Welcome to St. Philip Catholic Church


Public Masses Return This Sunday, May 31! 

Advance Sign-up Required for English Service; Communion Services Also Offered

My Dear Parishioners,

Peace to you from the rectory! Great news: Nearly 300 parishioners received Holy Communion at last Sunday’s outdoor Communion Services. I am very grateful to all who made that happen, especially Fr. Will and Deacon James, who gave Holy Communion for over 5 hours each!

This was one of our first steps in the gradual reopening process presently under way across the Diocese of Arlington. We’ll take further steps this Sunday when we offer our first public Masses – one in English at 8am and one in Spanish at 2pm.

All spaces for the English Mass have been filled. We hope to add more Masses next week. 

Volunteers are assembling the lists of those attending in Spanish.

We’ll also be conducting four hours of outdoor Communion Services this Sunday for those not able to attend public Mass.

These wonderful developments are in answer to your prayer and patience – thank you so much for both!

In spite of the disruptions of the past months, we are still conducting Baptism classes – via Zoom or phone – and we are doing Baptisms. If you would like your child (0-7 years old) baptized, just call the rectory and either Kim or Sandra will get back to you with details on the preparation process. Children 7 years and older have their baptism preparation in our Religious Education Program. For details on that, contact Mrs. Pamela Copley, Director of Religious Education.

I got a letter recently from Bishop Burbidge congratulating us on reaching our goal for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal – $130,194! He wants us to know that he sincerely appreciates our participation in the appeal this year, especially given the economic uncertainty these past months.

Novena for Deacon James Starts This Friday

Next Saturday, June 6, is Deacon James’ ordination day, so keep him in your prayers this week. The parish is offering a nine-day novena of the Litany to Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, Priest and Victim to help him on his way. We begin this novena on May 29, but you can join in at any time. Deacon James is most appreciative of our praying this beautiful novena together in preparation for his ordination. By next week, we will have details on opportunities to receive Fr. James’ priestly blessing after he celebrates his Mass of Thanksgiving here on Sunday, June 7. St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!

Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue


Mis Queridos Feligreses,

Paz desde la rectoría! Buenas noticias: Casi 300 feligreses recibieron la Sagrada Comunión en los Servicios de Comunión al aire libre del domingo pasado. Estoy muy agradecido con todos los que hicieron que eso sucediera, especialmente el P. Will y el Diácono James, que dieron la Sagrada Comunión durante más de 5 horas cada uno! Este fue uno de nuestros primeros pasos en el proceso de reapertura gradual actualmente en curso en la Diócesis de Arlington. Tomaremos más pasos este domingo cuando ofreceremos nuestras primeras Misas públicas – una en inglés y otra en español. También realizaremos cuatro horas de Servicios de Comunión al aire libre este domingo para aquellos que no puedan asistir a la Misa pública. Consulte en las cercanías para obtener detalles sobre cómo registrarse para estos eventos en inglés; los voluntarios están armando las listas de los asistentes en español. Estos maravillosos desarrollos responden a su oración y paciencia – ¡muchas gracias por ambos!

A pesar de las interrupciones de los últimos meses, todavía estamos impartiendo clases de bautismo – a través de Zoom o por teléfono – y estamos haciendo Bautismos. Si desea bautizar a su hijo (0-7 años), simplemente llame a la rectoría y Kim o Sandra se comunicarán con usted con detalles sobre el proceso de preparación. Los niños de 7 años y mayores tienen su preparación para el bautismo en nuestro Programa de Educación Religiosa. Para detalles sobre eso, contacte a la Sra. Pamela Copley, Directora de Educación Religiosa.

Hace poco recibí una carta del Obispo Burbidge felicitándonos por alcanzar nuestra meta para la Campaña de Cuaresmal del Obispo (Bishop’s Lenten Appeal) – $130,194! El Obispo quiere que todos sepamos que agradece sinceramente nuestra participación en la petición de este año, especialmente dada la incertidumbre de estos últimos meses.

El próximo sábado 6 de junio es el día de ordenación del Diácono James, así que manténganlo en sus oraciones esta semana. La parroquia está ofreciendo una novena Letanía a Jesucristo, Sacerdote y Víctima para ayudarlo en su camino. Aunque comenzamos esta novena el 29 de mayo, pueden unirles en cualquier momento. El Diácono James está muy agradecido que recemos esta hermosa novena juntos en preparación para su ordenación. Para la próxima semana, tendremos detalles sobre las oportunidades para recibir la bendición sacerdotal de P. James después de celebrar su Misa de Acción de Gracias aquí el domingo 7 de junio. San Felipe Apóstol – ruega por nosotros!

