General Parish News

Fr Bob Writes – Nov 5, 2017

Fr Bob writes : In my home country, England, November 5th is known as ‘Guy Fawkes Night ” . It recalls that Guy Fawkes, way back in the 18th century, was discovered with other conspirators trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament and was burnt at the stake for treason. The night is always commemorated by letting off fireworks, and holding bonfires in which a dummy, called a “guy” is set alight. A jingle we used to sing as kids was “Remember, remember the 5th of November!”

We are entering the month of November, the month in which we traditionally “remember” family and friends who have passed on, and we pray for their souls. On November 2nd we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, when we pray for the souls in purgatory, that they will soon be released from the cleansing from sin that they are undergoing so they can continue on their journey towards the everlasting bliss of heaven. Souls in purgatory can pray for others, such as us on earth, but cannot pray for themselves. They are part of what is called “The Church Suffering.”  The “Church Triumphant” includes those who have made it to heaven, and we celebrate their memory on November 1st in the Feast of All Saints. The “Church Militant” includes all the believers still alive, here on earth.

November 11th is, of course, known as “Remembrance” Sunday, because we recall and honour those men and women who gave their lives for our freedom in the various world and international wars over the last century or so. “We will remember them” runs part of the Pledge of Remembrance which we always recite on that day. This Sunday at St Philip’s we will celebrate our annual Remembrance Day service. It is always a very moving and humbling occasion, and I know that, this year, I will be mourning the fact that fewer servicemen and women will be present at the service, due to old age, infirmity and death.  It is important that we continue to “remember” their great sacrifice on our behalf.

Scripture makes a constant point of the importance of “remembering.”  Over and over again, for instance, Moses exhorts the people of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy to “remember” all that God has done for them in rescuing them from slavery in Egypt and bringing them to the Promised Land of Canaan.  The “tassels” and “phylacteries” mentioned by Jesus in the gospel were ways designed by God to help the people never to forget all he had done for them.  Moses’ continued pleas to his people to remember God in all their ways has an air almost of desperateness about them, because he knows by bitter experience how prone they are to forget their God and go after other gods instead.

The human tendency to forget seems to be really deep within each of us.  Hence the call to remembrance in this month of November should be attended to with absolute seriousness and intentionality, so that we don’t forget what is most important for our lives, especially our duty to remember our loved ones who have passed on, and their sacrifices for our freedoms.  And above all, never to forget the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to win us freedom from sin and death, and bring us to eternal bliss in heaven.

Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration in Thanksgiving for the Freedom of Joshua, Caitlan & Children

All praise to God!

Thanks to Mary, our heavenly Mother (Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and St Raymond Nonnatus for their intercession!

Joshua Boyle, his wife Caitlan and their three children were rescued from their captivity and we will be having a Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration in thanksgiving for this miracle received.  Join us anytime for silent adoration from 7pm on Saturday Nov 4th to Sunday morning Nov 5th (7am).

Please continue to pray as their healing continues.

Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow!

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)