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”.

Who/What is the “god” we are invited/challenged to believe in? To follow as one of His disciples?

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman.

He worked in a carpenter shop and was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book; he never held an office.

He did none of the things one usually associates with greatness.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race.

All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed,

All the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of humankind on this earth as much as that one solitary life,

JESUS CHRIST

At our celebration of the liturgy this Holy Thursday, St. John, in his gospel challenges us to “receive Communion” in a different way, in addition to the usual way of receiving the “host” at communion time. He describes the “act of communion” as a gesture/experience of SERVICE.

That evening, (known to us as the Last Supper), when Jesus met with his followers in the Upper Room, JESUS did the unthinkable. He took off his outer garment (tunic), took a towel and basin of water and washed the disciples’ feet. This was a cultural gesture that was done ONLY by the slave in the house. The Master of the house would NEVER do that for others in the household – much less a stranger or “Samaritan”!

Jesus is telling us, challenging us that to be a “Eucharistic person” is to be a “servant” to one another. That is, to respond to each other in humility and a profound gesture of love and care. It means to get our hands dirty in loving service and care of others … anyone that God would place into our life, at any given time.

May the Peace of Christ be in our hearts as we actively participate in the many ways we are invited/challenged to literally “take care” (wash the feet/the hands) of those in need – the lonely, the poor, the hungry, the cold, the abandoned … our sisters and brothers in 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.

Fr. Mike Dechant OMI

Something from the Parish:

To the women of St. Philip Neri Parish: Mark your calendar: Friday-Saturday, May 5 – 6: 

Through scripture, music, ritual and reflection, the Retreat Team invites you to reflect on how each “Season of Life” can be enriching, challenging and an opportunity to draw closer to God. 

Please Note: There is a $100 registration fee, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Each Friday, after the Stations of the Cross, the money collected during our time together for soup and buns has been designated to cover extra costs for the Retreat Team. Pay what you are able; the Parish will supplement the remainder of the costs.