2019-2020 Parish Annual Report

    We won't forget this one!  2020 started out with great expectations ... God threw us more than a wrench.  Covid19 has forced us to "re-think" ─ "adapt" ─ and make a whole lot of adjustments.

    Thanks to all who made contributions to the diocesan "one by One" campaing; on May 7th we received notification from the Catholic Foundation of a $2,756 distribution from our "St. Philip the Apostle Parish Endowment".  Gifts that will keep on giving! 

    After taking care of our roofs, our Buildings and Grounds group and parish Councils focused attention on needed upgrades and repairs to our heating and ventilation.  At about the same time our boiler sprunk a leak ... not a good thing for boilers to do.  Thanks to AQS (Air Quality Specialists/ Jack and Denise Skaletski), our maintenance crew, and volunteers, extensive repairs and replacements have our building "In a good place".  With several generous donations that were made to St. Philip's monies from our investments, and PPP funds, we've paid over $130,000 for work done.  It's not that we are anxious to spend that money ... it's work that needed to be done.

    Our Religious Education Program had to go virtual with the on-set of Covid-19, but our students continued their studies and preparation for sacraments; our First Communions were celebrated in small groups during June and July, and Bishop gave pastors delegation to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.  We thank Maura Vazquez for leading our youth religious faith formation over the last few years; Maura tendered her resignation in June and David Bisonó has been hired to direct our religious education for youth and young adults.  David has been forming a team of volunteers to work with him and Diana Sturgeon, and they have been planning for the new year.  Our high school students will be gathering on Wednesday evenings, and our grade school students will meet on Saturday afternoons.

    Bishop's Appeal donations almost reached our quota before the virus hit ... and we inched closer during the last several months. Almost there. Covid-19 has been a challenge for all of us: how to celebrate funerals, and lots of re-scheduling of weddings, quinceañeras and baptisms, group meetings, etc.  Our lives have changed, our faith hasn't.  View full report