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Philip Neri Parish
The  Northwest  Paulist  Center  
for  Evangelization  &  Reconciliation  

2408  SE  16th  Ave.,  Portland,  OR  97214-­‐5334  
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT Committed to the mission of Jesus and dedicated to be welcoming to all, we the community of St. Philip Neri strive to reach out, to reconcile and to promote unity for all of God’s creation through worship, education, and service toward the common good.

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time ● February 12, 2012
PARISH  OFFICE  &  STAFF:  Phone  503-­‐231-­‐4955  
Pastor   Fr.  Charlie  Brunick,  CSP,  x117    .......................   Associate  Pastor   Fr.  Michael  Evernden,  CSP,  x111  ......................................   Associate  Pastor   Fr.  Jim  McCauley,  CSP,  x109  ............................................   Director  of  Adult  Faith  Formation   Barbara  Harrison,  x107  .................................   Business  Manager   Jeanne  McPherson,  x103   ...............................   Parish  Office,  Parish  Secretary   Mercy  Rossi,  x101   ....   Bulletin  Editor        (Bulletin  deadline  is  Tuesday  Noon  before  target  weekend)   Mercy  Rossi,  x101   .........................................   Building  &  Grounds,  Maintenance   Edward  Danila  .............................................. Children  &  Youth  Faith  Formation  ......................  

Website:    •    Fax  503-­‐736-­‐1383    

Director  of  the  NW  Paulist  Center  for  Evangelization  &  Reconciliation   Fr.  Charlie  Brunick,  CSP,  x117  ........................  
SATURDAY  VIGIL: 4:00pm SUNDAY: 8:30am  and  10:30am  



8:00am            FRIDAY: 12:10pm Reconciliation: Saturdays  at  5:00pm





This Week’s Calendar & Mass Intentions
Next  Sunday’s  Scripture  Readings:  7  Sunday  in  Ordinary  Time  (February  19)   Isaiah  43:18–19,  21–22,  24b–25          —          2  Corinthians  1:18–22          —          Mark  2:1–12  

MASS  INTENTIONS____________   Monday  –  February  13     8:00  AM  –  Mass     (for  victims  of  human  trafficking)  –  Chapel   Tuesday  –  February  14     8:00  AM  –  Mass     (†  Don  &  Jean  Morgan)  –  Chapel     9:30  AM  –  Stuffing  Rigatoni  –  Carvlin  Hall   Wednesday  –  February  15     8:00  AM  –  Mass     (for  the  oppressed)  –  Chapel   Thursday  –  February  16     8:00  AM  –  Mass     (†  Maurice  Cicchetti)  –  Chapel  


Friday  –  February  17     12:10  PM  –  Mass     (Jeanne  McPherson)  –  Chapel   Saturday  –  February  18     8:00  AM  –  Mass     (for  foster  children)  –  Chapel     4:00  PM  –  Mass     (for    those  struggling  with  addiction)  –  Church   Sunday  –  February  19     8:30  AM  –  Mass     (People  of  the  parish)  –  Church     10:30  AM  –  Mass     (for  reconciliation  of  families)  –  Church     10:30  AM  –  Mass  –  Deaf  Community  –  Chapel     —      Church  cleaning,  February  13–19:  Mickie  Campagna  &  Joanna  Dindia      —    

11:00  AM  to  2:00  PM  –  Rigatoni  Luncheon  –  Carvlin  Hall  


This Week’s Announcements
The St. Philip Neri Altar Society’s 50th Annual

Adults:  $10   Children  $3  

with Salad, Green Beans, Dessert and Coffee


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 — 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Carvlin  Hall      ●      SE  16th  and  Division  Streets  
TAKE OUT AVAILABLE Call  503-­‐231-­‐4955  to  pre-­‐order  takeout  

Rigatoni Luncheon work Party! We  still  need  volunteers  to  help  

stuff   the   pasta   noodles   on   Tuesday,   Feb.   14th   starting   at   9:30am.     Come   for   even   just   a   couple   of   hours!     Coffee,   tea   and   dessert   will   be   available,  but  bring  a  lunch  and  your  apron.      

On the day of the luncheon  (Thurs.,  Feb.  16th),  servers  &  clean-­‐up  
crew  are  needed.    Sign-­‐up  sheets  for  the  volunteer  positions  are  on   the  clipboards  on  the  back  counter  of  the  church.    


Announcements continued

Archbishop Catholic Appeal:   This   weekend   is   Commitment  

Weekend   for   the   2012   Archbishop’s   Catholic   Appeal.   If   you   have   not   already   done   so   please   complete   your   pledge   card,   indicating   your   gift  or  pledge  to  our  archdiocesan  church.  It  is  important  for  all  of  us   to   participate   in   order   to   support   our   universal   church   here   in   Western  Oregon.  

