By: Anne DeSantis
New events are happening with the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family and Faith in 2023!
Here are just some of the events happening this year:
An Exploration of the Mass On-line Series
SRNF will come together with Patchwork Heart Ministry for a four-part online series called: An Exploration of the Mass. The dates are: September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at 8 p.m. ET on YouTube. During each airdate, a specific part of the Mass will be discussed and explored. Hosts are Anne DeSantis, our Executive Director and Bill Snyder, the Founder of Patchwork Heart Ministry. The series is geared for families who have faced challenges and adversities. To register for free, click below:
Register HERE for An Exploration of the Mass
Life Affirming Choices a Four-Part Podcast Series
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is joining with us for a four-part podcast series called Life Affirming Choices exploring and discussing "end of life" issues. Guests will be Mr. Steve Bozza, the Director of the Office for Life and Family with the Archdiocese, Father Matthew Phelan, O.deM. Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, and additional guests related to this topic. The dates are
October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th at 7 p.m. ET. We are looking forward to this event as it is related to family crises which many people have questions about. To register for free, click below:
Register HERE for Life Affirming Choices
In-Person Fundraiser Event
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is very excited for our first in-person fundraising event being held at the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia in South Philadelphia on December 17th at Noon. The day will begin with a Healing Mass and then a luncheon at the newly renovated Cascia Center. Our Keynote Speaker if Mr. Pete DeMaio, the President of Pennsyvanians for Human LIfe and Pro-life Advocate. It will be a wonderful day to remember, and we hope you can attend. There are also opportunities for sponsorshihps and for exhibitor tables for nonprofit organizations. To register and/or to get more information, click below:
In-Person Fundraiser Event in Philadelphia
We continue to do good work for families in crisis as there are a variety of forms of "crisis" which families face. Please pray for our mission! In addition, if you would like to donate to our nonprofit, click below. Thank you, and God bless you and your family!
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By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is pleased to announce our first annual IN-PERSON Fundraiser Event. We emphasize "in-person" because although we have done many virutal fundraisers and in-person retreat events, this will be be our first in-person fundraiser. We are excited to meet with our benefactors and friends to celebrate our good work making pastoral outreach to families in crisis.
The event is being held in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia Center. We have done several retreats in the past at Saint Rita's, and having our fundraising event there will be a beautiful event.
The day will begin with a Healing Mass at Noon in the church followed by a luncheon in the Cascia Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Although this event is many months away, we wanted to give you this information to "save the date". We hope you can attend as we will have delicious food by O'Neill's Catering, live music by Joe Miralles, raffles, and more. It is sure to be a wonderful day of celebration during the Advent Season. We are happy to announce Mr. Pete DeMaio, Pro-life Advocate, husband, and father from the Greater Philadelphia area as our main speaker for the day. His story is sure to inspire. Please mark your calendar to attend.
All of the proceeds will help the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation to reach and help more families in crisis through the Mercedarian charisms. We also have Sponsorship and Exhibitor Table opportunites, so learn more. It is not to early to register. So click below to register and to get more information.
By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith offers sincere prayers during the holiest of weeks as we approach the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our foundation offers pastoral outreach to families and individuals in crisis through the charisms of the Mercedarian Religious Order.
The greatest opportunity for prayer and growth
Not only is Holy Week an opportunity to center on prayer in a greater way, but it is also a time for growth. Throughout Lent, we as Catholics, have given ourselves in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In a special way, Holy Week is where unite ourselves in an even more profound way to the Lord as we walk with him to Calvary.
Do you have people in your life with whom you are praying for during a dark time? Are you yourself going through a trauma or crisis? This is the time to unite your prayers to Jesus as we approach the Triduum, which is Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Attending Triduum services and quietly reflecting in prayer and fasting, your prayers will be lifted up to the Lord during this most sacred time.
Reach out to us if you need pastoral help
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation offers free pastoral care for families in crisis. We have been in existence for almost eight years, and we have helped hundreds of families find healing and hope. Make your free pastoral consultation by click HERE. One of our Mercedarian friars will be happy to have an appointment either in person or on a cell or online call.
How can we pray for you?
