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St. Philip PFC Meeting Agenda for September 16, 2014

Now that the summer season is over and another pastoral year is here, the St. Philip Parish Finance Council (“PFC”) will resume its monthly meetings. The September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2013.  In keeping with the PFC’s desire for transparency and accountability to the parish community and to inform it of the issues the PFC deals with, a copy of the meeting agenda can be obtained by clicking here.

While the PFC does not make public its meeting minutes by publishing them to the parish website, parishioners wishing more information on any of the items raised in the meeting can contact either Fr. Bob or Pat McIver, PFC Chairperson.

Fr Bob Writes – Sept 14, 2014

This weekend, the Church celebrates the feast of: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” It is unusual for anything to interrupt the normal rhythm of “Ordinary Sundays” during the Church year, unless it is a feast of major importance to the history of salvation. Our feast this Sunday surely fits this criteria.

St Louis Marie de Montfort was fond of saying “No cross without Christ/No Christ without the cross.” To make that plain, you cannot go into a Catholic Church anywhere in the world without seeing a depiction of Jesus on the cross, sometimes as crucified, sometimes as resurrected and glorified, but always together. This is not meant to be a depressing image, but a sobering one, in which we are called to remember how far Jesus was prepared to go to bring us back to God, atoning for our sins by his death on the cross.

The gospel this Sunday reminds us, in those very familiar words of Jesus to Nicodemus, that “God so loved the world, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The very citation of that verse, John 3:16, has become a familiar sight at sports events around the world. I’m not sure how many people, seeing that citation, would automatically understand what it refers to, but at the very least, it will probably stimulate enough curiosity in them to ask around, until it is explained to them. (I recently crossed over from Canada to America in my car, and the border guard was sufficiently intrigued by my number plate – Jn 3:5 – to ask what it meant. I told him it stood for “John 3:5-“No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Holy Spirit”- a bit of surreptitious evangelizing, I guess!!”

It is sad to see young people wearing a cross as just another part of their jewellery, and not giving a thought to what they are carrying . (One girl I heard of went into a jewellery shop and asked for a silver cross “with a little man on it”!!). But at least, the symbol of the cross is being kept before our eyes, and we should never lose an opportunity to explain its significance to others, so that they come to hear the good news of how much God has loved us, and how far he has gone to save us.

“At the cross, mankind’s greatest “NO” to God, became God’s greatest “YES” to mankind “. 

Fr Bob Writes – August 31 and September 7, 2014

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 those 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.