Lenten Small Faith Groups   starting   February   26th.   Using  
scripture,   Liturgy,   and   Prayer,   the   theme   will   be   Living   the   Eucharist.  Designed  to  be  90  minutes,  the  small  faith  group  (about  8   people)   will   meet   once   a   week   either   in   someone’s   home   or   at   the   parish   center.   We   will   try   to   offer   evenings   and   afternoons   and   either  a  Saturday  morning  or  Sunday  afternoon.  We  will  also  offer  a   pamphlet  for  Family  Activities,  and  a  Lenten  devotional  book  (From   Exodus   to   Easter:   My   Daily   Journey   Through   Lent)   for   all   parishioners  to  take  home.  Sign  up  today,  Feb.  12th,  in  the  Church   foyer  or  by  calling  the  office  by  Feb.  19th.  

Non-perishables for St. Rita Parish:   Thank   you!   Each   week   we  
are   getting   a   'barrel'   of   non-­‐perishable   goods/food   to   help   the   St.   Vincent  de  Paul  food  closet  at  St.  Rita's.   It  is  very  kind  of  you  to  help   and  the  people  are  truly  thankful.  Your  generous  sharing  continues   Jesus'   teaching   of   the   Corporal   Works   of   Mercy.   Thank   you   for   this   witness!  St.  Rita  serves  approx.  200-­‐250  people  a  week  through  their   Food   Pantry   bags.   Our   helping   St.   Rita  in   this   outreach   is   on-­‐going— anything   and   everything   helps…a   can   of   food,   a   bag   of   rice   or   noodles,   any   non-­‐perishable   food   items,   bath   soap,   diapers…   The   Food  Pantry  barrels  are  located  near  the  front  doors  of  the  church.    

Volunteer Needed—someone  (or  a  family)  to  deliver  our  collected  
Food  Pantry  items  to  St.  Rita’s  Parish  (102nd/NE  Prescott)   once  a  month.  Please  contact  Barbara  Harrison  for  further   information.   This   is   a   great   ministry   of   the   Corporal   Works  of  Mercy.  

First Reconciliation   classes   for   children   second   grade   and   older  
starts   today   (February   12th)   from   9:40am–10:20am   in   the   church.   Next   class   will   be   Sunday,   February   19th,   same   time.   Parents   are   asked  to  attend  all  classes.  

A HUGE THANK YOU   to   Rob   Nosse,   David   Colpo   and   Keith   Watson  

for   kitchen   duty   last   weekend   for   the   Religious   Education   Family   Gathering   Group   who   prepared   a   great   breakfast   for   the   Catholic   Schools  Education  week  to  help  celebrate  Catholic  Education  (in  all   its  forms)  for  all  the  children  of  our  parish.  Over  50  people  enjoyed   the  food  and  time  shared.  

Is this your ministry? We   need   white   Baptismal   stoles   for  
infants/toddlers.   These   are   usually   rectangular   (16”   x   5”)   pieces   of   white  cloth  that  are  hemmed.  If  you  enjoy  sewing,  this  may  be  your   ‘at-­‐home   ministry.’   Please   give   us   a   call   at   503-­‐231-­‐4955   if   interested.  We  provide  the  material.  


Announcements continued

In the News!   (Didn’t   we   have   these   40   years   ago?)   English   and  

Welsh   bishops   are   producing   a   million   "faith   cards"   to   identify   the   holders  as  Catholics  in  the  event  of  an  accident.  The  credit  card-­‐sized   items  will  be  distributed  during  February  and  March  throughout  all   English/Welsh  dioceses.  The  cards  are  to  serve  "as  a  reminder  that   all  baptized  are  invited  to  know  and  share  their  faith."  On  one  side,   the  card  features  a  space  for  the  owner  to  sign  a  clear  statement  that   he  or  she  is  a  Catholic.  The  cards  also  feature  a  list  of  six  things  that   Catholics  are  called  to  do:  pray,  share  with  others  the  joy  of  knowing   Jesus   Christ,   celebrate   the   sacraments   regularly,   "love   my   neighbor   as  well  as  myself,"  "use  the  gifts  that  I  have  been  given  wisely,"  and   "forgive   as   I   have   been   forgiven."   Along   the   bottom   of   the   card   is   a   sentence   that   reads:   "In   the   event   of   an   emergency,   please   call   a   Catholic   priest."   The   reverse   of   the   card   features   a   quote   from   Blessed   John   Henry   Newman,   the   19th-­‐century   English   cardinal,   about  the  individual  vocation  that  God  has  given  to  each  person.  (CNS   February  2012)  

Catholic Charities’  Ministry  to  the  Elderly  Committee  is  sponsoring  
a   Lenten   Day   of   Recollection,   “Do   This   in   Memory   of   Me,”   for   those   who   minster   to   the   sick   and   elderly   in   any   capacity   from   9:30am– 2:30pm   on   Friday,   February   24th   at   St.   Joseph   the   Worker   Parish,   located  at  2310  SE  148th  in  Portland.  The  event  is  presented  by  Rev.   Bob  Barricks.  Pre-­‐registration  is  required  and  a  $15  fee  is  required   for   lunch.   Please   mail   your   name,   address,   phone   number,   parish   name   and   $15   check   (made   out   to   Catholic   Charities)   to:   Day   of   Recollection,   Catholic   Charities,   2740   SE   Powell   Blvd.   #1,   Portland,   OR  97202.  

