Our Weekly Newsletter for Sept. 4/22 The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Message from Fr. Mike for Sunday, Sept. 4
To all our “beloved” of St. Philip Neri Parish,
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and 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
Also, with the encouragement of St. John Mary Vianney: “Remain humble, remain simple. The more you are so, the more good you will do.”
Last Sunday, last week, we reflected on the gift, the virtue of HUMILITY. We come to understand, to live, that the virtue of humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less. Each of us is a gift from God; therefore, we are called to see ourselves as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Humility helps us to take the spotlight off ourselves – it stops putting ourselves first, to become more open and accepting of the people that God puts into our lives. Humility is the key to healthy relationships. It helps us in two ways - we see people differently, and they see us differently. Humble people are better able to see the needs and desires, the strengths and the struggles of the people around us. It also makes us, as a Parish Community, more connected and appreciative of each other.
This Sunday, and throughout this following week, we are asked to reflect on our challenges and opportunities to move from maintenance to missionary. We hear Jesus say, “If anyone wants to be my disciple, they must take up their cross and follow me!” To “take up our cross” simply means, “to die to ourselves”, that is, to live the virtue of humility … not to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less, so that others stand out, given preference in our relationship to them. This is our “mission”, given to each of us in baptism, anointed and appointed to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ. At our baptism, each of us was anointed as a priest, a prophet, and as a king/queen (leader).
As “priest”, we are challenged to life a lifestyle which reflects the presence of Christ to others. We are graced and empowered to be a channel of peace and compassion, healing and love between ourselves and the God in our lives.
As “prophet”, we are to be the voice of truth and justice, to listen to others in such a way, so that their voice may be heard by others. We must believe that “There is a place for everyone, and everyone has a place.” The prophet helps others “find their place” in the Community and the family of God.
As “king/queen”, we are to take a leadership role in our family life, with our extended family and relatives, with our “neighbour”. That is, to live a Christ-like role as husband/wife, as father/ mother, as brother/sister to each other.
Jesus wants us to understand what it means to “follow him, to take up our cross”. Becoming his disciple, learning and growing how to follow in His ways, will change how we pray, how we live each day, what our future holds out for us. Jesus knows the challenges we will face on our journey of life. He doesn’t want to give up when we realize the costs of failure and disappointments, our unfulfilled expectations and tragedies. God’s grace and “presence” will always be enough! God does not expect us to be successful (as the world describes “success”), but only to be faithful. We pray: “Lord, help me to live one day at a time, with your grace and mercy … I can be successful.
Wherever you go, go with God. Whenever you go, make a difference.
Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate.
Something from the Parish:
For those of you who have a key to St. Philip Neri church, please hand in your key to the Parish Office - IF you no longer need the key because your need for access has expired. IF you still need a key to carry on Parish responsibilities, please indicate your name to the Parish Office.
We will continue to have a 10 am Eucharistic Celebration on Sundays – until our numbers dictate otherwise.
St. Philip Neri ... pray for us.
St. Eugene de Mazenod ... pray for us.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha ... pray for us.
Fr. Ken's Final Message
Hello my friends,
I want to thank you who have followed me in my weekly reflections on the Sunday Scriptures. I hope they have proved to be an assistance on your spiritual journey. I will be moving out to an Oblate community in Vancouver this Friday, September 2 to continue my involvement with MAMI (Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate) which is the partnership of the Oblates, the poor in our missions and friends like yourselves. If you would like more information about MAMI or want join us in this partnership, please contact me.
I will no longer be involved in regular pastoral ministry so this will be my last communication of this type. Many blessings!
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children at risk and in fear that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus the Prince of Peace. Amen.
Even though we are saying "hello" to September, and the "Labour Day" long weekend, we are NOT saying goodbye to those sizzling summer temperatures just yet! Wow! At this point, I will take every day of "summer weather" I can get! Not only are we enjoying some late summer heat, we are also now enjoying all those fresh garden goodies that we have worked so hard to nurture. These warmer days are also allowing the swathers and combines to keep rolling along through great looking crops - and the bins are slowly filling up. How blessed we are to be able to harvest in such abundance! God is good!
As fall approaches, we do have some new things you need to be aware of. Here we go with some new announcements and new dates to get on your calendar, as well as a few reminders:
It is with heavy but hopeful and prayer-filled hearts that we say farewell this week to two dear friends and staff members,Veronica Lucas, our Youth Minister and to Fr. Ken Forster, our caring and always-inspiring Parish priest. We thoroughly enjoyed having both of them in our Parish family, and are so thankful for all that they did for us in their much-too-short time here with us. We wish Fr. Ken all the best in his new position with the Oblates out in Vancouver, and to Veronica, as she pursues other new employment opportunities. We will miss them both dearly, and know they will both be loved as much in their new positions as they were here! May God bless them both and keep them in His care. And we do hope they will come back and visit us whenever they can! (Note: Veronica has left her own words of farewell to our Parish just below. and Fr. Ken's are above.)
