Last chance to get tickets – only $10.  Lots of great prizes including a Senators box suite on the first level sponsored by Tony Graham Motors.  Knights will be available at entrance to Church after mass this weekend and at coffee Sunday.  Draw is March 25 at Noon in parish hall.

This charity raffle is being hosted by St Philip and St Clare Knights of Columbus.  Besides supporting St. Philip and St. Clare Churches, proceeds will also go specifically to the Richmond Food Bank and other charities. The Grand Prize is a 100-level suite at a Senators game worth over $5000 and there are other great prizes too.  Only 2,000 tickets have been printed so your odds of winning are good. Tickets will be available after Masses beginning this weekend.  Click here for full details of this Charity Raffle.

St. Philip Temporal Affairs Council Issues its 2017 Year-End Annual Report

The St. Philip Temporal Affairs Council has issued its latest report for the six months (year-end) ending December 31, 2017. A hard copy of the report was available in this weekend’s parish bulletin.

The 2017 Year-End Report can also be viewed here.

To view previous reports, please visit the St. Philip’s TAC page and look for it under the heading, “TAC Reports to Parishioners and Other Reports.” Parishioners will find links to past TAC reports starting with the quarter ending September 30, 2013.

Fr. Bob Writes – March 18, 2018

I am indebted to Fr Denny Dempsey for this insightful commentary on this Sunday’s second reading:

“At first reading, this text seems problematic. How can the author say Jesus’ prayers and supplications were heard when he ended up being crucified? If Jesus “learned obedience,” doesn’t that imply that he wasn’t obedient before? And what can it mean that Jesus “became perfect?”  Jesus was the Son of God. In what way could he be considered “imperfect?”

I tend to think of obedience as an action, “being obedient” or doing what one is told to do, but that’s not the core meaning of the word.  It really means “listening attentively.”  Through his prayer Jesus learned to listen attentively to the voice of God the Father to discern the will of God and then carry it out.

As to Jesus becoming “perfect,” the Greek word used refers not to perfection in contrast with imperfection, but rather to being finished as compared to being unfinished with some tasks still to be accomplished.  Jesus’ mission was not complete until his saving death and resurrection through which he became the source of eternal salvation.

In what sense did God hear Jesus’ supplications? God didn’t save Jesus from dying but he did save him from death, or “out of” death.  Jesus’ ultimate prayer was that the will of God be done, and he was heard.  God used his Son’s earthly life to show the world the depth of his love for us…and the victory over death in which we, too, will have a share.

Teach me, Lord, to listen intently to you in prayer, that I might accomplish all that you desire of me, bearing the crosses along the path you have prepared for me.  When the day comes that, like Jesus, I must bear the ultimate cross of dying, let me share in his victory over death and share in his resurrection for all eternity.”

Fr Bob Writes – March 11, 2018

To Keep a True Lent

Is this a Fast, to keep

The larder lean ?

And clean

From fat of veal and sheep ?


Is it to quit the dish

Of flesh, yet still

To fill

The platter high with fish?


Is it to fast an hour,

Or ragg’d to go,

Or show

A down-cast look and sour ?


No: ’tis a Fast to dole

Thy sheaf of wheat

And meat

Unto the hungry soul.


It is to fast from strife

And old debate,

And hate;

To circumcise thy life.


To show a heart grief-rent;

To starve thy sin,

Not bin;

And that’s to keep thy Lent.

                                Robert Herrick