Dear Parishioners of St. Philip Neri,

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all …. I thank my God every time I remember you, praying with joy in my prayers for you … Fr. Mike

Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer. When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, he permits us to first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue … and a promise by God that you will be successful … if only you stand fast. St. Philip Neri

These are the wise – and encouraging – words of the patron of our Parish. It seems that he has a realistic and experiential grasp of life. Nothing comes easy! To be successful in any venture, takes focus and effort, determination, and perseverance. But. As St. Philip ends his words of encouragement … “if only you stand fast”!

These past weeks, we, the parishioners of SPN Parish have been invited to respond to the many ministries in the Parish. To have a successful and unified Parish, it takes the generous hands and hearts of many people. The temptation is to leave it to someone else – as we feel we are too busy and over-committed already. However, our first self-judgment ought to be, “I do have time and talents and treasures; I am a “gift” to this Parish Family”. Please remember: There is a place for everyone, and everyone has a place … in this family.

Please note: there are two special “moments” during the Eucharistic celebration when we need your generous presence: to carry in the Cross in the opening procession, and to bring up the Eucharistic gifts (bread – wine – water, and the collection) at the Offertory.
Fr. Mike’s invitation and expectation: that each family takes this opportunity to share yourselves – your blessings to the Parish Family. The ushers or welcomers will explain to you what needs to be done, and when. Please don’t wait to be asked or cajoled. This is a wonderful opportunity for you, and your family, to actively participate in our Eucharistic celebration. This is also a special time for you to share these services with your children and grandchildren. I believe this is what St. Philip Neri meant when he said, “if only you stand fast”!

Once again, I say a big and hearty THANK YOU for all who have already responded to the Liturgical and Pastoral Ministries. We will gather the participants of each ministry – to meet and greet each other, to learn what is expected of each ministry. God is good … all the time.

Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate
St. Philip Neri … pray for us
St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us
St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray forn us