Bulletin for January 26, 2014

St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church

3866  65th street

Sacramento, CA 95820


Phone: (916) 452-1888                                                                                      E-mail: feromurin@hotmail.com

http://www.stphilipofsacramento.com                                Mobile: (916) 539-1534


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. Ephrem the Syrian

The Light came into the world to give sight to the blind and faith to those who lacked it. When he approached the blind man, he cried out and said, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” The beggar’s hand was stretched out to receive a penny from human beings and found himself receiving the gift of God! “Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Mk 10: 47) He correctly understood that Jesus was the Son of David, David who spared the blind and the lame of the Jebuzites. (see 2Sam 5: 6-8) What did he then answer him? “See, your faith has saved you.” Christ did not say to him, “It is your faith that has caused you to see,” in order to show that faith had first given him life and then bodily sight.



·  Last Sunday, 46 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, Rosanne, Connie, Andrea, Mark.

·  Hospitality sign-up sheet: Feb 2open; Feb 9Del Castillo family; Feb 16Baker family; Feb 23open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Stewart family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!

·  Blessing of candles next Sunday. You can bring your own candles to be blessed, place them on the tetrapod before the liturgy.

·  Blessing of Candles. On the feast of the Encounter of Our Lord, as the child Jesus is presented in the temple, and sacrifice due for the first-born son, we hear from the elder Simeon, that the babe is the “light for revelation to the gentiles, and the glory of God’s people, Israel.” As a reminder of this light given to us, we will bless candles – an instrument of light – and take them to our homes. May the light, dispelling the darkness, remind us of the light of our souls enkindled in baptism, in which, as living torches of Christ our Lord, we are called to enlighten the darkness of this world with our presence and our good deeds. A candle is a fitting image of Christian life. Candle is a flame giving light and warmth. Candle is capable of setting other things on fire. Candle gives these, and itself is being consumed, spent, in the process.


Liturgical schedule






Jan 27th

6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.











Jan 30th

5: 30 PM Vespers.







Feb 2nd

9:00 AM Confessions.

9:40 AM Prayers

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

37th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4. Encounter of Our Lord with Simeon and Anna. Solemn Feast.




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

Fridays in general are days of penance and abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.  


Events to note…


·  Day of worship, retreat and community sharing at Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church (5920 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121) on February 22. The day begins with Divine Liturgy at 10 AM, followed by lunch at 12, Spiritual Conference at 1, and ends with Vespers at 4 PM. The Spiritual conference by Fr. Damien of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ukiah is entitled: Icons: Union and Communion between Heaven and Earth. All are invited. Parking is available at St. Monica’s parking lot.

·  Our Lady of the Rosary Maronite Catholic Mission in Carmichael invites you to “Meet and Greet” their new hierarch, Most Reverend Elias Abdallah Zaidan, M.L.M., who will be visiting the parish mission on the weekend of February 15-16. First, you have a chance to attend the Annual Valentine’s Dinner-Dance (held at the Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic Church in Orangeville), bishop Elias will be present for the first part of the evening. On Sunday, Feb 16, Bishop Elias will preside at a Pontifical Divine Liturgy of the Mystical Supper, beginning at 11:30. For more information, call Carolyn Aboubecarrah at 816-832-2288.

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