St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church
3866 65th street
Sacramento, CA 95820
O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for Ever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo Viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Diadochos of Photiki
Faith without works and works without faith will both alike be condemned, for ho who has faith must offer to the Lord the faith which shows itself in actions. Our father Abraham would not have been counted righteous because of his faith had he not offered its fruit, his son (cf. Jas 2:21; Rom 4:3).
He who loves God both believes truly and performs the works of faith reverently. But he who only believes and does not love, lacks even the faith he thinks he has; for he believes merely with a certain superficiality of intellect and is not energized by the full force of love’s glory. The chief part of virtue, then, is faith energized by love.
Year of Faith
HAVE YOU COMMITTED YOURSELF TO CHRIST?
Before a catechumen is baptized, he or she is asked a very important question: “Do you commit yourself to Christ?” And the catechumen responds: “Yes, I commit myself to Him!” This question and response are repeated three times. During this Year of Faith we have been invited to recommit ourselves to Christ, and to learn and live the holy Faith even in times of opposition and adversity. – Have you committed yourself to Christ? – How is this commitment to Him reflected in your life and your life-style? Is my commitment to Christ real? What areas in my life do I especially need to let Christ enter in – bringing His life-changing and healing power? When I fall into sin do I recommit myself to Christ who awaits me in the Mystery of Repentance (Confession)? “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians2:20.Fr. Anthony Hernandez, Religious Education Office, Eparchy of Phoenix.
- Last Sunday, 57 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $___. Thank you for your generosity in giving to your church.
- Prayer requests. Sr. Christopher, Krissy, Steve, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Matej, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald.
- Catechism for our children. We will have regular catechism instruction for the children of our parish, every Sunday at 9:30, prior to our Divine Liturgy. The instruction will be in two groups: first group – children preparing for their first confession, and second group – older children who already made their confession and don’t need a refresher. Since it is before the liturgy, make sure you arrive at the church on time.
- Christmas around the World Festival. Thank you to all who worked our Christmas around the World booth last week, we raised $___ for our parish. We still have a lot of frozen pierogy left; you can pick up few packages any time and enjoy them with your family for dinner (good idea for Fridays of St. Philip’s fast).
- Hospitality sign-up sheet: Nov 24 – Stewart family; Dec 1 – Janson family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Slawomir Grabianowski for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
- St. Philip’s fast. This is the first fasting period in our liturgical calendar, during which we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord in the flesh. It begins after the feast of St. Philip the Apostle, hence the name. The minimum fasting discipline in our Eparchy is abstinence from meat foods on Fridays, it is upon us as individuals how much or how little we use this season to prepare for Christmas. Although it is a fasting season, it is no reason for “gloomy faces,” rather it is a joyful expectation of the coming of the Emmanuel – God with us – into our homes and into our hearts.
|Mon||Nov 18th||6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.|
|Thu||Nov 21st||5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.||Presentation of the Mother of God in the Temple. Solemn Feast.|
|Sun||Nov 24th||9:00 AM Confessions.
9:40 AM Prayers
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
|27th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2.|
For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
Fridays are days of penance in our liturgical calendar. Abstinence from meat foods is observed on that day. Let us support one another through prayer and sacrifices.