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Fr. Philip's Thoughts

August 20, 2017

The racial tension this week in the United States reminds me of a story that happened during the Vietnam War.  One...

June 25, 2017

“Have no fear!   Do not fear!” “Be not afraid.” These expressions appear in the Bible just about 365 times. Th...

June 18, 2017

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, the feast usually known by its Latin name, C...

June 11, 2017

 This week we welcomed a gentle rain in our area.  The farmers, as they say, who always complain (I don’t believe it...

June 4, 2017

 Two weeks ago I attended an annual retreat for priests.  I had a wonderful time with other priests; most are still...

May 28, 2017

A man, after Saturday Mass, late for an important appointment with his clients, was searching desperately for a parking...

May 21, 2017

The Catholic Church's air conditioning broke down, so they had to hire a man to crawl around in the ducts and figure out...

May 14, 2017

A young Catholic man decided to enter a monastery. He joined one particularly strict sect. The head monk told him, at hi...

May 7, 2017

Recently during the cleaning of my office, I found an old magazine that had an image of Pope John Paul II holding his he...

April 30, 2017

A young Nun named Sr. Margaret Mary, who worked for a local home health care agency was out making her rounds when she r...

April 23, 2017

After Easter break, a teacher wanted to test her kindergarten students how much they got from the Easter celebration. Sh...

April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday

At the Easter Vigil celebration, a man, Mr. Anderson, dozed off during the homily.  The priest was upset and decided to...

April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday

This week I tell you one of the scars in my memory that I never forget.  The Communist Revolution took place some decad...

April 2, 2017

The reading of this Sunday tells us the last and biggest sign Jesus performs in the Gospel of St. John: He raises Lazaru...

March 25, 2017

During my Divine Office Liturgy on Tuesday morning, I prayed and meditated on the writing of St. Peter Chrysologus (380-...

March 19, 2017

When asked about her pastor, without any hesitation she said, “On six days a week he is INVISIBLE and on the seventh h...

March 12, 2017

Coconuts were hollowed out, filled with nuts or other monkey delicacies, and then tied to a tree. A hole big enough for...

March 5, 2017

There were 4 priests at the funeral for Mr. Ganzer at St. Patrick’s and I was assigned to offer the homily.  After th...

February 25, 2017

The Pope has a long message for Lent.  Please read and reflect on it.  Last year the music leaders approached me as...

February 19, 2017

If you were one of the Jews in the crowds who heard Jesus the first time, “Love your enemies, pray for those who perse...

February 12, 2017

Last week when I was visiting in the hospital, a man mentioned to me that a lady who was a Catholic, was excommunicated,...

February 5, 2017

I received a message from the secretary when I was at the hospital parking lot.  A parishioner called for a priest to v...

JANUARY 29, 2017

Dear People of God, Every morning I spend my time in the chapel thanking God for your life and your blessings.  You...

January 22, 2017

I was torn this week between two options.  Should I write on Christian unity (The week of prayer of Christian unity Jan...

JANUARY 15, 2017

­­­Coming into church this Sunday, you may notice that all Christmas decorations are gone. The angels went up to heav...

JANUARY 8, 2017

After Christmas someone asked me if Santa was good to me.  I’m not sure, but I did send him a note in December: “De...

DECEMBER 25, 2016 & JANUARY 1, 2017

A chap died and went to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, St. Peter said he was the day's lucky customer and he could sit nex...

DECEMBER 18, 2016

Christmas shopping, though fun, can be difficult. Did you hear about the guy that bought his wife a beautiful diamond ri...

DECEMBER 11, 2016

This week the two sisters of Divine Mercy led us through the Advent Parish Mission.  They said that it’s as easy as A...

DECEMBER 4, 2016

On Christ the King Sunday Mgr. Leopoldo Girelli, a Representative of the Pope in Asia, came to a Marian Shrine, near to...

NOVEMBER 27, 2016

A story about three student devils who were being dispatched to the earth to finish their training begins this way: Sata...

NOVEMBER 20, 2016

I went to an open air music concert this week.  Thousands of people, very young, filled the park.   Their main star w...