St. Ignatius Parish 77th   Annual   Italian   Dinner.   Sunday,   February  

19th   from   noon–6:00pm   at   Dillon   Hall   at   St.   Ignatius   Church   on   SE   43rd   Ave.   and   Powell   Blvd.,   Portland.   Cost:   Adults   -­‐   $11.00,   Kids   under   12   -­‐   $5.00,   Seniors   -­‐   $10.00,   Kids   under   5   -­‐   FREE.   Featuring:   Spaghetti,   ravioli,   homemade   meatballs,   salad,   Delphina’s   Italian   bread,   beverage,   and   ice   cream.   (Wine   and   beer   available,   too.)   Take   out   available.   Reservations   for   groups:   Call   Diane   Welters   at   503-­‐ 774-­‐0744.  Questions  about  this  event?  Call  Patty  Frangipani  at  503-­‐ 777-­‐1491,  or  Brian  Frangipani  at  503-­‐232-­‐4400.  

Introduction to Spiritual Direction  at  Franciscan  Spiritual  Center:    
Have   you   ever   had   days   when   you   feel   an   inner   restlessness   deep   within   you,   and   you   cannot   grasp   what   it   is   all   about.   Come   and   spend   a   few   hours   exploring   if   Spiritual   Direction   is   just   the   thing   that   can   help   clarify   that   restlessness   within   you.   You   will   have   an   opportunity   to   listen,   see,   and   meet   spiritual   directors   and   experience  what  an  actual  session  of  individual  spiritual  direction  is   all   about.   Saturday,   February   11th   from   9:00am-­‐12:00pm.   Cost:   25.00   per   person.   Facilitator:   Sr.   Guadalupe   Medina,   OSF.   The   Franciscan   Spiritual   Center   is   located   at   6902   SE   Lake   Rd,   Suite   300,   Milwaukie,  OR,  97267.  Call  503-­‐794-­‐8542  for  more  info.  

Pastoral Corner

February 12, 2012

The Power of Touch
Fr. Charlie Brunick, CSP

This Sunday's first reading from Leviticus describes the casting out of lepers from life within the early Hebrew community – 'they must dwell apart, making their abode outside the camp'. In biblical times lepers were treated as pariahs. Unfortunately, in the religious mind set of the time, to suffer from leprosy was a double whammy for its victims. First was the understandable quarantining of victims of a contagious disease which at the time was thought to be incurable is understandable since the disease could threaten the health of the whole Community. More unfortunate was the second judgment, common in many ancient cultures and societies, that the victims were also 'religiously unclean' and therefore considered religiously unclean because of the disease. Leprosy was the ultimate uncleanness. It made the victim an outcast not only socially, but also in the religious sphere. Because leprosy was understood to be highly contagious, lepers in the biblical period were forced to live outside the community. They were untouchables. They were forced to .live a cold and lonely existence. They had said good-bye to home, family, and friends. Once they were somebody in life; now they were nobody. Their life was a living death. People believed they were cursed by God. They considered them to be not only sick but also unclean. In the 1940's and 1950's it was quite common to similarly 'cast out' or quarantine victims of tuberculosis or polio. Luckily, these more modern quarantines did not usually include the moral judgment that the victims were sinners or religiously unclean. But that does not mean modern society should consider ourselves morally superior to the ancients because the AIDS epidemic of the 1980's brought similar self righteous religious judgments about the sinfulness of many of the epidemic's earliest victims. In reaching out with a loving hand to the leper in the Gospel story, Jesus reached through and broke the social and religious taboos of his day. Showing us how we much also reach out to people whom society rejects, or anyone undergoing the feelings of pain, suffering, rejections or isolation in their daily lives. In the healing of the leper, we see Jesus' power at work in the cure. More important than the physical cure is Jesus actually physically touching the leper. In this we see Jesus humanity and compassion. Most of us are afraid of the sick and the very poor. We may give some money when asked by a homeless person, but we usually are careful to make sure there is no physical contact between us. Yet we love to be touched ourselves. We feel honored when someone important shakes hands with us or gives us a pat on the back. Physical contact is precisely what gives people, especially sick and wounded people, a sense of warmth and joy. By the very act of touching another person we accept that person exactly as he or she is. Jesus touched lepers, sinners, sick people, and the dead. Kindness in some cases is more important to a sick person than medicine. Few of us have the medical, scientific or political power to cure the ills our society or of its' individual members. However we all have the ability to touch people’s lives in kind and loving ways. The leper said to Jesus, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Jesus is saying to us: "If you wish, you can reach out to others in their pain or suffering or loneliness and bring to them a sense of loving acceptance."