Liturgy


LITURGY/DEVOTIONS


Altar Servers

Serving at the altar for the celebration of Mass is a very special honor and privilege which requires reverence and dedication. Saint Philip Neri Altar Servers consist of children who are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Each Spring the parish children in 5th grade (both in Saint Philip Neri School and the PREP Program) are eligible to begin training as Altar Servers. They will be notified when it is time for the opportunity to serve. Please see the links below for more details regarding Saint Philip Neri Altar Servers:

Manual for Altar Servers

Dress Code

Ceremonies Crew

Fr. Anthony Hangholt 610-828-5717 or frahangholt@gmail.com

Charismatic Prayer Group

Would you like to renew or deepen your relationship with Jesus? If your answer is "Yes", then please come and join us as we praise and thank the Lord for all He has done for us. St. Philip's Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Chapel.

Contact: Barbara Cefaratti 610-828-5363

Children's Liturgy

Please have your children (ages 4-9) join us on Sundays at the 10:00 AM in the Preschool Building for a Children's Liturgy instruction. Children will hear the Gospel in terms that they can understand and relate to in their daily lives.

Contact: Nancy Williamson
E-mail: nlcwilliamson@comcast.net

Choir

Adult Choir:

Do you have a good voice, musical talent or choir experience? Now is the time to join St. Philip's Music Ministry and share your gifts with our parish community. We invite you to join our talented parishioners who form our parish choirs. Rehearsals for the Adult Choir are held on Tuesday evenings in the Church Chapel beginning in September from 7 PM to 9 PM. The Adult Choir sings September through May – approximately twice a month at the 10:00 Mass.

Schola:

Our Parish Schola of young adult voices has been a great success. We would like to welcome more of our high school, college and young adult parishioners to join this group. The Schola sings for the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Contact: Jean Martin - 215.704.0508
E-mail: jeanm1@comcast.net

Church Cleaning

Provides a clean Church for worshiping!

Contact: Church Office 610.834.1975

Eucharistic Ministry

In addition to serving Communion at Mass, the Eucharistic Ministers also hold a prayer service and bring the Holy Eucharist to the residents of the local assisted living and nursing home facilities every week. If you are interested in joining this Ministry, please speak with the Pastor for more information.

Eucharistic Ministry Schedule - December 2014- March 2015

Contact: Courtney Manley - courtneymanley@verizon.net

Fatima Devotions

Consists of special prayers and rosary on the first Saturday of each month at 8:10 a.m.

Contact: Eileen Gravinese - 610.941.9033

Lectors

Lectors are to possess a deep love of Scripture and live out their lives grounded in the Word of God. They prepare the readings for the liturgy with study, prayer, reflection, and practice. New lectors are added as needed to the existing group after exploring the practice and responsibilities of this ministry during periodic formation and training sessions. A variety of experiences are offered to facilitate growth and understanding of this liturgical ministry.

Contact: Lucinda Veit - 610.825.4568
E-mail: LWVeit@gmail.com

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is concerned with working with the Pastor and the various liturgical ministries and evaluating the Liturgy within the parish according to Vatican II documents. The committee seeks to educate itself and the parish concerning the liturgy and to determine liturgical needs and develop new initiatives.

Contact: - Vince McNichol 215.247.2267

Liturgical Music

"A professional director of music ministries, or music director, provides a major service by working with the bishop or pastor to oversee the planning, coordination, and ministries of the parish or diocesan liturgical music program. The director of music ministries fosters the active participation of the liturgical assembly in singing; coordinates the preparation of music to be sung at various liturgical celebrations; and promotes the ministries of choirs, psalmists, cantors, organists, and all who play instruments that serve the Liturgy."

Since every ministry is rooted in the Sacraments of Initiation, which form the People of God into "a community of disciples formed by and of the mission of Christ," the director of music ministries has a role that "finds its place within the communion of the Church and serves the mission of Christ in the Spirit."

Directors of music ministries and other lay ecclesial ministers exercise their role in relation both to the ordained and to the community of the faithful.

"Sing to the Lord" - STL Music in Divine Worship United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - USCCB


Marriage

The Sacrament of Matrimony is enhanced by the use of Liturgical Music. Our Music Director, Jean Martin, is available to help you prepare Music and Liturgy for your Wedding Mass or Ceremony. After placing your wedding date on the parish calendar, contact Jean to confirm this date and to set up an appointment to discuss details. All Parish Cantors will be recommended at that time. Should you desire additional instrumentalists, those contacts will also be made through our Music Director.

Contact: Jean Martin - 215.704.0508
E-mail: jeanm1@comcast.net

Men's Prayer Group

Meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Rectory Conference Room.

Contact: Duane McCarthy - 610.825.5237

Miraculous Medal

Meets first Monday of each month before the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Contact: Eileen Gravinese - 610.941.9033

Our Lady of Fatima

Meets first Saturday of each month before the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Contact: Lillian Linton - 610.828.8619

R.C.I.A.

The RCIA or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the Church's process of journeying with adults in their relationship with God, becoming familiar with Catholic teachings and practices and become acquainted with members of the parish.

Individuals interested in exploring and discerning membership in the Catholic Church meet with our RCIA Team on a weekly basis to discuss these teachings in light of Sacred Scripture and Tradition. This process is for non-Catholics who wish to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, However, many who wish to join the Catholic Church have already been baptized in another Christian Church. They will participate in the RCIA process but will not be "re-baptized".

Typically, the process begins in September and runs through the Easter Season with registration in the summer months. However each candidate is looked at individually and depending on personal circumstances other courses toward full communion with the Church are available.

Children over 7 years old who have not received the sacraments of reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to participate in a similar age-related program, please contact the church office for details.

This is a wonderful program with a dedicated group of parishioners who make all feel most welcome. If you are interested in more details about becoming a Catholic please contact us today!

Contact: Barney McGee - 610.834.1975
E-mail: bmcgee@spnchurchlh.org

Ushers

These are volunteers at each Mass who greet parishioners and seat them, if necessary. They assist those who have volunteered to present the gifts of bread and wine, take up the collection and prepare the Church for the next Mass; (placing booklets properly in the pews and collecting parish bulletins that have been left behind.)

Contact: Msgr. Vance - 610.834.1975

Women's Prayer Group

Our women's prayer group meets in the Rectory Conference Room every Thursday from 10-11 a.m. Reflections on the day's readings and the upcoming Sunday readings are shared within the context of the Prayer of the Church.

Contact: Sr. Regina Kropp