieving the recent or perhaps not so recent loss of a significant person in their lives –family member, partner, or friend – is invited and welcome to join us. During out time together various elements of the grief journey will be explored through education, discussion, and sharing in a safe and confidential setting. Please contact Sr. Val, group facilitator, at 847-253-8600 x 143 or Sr.Val@St-Raymond.org to register or with any questions. All are welcome!
Whether you are new to knitting or crocheting and wish to learn, brushing up on skills that you haven’t used in a long time or are experienced in these crafts, please consider joining our recently-formed Prayer Shawl Ministry. The purpose of our ministry is to create shawls to gift to those in our parish who are in need of our prayers, love and support. It is a wonderful way to meet new friends while creating a meaningful reminder of our concern for our fellow parishioners. Meetings take place on the last Thursday of the month from 7 – 9 P.M. at the PMC. If you are interested in joining our group or have any questions please contact Mary Klostermann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (847) 342-3453.