St. Raymond Church
Welcome to the summer of 2022! Here at St. Raymond Parish, we are slowly but surely getting parish life back on track. Ministries like Religious Education, the Sodality of Our Lady, CYO, the Knights of Columbus, Bereavement, Consolation and others have all rebounded this past year and have been providing services and activities for all parishioners. Liturgically we have a full schedule of Masses and Sacramental celebrations and in the coming months hope to have all our liturgical ministries back in action. COVID-19 is still very real, and we do need to be vigilant. Hopefully it will not grow more serious in the coming months. Again, I am a strong proponent of being currently vaccinated and boosted as prescribed. It has clearly been out best defense against serious illness from the wave of variants that keep coming our way. The Church, from our Pope, through the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and the American Bishops have all determined that the vaccine is morally acceptable for all Catholics to receive. Being physically compromised because of a transplant and having survived a month's long bout with COVID last year, I am definitely on the side of being vaccinated and following the main CDC guidelines. I encourage everyone who qualifies if you are medically cleared to consider getting vaccinated. It is good not only for you but for the rest of us too. Of course, please continue to wear a face mask if that makes you more comfortable when attending Mass or at other indoor church gatherings. All the Priests, Deacons, and Extraordinary Ministers will continue to wear face masks and sanitize their hands when distributing Holy Communion. The obligation to attend Mass has been back in force since August 2021 and everyone should be attending Sunday Mass unless sick or caring for someone also who is sick. Perhaps we all need to have a bit more trust in God's care for us when we come back to church. So, let's continue in prayer, hoping that everything continues to move forward positively.
Stay safe, stay well and God bless always!
The Catholic Faith Network (CFN) will provide televised and online daily Masses as well as other devotional and spiritual programs. Everyone is urged to also join FORMED (the link is below) to have free access to a wide variety of Catholic programming.
Our parish Facebook Group page continues which you can access through (St. Raymond Parish, East Rockaway) This page offers us a means to be connected in prayer and reflection each day during this time of distance and isolation.
The Parish Social Ministry is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Please call 887-9197 for more information.
The full supply of the weekly bulletin is published and is available in the church every Saturday. It can also be accessed on the parish website.
The Rectory Office will continue to be open on the following schedule: Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm; Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Regular donations can be made either by mail, through the mail slot on the front door of the rectory or in the collection baskets when you come to Mass.
Stay St. Raymond Strong!