Our Parish Team consists of the following dedicated members:
Fr. George Adzato SVD
Fr. John Owen SVD,
Our Parish Finance Committee meet regularly on all areas concerning the parish finances.
Any parish fundraising ideas are passed by this committee which consists of:
Tom Burke – Chairperson,
Fr. George Adzato SVD
Fr. John Owen SVD
Aisling Ni Bhriain
Our dedicated team of Altar Servers are children from 6th Class from St Philips Senior School.
To join our team of Altar Servers please contact the Priest after Mass.
The up-keep of our Church and Grounds is a very important job. This is done by a dedicated team of people who are willing to give up their time and energy to maintain the inside and outside of our Church.
We hope that your visit to Saint Philips in Mountview will be a pleasant and memorable one.
A heartfelt thanks to all who contribute, each in their own way.
The main areas that we concentrate on are:
On-going maintenance and DIY is carried out both inside the Church and also to the grounds and gardens.
Our aim is to maintain to a high standard the building and grounds by doing general repairs as they become necessary. This ensures no job gets onerous or too costly.
A small liturgical art group prepare images and lettering for the church walls in accordance with the liturgical season.
Our Parish Cleaning Team usually meet every Wednesday evening and perform a much appreciated service to our wonderful Church and Grounds.
Thanks to their efforts our Church is always clean.
We are very much indebted to our five regulars, namely:
More helpers welcome at any time!!!
Share Your Talents
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace”1 Peter 4:10
All of our Parish Groups welcome more volunteers at any time.
Just how gifted are you? What special skill has God blest you with? In our community of St. Simon there is an abundance of talents and skills. Each of these skills is important in carrying out the mission of our parish. How great we become when your special skills are put to good use.
If there is a specific ministry that you would like to be involved with you may use the “Contact Us” email tool throughout the web site to express your interest. Also include your name, address, contact phone number. You may also call the Parish office for more information. We also encourage all parishioners to complete this skills and talents inventory.
Talents to Share
What special skills or interests would you like to share for the benefit of your parish community?
Rite of Christian Initiation
Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurture one’s maturity and ability to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfill these very human yearnings, the realisation that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshiping community to guide one’s journey in faith.
What is the RCIA?
The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a preparation through which non-baptised men and women enter the Catholic Faith. (It is also for those baptised in a different faith tradition who wish to become Catholic, or baptised Catholic, but never confirmed) It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites during Mass.
Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism.
To discuss the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in greater detail please contact Sr. Mary Byrne (01) 811 9430
Bereavement Support Group
Through a team of volunteers, the Parish reaches out to support, to comfort and console those whose loved one has died. Facing the death of a loved one is a very painful experience and draws upon our deepest emotions, both mentally and spiritually. Whatever your bereavement be it the death of a parent, spouse, brother, sister, child relative or friend, we can help you in every way we can.
One to one support is available by making an appointment with a member of the Bereavement Support Team. Please contact the parish office
The Alliance of the Two Hearts, Ireland is a branch of the Alliance of the Holy Family International. Formed in 1990, the Alliance of the Holy Family International (AHFI) is a movement of youth, family, clergy, and media practitioners who organised themselves to promote the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, not only as a devotion, but also as a way of life. It is a way of life because of four basic elements, which if the family will do together faithfully will guarantee the holiness of their home. These elements are praying the ROSARY together daily, going to Mass regularly (daily if possible) and receiving HOLY COMMUNION, going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation or CONFESSION, and HOLY HOURS of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
If you would like to know more about the group please contact: Claire Kelly or Siobhan O’Sullivan through the parish office
St. Philip the Apostle Church, Mountview & Blakestown offers the blessing of St. Peregrine with his relics on the first Monday of each month after the Mass which starts at 7.30pm.
St. Peregrine is the Patron Saint of the Sick, especially those afflicted with cancer. Born in 1260 at Forli, Italy, he was ordained a priest and later established a Servite community in his home town. He was cured of cancer after he received a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. He died in 1345 and was canonized in 1726.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SAINT PEREGRINE TODAY
Saint Peregrine was healed of a cancerous ulcer on his leg which was considered beyond saving. The fame of this event in 1325 spread rapidly round the western Church. Christians, and especially the sick, began to invoke his name and seek his intercession for the relief of their suffering and even for a cure from sickness. The canonization of St. Peregrine in 1726 increased people’s devotion to him which spread to the universal Church.Under the patronage of Saint Peregrine and invoking his intercession, the Servite family – with its friars, sisters, secular, and lay members – is committed across the world to offering a “ministry of compassion” in a spirit of service towards those who are sick and suffering.
A Prayer to Saint Peregrine
O God, in St. Peregrine You gave us an outstanding example of faith and patience.
`We humbly ask You that, by imitating him and by the help of his prayers,
we may believe more fully in Your healing help,
bear the suffering of this life without wavering,
and come with joy to the peace of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an international organization of Catholic lay people, whose primary mission is to serve the poor and less fortunate. It was founded in Paris in 1833 by Frédéric Ozanam, a young French lawyer and professor in the Sorbonne.
The Society was influenced by Sr. Rosalie Rendu to take Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) as its patron. Sr. Rosalie, who was a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, guided Frédéric and his companions and was beatified in 2004 by Pope John Paul II.
There are about 950,000 members of the Society in 132 countries worldwide. They operate through small groups called ‘conferences’ that are based out of a church, community centre, school, hospital, etc. Non-Catholics may join with the understanding that the society is a Catholic organization.
The Society is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland with 9,500 volunteers supported by some professional staff and every parish has, or is covered by, a SVP conference.
St Philip the Apostle Conference
The parish of St. Philip the Apostle has a conference that meets in the altar servers’ room (off the sacristy) on Monday nights. It has a letterbox in the church porch (in the wall under the notice board) to allow people to contact it confidentially.
St Philip the Apostle conference currently has six members and holds a monthly ‘outdoor’ collection in the church grounds after each Mass on (usually) the second Sunday of each month and a special ‘indoor’ collection at Christmas. All money raised is distributed locally, within the parish boundary itself. Most of what is spent comes from these parish collections but some additional funds are given to the conference from richer neighbouring parish conferences through an ‘area council’ when the need arises. As the conference is run by volunteers it has practically no overheads.
As the work of the Society is confidential those who contribute to the SVP do not know who they are helping (only the members of the society know). While the Society is part of the Catholic Church it helps everyone in need equally, regardless of their religion (which it does not ask about).
The society also has conferences that run shops selling donated clothes etc. or that run hostels for the homeless or that visit prisoners or run senior citizens’ holidays or children’s holidays (eg. Sunshine House in Balbriggan). Children who would not otherwise get a holiday are sponsored by their parish conference.
How to Contact the SVP
St Philip the Apostle’s Conference may be contacted by dropping a note with an address/phone number into the SVP letterbox in the church porch or by contacting the Dublin Region of the SVP at: SVP House, 91-92 Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1,
Telephone (01) 844 8200
SVP St. Philip’s, Mountview
President: Elaine Ford (086 7762472)
Vice – President: Frank Sexton (087-1762515)