St. Philip Weekly Collection Report

(For the weekend of July 8, 2018)

To increase transparency and accountability, St. Philip’s Temporal Affairs Council has begun publishing the weekly collection offerings received in the collection basket. The weekly offerings received help fund the parish’s ordinary operations (i.e. salaries, utilities, taxes, repairs and maintenance, etc.). The reported amounts do not include those donations received via pre-authorized payment (which provide a reliable revenue stream to the parish) or renovation donations (which cannot go towards paying the parish’s regular, monthly costs).

For comparison, St. Philip’s requires $1,370 in weekly offerings (made through the collection basket) to cover its usual and ongoing monthly expenses.

St. Philip Parish’s weekly offerings over the last several weekends were:

July 8, 2018 $1,283
July 1, 2018 – $831
June 24, 2018 – $1,701
June 17, 2018 – $1,039
June 10, 2018 – $1,227

(In July and August, the weekly collection amounts will be posted here, since the parish bulletin will only be published monthly.)

2018-2019 Sacraments for Grade 2 and Grade 6 Students

If you attend St Philips or St Clares parish, reside in Richmond proper or if your child goes to St Philip school in Richmond, we welcome you to register for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (grade 2), First Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 6).  Parents and students should plan now to attend our one and only registration night:  Wednesday September 26th.  Please see the attached files with important dates to add to your calendar.

Confirmation-Save these Dates

First Communion-Reconcilication-Save the Date Letter

Fr Bob Writes – July 8, 2018

In our gospel this Sunday, we are told that the people were “astonished” by Jesus. This gives us great insight into how Jesus the child and young man related to his neighbours as he was growing up. He apparently didn’t work miracles, breathe life into clay birds to impress friends or strike an entire group of hostile men blind (as some fanciful accounts tell it) or surpass all other children in town with his intelligence and spirituality. Their query “Where did this man get all this ?” indicates that Jesus hadn’t impressed them as someone out of the norm. On the contrary, they may have considered him a bit lower than others, thinking him to have been conceived in sin to parents who didn’t wait until after the wedding. The crowd’s astonishment was not one of being impressed so much as being bewildered by Jesus’ preaching and power.
So Jesus could not work many miracles in his home town of Nazareth, due to their lack of faith. This is probably why Jesus chose Capernaum, rather than Nazareth, to be his ministry base whilst he was in Galilee. Jesus told the woman in last week’s gospel “Your faith has saved you,” a phrase he repeats in other healings.  While Jesus has the power, our faith opens the door to let Jesus go to work in us. Our lack of faith, conversely, creates a block to that same power.  “Lord, I do believe, help my lack of faith”

Fr Bob Writes – June 17, 2018

Fr Bob writes: Pope John XXIII, it is said, was having a restless night shortly after being elected pope. The concerns of the church and decisions to be made were pressing upon him. And so he turned fitfully from side to side. Finally he verbalized his sentiments. “Listen, Lord, this church is yours, not mine. I’m going to sleep.” And, as he said, he fell quickly asleep.

We all have moments when we wonder if it is all worth it. In a single lifetime, we have all met people who were deeply upset because the church veered too far to the left and then those who were equally disturbed when it went to the right. The church is ultimately Christ’s, as today’s liturgy teaches clearly, and he will see it through the storm. The early Christians also had trying times. They saw some of their earliest enthusiasts fall away in the course of time. Others started well but soon got detoured. It is enough to read the parable of the sower and the seed that fell along the path. Things were not all encouraging but Christianity survived.

The church is stronger than all the people who try to make it or unmake it, because it is in God’s hands, and God is at the helm. Yes, the church has its share of humanness. But with all its warts, it is still a beacon and a great source of strength. And how often things turn out better than we thought. Just when we felt that walls were crashing down around us, the lay people in the church emerged with a vitality and sense of ownership not previously imagined. Even while we sleep, God’s reign is growing, as our gospel parable today reminds us. And so we do not lose heart.