Our dear St. Philip Neri Parishioners, 

Greetings and blessings from Fr. Mike and Fr Bill,

(Pope) St. Paul VI highlights the Christmas story in this way: We consider “Christmas” as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and humanity.

This perspective has been reinforced by St. Teresa of Calcutta who said: It is “Christmas” every time you let God love others through you. So … in this spirit, and in our heart-felt wishes, Fr. Mike and Fr. Bill wish you, and all your family, the many graces of Christmas – as we open our hearts to share and show God’s love to all we encounter, today and in the New Year.

Lord Jesus, you reveal to us the mystery of God’s unconditional love for us.

Lord Jesus, you reveal to us the mystery of our dignity as children of God.

Lord Jesus, you reveal to us the splendour of our eternal destiny.

My Christmas story, as experienced in the ears and heart of a beautiful little girl: As the Christmas liturgy began, the priest spoke the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel – which means, “God is with us – God is in our midst!” The little girl was busy taking off her coat and toque, and she understood the word to say, “God is in our mitts”. Excitedly, she turned to her older sister and declared, “Elise, did you hear what he said … God is in our mitts!” – and she wouldn’t take off her mitts. Sometimes, the perception of a child can help us adults deepen our understanding and appreciation of how and when and where God comes into our life.

As we move into the New Year of 2023, may we continue to see and hear and experience (God in our midst … and in our mitts). We are especially blessed to live out our spiritual journey in and through the Sacraments – especially the regular Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. God is good … all the time! Especially when we gather to pray with and for each other, when we take time to socialize and help each other in need. My prayer for all of us – may we continue to experience St. Philip Neri Parish as “home” – a place to love and be loved. The door is always open to one and all, as we live the motto of the Parish to “Joyfully building up the Church”! With Jesus as the centre of our lives, in Him is our “great joy”!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a healthy and life-giving New Year.

Peace … Fr Mike & Fr. Bill

Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate

St. Philp Neri … pray for us

St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us

St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us

Something from the Parish: Mark your calendar:

Next Saturday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve) – After the 5 pm Celebration of the Eucharist, we invite you to gather for our Parish New Year’s Eve Party in our Welcome Area. If you are not planning any other evening celebration … come join us, here at the Parish.

The Parish will provide food and drinks (as it is supper time). We invite you to bring appetizers/munchies and/or your favourite dessert.

January 10, 2023 will be the first meeting of the RCIA journey, in St. Philip Neri Parish. We are privileged to journey with two young people. Please keep us in your prayers.

NOTE: If there is anyone who wishes to enrich and deepen your faith life, you are also welcome to join us. We meet in the Welcome Area of the Parish.

January 23, 2023 – St. Philip Neri Parish will host the Alpha experience for young adults. We begin with supper, complements of Fr. Bill … then watch the video … then talk about life! Please contact Fr. Mike at (306) 850-9075 for more information.

Sincerely … Fr. Mike Dechant OMI