Saturday, August 11, 2012

Outreach at St. Philip's Church

NDG Food Depot

St. Philip's partners with the NDG Food Depot/Dépôt Alimentaire NDG, a community group aimed at alleviating hunger and building community in NDG and surrounding neighbourhoods. Our annual spring community yard sale raises up to $1000 for the Food Depot. On the first Saturday of December, the Food Depot has a community-wide door-to-door food collection, which brings in enough canned goods and staples to last until the summer. St. Philip`s serves as the drop-off and sorting center for the collection in Montreal West and western NDG. As the collection teams drop off carloads of food, about 30 volunteers sort it and pack it in boxes and plastic crates. About 160 cases of canned goods are stored in St. Philip`s basement, and transferred to the Food Depot as needed. Several SPC members also volunteer at the Food Depot. Seniors St. Philip`s maintains an active ministry to our older members, and those who, because of impaired mobility or illness, are unable to attend regularly. The pastoral care team sends out regular cards and a short newsletter to shut-ins. Fr. Pratt regularly takes communion to those who are unable to come to church, and visits members in hospitals and long-term care facilities. The Pastoral Telephone Care Network, a team of volunteers, regularly contact shut-ins by phone to update them on events around the church, or just to chat, and alert clergy to any immediate or serious pastoral needs.  

Mile End Community Mission

Our annual White Gift Sunday in early December collects toys and gifts for the annual Christmas party at Mile End Community Mission, which serves residents of the Mile End neighbourhood.  

St. Michael`s Mission

The women of St. Philip`s hold an annual mission day, coming together to talk or to listen to a guest speaker, while collecting toiletries and winter clothing for the clients of St. Michael`s Mission, which serves the homeless population of downtown Montreal. Also, the vegetables and fruits which decorate the church for our Harvest Festival are then donated to the soup kitchen at St. Michael`s.

Module du Nord Québecois

St. Philip`s participates with several other parishes in chaplaincy at the Module du nord québecois. The MNQ operates a hostel for residents of Nunavik who come to Montreal for medical treatment, and a rotation of clergy provide weekly worship, as the majority are Anglicans.


St. Philip`s partners with the Montreal West Scout Group to host an annual blood drive.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Stewardship Gifts & Resources Café: Learning and Skill-building for Parish Stewardship

The Diocese of Montreal's Stewardship Council presents Stewardship Gifts & Resources Café. This event is a day of sharing, learning and skill-building for parish stewardship.

When: Saturday, September 8, from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: St Barnabas Anglican Church, Pierrefonds, 12301 rue Colin, Pierrefonds.

Registration: $10 per person

For more information and registration contact Nicki Hronjak at (514) 843-6577, #244

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rev James B Pratt "The Right Person at the Right Place"

Here is an excerpt from an article published in the Montreal Anglican in April 2009. Rev. James B. Pratt (Father Jim) is a blessing to St Philip's Church and this is evident to all who take the time to know him.

Rev. James B. Pratt was inducted as the new incumbent of St. Philip’s Church in Montreal West on March 5 [2009] and welcomed as a member of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Montreal five days later.

Mr. Pratt, who previously practiced law in the Boston area for some years, specializing in real estate, had been in charge of the rural Parish of Cow Head in the Diocese of Western Newfoundland since 2002, the year of his ordination as deacon and later priest.

He has been active in various committees of the Western Newfoundland diocese and regional and national bodies, as well as community and health-care organisations.

Preaching at his induction, Rev. Canon Alan Perry of St. Barnabas Church in Pierrefonds recalled a number of discussions on various issues with Mr. Pratt at church gatherings.

The canon praised the judgement and “mature piety” of the new incumbent and said he is “the right person in the right place at the right time.”

Mr. Pratt said he is coming to the Montreal diocese to seek a new challenge, and because he married recently and an urban area has some advantages for the couple.

He is clerical secretary of the Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada – made up of the dioceses in Quebec and Atlantic Canada – and as such became an ex officio member of the Diocesan Council, the governing body of the Montreal diocese between synods, on his arrival in the diocese.