General Parish News

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.


Letter from Archbishop Prendergast SJ, March 23, 2020: “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. Please see the attached letter for more details.

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Your Input Needed – ‘Flourishing Congregations’ Survey

Imagine if all churches could be strengthened across Canada, ours included.  St. Philips and St. Clares has partnered with the Flourishing Congregations Institute to be part of this transformation, and we would like your help! Please take 20 minutes to fill out an anonymous national online survey at . We hope that ALL our parishioners will fill out the 20 minute survey (this includes both spouses in the household; if you are using the same computer, please ‘clear the cookies’ before the second person does the survey). With strong survey involvement, we will access data unique to our parish.   Be assured that no one in our church will have access to individual responses.  

Fill out the survey by November 17th and be entered into a draw for one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. To learn more about the survey, the larger project, and many of the anticipated benefits to arise, visit Also, see the letter from Archbishop Prendergast in this week’s bulletin.   Thanks for completing this survey!

200th Anniversary Celebratory Events on September 29, 2019

A celebratory Mass in honour of St. Philip Parish’s 200th Anniversary will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10:30am. Archbishop Prendergast will preside. Come and celebrate with the Archbishop, Fr. Bob, past priests, parishioners and former parishioners!

Following the Mass, the parish will be hosting a brunch in the Rev. Michael Gillissie Parish Hall!

Initially, the parish was planning to host a parish potluck meal after the celebratory Mass. However, this has since been changed to a parish celebratory brunch consisting of ham, sausages, pancakes, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, breads and assorted beverages. Everybody is invited to enjoy the food and fellowship in honour of the parish’s milestone!

Please be aware that the parish anticipates significantly higher numbers of parishioners, former parishioners, dignitaries and other individuals to attend the celebratory Mass and the brunch. The parish strongly advises people arrive early to get their “first come, first served” seat, as the holding/reserving of seats will not be allowed. We thank everybody for their assistance and patience in this regard.

If you have any questions or want more information regarding the 200th Anniversary celebratory Mass or brunch, please contact the parish office at 613-838-2314.

Come Celebrate St. Philip Parish’s 200th Anniversary – All Welcome!

Come celebrate with us as we culminate a most beautiful and holy year of “Pray, Love and Celebrate”!

200th ANNIVERSARY MASS: SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH  – Join us at 10:30 am on Sept 29th for our special 200th Anniversary Mass!  Archbishop Prendergast will preside along with Fr. Bob and a few other parish priests from years gone by.  Know any previous parishioners who have moved away?  Why not invite them to join you!   Come celebrate with friends old and new.  Seating will be on a space available basis, and there will be overflow seating in the Hall.  After Mass we will head to the hall for brunch and socializing.

On September 21, 2019, St. Philip Parish will be holding a Gala Dinner and Dance in honour its 200th anniversary year. Get your tickets today as they are selling fast! See the poster for details.

St. Philip Cemetery Mass: Sunday August 18, 10:30AM

The St Philips Cemetery Mass will be on Sunday August 18th at 10:30am in the cemetery.  Bring your lawn chairs!  There will be a blessing of our new cross … in celebration of our 200th Anniversary. The Cemetery administration kindly requests that you donate to the special cemetery collection at this Mass; this helps with the upkeep of our beautiful grounds.  Please use the blue envelope marked ‘Cemetery Fund’ that can be found in your donation boxes (at the beginning of June). In case of rain, the Mass will be held in St. Philips Church.

Sacraments of Confirmation, First Communion and First Reconciliation

If you attend St. Philip or St. Clare parish, reside in Richmond proper or if your child goes to St Philip Catholic School of Richmond Public School in Richmond, we welcome Catholic students to register for the sacraments of Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Parents and students should plan now to attend our one and only Registration Night:  Wednesday September 25th.   We have set out our calendar of dates early, and we present it to you in the attached link. We have done this so that you may plan ahead to ensure that you and your child are available for all the dates – including the Registration Night, the Enrollment Mass, the preparation workshop and the date of the celebration of the Sacrament.   Students need to attend all the preparation dates in order to be well prepared for these sacraments. Please click on these links for more information and dates to hold:

Confirmation (Grade 6 in Sept 2019)

First Communion and First Reconciliation (Grade 2 in Sept 2019)