Bulletin for December 8, 2013

O Holy Apostle Philip,

Intercede with the merciful God

That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory for Ever!  +  Slava Isusu Christu!  Slava i vo Viki!

 

From the Saints …

St. Maximilian Kolbe

But what does the expression Immaculate Conception mean? The word conception tells us that she is not eternal, that she had a beginning. Immaculate tells us that from the first instant of her existence there never was in her the least conflict with God’s will. The Immaculate one is the most perfect of all creatures…She was immaculate because she was to become the Mother of God; she became the Mother of God because she was immaculate. Mother of God! The human mind cannot grasp what God is. Neither can we comprehend the dignity of the Mother of God. It is easier to understand a title like servant of God; daughter of God is more difficult to grasp; but Mother of God transcends our minds completely. God calls creatures into being when He creates them. Then, in their movement of return to God, these creatures draw near to Him and come to resemble their Creator more and more. God comes to this most perfect Creature, the Immaculate One; and the fruit of their love is Jesus Christ, the Mediator between the Creator and all creatures…

Announcements

·   Last Sunday, 43 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. Krissy, Steve, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Matej, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet.

·   Hospitality sign-up sheet: Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to the Del Castillo family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!  

·   New wall calendars arrived. You can pick up the church calendar to take home in the gift shop.

·   St. Philip’s cleaning day! Please make time and come to help us clean, on Saturday, Dec 14th, from 10 AM to 2 PM. We need to do everything! Hopefully it is not too late to rake leaves, trim trees and pick trash around the church, and the interior also needs serious attention. Bring rakes, leaf blowers, shovels, etc.

Liturgical schedule

 

 

 

 

Wed

Dec 11th

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

 

 

 

 

 

Thu

Dec 12th

5: 30 PM Akathist to the Holy Mother of God.

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

 

 

 

 

Sun

Dec 15th

9:00 AM Confessions.

9:40 AM Prayers

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Sunday of the Forefathers.

Tone 5.

For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

From November 15th till December 24th, we observe St. Philip Fast, during which we prepare for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.

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.

 

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On today’s Feast, by Fulton Sheen

Just suppose that you could have pre-existed your own mother, in much the same way that an artist pre-exists his painting. Furthermore, suppose that you had the infinite power to make your mother anything that you pleased, just as a great artist like Raphael has the power of realizing his artistic ideas. Suppose you had this double power, what kind of mother would you have made for yourself? Would you have made her of such a type that would make you blush because of her unwomanly and un-mother-like actions? Would you have made her exteriorly and interiorly of such a character as to make you ashamed of her? Or would you have made her, so far as human beauty goes; the most beautiful woman in the world; and so far as beauty of the soul goes, one who would radiate every virtue, every manner of kindness and charity and loveliness; one who by the purity of her life and her mind and her heart would be an inspiration not only to you but even to your fellow men, so that all would look up to her as the very incarnation of what is best in motherhood?

Now if you who are an imperfect being and who have not the most delicate conception of all that is fine in life would have wished for the loveliest of mothers, do you think that our Blessed Lord, who not only pre-existed His own mother but who had an infinite power to make her just what He chose, would in virtue of all the infinite delicacy of His spirit make her any less pure and loving and beautiful than you would have made your own mother? If you who hate selfishness would have made her selfless and you who hate ugliness would have made her beautiful, do you not think that the Son of God, who hates sin, would have made His own mother sinless and He who hates moral ugliness would have made her immaculately beautiful?

 

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