We will pray for your intentions, so please let us know how we may pray for you. Send us a confidential prayer intention by clicking HERE. If you like our ministry and the work we do, we would ask if you would also pray with us for the families we minister to. We also have a Lenten Giving Link on our website if you wish to make a donation to our nonprofit 501c3. All of the funds raised help us to reach and to make pastoral outreach to families in crisis. God bless you during this most holy season as we approach Easter Sunday.
By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family and Faith is pleased to announce an introductory Zoom meeting on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Noon ET for Catholics affected by divorce and separation. The meeting is an introduction to what will be an in-person monthly support group being held in the Haddonfield/Cherry Hill, NJ area.
February 17th Noon ET Zoom meeting
During the one-hour Zoom meeting on Friday, February 17th at Noon ET the facilitators of the group will give some basic pointers for healing after divorce/separation. The in-person monthly group will also be discussed so that participants will know what to expect once the monthly group begins. Mickey Kelly, board president of SRNF, Anne DeSantis, Executive Director, and Colleen Brigid Fitzpatrick, LCSW and board member with SRNF will lead the Zoom meeting as facilitators, and there will be a brief period of Q & A at the Zoom meeting. Those who live in the Haddonfield/ Cherry Hill, NJ and surrounding communities are warmly welcome to attend the meeting. Colleen Brigid Fitzpatrick will host and facilitate the in-person monthly group after dates have been established and a group has been formed. Learn more at the Zoom meeting on February 17th.
To register for the Zoom meeting on February 17th at noon, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link will be sent to you. There is also a registration page at Nonnatus.org under the For the Divorced page as a sub-page. The foundation looks forward to this informational meeting which will prepare participants for a free monthly divorce support group for Catholics in the Haddonfield/Cherry Hill, NJ area. If you live in this community, please share this information with someone you know who may like to attend.
By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith hosted a Eucharistic Summit online featuring over 20 Catholic speakers. To date, this is the biggest endeavor of our foundation, as hundred joined us to watch the summit. We were blessed to join forces with Patchwork Heart Ministry and Fiat Ministry Network to produce a beautiful presentation of speakers. Since our foundation is geared for families in crisis, we focused on that aspect in order to draw people into the profoundness and the beauty of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Watch the Eucharistic Summit
Our Eucharistic Summit is available to watch now at anytime as it is on YouTube for your convenience. Be enriched as speakers such as Bishop William Byrne of the Diocese of Springfield, MA; William Hemsworth, Catholic theologian; Allison Gingras of CatholicMom.com; Gary Zimak, broadcaster, and more joined us for the summit. Please SHARE the series with your parish, diocese and archdiocese as there is a Eucharistic revival going on throughout the world at this time. Click below to access the Eucharistic Summit, and enjoy!
By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith is pleased to announce an in-person retreat happening within the Philadelphia area on Friday, November 25, 2022. The retreat will be held at the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA, and the time frame is 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Join our "Advent Reflections Retreat" geared for individuals and families who have experienced crisis. The retreat is being held the day after Thanksgiving otherwise known as "Black Friday". The day features talks, reflections, prayer time, Confession, Masses and optional Vespers prayer with the Norbertine friars. The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is blessed that the Norbertine friars at the Dayleyford Abbey are partnering with us to bring a wonderful day of healing to families.
Have you or your family experienced a rough year? This is the retreat for you!
Please join us! To register for this special day go to the button below. The cost of the retreat is $35 and includes lunch. We hope to see you there. Please SHARE this blog so that others may find out about our retreat and be blessed.
By: Anne DeSantis
Join our next in-person retreat in Philadelphia for families and individuals in crisis. The retreat is entitled is "Finding New Beginnings Through Saint Rita". The date of the retreat is Saturday,
October 29th from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. At 4:00 there is an optional annointing with the oil of Saint Rita of Cascia and Mass at 5:00 pm which is the anticipated Mass for Sunday. The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is honored to offer this retreat so that greater healing will be offered to those who have suffered adversity due to health challenges.
Finding healing in dealing with a health crisis
Dealing with a health crisis is never easy as it affects every aspect of living and family life. The retreat is geared for those who have dealt with any type of health-related crisis and who are searching for needed healing. The retreat will feature prayer, talks, a tour of the shrine, group sharing and more. The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith is blessed to partner with the National Shrine of Saint Rita for this half-day retreat. Cost is just $25 and includes lunch. You will have an opportunity for fellowship with others in addition to quiet reflection time. Join us! Please SHARE this blog so that others may learn of our retreat.
