Fr Bob Writes – September 17, 2017

Our Gospel today gives a clear self-explanatory presentation of the Christian teaching on forgiveness.  Beginning with God’s treatment of us, Jesus makes an appeal for a similar Spirit of mercy among his followers.  To Peter’s question of how often forgiveness should be extended, Jesus responds that it should be without limit.  Seven is a perfect number; it’s multiples express the incalculable, seventy-seven times pointing to forgiveness that cannot be limited to a certain number of times.

The figure owed by the slave to the king is deliberately fantastic, amounting to the equivalent of $9 million, as opposed to the mere $200 owed to the slave by his fellow slave.  The former is the recipient of pardon for hugely more than he is owed, therefore his spirit should be magnanimous because of his own experience.  The implication for us as Christians is clear.  Given the fact that we have already received God’s forgiveness through baptism and countless other moments in life, we are in a unique position to offer that same spirit to others.  Are there people we are holding back from forgiving, demanding judgement by God on them, while we ask mercy from God for ourselves?

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.