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Seeking Friendly Visitors

The Friendly Visitor Ministry is a Social Service Program which began August 2001.

Our F.V. call on the homebound either at their residence, in their independent living facility, or in a Nursing Home.

There are several active Visitors in our parish who live the Gospel by visiting lonely parishioners on a weekly; bi-weekly or monthly schedule – whatever is appropriate and convenient for them.

We would like to have more Visitors!  If this type of ministry sounds appealing to you, please consider calling the Parish Outreach Office Coordinator, Joan Lampart at 215.679.9275.  We will be happy to answer your questions.

For more information, please visit the Friendly Visitor page.


SPN Senior Club News – December Christmas Lunch

The SPN Senior Club held its monthly gathering on Wednesday, December 13th with 108 attending. Christmas was definitely in the air as the hall and tables were beautifully decorated to celebrate the holiday.

The St. Philip Neri senior parishioners were treated to a delicious meal and were entertained by the ‘Seraphims’ children’s choir from St. Mary’s Catholic School in Schwenksville. This 4th through 8th grade children’s choir is under the direction of Jane Widemeyer, Music Director/Music Teacher at the school. The children provided us with holiday songs and a little humor. As usual, they were a big hit and everyone enjoyed their performance.

The December birthday winner was Tony Gilmartin and Mary Goodfellow won the 50/50 drawing.

Our next gathering will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018. We hope you can join us for a Super Bowl Party. Maybe our favorite local team will be in the big game! More information is in the Parish bulletin so don’t forget to make your reservation.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Schedule

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word schedule for January-May 2018 is now available. Details can be found here –

SPN Senior Club Summer Picnic Wrap-Up

On Wednesday, July 26th, the SPN Senior Cub held its annual summer picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs and a selection of salads and desserts were available. Kudos to John Johnson and Frank Kendra who served as our grill masters! Also, thank you to everyone who donated desserts. They are always welcome and much appreciated.

We continued the Parish Ministry series with Mary Goodfellow speaking to us about Bereavement; Dawn Ellis and Pat Loy talked about the Prayer Shawl Ministry and Joan Lampart gave an overview of Martha Ministry and our own Senior Cub.

The July birthday winner was Rosalie Sine. Ted Rutkowski won the 50/50 and Alice Swift was the winner of the door prize.

Come and join us for our Luau themed luncheon on Wednesday, August 23rd. See the flyer in the Parish Bulletin and don’t forget to make your reservation.

PREP Calendar 2017-18

The PREP calendar for the 2017-18 program year is now available.

PREP Calendar 2017-18

Come & Go Bingo

The Knights of Columbus will host Come & Go Bingo on Saturday, May 20th.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Games begin at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $.25/game
50/50 cash prize and special rounds
Hot & cold food and drinks
FREE Admission
If you bring a non-perishable item to benefit Open Link, you play two free games of Bingo!
For more information, call 215.679.6405

SPN Senior Club Hosts Open Link Speaker

SPN Senior Club Luncheon with Sheila Ruth

Sheila Ruth responds to questions from members

The St. Philip Neri Senior Club held its monthly luncheon at the parish hall in Pennsburg on Wednesday, April 26 with 114 members in attendance. Guest speaker Sheila Ruth, Center Manager of The Open Link explained the many services the agency now provides since merging with the other community services. She said there were more than 2,000 people each year who were served through programs offered at The Open Link such as basic computer classes, basic financial and nutrition classes, education seminars, employment counselling, and many recreational opportunities. Ruth also explained the lunch program at the Center and said there are fun days such as “National Soft Pretzel Day,” “Donut Day” the 1st Friday of the month, “National Hoagie Day” in May, and “Inside/Outside Picnic” in June. She added that there is also a 1st Monday of the Month Community Supper program that is open to anyone in the community.

In response to a question regarding funding for The Open Link, Ruth said, “The Open Link receives just 36% of their income from federal, state and county government. The remaining 64% comes from local and private sources.” She specifically mentioned their appreciation for the strong support they receive from the Community Thrift Shop.

In closing, Ruth invited everyone to stop by the Center to learn more about the many programs offered to the community.

Other announcements at the luncheon included: Doug Smith was the April birthday winner and Jean Liska won the 50/50 drawing.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 24th for our next luncheon. See the details in the Parish Bulletin and remember to make your reservation.

PREP/Religious Education

Parents of First thru Sixth Graders

Registration for PREP is now open for the 2017-18 School Year.  Any child that is entering First thru Sixth Grade should be enrolled in our Parish Religious Education Program unless he/she is attending Catholic School. This education is necessary to prepare your child for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Call Wendy Benner at: 215.679.7839 for more info.

SPN Senior Club BINGO at the February Luncheon


Another month of an excellent luncheon followed by some excellent desserts, and ending with some fun at bingo. There were 112 SPN Senior Club members who attended the monthly luncheon, including 79 members who stayed to play some games of bingo.



The Rite of Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Philip Neri Church on Saturday, April 28 at the 5:00 PM Vigil Mass. This will extend the mass time by twenty to thirty minutes longer. Please plan accordingly.