February 2019
SPN Newsletter
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church
Philip Romolo Neri, known as the Third Apostle of Rome, after Saints Peter and Paul, was an Italian priest noted for founding a society of secular clergy called the Congregation of the Oratory.
Dear  ,

February..... the month of love.  Love God first!  Then love others - as many as you can.  Tell your spouse you love them.  Tell your kids you love them.  Show kindness and respect to your friends, family, co-workers, and people that you meet.  Have patience.  And most of all, love yourself!  You are one of God's greatest creations.
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Upcoming Events
Groundhog Day

Are you wishing for an early spring?

Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas Day, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter.  When German settlers arrived in the 1700s, they brought this tradition with them.   It came at the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.   On this  day  in 1887,  Groundhog Day , featuring a rodent meteorologist, is  celebrated  for the first time at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.    

Saturday, February 2nd
Fellowship Sunday

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting Fellowship Sunday.  Please join your fellow parishioners for light refreshments and fellowship in the hall after all Masses.

Sunday, February 3rd
After all Masses


Join us for our monthly Oratory.

Why be Catholic?  St. Valentine's Day!
St. Valentine believed in more than just chocolate; he believed in love and marriage. Catholics celebrate and protect marriage!

Have questions about the faith or why we Catholics do what they do?  Ever wonder about certain aspects of the Mass, Catholic devotions, belief about the Eucharist, Mary, Papal Infallibility or other aspects of Catholic Christianity?

We want to hear what has you curious or confused.  Send us your questions to Tim Feeney at  tfeeney@st.philip-neri.org.

The Oratory Team:  Fr. Isaac, Fr. DeAscanis, Deacon Ed, Mark Rachid, Tim Feeney, and Dr. Lila Pantazais

Join us the first Thursday of each month.

Thursday, February 7th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chapel (immediately after Mass)
Sponsored by the Hispanic Ministry of St. Clement Church

St. Valentine's Day dinner and dance.  

Price per couple:  $55
Price per individual:  $35

For more information, contact the Parish Office at 410-859-0571.

Saturday, February 9th
6:00pm - 12:00 midnight
SPN Hall
Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 14 each year.  It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.    
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.  In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").  In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver's heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine's Malady.  Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.  Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Thursday, February 14th
Festival of Praise

Join us on the  3rd Thursday of each month
  • Adoration of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist
  • Scripture Reflection
  • Prayers
  • Praise and Worship Hymns
Thursday, February 21st
7:15pm - 8:30pm
SPN Church
Stag Bull & Oyster Roast
(for men only)

Enjoy fantastic food and drinks at St. Philip Neri's Men's Club Annual Stag Bull & Oyster Roast. 

No tickets will be sold at the door and no carryout.

Time:  1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tickets:  $40.00 each

For more information or reservations, contact John at 410-761-2645.

Sunday, February 24th
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Other Events & Committee Meetings
We're very active at St. Philip Neri.  For a list of other events or committee meetings, please click here for the church calendar.

Spread the word!
We're looking to expand our exposure to others with our newsletter and website.  This month, we're asking you to forward this email to at least one person (but please feel free to forward this to everyone on your mailing list).  Please ask your friend to "Join our mailing list" and "Like us on Facebook".  It will only take a few seconds but you'll be disciples of God spreading his word.

Gospel of Luke Study

Join us for an in depth scripture study and discussion, let by Tim Feeney.

Wednesday evenings at 7:15pm in the Chapel 


Sunday mornings at 11:00am in the gym 
Fridays at St. Philip Neri
Eucharistic Adoration

*  Church open all day for prayer
*  Eucharistic Adoration from 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
*  Sacrament of Confession from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
*  Mass with Holy Communion at 6:30pm

In addition, please prayerfully consider signing up to be an adorer who can attend regularly at the same hour every week.  We need two people for every hour.  We also need substitutes.  Consider spending some quiet time with the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Wolle @ 410-446-1302 (cell) or 410-766-0258 (home) or marybwol@verizon.net.
Blessed at SPN
Recently received sacrament

Welcome to St. Philip Neri through the Sacrament of Baptism

  • Olivia Knupp
  • Noah Marie Miller
  • Maxton Patrick Moorhouse
  • Grant Louis Shedlock
Social Outreach Ministry

We have 23 Social Outreach Ministries!  Call today and get involved. 

For more information, contact the Parish Office at 410-859-0571 ext. 236 or email Donna Scott at dscott@st.philip-neri.org.
SPN Ministries

Adult Formation & Evangelization Committee
Altar Servers
Altar Society
Audio/Video Ministry (in Church)
Baptism Preparation
Bereavement Ministry
Blessed Mother Sodality
Boy Scouts (Ages 11-18)
CATCH Ministry
Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Charismatic Prayer Group
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Christians for Ecumenical Action
Church Caretaker Ministry
Confirmation Preparation
Connection Point Ministry
Crisis-Pregnancy Center Ministry
Cub Scouts (Ages 7-10)
Early Childhood Ministry
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Facilities Committee
Finance Committee
First Confession/Communion Preparation
F.I.S.H. Ministry (Fellowship In Serving Him)
Girl Scouts (Ages 5-18)
Greeter Ministry
Healing Prayer Teams
Home-bound Visitation Ministry
Hospital Visitation Ministry
Hospitality Ministry
Knights of Columbus
Lay Apostolate of Prayer
Linen Ministry
Liturgy Committee
Marriage Preparation
Men's Club
Men's Ministry
Money Counters Ministry
Music Ministry
Nursing Home Visitation ministry
Parish Ministry to "HOPE FOR ALL"
Parish Bulletin Boards Coordinator
Parish Electronic Newsletter Coordinator
Parish Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Scheduling Coordinator
Parish Maintenance Coordinator
Parish New Volunteer Coordinator
Parish Office Manager/Coordinator
Parish Records Coordinator
Parish Religious Education Coordinator
Parish Child Protection Coordinator
Parish Website Coordinator
Pastoral Council
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prison Ministry
Pro-Life Committee
Religious Education Teachers
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Saint Peregrine Cancer Support Ministry
Social Outreach Ministry
Spiritual Growth groups
Vocations Committee
Women's Spiritual Study
Youth Group Ministry

