Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1, 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 March 3 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Lenten “meager” meal at 6:00 p.m.
Click here to view Lenten Regulations
Please remember that the Annual Catholic Appeal is much different than a one-time special collection. It is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments.
The ACA theme, "God’s Light shines through Us," was selected to remind us that our contributions to the Annual Catholic Appeal enable the funded ministries and services to share God’s love with many others in our parish and our Archdiocese.
Each pledge makes a difference! Your generous support enables our Archdiocese to deliver needed ministries and services.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.
Learn more or make your gift online: archokc.org/appeal
Note - the ACA Appeal was formerly known as ADF.
During Lent, we will participate in Catholic Relief Services' Rice Bowl program.
Driven by our faith, we are committed to help those in need no matter where they may live. In that spirit:
75 % of your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world. Some examples include:
Agriculture projects help farmers improve harvests
Water and sanitation projects bring clean water to communities
Microfinance projects support small businesses
Mother and child health projects offer health and nutrition services
Education projects provide resources and training
25 % of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community.
Questions? Contact parish coordinator Laurann Donahue.
The Family Life Center of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and School in Midwest City was formally dedicated on Thursday, November 10.
The Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, presided over the ceremony. The ceremony included a blessing of the building. The program was moderated by Father Timothy Fuller, current pastor of St. Philip Neri. Honored guests included former pastors, Father Jack Feehily and Father Charles Murphy along with school principal, Brenda Tener.
The ceremony was attended by 400 parishioners and students. The procession was led by over a dozen Knights of Columbus. The school choir performed “God Bless America”, and Midwest City Chamber President, Wade Moore, made a proclamation on behalf of the city chamber.
Archbishop Coakley extended his words of congratulations and praised St. Philip Neri for “fostering an education in faith and extending parish life,’” with the new 24,000 square foot building. His Grace continued, “This Family Life Center highlights the faith and the mission of St. Philip Neri in Midwest City.” Father Fuller added that the project would not have been possible without the foresight of the prior pastors who were able to accumulate the surrounding properties to build the Family Life Center.
Housed inside the Family Life Center is a full-size gymnasium, four meeting rooms, industrial-sized kitchen and concession stand. The school has never had a full size basketball court. Prior to Family Life Center, sporting events were hosted in a half-court activity center.
“Well, here we are.” Principal Brenda Tener stated. “The day has finally come. St. Philip Neri has been blessed with so many good and faithful people. Even though buildings come and go, our hope is that our students have the foundation to become good and faithful people as well.”
UPDATE: On Dec 4, the FLC was named in honor of Fr Fuller. See more photos in the Sooner Catholic article at http://www.archokc.org/past-issues/current-issue/1503-sooner-catholic-12-25-16/file
Religious Education classes from Pre-K to 6th grade have begun. Classes are held between Sunday Masses from 9:30am - 10:40am. A class schedule can be located under the Religious Education tab.
Did you know that you can make St Philip Neri School more affordable and receive a substantial Oklahoma Income Tax credit? The Catholic Schools Opportunity Scholarship Fund was created to take advantage of the OK Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act that allows both a 50% tax credit as well as an itemized deduction on Federal and State income taxes.
Furthermore, you can designate up to 75% of your contribution to specific Catholic schools, including St Philip Neri or one of the 3 Archdiocesan high schools, or split the 75% among schools.
Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need.
"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.
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
NEW! On July 25, the Archdiocese reached an agreement to buy additional land to the east and west (total just over 1 acre). See http://newsok.com/archdiocese-to-receive-lake-draper-reservation-land-cemetery-expansion-is-planned/article/5511028 .
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.