St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church
3866 65th street
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 452-1888 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. John Chrysostom
For because he knew for certain, that even a mere command was enough for the raising up of the patient, he thought it superfluous to bring him.
What then doth Jesus? What He had in no case done before, here He doeth. For whereas on every occasion He was used to follow the wish of His supplicants, here He rather springs toward it, and offers not only to heal him, but also to come to the house. And this He doth, that we might learn the virtue of the centurion. For if He had not made this offer, but had said, “Go thy way, let thy servant be healed;” we should have known none of these things.
This at least He did, in an opposite way, in the case also of the Phœnician woman. For here, when not summoned to the house, of His own accord He saith, He will come, that thou mightest learn the centurion’s faith and great humility; but in the case of the Phœnician woman, He both refuses the grant, and drives her, persevering therein, to great perplexity.
For being a wise physician and full of resources, He knows how to bring about contraries the one by the other. And as here by His freely-offered coming, so there by His peremptory putting off and denial, He unfolds the woman’s faith.
… What then saith the centurion? “I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof.” Let us hearken, as many as are 173 to receive Christ: for it is possible to receive Him even now. Let us hearken, and emulate, and receive Him with as great zeal; for indeed, when thou receivest a poor man who is hungry and naked, thou hast received and cherished Him. See this man also, how, like the leper, he hath the right opinion touching Him. For neither did this one say, “entreat,” nor did he say, “pray, and beseech,” but “command only.” And then from fear lest out of modesty He refuse, he saith, “For I also am a man under authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this man, go, and he goeth; and to another, come, and he cometh; and to my servant, do this, and he doeth it.”
…Again, this centurion saith, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed:” and “marvelling” at him, He said, “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” “But say in a word only, and my servant shall be healed.”
· Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s. Our tithes to the Lord were $417, Peter’s Pence collection was $19. Thank you for your generosity in giving to your church.
· Fireworks sale. A big THANK YOU to those who came to help run our booth, as well as the many who advertised for us and those who supported us by buying their fireworks. The busy week is over, and our sale was very successful. Special thanks go to Ted, Slawomir, Robert, Gene and Marion who spent most of their week at the booth. Thank you for your hard work, may God grant you many blessed years.
· Prayer requests. Krissy, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Jacqueline, Alexandra, Denny, Adam, baby Kieran.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jul 13 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Janson family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
· Eparchial audit report for 2013 is available for all parishioners for review in the parish hall. Please do not remove from the parish hall.
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
5:30 PM Vespers.
9:00 AM Confessions.
9:40 AM Prayers.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
5th Sunday after Pentecost.
For Confession, please come half an hour earlier to scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
Fridays in general are days of fasting and penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.