St. Philip PFC Meeting Agenda for October 21, 2014

The St. Philip Parish Finance Council (“PFC”) will hold its October meeting on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

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 Chair.

Fr Bob Writes – October 18, 2014

The following is an excerpt from St Joseph Catholic Church, Bryan, Texas, on “The Importance of Music and Singing.”

“The subject of today’s Liturgical Minute is “the importance of music and singing in the Mass.” Music that blends both spiritual and artistic excellence, is liturgical – it is sacred. Such music has the ability to cultivate, strengthen, and deepen, the spiritual experience of those gathered for worship. The musical tradition of the Church is a treasure of immeasurable value.

Liturgical music never dominates, but serves. Sacred music imparts spiritual truth to one’s mind, heart and soul. It displays a dimension of meaning and feelings that mere words cannot. Music makes prayer more pleasing, promotes a sense of congregational unity, and confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. When deciding which parts of the Mass are to be sung, preference is given to those which are more important; especially those which the priest, one of his assistants, or a cantor is to sing in alternation with the people, or which all are to sing together.

Singing is an expression of joy. In Colossians 3:16, St Paul exhorts the faithful assembled in expectation of their Lord’s return to sing together. He says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Our relationship to God is one of love, and whether we sing loud or softly, on pitch or out of tune, sing!! St Augustine very rightly says that “it is natural for a lover to sing.” We might also remember the ancient proverb that tells us “those who sing pray twice.” So sing your praise, your love song, to God – He will surely be pleased.”

Fr Bob Writes – Thanksgiving Sunday, October 12, 2014

The following is a commentary on the first reading this Sunday from Fr Denny Dempsey. He writes:

“Going up on mountains was considered getting closer to God. Believing the world to be flat with God or gods being up above controlling everything, it is understandable that people in all cultures and religions went up on mountains to communicate with their gods. Where no natural mountains existed, people built ziggurats in Mesopotamia and pyramids in Egypt, the Americas and many other locations around the world. The mountain in this reading is Mount Zion, the mountain on which the temple was constructed. It was a symbol of the heavenly Jerusalem, a perfect city of complete unity between God and his people.

What, however, are the “veil that veils all people” and the “web that is woven over all nations?” These could be interpreted as the attitudes which focus on our differences in ethnic, religious and national backgrounds and tend to divide us in this world. Isaiah foresees a time when that veil which keeps us from seeing things as they really are will be lifted and people will no longer be caught in a web of separation and competition among groups. The invitation to the great feast will be open to people of all nations.”

Thanks to Our Richmond Fair Sponsors!

Fair Meals Sponsorship was a new initiative in 2014 – an initiative to assist the Churches going forward to be assured that the Fair Meals would continue to be viable. A sponsorship sold for $125.00 and was available to businesses and non-businesses. Their sponsorships allowed us to offer affordable pricing, senior discounts and low prices for children.

We HEARTILY thank each and every one of our sponsors! Click here for full details: Thanks to these sponsors!

The Family Rosary

The family rosary text was originally prepared and circulated as one of the French-language resources provided by the Archdiocese of Gatineau for the 2014 National Week for Life and the Family. The CCCB has since then arranged to have the text translated into English, Italian and Spanish. Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., with Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation kindly formatted it and arranged for copies to be printed and shipped to Rome. As he notes in his message, Archbishop Durocher will be giving copies to the Holy Father and all who are participating in the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

This text can be freely downloaded and printed for non-profit use. Original text in French by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau © Archdiocese of Gatineau, 2014. English, Italian and Spanish translations by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops © Concacan Inc., 2014. Cover: Iconic Image for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, by Neilson Carlin. Format and other illustrations by Salt + Light Catholic Media Foundation. For all commercial usage, please contact



Richmond Fair Church Meals Report to the Parish

On behalf of the St. Philip Parish Organizing Committee for this year’s Richmond Fair Church Meals fundraiser, Bill Flynn and Dianne Bruce (the committee’s co-coordinators) are please to present its Report to the Parish.

Parishioners interested in learning more about how the funds raised from this event will be used are encouraged to read the Parish Finance Council’s Long-Range Financial Plan.

Once again, the Organizing Committee extends a huge thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, donors, and meal customers for making this year’s event a great success.