General Parish News

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)

Feast of Corpus Christi

Enjoy these two brief articles on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ:

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” This feast originated in France in the midthirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.

This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus’ suffering and death and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.

At every Mass our attention is called to the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in it. The secondary focus of this feast is upon the Body of Christ as it is present in the Church. The Church is called the Body of Christ because of the intimate communion which Jesus shares with his disciples. He expresses this in the gospels by using the metaphor of a body in which He is the head. This image helps keep in focus both the unity and the diversity of the Church.

The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love and an offering of ourselves to the service of others.

From:  https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/solemnity-of-the-most-holy-body-and-blood-of-christ-270

The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord and Savior closer to them. So many conversions are a result of Eucharistic Adoration experienced from inside the Church. How many more there would be if we could reach those who only drive by the church in worldly pursuits.

From: http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/pea/cchristi.htm