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”.


PSALM 23: Reupholstered for a Dilapidated World

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

As I lie down on Saskatoon’s concrete,

The smell of green, buried farmland rises up (from the University barns);

At the public fountain where I bathe with pigeons

He refreshes some fragments of my soul.

Along sidewalks, thick with people, he leads me,

Even though I push my soul-found belongings through metaphors (of community)

Of a different age, I still get the poetry:

His rod and his staff – things I’ve only seen as a kid on TV –

They strangely comfort me.

A meal is prepared for me by volunteers.

My head, oiled by unwashed hair,

Overflows with ideas —

I got a lot of time to think.

Surely goodness and mercy follow me,

I just hope they catch up soon and more often.

Still, I’m sure I dwell in the house of the Lord,

Because sometimes I manage to feel myself “at home”.

Let us pray: “Almighty ever-living God, lead us to share in the joys of heaven, so that we, your humble flock, may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen

May Jesus, the Good Shepherd, open the gates of our hearts, so that we may find rest and protection – even in our dilapidated world.

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