General Parish News


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.


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 or call Peter at 613-762-5060.

We Continue to Pray for the Release from Captivity of Joshua, Caitlan and their Children

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.

Heavenly Father, in your unfathomable love and mercy, we ask You to send Your Holy Angels to Joshua and his family in this their time of great need. 

Under the powerful leadership of St Michael the Archangel, Your Great Prince, and defender of Your people, may they minister to the captives, encouraging and consoling them with their wonderful courage and strength.

May these,Your heavenly mediators and marvelous protectors, exercise empire over them, shielding them from all evil and malice.

Grant that through the unyielding protection of these beautiful and radiant spirits, and through Your most loving mercy, their captors will set them free and into the hands of their loving families.

We ask this in confidence, in the name of Jesus Your Son and through the most powerful intercession of His Mother Mary, Queen of the Angels and Our Lady of Ransom.  Amen.


Please also, let us continue to remember our little family in our daily rosary and chaplet of divine mercy, and the Prayer to St Michael.

In addition, and as you are able, could you fast one day per week for these continued intentions, calling to mind the words of Jesus :

…if you have the faith the size of a mustard seed, and you will say to this mountain ‘move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”    (Matthew 17: 20-21)



12-Hour Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration for the Release of Joshua, Caitlan and their Children

Please continue to pray for the release of Joshua Boyle (of Smiths Falls), his wife Caitlan and their two children who have been held prisoner in Afghanistan since 2012. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and St Raymond Nannatus, and trusting in the Love and Mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we pray for them and their families.

Join us to pray for them during a special 12-hour Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration from 7pm on Saturday August 12th to 7am on Sunday August 13th.  Drop into St Philips Church (127 Burke Street in Richmond) anytime during this 12-hour vigil.

Please join us in praying a Novena to Our Lady of Ransom.  To find about more about Our Lady of Ransom and to join us in this simple, beautiful and powerful Novena, click this link:  Novena to Our Lady of Ransom.

Exposition of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima – Sunday August 13, 2017, 9am – 5pm

Join us at St Philips Parish (127 Burke Street in Richmond) on the 13th of every month from May through October— A statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be solemnly exposed from 9am to 5pm for the faithful to venerate.  Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year. In an exerpt from the ‘statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal’, the faithful may gain the indulgence by…

Praying before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The faithful, with devotion, can visit a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place place of prayer during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October 2017, and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary. In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

Upcoming dates for exposition will be Sunday August 13th (with regular Sunday Mass at 10:30am), Wednesday September 13th and Friday October 13th.