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Holy Thursday Mass (April 9, 2020)

Stayed tuned to this page on Thursday, April 9, 2020 by 7:30pm for Holy Thursday Mass at St. Philip Parish, celebrated by Fr. Bob Poole!

We thank everybody who viewed and provided feedback on the recording and streaming of our Palm Sunday Mass. It was our first ever attempt at doing it and we have tweaked our setup to improve the video and sound quality. The remaining Masses of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday) are being recorded and made available online at the following times: Good Friday Mass, 3pm on April 10; Easter Vigil Mass, 8pm on April 11; and Easter Sunday Mass, 10:30am on April 12. Thank you! Tom Chmara and Pat McIver

Join Bible Study Live!

Join Fr. Bob and your fellow parishioners on Monday evening at 7pm for our regular weekly bible study, now being conducted online using the Zoom platform.

To get started, visit Zoom.us and download the app. It works on a Windows computer, Apple computer, your iPhone or iPad, or any Android device!

Once you have downloaded and installed the app, and created a Zoom account, email the parish office at stphiliprcp1819@gmail.com by 4pm on Monday to obtain the meeting ID and the passcode. The meeting details will be sent out by email shortly after 4pm on Monday, so be sure to check your inbox!

“At-Home Vigil of Prayer” Saturday March 28, 8am-4pm

Our vigils continue as usual…but in a different format. ALL are invited to join our next ‘At-Home Vigil of Prayer’ THIS Saturday, March 28 from 8am to 4pm by praying BY YOURSELF, IN YOUR OWN HOME.  This month’s intention is for ‘an end to the coronavirus.’ Pray in any way you chose. Fr Bob encourages is to include this National Prayer for Canada. Choose any amount of time you have between 8am and 4pm. Our parishioners will pray individually, but in solidarity with each other and with the world.

Community Prayer Intentions – Now Online!

Would you like the community to pray for a special intention?

We are a praying community … and separation cannot stop us from praying for one another! We are establishing an ‘online’ list of Community Prayer Intentions so we can keep praying (just as we support each other ‘in person’ and during the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass). Click the following link to see the Community Prayer Intentions so you can pray in solidarity with your friends and fellow parishioners.

Email your intentions to stphiliprcp1819@gmail.com; the list of intentions will be updated online about every two days or so. When you submit your intention, please also let us know if you would like it to be anonymous, or if you would like your name included with the intention. We encourage all parishioners to click the link and pray for the intentions of others.

All Parish Masses & Activities Cancelled

To all our parishioners: here is an announcement from Archbishop Prendergast, SJ on March 23rd: “Following the orders of Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit concerning closure of places of worship, I ask that effective immediately all churches in the Alexandria-Cornwall and Ottawa dioceses be closed—even for private prayer—until further notice”. For St Philips and St Clares, this includes all parish activities including weekend and evening Masses, all business and prayer meetings, Stations of the Cross, ‘Poor Man’s Suppers’, all Eucharistic adoration, euchre and social gatherings. Please email or call the office at 613-838-2314 if we can provide more information.

Please keep watching this website for updated information and communications from Fr. Bob Poole.

Office is Closed but we ARE working…

Due to the current health situation, we have decided to use caution and close our ‘physical’ office until further notice – but please know that both phones and emails will be monitored regularly during our regular office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1:30pm.

To contact us, please email us at: stphiliprcp1819 [at] gmail [dot] com or phone us at 613-838-2314.

Donating to the Parishes in These Challenging Times

St. Philip Parish relies on approx. $1,300 each weekend from the collection basket. The basket represents approximately 2/3rds of the total collection revenues received in a year (the remaining 1/3rd represents donations made via pre-authorized payment) and about 40% of all revenues received. Foregoing one weekend’s (at the moment) collection basket proceeds puts even more strain on the parish’s cash position, as the bills must still get paid. 

Fortunately, the parish offers another way for parishioners and individuals to make donations: online. Since 2014, we have been setup with CanadaHelps.org. It is a non-profit Canadian organization that allows charities (like St. Philip Parish) to receive donations online for a small fee (4% of the amount donated). Parishioners can make payment using any major credit card or via their PayPal account. Individual will get an instant tax receipt generated by CanadaHelps.org for their taxes.  

It’s a secure, encrypted website so a parishioner’s personal information is safe.

UPDATE (April 3, 2020): We strongly encourage people who wish to donate to the parishes to do so using CanadaHelps.org. While we are appreciative of donations made by cheque or cash, we are unable to ensure these donations get deposited into the parishes’ bank accounts in a timely manner. Furthermore, social distancing restrictions and civil requirements to stay at home and only go out for essential activities makes it very difficult for our volunteer collection counters to deposit these funds. Therefore, at this time, we are unfortunately unable to accept donations made by cheque or cash.

Click here to make a online secure donation through CanadaHelps.org today.

For those parishioners and individuals who are not already signed up for the pre-authorized payment (“PAP”) service and who usually make their financial donation to the parish through the weekly collection basket, St. Philip Parish would be extremely grateful if they utilize the CanadaHelps.org service to make their donations until we get through these challenging times.

Individuals who would like to sign up for the parish’s PAP service can complete this form, and email it to the parish office.

Parishioners who have questions or need further information can contact the parish office.

St. Clare Mission

Individuals who wish to donate to St. Clare Mission can also use the CanadaHelps.org service. Click on the “Donate Now” button and select the “04 General Offering – St. Clare Mission” fund. This will inform St. Philip Parish that the funds are to be directed to St. Clare Mission.

2018-2019 Sacraments for Grade 2 and Grade 6 Students

If you attend St Philips or St Clares parish, reside in Richmond proper or if your child goes to St Philip school in Richmond, we welcome you to register for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (grade 2), First Eucharist (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 6).  Parents and students should plan now to attend our one and only registration night:  Wednesday September 26th.  Please see the attached files with important dates to add to your calendar.

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First Communion-Reconcilication-Save the Date Letter

Mammoth Garage Sale – May 12, 2018

Treasures Galore!  So much to chose from!   On Saturday May 12th, the Knights will again be participating in the Richmond wide Community Garage Sale.  We have it all:  tools, sporting goods, books, toys, games,  small kitchen appliances, glassware, small furniture, etc. Rain or shine, in the parish hall.  Funds raised will be used for the Knights’ charitable causes.

May 10, 2018 – National March for Life

Holy Redeemer has rented a bus to transport parishioners to and from the March. The bus will depart Holy Redeemer parking lot at 8:30 am and return from the Hill at 3pm. If you would like to take the bus, please contact bettyann@rogers.com or call 592-1793 to reserve a seat.   Go to marchforlife.ca for everything you need to know about the March, but before you do, watch and share our latest March for Life video from Campaign Life’s Youth Coordinator. Share it with your family and friends:

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Donations Needed – Mamoth Parish Garage Sale

On Saturday May 12th, the Knights will again be participating in the Richmond wide Community Garage Sale. As in previous years, parishioners are kindly asked to consider donating new or gently used items – tools, sporting goods, books, toys, games,  small kitchen appliances, glassware, small furniture, etc. Items should be clean and in good working condition.  Thanks to Fr. Bob, the rectory garage will be used as a collection depot – drop off between 9 AM to noon on Saturday May 5.  Other dates/timings and help with deliveries can also be arranged by contacting the Knights – Luc at 838-2880 or Bill at 838-4098.  As always, your support is greatly appreciated. Funds raised will be used for the Knights’ charitable causes.