NOVEMBER 13, 2016

Last week I accompanied a friend to a city’s hospital.  We took a shuttle at 2 am.  After the half hour mark, a poli...

NOVEMBER 6, 2016

On the way home from my sister’s house (5 hours for a distance of 150 km), we stopped at a religious convent and hande...

OCTOBER 30, 2016

Yesterday I visited the tomb of my mom at a Catholic cemetery.  A dozen people were cleaning and planting new flowers a...

OCTOBER 23, 2016

A man was stumbling through the woods totally drunk when he came upon a priest baptizing people in the river. He proceed...

OCTOBER 16, 2016

In “The Confessions” of St. Augustine there is a story of his mother, Monica. How that courageous woman, with an u...

OCTOBER 9, 2016

This Sunday's Gospel reading tells the story of the Ten Lepers cured of their affliction by Jesus as he travelled to Jer...

OCTOBER 2, 2016

There are so many challenges in our lives. There are so many crises we all have to face. One family is struggling to kee...

September 25, 2016

The other day I got an email.  I think it’s worth reading so I copied it for you… After Sept. 11th, one company...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Harry and Al were business men.  Harry saw Al walking down the street and said to him, "Al, I have a great deal for you...

September 11, 2016

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents...

September 4, 2016

The passage of the Gospel today is one of some hard and radical sayings from Jesus as St. Luke's Gospel portrays him, bu...

AUGUST 28, 2016

An elderly woman went to a restaurant for breakfast where the "seniors' special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and t...

AUGUST 21, 2016

  A farmer had three sons: Ron, Don and Little John. All had their names on the church roll but none ever attended c...

June 26, 2016

A Catholic doctor, Francis, spent a lot of time tending to sick and dying concentration camp inmates.  After five years...

June 19, 2016

HUMAN RIGHTS & DISCRIMINATION  Each of us should know and rejoice in our own dignity as children of God. But...

June 12, 2016

Three men went out for a coffee.  The first two discussed how much control they had over their wife.  The third one ke...

June 5, 2016

IT WOULD BE A FUNERAL FOR A WIDOW’S SON. Have you ever been in a funeral procession?  Many times I sit in a limous...

May 29, 2016

Melchizedek in the first reading this week offered bread and wine to God for the Thanksgiving of his faithful ones. Abra...

May 22, 2016

How often do you use Google to look for an answer?  Many of our children think that google has ultimate answers for eve...

May 15, 2016

Joe, an atheist, lost no opportunity to mock me about my priesthood and about what he saw as the irrelevance of Christia...

May 8, 2016

“On the Feast of Ascension a group of male applicants had just arrived in heaven.  St. Peter looked them over and or...

May 1, 2016

When I was in school, one of my friends, a non-Catholic student at Newman College, Edmonton, asked me, "Why do you Catho...

April 24, 2016

Acounsellor talked to the children in a bible camp about the Risen Lord Jesus.  She began like this, "Tonight I tell yo...

April 17, 2016

An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decid...

April 10, 2016

JOHN 21:1-19 The Stranger on the seashore vs a fisherman who gets wet. I see buds and green leaves sprout out on t...

April 3, 2016

DIVINE MERCY & ST. FAUSTINA In the year 2000, the Second Sunday of Easter occurred on April 30th. On that day, the Ho...

March 27, 2016 - Easter

At the Easter Vigil celebration, a tall man, Anderson, went to sleep during the homily.  The priest was upset and decid...

March 20, 2016

A priest, one of my teachers, was put in a re-education camp by the new communist government because of his crime: being...

March 13, 2016

Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation is one of the seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church. Maybe some of you would sa...

March 6, 2016

A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in the Vietnam War. He called his parent...

February 28, 2016

EverySunday afternoon parishioners served food for about five hundred people at St. Mary’s Cathedral Hall, Calgary. ...

February 21, 2016

Twomen were hunting and got lost in the bush for days.  The first man said, “I’m afraid we’re going to die here....

February 14, 2016

When I was a little boy I thought of Lent as a time for giving up candy and the Saturday afternoon show on television so...

