St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in Philadelphia hosted a Mass June 17 observing World Refugee Day in which parishioners were joined by recent international refugees resettled in the Philadelphia area by Catholic Social Services. Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond’s, celebrated the Mass. Read more about the Catholic church’s refugee resettlement efforts in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Daniel Adongo, a parishioner at St. Raymond of Penafort Parish and migrant from Ghana, prays during the Mass for refugees.
Naimah Ekouevi attends Mass with her father Komlavi and family who migrated from Togo.
Praise dancers lead the people up the aisle as they bring donations to the altar for refugees in need.
Deacon Bill Bradley accepts donations from members of the community that will be given to refugee families.
Amy Stoner (left), Samuel Abu (center) and Seidi Bayatanga bring up the offertory gifts.
Rochelle Faith, a refugee from Pakistan, dances and claps all through Mass.
A refugee family from Democratic Republic of Congo offers signs of peace during a Mass marking World Refugee Day June 17 at St. Raymond Church, Philadelphia. (Photo by Sarah Webb)
St. Raymond of Penafort Church
Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish, and the congregation extend their hands over the fathers in attendance to offer them prayers and blessings on Father’s Day.
The recessional from Mass includes the lectors, extraordinary ministers, Deacon Bill Bradley and Father Christopher Walsh.
Father Christopher Walsh chats with Rochelle Faith, a refugee from Pakistan, after Mass.
Children from one of families from Congo attended Mass after arriving in Philadelphia just over a week ago.
A young refugee girl from Congo enjoys a hoagie after Mass.
Parishioners and guests are treated to Philadelphia meal of hoagies and soft pretzels after Mass.
A young refugee from Congo eats a hoagie for the first time.
Deacon Bill Bradley gives a thumbs up to a young boy from Ivory Coast who is learning English.
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