MEETING FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS WISHING THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION, FIRST EUCHARIST OR FIRST RECONCILIATION—

Join us for a meeting on Wednesday September 27th. 1st Communion/Reconciliation meeting at 6:30pm. Confirmation meeting at 7:30pm. In parish the hall. Please bring completed registration forms (below). If your child does NOT attend St Philips School, contact office to register.  613-838-2314.

First Communion and Reconciliation Cover Letter and Important Dates

Confirmation Forms 2017-2018

Fr Bob Writes – September 3 and 10, 2017

Fr Denny Dempsey comments on today’s Gospel:

In last week’s Gospel, Peter proclaims Jesus as the Messiah, not as the result of his mental acuity, but as a result of his seeking God’s guidance. That was what Jesus wanted most in the person to whom, more than anyone else, he would entrust his mission. Yet Peter had his moments when he neglected to seek God’s plan and trusted in his own human logic. Such was the case in this scene  as Peter tries to tell Jesus how his mission should unfold.

Jesus, sharing our human nature, would have liked the easier way out. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, he will pray that the cup be taken away if possible. Being the Messiah without the suffering and death was truly a temptation for him at this moment as it had been back in the days in the desert following his baptism. Satan had spoken directly with him at that time. Now the voice was that of his friend. Imagine the strength of the temptation for Jesus to call his friend a Satan and the pain in well-intentioned Peter on hearing these words directed at him. Yet such are we for one another when we give advice based on mere human logic rather than on discernment of God’s will.

Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration to Pray for the Release from Captivity of Joshua, Caitlan and their Children

UPDATE!  Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration- Saturday Sept 23 (7pm) to Sunday Sept 24 (7am).  Join us throughout the night as we pray for their release!

As we continue our support of the Boyle and Coleman families though our united prayers, and as September is the month of the Holy Angels, let us entrust Joshua, Caitlan and their children to their Guardian Angels and the choirs of heavenly Angels under the leadership St Michael the Archangel.  Read More

GRACENOTE CONCERT TO BENEFIT OUR CANOPY FUND!

On Saturday October 21 at 7 pm, St. Philip will present a Fall Concert featuring Graceote with their special guest Peter Dawson.  Gracenote is well-known in our area for their lively performances and never disappoint. Peter Dawson is a champion fiddler who will get your toes tapping as he shows off his award-winning fiddling. This will be a fabulous evening of music and song and all proceeds go towards our     Canopy Fund. Light refreshments will be served. In the parish hall. Tickets $15 per person in advance. Tickets & info: please email gracenotes2017@gmail.com or call Peter at 613-762-5060.

Fr Bob Writes – August 27, 2017

“Simon Peter answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God” 

In this sentence, quoted from our gospel this weekend, Peter expresses the full Christian understanding of the nature of Jesus.  It is important that it is Peter who states it, on behalf of the other apostles, because Peter will then be declared by Jesus to be “the Rock on which I will build my church.”  Jesus thereby declares what will be the fundamental role of every successor of Peter, whom we call the Pope, until the end of time.  We don’t necessarily look for great revelations from our popes, or great teachings, not even that they be models of extreme holiness. But what we require them to be is firm upholders of the Church’s belief that Jesus is indeed “the Christ, the Son of the Living God”.

So Peter is not commended for his intelligence or acute perception but, rather, his attention to God the Father.  This indicates that Peter sought the guidance of God in prayer, the most important quality which Jesus wanted in the person to whom he would entrust the leadership of his church.  A short while later, however, (Matthew 16:22), Peter will take Jesus aside and try to convince him that suffering and death are not necessary to complete his mission.  Jesus knows otherwise and calls Peter a “satan” or adversary.  Peter was capable of discerning the will of God in prayer, but had plenty of times when he neglected to pray and listened more to human reasoning.  Which side of Peter do we most often show in our own lives?