February 7, 2016

A seven year old boy told his widowed mother: “I want to be an altar server.” “Great,” his mom answered.  “Bu...

January 31, 2016

When he presented his passport at the airport, a custom officer asked him, “Are you a priest”?  “Yes,” he repli...

January 24, 2016

Poor Charlie was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully. "Give me one last request, dear," he said. "Of course, my love...

January 17, 2016

SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Two men were talking about their wives. Larry: “We had a tough quarrel yesterday but final...

January 10, 2016

BAPTISM A year after his baptism, a new convert to Catholicism decided to go to confession to deal with his transgre...

December 25, 2015 - Christmas

NEW YEAR’S INSPIRATION A few weeks ago as I reflected on the dreams of St. Joseph I wondered if God still speaks to...

December 20, 2015

Peace is a central theme of Christmas. Most of the Christmas cards have the words: 'Peace and Joy'. In all our Christma...

December 13, 2015

I heard a story about a man in one of the high price shopping malls like our Medicine Hat Mall.  The man caused quite a...

November 1, 2015

A question that non-Catholics ask is this: Why do you Catholics pray to saints?  Why don't you pray directly to God? ...

October 25, 2015

She was a woman who could never see anything good in other people.  No matter who did what she always found fault with...

October 18, 2015

“Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” “Honey, would you fix the roof, it is leaking?...

October 11, 2015

On June 6, 1976, one of the wealthiest persons in the world passed away at the age of 83.  J. Paul Getty was worth betw...

October 4, 2015

In the Gospel this week we are presented with Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. To many people today...

September 27, 2015

A very self-important college freshman attending a recent football game took it upon himself to explain to a senior citi...

September 20, 2015

Do you miss Deacon Bill?  I do.  We have great Deacons Robert and Terry (St. Pat’s) but Deacon Bill always gave me a...

September 6, 2015

After baptizing three babies, a kid asked me, “Why did you pour so much water on their heads, you made them real wet?...

August 23, 2015

Sometime ago a Mormon who was interested in becoming a Catholic told me, “Father Philip, before I came to your church,...

June 28, 2015

Last Sunday someone called me at 7 AM informing that Mary Miller had died.  She was 97 years old and had a full life wi...

June 21, 2015

Have you ever been frightened?  I bet that everyone has been scared out of their minds at least once. Last Friday I was...

June 14, 2015

St. John 23rd was having a restless night shortly after being elected pope at the age of 77 on the 28th of October 195...

June 7, 2015

The Mass is both sacrifice and banquet.  The celebration of Corpus Christi this year views the Eucharist in terms of co...

May 31, 2015

“A young priest, just fresh out of seminary, wanted his congregation to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. ...

May 24, 2015

A Toddler in Mass: “Mommy, I need to go home.  I’m going to go to sleep in a second!  Please, I’m dying!  It’...

May 17, 2015

Terri asked her Sunday school class to draw pictures of their favorite Bible stories.  She was puzzled by Kyle’s pic...

May 10, 2015

Every year in May, priests and some of you are anxious to wait for the pastoral moving list of priests in the diocese. ...

May 3, 2015

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF The Death toll in Nepal climbs above 5.000, officials say, with more than 10,000 injured....

April 26, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

HAPPY EASTER SEASON!!!

April 19, 2015 - Third Sunday of Easter

Do you enjoy ghost stories?   I do.  Probably most of us when we were younger enjoyed ghost stories even if they were...

April 12, 2015 - Divine Mercy Sunday

The busy Lent and Easter celebrations have gone.  The quietness of the church has returned, except funerals!  The old...

April 5, 2015 - Easter Sunday

In Las Vegas, at the funeral of a notorious gambler, a friend was delivering the eulogy.  The speaker went on and on (...

March 29, 2015

Our Christian life is often compared to a journey.  But it is not a journey on which we travel alone.  Ours is a jou...

March 22, 2015

A Christian: “Do you really believe and practice what you preach such as “Love your neighbor as yourself?” Prie...

March 15, 2015

The good news is, the Bible is available in 2300 languages. The bad news is, the world has 6700 languages. Two thirds of...

