This “period of preparation” is centered around a greater devotion to prayer, a willingness to join our sufferings to those of Christ and an increased generosity to those in need. This is called: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
In addition to these positive aspects of preparation, the Church calls our attention to the sinfulness of our lives. We are invited into repentance, the experience of healing, and the reality of forgiveness and reconciliation. To help us in living this “season of preparation”, there are several liturgical events.
-The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at the usual times, every Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
-Check the bulletin for Lenten Penance Rites in the OKC area.
-Stations of the Cross will be prayed on all Fridays beginning February 12 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Lenten “meager” meal at 6:00 p.m.
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of both fast and abstinence.
2. ALL Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
The Church Fast calls those between the ages of 18-59 to eat no more than one full meal, with two snacks allowed to replace the other meals. Liquids, including milk and fruit juices, are permitted any time during the day.
The Church Abstinence pertains to ALL Catholics from the age of 14 onwards. This means refraining from the eating of meat and meat products, including poultry and pork.
If there is a good reason (i.e. health reasons) why one cannot fast or abstain, then one may substitute a work of mercy or some act of self-denial.
Camps, family programs, and scholarships are made possible through your participation in the 2016 ADF Archbishop's Appeal, “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”. To see what other programs and assistance the ADF supports, click on the "Offices" tab at archokc.org
To donate online, visit https://archokc16625.thankyou4caring.org/Login
Veterans’ Families United it pleased to coordinate and/or offer, the following events for Spring 2016. Click on the “link” beside each event to find more detailed information and how to enroll. Please share this with ANY veteran/family member that may benefit.
April 15-17 – “A Weekend of Peace at the Forest of Peace” offered at NO COST to Adult Family Members of veterans. Click Here for more information. Click Here for more information.
VFU is proud to announce the publication of “They Were Families: How War Comes Home” by Dr. Stephanie Mines, neuropsychologist, daughter of a WWII Veteran and VFU Founding Board Member. For information Click here If you need financial assistance to purchase the book, please contact us.
The St. Philip Neri Health Ministry Team is introducing The Daniel Fast for the coming Lenten Season, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 10 through Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016. The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet. It is a partial fast where some foods are eaten while other are restricted.
The parish-wide event is led by Community Faith Nurse, Angie Tomlinson, “We are challenging our parishioners, should they choose to participate, in a spiritual experience with health benefits. Please take note if following the Fast precisely is not possible, we ask our brothers and sisters to prayerfully consider what changes they can make in trying new and healthy foods to better their lives spiritually and physically.”
Parishioner Louise Groth welcomes the new experience, “I’ve tailored the program to fit my household and am excited about trying the new recipes The Daniel Fast has to offer. I’ve already stocked up on new spices and ingredients that I have never bought before.” Groth continues, “I hope to see a weight loss, but gain spiritually from this experience.” Health Ministry member, Anne Wildes added, “I’ve been testing out recipes. The spaghetti squash lasagna made with tofu was a hit! I’m also spending time preparing the mental game of tackling social events and those busy days when I don’t have time to make meals- chopping up vegetables and having fruit on hand will be key to those days.”
The health program is was made possible with multiple efforts throughout St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. New testament bible studies were offered which focused on the Book of the Prophet Daniel, Q&A sessions were available after all Masses leading up to the kickoff date and a facebook page was established for community support.
The Midwest City parish will offer Meager Meals every Friday of Lent following The Stations of the Cross (6:15pm) in Felician Hall. The meals will offer food in compliance with The Daniel Fast.For more information on the Health Ministry Program, please visit www.stphilipnerimwc.org
The Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis runs through Christ the King Sunday in 2016.
Eight Churches within our Archdiocese have been designated with Holy Doors to celebrate The Jubilee Year of Mercy. If you are interested, you can download a passport for each Parish here
Complete three passports (each containing a question about that particular Church) and present to the Catholic Pastoral Center to receive a pin commemorating The Year of Mercy.
"Night at the Garage" will be held on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Eat dinner out and support St. Philip Neri.
10% of all proceeds from the evening go to the Family Life Center and School Tech Fund.
Pictured: 4th Grader, JT Berry, chowing down on his burger of choice.
The Health Ministry Team and parishioners of St. Philip Neri gathered at Regional Park in Midwest City for a healthy kick start to their physical and spiritual development. The program is designed by Parish Community Nurse, Angie Tomlinson, R.N. stressing wholistic health, “Wholistic health is a wellness approach that addresses the body, mind, and spirit or the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual aspects of an individual. Using the faith community in exercise, praying, and support allows for such spiritual and physical growth.”
Every participant not only receives a t-shirt ($8), but a booklet containing scripture study and reflection for each week. The goal is that everyone forms their own walking groups and continues the weekly routine throughout the course of a year.
Currently groups are meeting at the following places and times:
Regional Park Rotary Pavilion: Sunday 7:15pm, Wednesday 7:30am, Thursday 7:30am and 5:30pm, Friday 7:30am
Midwest City Dog Park: Tuesday 9:00am, Thursday 9:00am, Saturday 9:00am
Please contact Angie Tomlinson, R.N. if you are interested in joining. It is not too late to PRAY WALK TALK:
Since we first opened in 1954, our goals have remained steadfast. Our mission is to serve families in developing and nurturing the whole child to achieve academic excellence. The School community provides a safe, Catholic Christian environment in which each child can grow to be a contributing member of the Church and society.
For more than 60 years, St Philip Neri has carried on a tradition of excellence, preparing students for upper-level coursework while building a strong foundation of faith. Jesus Christ will always remain at the heart of all we do, whether in academics, athletics, or community service. St Philip Neri is more than a place to learn, it is a place to grow.
Contact us at 737-4496 or www.stphilipnerischool.com
Many people expressed strong interest in plots and pairs of plots, and so far no one has asked for something wanted by another. For assistance in selecting a plot, call the church office and they or Larry Hopper will help you. A Cemetery Map shows the plots, but you must see Larry or visit the office to see which are available. Lots numbered in red are currently being sold, those numbered in blue are in a wooded area to be sold later. Orange and green shaded areas indicate walkways and areas reserved for the altar, Columbarium, and trees.
Plots are $500 each (no tax), please call the church office before you come down or mail in a check.