Fr. Bob and Knights of Columbus to Show Film, "God's Not Dead".Everybody is welcome to come on October 18th to see this critically acclaimed movie. Click "Learn More" for details.
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Thank You to Our 2014 Richmond Fair Sponsors!

Fair Meals Sponsorship was a new initiative in 2014 – an initiative to assist the Churches going forward to be assured that the Fair Meals would continue to be viable. A sponsorship sold for $125.00 and was available to businesses and non-businesses. Their sponsorships allowed us to offer affordable pricing, senior discounts and low prices for children.

We HEARTILY thank each and every one of the following sponsors!

BAYVIEW WINDOWS COLDWELL BANKER (BRIAN KUSIEWICZ)
TUBMAN FUNERAL HOMES SOUTH CARLETON PHYSIOTHERAPY
JENNIFER ANNE COOK (ROYAL LEPAGE) TRICIA SCHOUTEN (BARRISTER & SOLICITOR)
CAROPRACTOR SCHOUTEN CORNER VIEW FARMS LTD
HOME CLIMATE PRO STATE FARM INSURANCE (CHRISTINE LUNN)
B. BAIRD WATER CONDITIONING HEIDI & DEAN PIERUNEK
FLYNN LANDSCAPING DONNA & BILL FLYNN
LONGWOOD BUILDING CORPORATION (RICHMOND GATE) TOM & RUTH CHMARA
BLUE HOUSE PET GROOMING PAT & MICHELLE MCIVER
BAKERS BEAN EUNICE GOODENOUGH
T.P. CRAWFORD LIMITED PETER & GISELE MOORE
MARLBOROUGH PUB LUCIE & RICHARD GUITARD
SOUTHPAW LANDSCAPING AL & CHRISTINE LUNN
RICHMOND AUTO CARE RANDY & COLLEEN JONES
THOMAS CAVANAGH CONSTRUCTION LTD GLENROY & MARJORIE HUFF
MY THAI VILLAGE DAVID & ELIZABETH VICKERS
TD BANK DAVID & ELIZABETH STERRITT
BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA VELMA RATH
DOWCOM SHEET METAL BRIAN & BRENDA GOSS
CHRISTOPHER’S MEAT MARKET MARY & ERNIE BEAUDETTE
RICHMOND LODGE ROSE & GEORGE STOCCO
RBC WEALTH MGT (PETER WHITE) BERNADETTE NAGLE

Fr Bob Writes – September 28, 2014

Who is a true son/daughter of the Father? The one who ultimately does the Father’s will. In our gospel today, the first son rebels initially against the will of his father, but eventually, changes his mind and accepts his will. The second son initially gives verbal assent to what his father wants, but eventually, he discards it and does what he himself wants to do.

The first son represents those who are initially defiant against God and vigorously assert their independence of Him. Many of us, myself included, have been there at one point in our lives. But at some point, we come to a place of conversion, when we realize that our decisions and choices have been bad ones, and brought us, and others in our lives, a tremendous amount of grief. We turn back to God, have our sins forgiven, and begin to live out a life of faithful obedience to Him.

The second son represents those who, to all intents and purposes, keep a superficial allegiance to God, going to Mass, saying their prayers, following dutifully the Catholic way. But in reality, they are deeply opposed to God’s will, hold onto deep grudges against others, indulge in selfishness and self-indulgence, are harshly judgemental of others who are different from them. From a position of self-righteous Pharisaism, they think they are justified in their attitudes, but in the end they find themselves outside the kingdom of heaven.

Which mentality best fits where you are at?

Fr Bob Writes – September 21, 2014

When I was living in England, there was a town in Northern London, called Kilburn, that had a very large Irish population, many of whom had come over to England to look for work. Every morning, young men would come to the town centre, and employers would drive up, select some of them for work and leave the rest.

Something similar would happen in Israel during the time of Jesus. Rising early each day, men would go to the city square to wait for someone to come by looking for workers. During times of planting and harvesting, there was plenty of work. Many a day passed, however, when no work was available, especially if you were not fit and strong and young. I am sure, many of those who heard Jesus’ parable in today’s gospel, were themselves common laborers who spent many a day in the town square waiting for employment.

At face value, this parable seems to be a good example of unjust labour practices with the early workers being locked into a contract at a far lower hourly wage than those who came later in the day. Each, regardless of how many hours they had worked, received the same wage. Those who hearing Jesus would have understood that entry into the eternal kingdom of heaven was the “wage” that all who were one with God at the end of their earthly life will receive through the grace of God. You can’t receive two or more gifts of eternal life. As with the man crucified on the cross next to Jesus (Luke 23:42-43), some may come under the grace of God in the final hours of their life while others may serve the Lord for their entire life.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways,” says God in our first reading. The parable is not showing us a lack of “justice” on God’s part, but an abundance of His “mercy” instead. God will wait until the last possible moment to bring people into his eternal kingdom.

St. Philip PFC Meeting Agenda for September 16, 2014

Now that the summer season is over and another pastoral year is here, the St. Philip Parish Finance Council (“PFC”) will resume its monthly meetings. The September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2013.  In keeping with the PFC’s desire for transparency and accountability to the parish community and to inform it of the issues the PFC deals with, a copy of the meeting agenda can be obtained by clicking here.

While the PFC does not make public its meeting minutes by publishing them to the parish website, parishioners wishing more information on any of the items raised in the meeting can contact either Fr. Bob or Pat McIver, PFC Chairperson.