St. Philip Neri Mass

To read the story of St. Philip Neri’s life was a bit of an eye-opener for me.  Considered one of the great saints of our Catholic church, did you know that:

  • In 1544, on the eve of Pentecost, St. Philip Neri saw what appeared to be a globe of fire that entered his mouth, causing him to feel his heart dilate. Philip was engulfed with divine love that caused him to scream out, “Enough, enough, Lord, I can bear no more.” Philip then discovered a swelling over his heart, though it caused him no pain.
  • A legend about him says that when the Pope wanted to make St. Philip Neri a cardinal, he hung a cardinal’s hat on Philip’s door. St. Philip took the hat and played catch with it, throwing it like a Frisbee, saying, “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”
  • When he was young, Philip was called “Pippo buono” or “good little Phil”. This was because he was a cheerful and attractive lad, popular with all who knew him.
  • St. Philip Neri once shaved half his beard just to bring smiles to children.
  • St. Philip Neri is the patron of joy and humor, Rome, and the US Army Special Forces.

You can read more about him on, or any one of several other informative websites.

Did you also know that St. Philip Neri is the Patron Saint of Catholic Missions In Canada?  Every year we celebrate him with a Mass and talk from a special guest.  This year’s Mass can be streamed on-line at on May 23rd at 12:05 pm EST.  We are delighted to have the Most Rev. Bryan J. Bayda C.Ss.R., Eparch of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada as the guest speaker for the occasion.  It would be great if you could join us.

Have a Happy and Wonderful Easter Season!