To register, click the button below:
By: Anne DeSantis, Executive Director SRNF
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family and Faith is pleased to announce our Eucharistic Summit on December 6, 7, 8 of 2022. The full title of the summit is: Eucharistic Summit: Sewing Hope into Broken Hearts as it is geared specifically for families in crisis which is the mission of the foundation. SRNF partners with Patchwork Heart Ministry our good friends as well as Fiat Ministry Network to present a high-quality on-line summit all about the beauty of the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
More Info About the Summit
The time frame of the summit is 6 to 9 p.m. ET on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of December and will be held on Vimeo.com. More details will follow in the coming months. Families in crisis need the love and the support of the Church and greater devotion to the Eucharist. Over 30 Catholic authors, speakers, priests, religious, and those working to make the world a better place will be featured speakers. The foundation is extremely excited about this event. In addition, the summit is free of charge.
List of Speakers
Our list of speakers is growing for the Eucharistic Summit. Additional speakers will be added in the coming weeks. Here is a list below of some of the speakers who will give talks. Click the names below for websites associated with each of our speakers:
Bishop William Byrne of the Diocese of Springfield, MA
Fr. Daniel Bowen, O.deM
Fr. James Mayer, O.deM
Mother Clare Matthias, CFR
Dr. Mary Amore
Kendra Von Esh
Donna A. Heckler
Keep an Eye Out!
The Eucharistic Summit is a few months away, but the foundation will be posting updates on a regular basis. Be sure to sign up now so that you're on our mailing list for the event. Our speakers will be offering catechesis, stories, and sharings on their love of the Holy Eucharist and ways families who face adversities can draw closer to our Eucharistic Lord.
More information on each of our wonderful speakers will be updated often on our page designated for this event in the weeks and months to come. Simply go to our website to the Eucharistic Summit page.
Eucharistic Summit: Sewing Hope Into Broken Hearts
By: Anne DeSantis
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of a nine-part audio pocast series. The series is called The Beatitudes, and the hosts are Mickey Kelly, Board President of SRNF joined by Anne DeSantis, Executive Director.
During this series, Mickey and Anne discuss each of the eight beatitudes and add one extra podcast at the end for an expansion of the eighth beatitude. Families in crisis need prayer, support, and guidance in navigating challenging times. Mickey and Anne incorporate church teachings, the wisdom offered by the saints, and personal stories in discussing the beatitudes. The series is found on our Philly Nonnatus YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe by clicking HERE.
To listen to the series, click below:
The Beatitudes Podcast Series
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By: Anne DeSantis
Families in Crisis Retreat
On July 9, 2022, the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith partnered with the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia for a one-day retreat. The foundation is grateful to the Fathers at the shrine for providing a beautiful day of reflection and prayer to those individuals and families facing adversities.
Recap of the Day
The day began with a greeting and lunch where retreatants had the opportunity to mingle with others over delicious food, and beverages. Next, the Fathers offered the group questions to ponder for the day on the ways the Lord is always speaking to us both in the good times and through challenges.
A tour of the shrine by Father Jeremy Hiers, OSA, followed the introduction phase where he discussed the life of Saint Rita of Casia including her spirituality and her most beloved saints whom she interceded to. There was time for Confesssions, prayer, and the day ended with both small and large group discussions at the retreat center which is right next door to the shrine. There was an optional 5:00 p.m. Mass held at the shrine for retreatants who wished to stay for Mass.
Feedback from the day was very positive, and there are possible plans in the making to offer these retreats for families and individuals in crisis more often through SRNF and the shrine. New friendships were made, and there was a feeling of healing through warm dialogue and conversations that were had.
Do You Have a Crisis in Your Life?
The St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation is here for YOU and your family. We offer prayer, priestly consultations, programs and events, and podcasts and videos geared for families in crisis. We are a Catholic 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Philadelphia. Be sure to reach out to us to schedule your free pastoral consultation with a Mercedarian friar. Learn more about us by going to Nonnatus.org. Stay in touch with us, and keep an eye out for our next program or event.