March 8 , 2015

The church I went to during my vacation can hold up to 350 people.  There are 4 Masses on the weekend.  Each Mass, the...

March 1, 2015

I was walking home from church on a Sunday morning and an old woman called me from her front yard.  She was a widow and...

February 22, 2015

It is good to get back to the cold weather after toasting myself in an oven of 30 C every day.  Thanks to all of you fo...

February 15, 2015

In the Gospel, Jesus makes a leper clean.  Jesus heals.  He heals the pain not just of the people of the past, but the...

February 8, 2015

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK. The ministry of Jesus to the sick is central to the life of the church. Saint J...

January 11, 2015

Fr. Philip will take annual vacation from January 5 to February 6, 2015.  Please pray for him and his family.

January 4, 2015

The Gospel doesn’t tell us how many wise men, or Magi, journeyed to Bethlehem.  Popular tradition holds that there we...

December 21, 2014

Have you ever seen the movie called “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?” (C.S. Lewis). If you have, you would kno...

December 14, 2014

On a cold day in December, just before Christmas, a little boy, about 7-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on...

December 7, 2014

A priest had an unusual painting of the crucifixion in his office. It showed John the Baptist with a long bony finger po...

November 30, 2014

We thank Fr. Luis for being with us the last 5 weeks.  We appreciate your wisdom and knowledge at our Eucharistic celeb...

November 16, 2014

The 5 cent chocolate bar, the 10 cent candy bar, the 15 cent hot dog, and the 20 cent ice cream are things of the past....

November 9, 2014

Some of you may wonder where I was this week.  I am among 30 priests in the diocese attending a program called “Good...

November 2, 2014

Every time I meet a priest, the first question he asks is ‘How’s life in Medicine Hat?”  My answer is always “I...

October 26, 2014

Love, summary of the Christian life This week we commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of Fr. Keith's death (Oct. 24, 20...

October 19, 2014

A stretch limo full of politicians was taking a back route down a two-lane country road late at night, when it ran into...

October 12, 2014

In today's liturgy food plays an important part in all three readings.  The salvation of the elect in Isaiah is depicte...

October 5, 2014

A boy ran home after Sunday Mass and told his mother, “Mom, I want to be a priest.”  The mother was so delighted wi...

September 28, 2014

A brand new pastor came out to his first church.  As usually seems to be the case, several of the Great Old Saints wait...

September 21, 2014

A leader of a big company was complaining in a staff meeting the other day that he wasn’t getting any respect.  Later...

September 14, 2014

In 1978, 3 years after the communists took over the South of Vietnam, we were still not allowed to perform any religious...

September 7, 2014

Did you have a good summer?   It was very quiet in the office during summer months, but it was good though.  Now kids...

August 31, 2014

The Voice Within "There is a fire burning within my heart, imprisoned in my bones. I grow weary holding it in. I cann...

August 24, 2014

In July we had 5 weddings and in August we have 4.  Congratulations to all of you who have an anniversary of your weddi...

June 29, 2014

Last Saturday I was in the confessional continuing the ministry of Peter “to bind and to lose,” suddenly I saw a “...

June 22, 2014

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, the feast usually known by its Latin name, Cor...

June 15, 2014

A farmer who took a break during a rainy day went into a big city to visit a friend.  He was walking down a very busy s...

June 8, 2014

An elderly gentleman of 85 years old feared his wife was getting hard of hearing. She always complained that she couldn...

June 1 2014

During Mass a priest shocked his congregation when he announced that he had been reassigned to a new parish. After the s...

May 25, 2014

20 years ago, one of my friends, a non-Catholic student at Newman College, asked me, "Why do you, Catholics, celebrate t...

May 18, 2014

A little girl was sitting at the kitchen table with a few sheets of paper and a box of crayons.  She was drawing a pict...

May 11, 2014

After a Sunday Mass, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a priest when I grow...

May 4, 2014

After Easter break, the teacher wanted to testher students on how much they got from the Easter celebration. She said,...

April 20, 2014

At the Easter Vigil celebration, a man, Murphy, dozed off during the homily.  The priest was upset and decided to recti...

