March 11, 2018



During the season of Lent, we discover Prayer as the Key to Serenity through homilies, bulletin and website articles, song and personal prayer time. The Serenity Prayer is the focus of our Lenten Theme.

The Serenity Prayerwas born from the anguish that American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr experienced, as he watched the oppression of the Nazis grow in Germany during the 1930s. Accepting what he could not change and learning in prayer what was within his power to accomplish, was Niebuhr’s struggle and something we understand in our own lives very well.
Prayer is the Key to Serenity. Serenity is not dependent upon outer circumstances but is inner stillness and a confident assurance in God’s providence care – no matter what’s going on around us, or even within us.
Acceptance of what cannot be changed does not mean that we like or approve of certain behaviors or situations. Acceptance means that we let go of the frustrating mental activity, emotional exhaustion and spiritual depletion that is wasted on what is beyond our power to change. We let go of playing God.
Courage means ‘with heart.’ With hearts desiring to live our mission to do Christ’s Work of love and service, we seek to be agents of positive change.
Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit that resides in the deep stillness of our being. Prayer is the key to unlocking the generous bounty of wisdom. God empowers us with wisdom through new ideas, possibilities, changes of direction and the ability to let go of one agenda to accept another with a discerning heart and an open mind.
The Serenity Prayer is a rich source for spiritual growth and empowers us to change ourselves and our world with God’s grace.

Reflection Story – Week IV
A young architect student tells the Grand Hotel concierge that he wishes to visit the impressive hotel pool and spa designed by a prominent female architect. The concierge says, “1850.” “What!” exclaims the student, “1850, I only want to see the pool and spa for the design, I have no desire to use them. I will not pay $18.50 for a look!” With great gentleness the concierge says, “Relax, I’ve got good news, one eight five zero is the combination for the entrance door.”
The student jumped to a quick conclusion and reacted without really understanding the situation. Sound familiar? The student assumed that he would be forced to pay an entrance fee and that he would have to accept this fact as something that he could not change. He became angry and resentful because he felt powerless. The truth was that the student had the power to change the situation by making different choices. If the young man had decided to stop and think and ask questions for clarification, he could have remained calm within himself and kindly toward the concierge.
We pray for the courage to change the things we can change. The first ‘courage’ that is needed is a heart willing to change – our hearts. Being open to change, in mind and heart, is something to pray about. When we find ourselves reacting and not responding, it demonstrates that our minds and hearts are closed to God’s possibilities and the plethora of choices we have in every situation. Options and alternative plans are discoverable through prayer.
Serenity is granted when we take prayerful time to consider situations so that we do not react without understanding but are empowered to respond with wisdom. Asking for God’s wisdom in prayer, pausing, asking questions, taking the time to think or to seek further information or advice from others are all courageous acts and paths to change.
The second ‘courage’ needed is a heart willing to take action and accomplish what is needed to enact change. When we draw a heart it has two halves – the word courage semantically means ‘with heart’– the two halves of the heart of courage are the courage to be open to change and the courage to act for change.

Prayer Practice
This weekend you will be given a prayer card (see following images). Courageously use the prayer on the one side to be open to what God might be inviting you to change. Courageously use the reverse side to name what is within your power, with God’s help, to change and take that action.
“With the power of God at work in our lives, we can do immeasurably more than we could ever hope for or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)

• Participating in weekly or even daily celebration of the Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance
• Engage in the variety of opportunities for community and private prayer and reflection.
Bible Study: -Mondays at 11:30 AM in Church
Welcome Home: Sacrament of Reconciliation;
Mondays 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturdays 11:00 AM to 12 Noon
Stations of the Cross: Fridays 7:00 PM in Church
Lenten penance includes acts of self-denial as a tool for mindfulness of God’s bountiful gifts and presence and/or an increase in charitable acts and works of kindness.
• Days of Fast and Abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday we refrain from eating meat and have one full meal and two lesser meals. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

17110610 Xmas Ornament COLOR - Jubilee

The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry.
Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.” John 14:22

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Fr. Matt is looking for some old photos and film in any format about St. Philip Church and/or school to compile our history.  Items can be left with Barbara Salzer at the Parish Office.

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as .  .  .
We Remember
gratefully our past companions on the Journey whose sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in action that empowers spiritual, service and social ministry.
We Believe
in God’s providence as faithful stewards who continue Christ’s work using the Keys to the Kingdom.   
— Amen

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