March 20, 2016


Parish Lenten Retreat

Our Parish Retreat, Compassion on the Journey, is our participation in Our Holy Father’s invitation for the Church to celebrate a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Compassion is the heart of Mercy.

You are invited to join us as we experience God’s compassion and learn to be more compassionate and of fuller service to one another. The retreat unfolds in the weekend homilies, liturgical music, bulletin reflections/, a Holy Hour, workshops and suggested activities involving the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.


The church banner pictured above displays symbols of the various themes of our Retreat. Our journey begins with God who creates us, accompanies us through life, death and resurrection until we return to God in glory. Our journey is from “glory to glory” (2Cor.3:18). Along the way we are transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. God is our compassionate companion on the journey and invites us to offer compassionate service to one another.

The Two Figures shown form a Heart Shape as they symbolize human and divine love. The word compassion has its origins in two Latin roots; com-with and passion-to suffer/intense force. The meaning of compassion is a union of love that motivates beyond sympathy and empathy, ‘to be one with’ and, therefore, compels with a commitment to action physically, emotionally or spiritually as needed.

The Cross in the center of the heart is the sign of compassion.

The Vertical line of the cross calls to mind the unconditional compassion for us that comes From God.

The Horizontal line of the cross suggests the purpose for our lives which is to offer compassionate service For Others.




The image above (for a clear view/see website) is a reproduction of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Christ’s Head 1650, oil on wood, State Museum Berlin – Dahlem.

Our future focus will be on ways to reflect and pray with the masterpiece. For now appreciate the expression of Christ captured by the artist. Notice the exposed ear which suggests that Jesus listens with compassion.

St. Benedict of Nursea encouraged compassionate listening with the challenge,

“Listen with the ear of your heart.”

Compassion is listening with the ear of your heart and acting on what you hear.

Lenten Prayer:

God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

Dona nobis pacem, Grant us Peace.

Week VI
Holy Week Reflection

Our Lenten Hymn: God of all Compassion will serve as a daily meditation for each day of Holy Week. Read and listen with the ear of your heart to the song lyrics. Reflect on the questions and take the action suggested.


God of all compassion, guide us on our way
Through our Lenten journey, on toward Easter Day.
Signed with the cross, we walk each step with you.
God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

  1. The cross of Christ reminds us of God’s deep compassion for us. What crosses are you carrying in your life and how is God compassionately helping you with them? What action can you take to help another bear his/her cross?

God of all compassion, Author of our days;
Fashioned in your image we, for love, were made.
Body and mind and spirit give you praise:
God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

  1. You were made in God’s image and likeness, sharing in God’s desire to love. What action can you take to express and demonstrate your love for another person?

Singing of your goodness, confident in grace
We embrace your promise – ev’ry time and place.
Love freely giv’n flows from the cross of Christ;
God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

  1. Jesus promises, “Peace is my gift to you.” Use the prayer, Dona nobis pacem, Grant us peace throughout your day. Pay attention to God’s presence which offers peace even in the most difficult of situations.
Holy Thursday:

Longing for your presence, we in stillness pray
For your healing touch, Lord, now and ev’ry day.
Merciful Savior, Source of life renewed,
God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

  1. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and calls us to acts of selfless service. What one healing action in word or deed can you perform this day to be of service to another?
Good Friday:

Giver of all bounty, teach us how to share
Love’s redeeming message, gifted through your care.
Blessed by your mission, charity we learn;
God of all compassion, guide our hearts to serve.

  1. Forgiveness and God’s power at work in every moment of our lives is the message of God’s charity and care. Who is in need of your compassion and forgiveness? Pray the following prayer to open a path for healing, “Lord bless, (name), and transform me to set me free.”
Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday :

God of all compassion, guide us on our way
Onto Easter’s Dawning – Christ th’ Eternal Day.
Alleluia! Enlightened hymns we raise:
Resurrected Glory – guide our hearts to serve!

  1. Like dawn in darkness Christ is our light. What actions can you take to follow the Risen Lord into new, life-giving paths physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually?
  1. The Eucharist is the most perfect prayer and Lenten observance.
  2. Lenten penance includes acts of self-denial as a tool for mindfulness of God’s bountiful gifts and presence and/or an increase in Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  3. Days of Fast and Abstinence: Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence when we refrain from eating meat and have one full meal and two lesser meals. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
  4. CRS Rice Bowls supports Catholic Relief Services


Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 PM
Eucharistic Adoration (AUDITORIUM) 9:00 PM – Midnight

Blood Drive (Gym) 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
(Holy Communion/Veneration of the Cross) 3:00 PM

Blessing of the Easter Food:  1:00 PM
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM

Celebration of Eucharist
8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Sunday, April 17, 2016
2:00 to 6:00 PM
The Valley Regency
Tickets: $65 per person
– Includes $25 Gift of Chips for Gaming Tables
– Butler served hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station
– Complimentary: Beer, Wine, Soda, Coffee, Tea
– Gourmet Desserts, Cash Bar, Piano Music
– Gaming Tables: Black Jack, Roulette, Craps,
Wheel of Chance
– Gift Baskets for Casino Winnings, Silent Auction,
Super 50/50

Tickets available on our website:

and at our School & Parish Offices


Say thank you, offer congratulations or add a prayer intention while honoring our three women’s service and ministry organizations:
The Rosary Society (71st Year), The Legion of Mary and The Columbiettes

  • St. Philip the Apostle Rosary Society, founded in 1944, is committed to fostering love and devotion to the Blessed Mother through the recitation of the Rosary, visiting the sick, and supporting various charitable activities in the parish and in our community. Msgr. Flanagan serves as chaplain.
  • Our Legion of Mary participate in daily prayer devotions, spiritual programs, made 80 hospital and nursing home visits, and performed over 300 service hours in this last year alone.
  • St. Philip’s Columbiettes Auxiliary members are dedicated to the   mission of our faith and perform charitable and religious works.   Working together with the Knights of Columbus they are tireless     in their goodwill, prayer and outreach.

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