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day. There will also be NO Morning Mass that day.
Regarding our weekend Mass schedule for this fall, until further notice, we will be continuing with the two weekend Masses, our usual Mass on Saturday afternoon at 5 pm, and only ONE Sunday morning Mass, still at 10 am.
The CWL will be having their first meeting of 2022 next Wed. Sept. 14. Please see the details below.
Shirley, our Pastoral Associate, has some new information for you below about our Parish Liturgical Ministries, and how you may volunteer and get involved in your Parish to serve God and your fellow parishioners. Check out all the details below, in green.
Our new regular financial update, for the month of July, remains below in case you missed it last week. The August update will be appearing soon.
We have an exciting new youth program beginnning here at St. Philip Neri this fall, called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, for children ages 3-12. Stay tuned for more details! This Program is also looking for donations of picture frames that you may not be using anymore at home. These details are are also just below.
The St. Philip Neri Bereavement Support group will be having their next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Please see the rest of the details below. All are welcome to join this group at any time.
Finally! The Golden Age Card Players group is starting up again this coming Wed. Sept. 7! The wait is over! Time for some long over-due card games and socializing together over coffee and yummy treats. The detail remain below as a reminder for former AND new members.
Recycling is good for us and good for our planet! Consider donating your recyling refund to the Catholic TRC Healing Response. Find out where you may use the very convenient "drop and go" system to contribute to this important Diocesan TRC fund.
The "Season of Creation" began on Thurs. Sept. 1, on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and continues until the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Tues. Oct. 4. The burning bush is the Symbol for the Season of Creation 2022. Please scroll down below to learn more about this year's important "Season of Creation".
Serena Run for the Family is back! Scroll down below to find the dates and other important information about how to participate.
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is hiring for a number of casual employment opportunities! See the details and how to apply, below in green.
Don't forget about the Compassionate Healers' Mass coming up at Holy Family Cathedral, on Sunday, Sept. 18. Check out the details regarding this special Mass below.
A final reminder about The Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Cudworth that is re-opening this Sunday! Find out more information down below.
The deadline to register is coming up! Saskatoon Challenge (for girls) and Saskatoon Conquest (for boys) are starting up their fall programming again soon! Learn more about these great Catholic youth programs available for the youngsters in your family by scrolling down to the details below.
Don't forget about Freedom Fridays! Freedom Fridayscontinue to run this fall, every Friday from 4-6 pm! Come out and join us - to visit with old friends or meet new ones! It's a great way to wind down the work week with some great food and wonderful conversation with fellow parishioners. Just bring some munchies, appies, or a simple dessert and meet us in the Welcome Area (or outdoor Parish Grotto if the weather is nice)!
Have a wonderful Labour Day long weekend, everyone! The forecast is looking great! May you continue to get out there and enjoy this lovely "summer" weather. We WILL need to be inside on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, though, to cheer on our RIDERS as they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the infamous annual Labour Day Classic! GO Riders GO!
Labour Day Blessings,
"A Farewell to a Family"
From Veronica Lucas
I’m here to say so long and farewell to my position here at St. Philip Neri. I cherish the memories and all the parishioners that I have encountered within my short time here. I will look back fondly at the little memories of after-Mass coffee or interacting with the youth at the schools. I feel blessed to be a part of the most wonderful team, Deb, Shirley, Cathy, Marlene, Joanne, Fr. Mike, Fr. Ken, and Hanook. I feel as though my family grew exponentially here. I will carry you all in my hearts as I continue to find my way in the world, and I feel blessed to have all of you rooting for me. I will miss you all so much and I want to thank you for your kindness and warmth.
Peace, love and many blessings,
Parish Office Closed
Monday, September 5
The Parish Office will be closed THIS Monday, September 5 for the Labour Day Holiday. There will also be NO Morning Mass that day.
Weekend Mass Schedule
TWO Weekend Masses Continue
Heading into this fall, we will be continuing with the TWO weekend Masses until further notice, one on Saturday afternoon at 5 pm, and ONE on Sunday morning at 10 am.
St. Philip Neri CWL
First CWL Meeting of 2022
The St Philip Neri Council of the CWL will begin the season with its first meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 pm in the church. Since this is our first gathering in over two years, we plan to make this a social event with time for visiting , a spiritual service and the presentation of long overdue awards. There will also be refreshments. All ladies are invited to spend the evening with us!
Parish Liturgical Ministries
Liturgical Ministries: There are many people who serve at the weekend Masses so that a holy, prayerful Mass is celebrated. As we move into increasing the participation at the Masses, we will be requiring additional people to assist. Some of these ministries are Lector, Minister of the Eucharist, Altar server, Usher/Welcomer, Musicians, Liturgy of the Word for Children and more! In the coming weeks, please watch for more information on the sign-up process.
