Sunday May 17, 2015
Please join us for the sacred liturgy, followed by our annual celebration of our spiritual father and founder of the congregation of the Oratory, St. Philip Neri.
A tradition of the Brooklyn Congregation, the St. Philip’s Day celebration offers food, games and activities for children, plants from parishioners gardens, a crazy hat contest, music and an opportunity to spill out into the street (Duffield street is closed to traffic so we have full use of the area!) to share the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Our “picnic” draws on the practice of St. Philip and the early Oratorians in the pilgrimages they made to the seven station churches in Rome. On the Wednesday of Holy Week, Philip and his companions would set out to visit the four major basilicas of Rome, as well as the three more significant minor basilicas. They would pack picnic lunches, sing songs, and pray litanies along the way, stopping occasionally to rest, and pausing at each of the seven basilicas for catechesis and prayer. Often these pilgrimages attracted thousands of people from all classes and stations in life.
This year the picnic will also help mark the 25th anniversary of ordination of Fr. Michael to the priesthood.
All are welcome!