For more information, contact the Parish Office at 410-859-0571.
Get Involved

Get Connected

St. Philip Neri is a vibrant church community that welcomes all to fellowship and deepen their faith together.  The Connection Point is one convenient place to connect you to all that the church offers, without calling the church office!  Let us connect you by helping you to do the following:
  • Register to become a parish member
  • Learn about various ministries and organizations
  • Sign up for parish events and teachings
  • Receive volunteer information
  • Sign up for the parish newsletter
  • Pick up Mass cards
  • Sign up for Sacramental preparation
  • Learn about and sign up for Growth Groups and Bible studies
To receive information or sign up to participate in church life, stop by the Connection Point in the North Lobby after any Sunday Mass.  Let us connect you!
Did you know ????

Are you unsure what to do when you receive communion?  What do you say?  What do you do?   Here's a short video to help explain the do's and don'ts...

Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive)
Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive)


We could use your talents!  You might not realize that what you do everyday could help SPN.  

We are looking for assistance with the following talents:
  • Photographer
  • Power Point
  • Website
Maybe you're a professional - Maybe this is your career - Maybe this is your hobby - Maybe you simply have a passion.

Maybe you can give a little - maybe a lot.  A few minutes a day/week/month/quarter.  We're looking for anyone who can assist in these areas.

Please contact the parish office for additional information (410-859-0571).
Restoring God's House
St. Philip Neri Capital Campaign

We ask everyone to make a special effort to join with your fellow parishioners in helping to restore God's House at St. Philip Neri.  We're hoping for full participation from all who attend as we all a vested interest in enjoying this house of worship.  

If you have questions about the campaign or how to make your pledge, please call the Parish Office, 410-859-0571, and speak to Mark Rachid (mrachid@st.philip-neri.org) or Nancy Richter (nancyarichter@hotmail.com), our campaign directors.
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Click  HERE to register
Upcoming Events

2/01/19 - Beginning of Glory Days Grill Restaurant Days
2/01/19 - School Mass - Catholic Schools Week at 9 AM
2/01/19 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 PM
2/06/19 - Spirit Night at Hardees from 5-8 PM
2/09/19 - CHERISH event - sponsored by the Parish
2/16/19 - Home & School Association Family Bingo at 6 PM
2/16-17 - Spirit Weekend at Ledo's Pizza
2/18/19 - No School - Presidents Day
2/20/18 - Used Uniform and Exchange from 4:30-5:30 PM
2/22/19 - School Mass - Feast of St. Peter at 9 AM
2/24/19 - Bull & Oyster Roast sponsored by the Men's Club
2/25/19 - Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A from 5-8 PM

For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick, Advancement Director, at 410-859-1212 ext. 207 or swenzlick@st.philip-neri.org
Catholic Schools Week

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2019 is January 27 - February 2. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2019 is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve.  Lead.  Succeed." Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.    
For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick, Advancement Director, at 410-859-1212 ext. 207 or swenzlick@st.philip-neri.org.

January 27th - February 2nd
Restaurant nights 

Enjoy a night out at...


*  Chick-fil-A

*  Hardees

*  Ledo Pizza

*  Glory Days Grill


For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick, Advancement Director, at 410-859-1212 ext. 207 or swenzlick@st.philip-neri.org.

Schwan's Cares 

This program is similar to the MARKET DAY program that we have done in the past, but the items are delivered straight to your home!  Please spread the word by sharing with your family, friends, and co-workers.  Order early and order often, because every time you purchase from Schwan's cares, St. Philip Neri will receive up to 40% on your purchase.
For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick, Advancement Director, at 410-859-1212 ext. 207 or swenzlick@st.philip-neri.org.

Now until February 27, 2019
Enroll Now 

Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year has begun.  We offer PreK (4) to Grade 8.  

Please visit our website at  www.st.philip-neri.org , or click HERE to apply now.  

Come see for yourself how we are "Nourishing the Soul, Mind and Body" of our students.
For more information, contact Sue Wenzlick, Advancement Director, at 410-859-1212 ext. 207 or swenzlick@st.philip-neri.org.
Tuition Assistance Raffle 

Tickets are sold every month for $5/ticket.  30/31 chances to win with each ticket.


Purchase a ticket OR help us sell them.


For more information, contact Joetta Sterrett at 410-859-1212 or email at jsterrett@st.philip-neri.org.
Other SPN School Events

For more information about attending St. Philip Neri School or any of their activities, contact the school at  410-859-1212.

General Information
Contact Information
Phone:  410-859-0571
Fax:  410-859-5047

Mass Schedule
Monday-Friday:  6:30 PM
Saturday:  5:00 PM
Sunday:  8:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM

Parish Office Hours
Monday - Friday:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Newsletter Information
Do you have an upcoming event you would like listed in the newsletter?  Contact Chris Monson at  events@st.philip-neri.org.
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church | 410-859-0571
Thoughts & Prayers

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that so whatsoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16
NOTE:  Some contents of this newsletter were copied from http://catholicism.about.com and/or http://www.wikipedia.org.