EMC (Ministry of the Eucharist): There is room for more people to assist with distributing Communion during the Mass. People who are 16 and over are invited and a short training session will be provided. This is not a time-consuming ministry but something very valuable to those who attend Mass. For all inquiries about the Liturgical Ministries, please contact Shirley, our Pastoral Associate, at the Parish.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation: Please know that plans are to offer the preparation and celebration of this Sacrament to those who are around ages 7 and 8. More information will be available very soon.
Congratulations! Many fruitful blessings for Spencer Chuhaniuk and Fiona Conlon who celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage here this weekend! May our Lord continue to shine with love on them for many happy years!
Sacrament of Baptism: Please contact Shirley, at the Parish for more information.
July 2022 - Revenue and Expenses
Reserve Fund: 2,987.50
Loose in trust: 52.00
Other Revenue: 1,190.18
Total Revenue: $44,428.45
Wages & Benefits: $28,173.45
Building Insurance: 2,067.33
Light & Water: 2,453.15
Other expenses: 10,391.61
Total Expenses: $44,304.78
Profit: $ 123.65
A New Youth Program at St. Philip Neri Parish!
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is coming to St. Philip Neri Parish this fall!
This extraordinary program will invite children aged 3-12 years of age to spend time with God in a unique way. Stay tuned as there are more details to come...
Also - do you happen to have any hangable picture frames that are no longer being used or needed at home? Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is looking for picture frames of various sizes to create an art gallery of religious images in our downstairs spaces. If you have frames in good condition that you would like to donate to our new program, please bring them to the church and drop them off in the Parish Office. Thanks so much!
We keep in our prayers ...
Spencer Chuhaniuk and Fiona Conlon who are celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage here at our Parish this weekend. May God bless them with a long, happy and healthy married life together!
Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, as they continue to endure the ravages of war. May God give them the strength and faith to persevere, protection from all harm, and may He move the hearts and minds of political leaders so that peace in this region may be restored soon.
Our farmers and gardeners, who are continuing to harvest their crops. May they work safely, and may they be blessed with continued good weather and an abundant harvest.
For our parishioners, family, friends and neighbours who may be struggling with ill health. May God grant them, and their families, strength, patience, healing and peace.
St. Philip Neri Parish Bereavement Support
Tuesday Sept. 13, 1-3 pm
Please know that there is support offered here at the Parish. If you would like a place to gather and talk with others who have lost
a spouse, please come out to our next gathering onTuesday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 3 pm, here in the church's Sunroom. We look
forward to walking with you in faith! No registration fee or sign up are required. Please just feel comfortable in coming to join us. If you wish to
contact us, please call Deb or Shirley at the Parish.
Calling all Card Players!
Beginning Wed. Sept. 7
Don't forget that the Golden Age Group at St. Philip Neri is starting up their card-playing afternoons again, begining this coming Wed. Sept. 7! We play on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, in the Welcome Area of the church, beginning at 1:30 pm and finishing up around 3:30 - 4:00 pm. The cost is $2 per day, which includes lots of delicious snacks, refreshments, socializing and fun! We welcome back all our regular players and happily welcome any new players to join us for some fun, friendly competition! For more information, please call the president, Sylvia Godbout, at (306) 374-9085. See you THIS coming Wed. Sept. 7 at 1:30 pm!
Donate your recycling refund to Catholic TRC Healing Response
Please consider donating your recycling refund to Catholic TRC Healing Response. There are four "drop-and-go" recycling locations in Saskatoon where you are able to donate your returnable deposit proceeds to the Diocesan TRC fund:
350B-103rd St. East in Sutherland
2327 Faithful Ave.
2900 Jasper Ave.
2305-22nd St. West
Note: These locations will have a separate entrance for Drop and Go. Everything is a touch screen, and when it asks for your account, you can type in TRC or trc. You will enter the number of tags you need for your bags and stick them on before droping them off. Thank you for your kind contributions to the Catholic TRC Healing Response!
Season of Creation
September 1 - October 4
The burning bush is the Symbol for the Season of Creation 2022. Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests crackle, animals flee, and people are forced to migrate due to the fires of injustice. On the contrary, the fire that called to Moses as he tended the flock on Mt. Horeb did not consume or destroy the bush. This flame of the Spirit revealed God’s presence. This holy fire affirmed that God heard the cries of all who suffered, and promised to be with us as we followed in faith to our deliverance from injustice. In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us to listen to the voice of creation. For more information, click on the button below:
Are you interested in making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Debbie Rolfes is leading a 21-day trip to Israel and Jordan, from May 10 - 31, 2023. We will be travelling with a priest and will have the same guide who has travelled with the "Prairie Pilgrims" for our previous three trips. We will be hosting an information meeting in September, but there are only five or six spots left. Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org more information and to put your name on our invitation list for the information meeting.