Su siervo en Cristo, Padre Denis

Updated Confession Hours

Confessions are held in Room 1 with Fr. Will in English and Spanish. Please observe social distancing guidelines.

Sunday: 12pm

  Wednesday: 7am & 6:30pm
Monday: 7am  

Friday: 9:30am, 3:30pm & 7pm

Tuesday: 4pm
  Saturday: 4pm & 7pm

Take Note

New St. Philip Bulletin Publisher

We welcome John Patrick Publishing as our new Parish Bulletin Provider. We look forward to many years with them as we grow in faith, love and charity together. We will debut an updated look and full-color pages soon. 

If you come by the church this weekend to attend Adoration or to pray, you can pick up a print version of the new Bulletin in the vestibule. (Please take your copy with you.)

If you or your business would like to be part of this new publication and get noticed in our bulletin, now is the time to reserve your space. Contact our bulletin representative, Marsha Haney, at 941-445-0778 (direct) or mhaney@jppc.net to be part of the new and improved publication.

Class on Vocations

Here is something to consider: a Class on Vocations assembled by Mrs. Pam Copley, our Director of Religious Education. Mrs. Copley has gathered various videos and testimonials coupled with discussion questions to help young people discern God's call. While ideal for families with teenagers or for young adults, it would benefit everybody seeking to know more about vocations, whether to marriage, priesthood or religious life.

Knights of Columbus Looking for Members

The Knights of Columbus - the largest lay men's organization in the Church - invites you to join our council. Although we are living through tough times, the Knights have streamlined the membership process and have scheduled virtual ceremonies to welcome you to our order. Meetings (both virtual and in real) are on the 3rd Monday of the month at 8pm. For further information, please email Terence J Smith, Grand Knight, at tjmorrill@hotmail.com.

Email and Text Scam Alert!

No one from St. Philip will EVER text or email you asking for gift cards or your credit card information. Don't fall for this scam! We do call you to verify registration information. If you are unsure if a caller is from St. Philip, please call the Rectory office at 703-573-3808 and leave a message so someone can get back to you to confirm.

Free Catholic Content for the Whole Family

Have you signed up for your free Formed.org account? Formed has movies and videos, online books, podcasts, Bible studies, material for children, all with a Catholic view, in English and Spanish. You can watch it on your computer, phone, or smart TV. Go to Formed.org to sign up for your free account.

Mass Intentions

Our priests are saying Masses for your intentions every day. If you would like a reserve a day for a Mass Intention, please call the Rectory at (703) 573-3808 and leave a message for Kim at ext. 11 and she will contact you with information on available dates. We have many dates available. These daily Mass Intentions are posted on our Facebook page.

Prayer Requests

If you, someone in your family, or if you know of any St. Philip parishioners who has been diagnosed with Covid19 virus, please email stphilipsparish@gmail.com or call the Rectory at (703) 573-3808 and leave a message at ext. 11, and we will add the name to our prayer list.

Our Church and Grounds are Open for Prayer Daily from 7am to 9pm Daily

Feel free to come in to pray. say a Rosary, be inspired by our beautiful stained glass windows (particularly beautiful in the early morning), or light a candle. Let our church offer you a calm, quiet refuge during these stressful times. While in the building or on our grounds, please maintain social distancing. No more than 10 people in the church sanctuary at one time; maintain at least 6 feet between unrelated people at any time. The Church will be locked while Masses are offered but is open at all other times, from 7am to 9pm. The grounds are open during daylight hours.

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Spiritual Communion Prayer

To be prayed when you cannot attend Sunday Mass

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart ...

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Un Acto de Comunión Espiritual

Creo Señor mío que éstas realmente presente en el Santísimo Sacramento del altar.

Te amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo ardientemente recibirte dentro de mi alma; pero, no pudiendo hacerlo ahora sacramentalmente, ven al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón.

Y como si Te hubiese recibido, me abrazo y me uno todo a Ti; Oh Señor, no permitas que me separe de Ti. Amen.



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