To the parishioners of St. Philip Neri Parish, sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints –

“Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

The true wisdom of God … as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9-10)

LOOK WHO’S IN HEAVEN

I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven’s door,

not by the beauty of it all, nor the lights and the décor.

But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp –

the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from 7th grade who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,

was sitting on Cloud 9, looking incredibly swell.

I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal? I would love to hear your take.

How’d all these sinners get up here? God must’ve made a mistake.

“And why is everyone so quiet? So somber – give me a clue!”

“Hush child”, he said, “They’re all in shock.

No one thought they’d be seeing you!”

SO… JUDGE NOT!

Jesus had been speaking to some people in a crowded home when someone said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you. Jesus replied. “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother. (Matthew 12: 46-49)

So … what does it take to get to Heaven? And in the final analysis, who will actually get into Heaven? — whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven.

Lent, then, is a time for each of us to take stock of our own lifestyle. As we hear in the prayer, Desiderata, “Do not compare yourself to others; you will either become vain or bitter. Because, always, there is someone greater or lesser than yourself.” Our focus then, needs only to be on “ourselves” – and let God sort out the rest. As Pope Francis reflects, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”

God is good … all the time! We must be assured of his constant and persistent presence. Then, when we take the initiative to ask or search or knock, we can be assured of God’s loving response … in his time and in his way! Living in God’s desire, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7: 12)

At our Baptism, the Spirit said of each of us, “You are my beloved daughter/son, in you I take great delight.” In our spiritual journey and awareness, each one of us must first believe that is true – for me, personally – that I am loveable and worthy of God’s love and concern for me – that I am precious in his sight. And then, in trust and confidence, allow God to be the “prime Mover” in my life.

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate

St. Philip Neri … pray for us

St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us

St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us

God is good … all the time.

 

Something from the Parish:

  • To the women of the Parish: On Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6, St. Philip Neri Parish invites you to gather for a Women’s Retreat. Through scripture, music, ritual and reflection, the Retreat Team (three wonderful women from Edmonton) will invite you to notice how each “Season of Life” can be enriching, challenging and an opportunity to draw closer to God.  Both days go from 9:30 am to 5 pm … ending with the 5 pm Celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday. The retreat is held in the Welcome Area of the Parish. The cost is $100 per person – lunch will be provided by the Parish. (Please note, no one will be turned away because of the registration costs. Pay what you can manage, and the Parish will supplement the rest.)  Contact the Parish Office to register, at (306) 343-0325.  Throughout these past years of Covid confusion, isolation and turmoil, may this retreat be an opportunity to reconnect and revitalize yourselves as the women of the Parish.

Mark your calendar:

  • Tuesday, March 14 (7 pm) – St. Philip Neri Parish will gather for our Lenten Penitential Service. Come and experience the forgiveness and healing of our loving God.
  • Each Friday during Lent, let’s gather to reflect on Jesus’ journey – “The Stations of the Cross” – beginning with prayer at 5 pm, followed by food and friendship. The cash donation each week will go to supplement the costs of the Women’s Retreat

Sincerely, Fr. Mike Dechant OMI