Serena Run for the Family
Participate in this
fund-raising family run on Saturday, Sept. 17 either “live”, from 9 a.m to 11 am, or
“remotely” anytime between Sept. 14 and Sept. 18. Find all the details at: www.facebook.com/SerenaSaskatchewan or on the Natural Family Planning
organization’s website: saskserena.ca.
Every Monday evening (except for long weekends), from 6 pm to 10 pm, and also every second Thursday of the month, from 9 am to 6 pm, people are invited to pray with the Blessed Sacrament in the main area of the church.
The upcoming Adoration schedule:
Monday evenings, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6 pm-10 pm
The next full day Adoration will be on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 9 am - 6 pm.
GSCS is now hiring!
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is hiring for a number of casual employment opportunities, including educational assistants, secretary, medical facilitator, and more. Apply at https://www.applitrack.com/gscs/onlineapp/ or click on the button below, and help make a difference in our Catholic school communities.
The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan has announced that the 16th Annual Compassionate Healers’ Mass will take place at on Sunday, Sept. 18
at 9 am, at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will preside. This year, all parishes are invited to take the opportunity to offer a blessing to all those who share in the healing ministry of Christ: family members who support elderly, sick and less-able people, medical professionals, councillors, those who respond to the many faces of those wounded in mind, soul, and body.
Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows
Re-opening THIS Sun. Sept. 4
The Shrine of
Our Lady of Sorrows – the Ukrainian Catholic shrine near Cudworth , SK, will officially re-open with a celebration THIS Sunday,
Sept. 4. Find the Facebook event online at clicking on the button below.
The program includes: 9:00 am Divine Liturgy; 11:00 am games
for children; 12:00 pm BBQ lunch; 1 pm Stations of the Cross; 1:30 pm
children’s activities. Snacks will be provided. Bring your lawn chairs! For more
information, call or text Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky, at (306) 961-1390.
For the GIRLS - Saskatoon Challenge is a Catholic Youth Ministry program for girls in Grades 3-12 to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith, build friendship with Christ, and make a difference and positive impact on their families, friends and in the world around them. Challenge meets Friday nights at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and at other scheduled times for mission and outreach. Register online athttps://rcdos.ca/challenge-girls-club/
or if you have any questions about Challenge or the registration process, please contact Erin Hickey at email@example.com
or (306) 716-2062. The deadline for registration is September 11.
For the BOYS - Saskatoon Conquest is a Catholic Youth Ministry for boys in Grades 3 and up. The purpose of the club is to help boys to grow in their relationship with Jesus, to increase their knowledge of the Catholic faith, and to grow in virtue and service. Registration night will be held 6:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 pm at St. Matthew Elementary School, 1508 Arlington Avenue. Most meetings will also be held at St. Matthew School on Fridays, from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm. For more info,
please see the Conquest website at: conquestsaskatoon.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CWL Clothing Depot - Ongoing Needs
CWL Clothing Depot continues to depend on donations, including: cutlery, towels, blankets, pots and pans and small appliances in good working condition. Donations may be dropped off Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm at the alley entrance of the Clothing Depot, which is located at 619 20th Street W., OR here in the Parish Welcome Area, during regular office hours. Thank you for your continued support!
Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon
Next Monthly Mass - Sun. Sept. 18
The Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon gathers on the third Sunday of every month to celebrate Mass at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., with the next celebration to be held on Sunday, September 18, at 5:00 pm. The Filipino Catholic community also holds a weekly Novena in English every Friday at 5:30 pm at. St. Paul Co-Cathedral. Everyone is welcome.
Future dates for Sunday 5:00 pm Masses at the Co-Cathedral are: Oct. 16, Nov. 20, and Dec. 18.
St. Philip Neri Masses are live-streamed, every Saturday at 5 pm
If you aren’t able to attend Mass in person, you may watch it LIVE on YouTube.
NOTE: If you are hard of hearing or would like to have the Live-Streamed Services "with text", please click the “cc”/ “Closed Caption” icon/button at the bottom right on your computer screen, below the live-streamed service. You will be able to see the words of the speaker!
We have left past Masses up on our channel for you to watch, or you can tune in to our next upcoming LIVE Masses on the dates and times below:
Saturday, September 3 - 5:00 pm (Fr. Mike)
Saturday, September 10 - 5:00 pm (Fr. Mike)
St. Philip Neri Facebook Page
are invited to check out our Facebook page, St. Philip Neri Parish. There can
be informational, prayerful, humorous notes that you might be interested in! Check it out today!
If you would like to receive the Diocesan Electronic Newsletter, which is different from the Diocesan Bulletin, as well as other information from the Diocese, please send your email address directly to Melissa Anaetoh at the Catholic Foundation Office, at: email@example.com.