April 13, 2014

The Communist Revolution took place some decades ago in Vietnam.  It was an uprising largely to seize the control of th...

April 6, 2014

There was a knock on the door of the rectory.  When the priest opened the door a stranger informed him that his dog ha...

March 30, 2014

A parishionerasked her pastor: “Father, you’re among God’s amazing gifts. How would it feel to have your name up i...

March 23, 2014

A faithful parishioner, when asked to give her opinion of her pastor, said, “On six days a week he is INVISIBLE and o...

March 16, 2014

A story is told about a missionary who went to a mountainous area in Vietnam to proclaim the Gospel among the ethnic gro...

March 9, 2014

A story has it that King Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once captured a prince and his family. When they were...

March 1, 2014

Thank you for your prayers and support. I am home safe and sound and ready for Lent. Lent starts from Ash Wednesday to W...

January 19, 2014

Fr. Philip will take annual vacation from January 20, 2014 until the last week of February. He would like to thank th...

January 12, 2014

A Catholic priest said to a Baptist pastor whose church practiced immersion baptism, “If I immerse somebody just up to...

January 5, 2014

One night while I was working on bulletin a man called my cell and asked for $300 saying he, his wife and two young chil...

December 29, 2013

A seventy five year old man went to the doctor’s office for his annual physical checkup. The doctor was greatly impres...

December 22, 2013

Have you ever heard these negative comments: Christmas is nothing but a big spending spree;Think of cards, gifts, toys,...

December 15, 2013

Another day someone gave me a tip for Christmas:"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arrivin...

December 8, 2013

About two weeks before Christmas, a little Catholic boy decided to write a letter to Santa. He started "Dear Santa," the...

December 1, 2013

“My” Birthday “The day to celebrate my birthday is just 3 weeks away. That day is celebrated every year. In pre...

November 24, 2013

Have you noticed these letters on the crucifix “INRI”? The acronymINRIrepresents the Latin inscription:IesusNazarenu...

November 17, 2013

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure ou...

November 10, 2013

A little girl was talking to herCatholic teacherin aCatholic schoolabout whales. The teacher said it was physically impo...

November 3, 2013

A few years ago a priest was preparing a group of teens for Confirmation. The priest reviewed what they had learned and...

October 27, 2013

A man came to church with his family. As they were driving home afterwards he was complaining about everything. He said,...

October 20, 2013

Mother and Son, two great Saints in the Church you may have heard about: Monica and Augustine. In “The Confessions”...

October 13, 2013

A number of years ago when I was in grade 10, I accompanied a medical team to a tiny mountain village. Life in that vill...

October 6, 2013

A couple invited their parish priest for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the priest wi...

September 29, 2013

There was a note from a girl who wrote: “My uncle was the tightest man I’ve ever known. All his life, every time he...

September 22, 2013

Struggling to make ends meet on a first-call salary, the young deacon was livid when he confronted his wife with the rec...

September 15, 2013

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and...

September 8, 2013

After a Sunday Mass, a man came up to me jokingly: “Father, you had 8 funerals in ten days. You are making money and y...

September 1, 2013

A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a bus seat next to a deacon. The man‘s tie was stained, his face was pl...

August 25, 2013

A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a bus seat next to a deacon. The man‘s tie was stained, his face was pl...

August 18, 2013

"How come you have such a nice SUV and such a big house and I am so poor?” said a Priest to a Rabbi "Well, whenever pe...

June 30, 2013

A Catholic doctor, Francis, spent a lot of time tending the sick and dying inmates in a concentration camp. It’d been...

June 23, 2013

Have you ever been in a delivery room? I’ve been there twice. I wonder why every baby cries when she comes out! A doct...

June 16, 2013

Here is an “ad” on a church bulletin board: “Ladies, please come to the rummage sale this Saturday with your donat...

June 9, 2013

Shelli had spent the whole 8 months preparing the second grade children for their first Communion, stressing the solemni...

June 2, 2013

After the fall of the South of Vietnam many priests were arrested by the communists. They were accused of being "Vatican...