Sacraments for School-Age Children: Confirmation (Grade 6), First Reconciliation (Grade 2) and First Communion (Grade 2)

We are delighted to welcome all Grade 2 and Grade 6 children into our sacramental preparation program.  Please click these links to find a full calendar of dates for our program; we ask you to put these on your calendar now as all dates are critical to the well-preparedness of candidates.  Call our office at 613-838-2314 if you have any questions!

Confirmation: for students who will be starting Grade 6 in Fall 2015 – Save the Date – Confirmation 2015-2016

First Reconciliation and First Communion: for Students who will be starting Grade 2 in Fall 2015 – Save the Date – First Communiont-Reconcilication 2015-2016

Many Parish Knights of Columbus Join Ranks of the 4th Degree

On June 13, 2015, almost twenty members of the St. Philip and St. Clare Knights of Columbus Council #11825 travelled to Cornwall, Ontario to be explemified into the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, the highest “rank” within the fraternal order. This degree represents patriotism, the last of the four (but certainly not the least) concepts that underpin what the Knights of Columbus stand for. It is the pinnacle of Knighthood, where its members live, serve and protect the Truth of our Catholic faith.

Afterwards, everybody came back to the St. Philip Parish Hall for the Knights year-end banquet, and to celebrate and recognize the new, and existing, Sir Knights of Council #11825.


The Sir Knights of the 4th Degree of St. Philip and St. Clare Council #11825

Front row (L to R): Peter Moore, Jack Lemyre, Bill Flynn, Stephen Dale, Ray Huet, Ernie Beaudette, Gerry Blair, Gerry Gautier.
Middle Row (L to R): Erick Muis, Dale Robichaud, Vic Galea, Brian Goss, Richard Guitard, Alf Kavanaugh, Luc St. Jean
Back row (L to R): Dan McKenna, Peter White, Tom McHale, Dcn Mark Masson, Fr. Bob Poole, Dcn Louis Seward, Patrick McIver, Bernie Roosen, Marc Fouasse, and Peter Maitland.
Missing: Neil Van Galder, Glenroy Huff, Brent Mather, Mike Lotan, Bob Lawless



Knights of Columbus Publish Activity Calendar for Upcoming Fraternal Year

The St. Philip and St. Clare Knights of Columbus have recently finalized their activity calendar for the upcoming 2015-2016 fraternal year. This was done following the Knights recent executive meeting and parish planning meeting.

The activity calendar can be viewed here, and also by viewing the Knights’ recently-updated webpage on the parish website.

All Knights members and parishioners are encouraged to view this calendar and mark on your calendars these dates. The Knights are an important part of the St. Philip and St. Clare Catholic community  through its many community-building and fundraising activities, and we look forward to having another successful fraternal (as well as pastoral) year in 2015-2016.

St. Philip Temporal Affairs Council Issues its Latest Quarterly Report

The St. Philip Temporal Affairs Council has issued its latest report for the three months ending June 30, 2015. A hard copy of the report will be available this weekend.

The quarterly 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 – August 1, 2015

Fr Bob writes: We have just come back from our mission trip to Peru. We brought with us many suitcases full of shoes, clothing, toys and toiletries to distribute amongst the very poor. However, we also brought with us the gospel of Christ, which could be summed up in these words from the gospel for this Sunday, in Jesus’ own words “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” 

It is very easy to focus on the immediate needs of the poor people we were ministering to. They face a daily task of finding food for themselves, and their families, housing, clothing, etc. But a deeper need is to find a moral basis for their lives, so they do not surrender to a culture around them that would enslave them in drugs, crime and prostitution. The moral basis that we provide are the words of Jesus himself from this Sunday’s gospel: “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Throughout our mission, we were encouraging the people we were ministering to, to fix their eyes on Jesus, as the one alone who could meet their immediate material, but also their deeper, spiritual, needs.

Our society is very much one which teaches us to focus on the immediate satisfaction of our physical, material needs. This is short-sighted morally and spiritually, because our deepest hunger lies in our need to find a reason to live. That is why many young people in our Western society, provided with every thing they could possibly hope for, in material terms, still end up taking their own lives, because they have not found a reason to believe, a reason to live.

Jesus offers himself to us this Sunday, as “the bread of life,” in other words, as the only one who can satisfy all our needs, physical and spiritual. “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty,” He says. Are we ready to make our all-out commitment to Jesus?