Bishop THOMAS Visits St. Philip + Souderton, PA
The Parish of St. Philip was blessed recently to welcome Bishop THOMAS on our patronal feastday, November 14th. Fr. Joseph Butts and Fr. Andrew Damick concelebrated with me and Dn. Herman for the Matins and Divine Liturgy. At the end of the Liturgy, Bishop THOMAS gave to our humble parish a relic of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. By God's mercy the rain was stayed and we processed around the church with the relics. Bishop THOMAS encouraged us strongly in our daily evangelistic work, to be disciples of St. Philip and invite people to church by saying, "Come and See." Fr. Andrew spoke briefly about St. Raphael's life and continuing presence with us after his death. The parish is commissioning an icon of St. Raphael in which to have the relics embedded. We are moving forward with mission work and feel very blessed to have the protection and physical presence of St. Raphael, the Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America.
During the meal following the liturgy, Bp. THOMAS commanded the foundation of a parochial school, which is now named St. Justin Academy. At this point, the school will be a homeschool cooperative with the homeschooling families of our parish meeting monthly for extra-cullicular activities and being under the patronage of St. Justin Martyr, a philosopher and great apologist of the 2nd century. A few details of his life can be found here: http://www.comeandseeicons.com/j/inp63.htm
+ Fr. Noah Bushelli, pastor
St. Philip, Souderton, PA