Bulletin for October 5, 2014

St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church

3866  65th street

Sacramento, CA 95820

E-mail: feromurin@hotmail.com

Phone: (916) 452-1888

Mobile: (916) 539-1534

http://www.stphilipofsacramento.com

 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 Fathers of the Church …

St. Augustine

We are also prohibited both from loving that world and, if we understand rightly, are commanded to love it. We are prohibited, of course, where it is said to us, “Do not love the world.” (1Jn 2: 15) But we are commanded when it is said to us, “Love your enemies.” They are the world, which hates us. Therefore we are both prohibited from loving in it what the world itself loves, and we are commanded to love in it what the world hates, namely, the handiwork of God and the various comforts of his goodness. We are prohibited from loving the fault in it and are commanded to love its nature. The world loves the fault in itself and hates its nature. So we rightly love and hate it, although it perversely loves and hates itself.

St. Basil the Great

“Lend to those from whom you do not hope to receive in return.” “And what sort of a loan is this,” he says, “to which there is no hope of a return attached?” Consider the force of the statement, and you will admire the kindness of the Lawmaker. When you have the intention of providing for a poor person for the Lord’s sake, it is at the same time both a gift and a loan. It is a gift because of the expectation of no repayment, but a loan because of the great gift of the Master who pays in his place and who, receiving trifling things through a poor person, will give great things in return for them.

St. Cyril of Alexandria

For it [compassion] is a most excelling thing, and very pleasing to God, and in the highest degree proper for pious souls. It may suffice for us to imprint upon our mind that compassion is an attribute of the divine nature. “Be merciful,” he says, “as your heavenly Father is merciful.”

Announcements

  • Last Sunday, 50 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s.
  • Prayer requests. Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Darlene, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Rosanne, Connie, Michael, George, Adam, Dylan, Fr. Martin, Bishop John (Pazak).
  • Hospitality sign-up sheet: Oct 12 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Lang family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday!
  • Special Priests’ Medical Insurance Collection. If you would still like to contribute to this collection, you may do so until next Sunday. Mark your donation “clergy medical insurance”. Thank you for your generosity.
  • Christmas round the World – the annual festival of food, crafts, and fellowship of the local Eastern Churches, is on November 8th this year. If you are willing to provide goodies for our sale, serve our table for a period of time, or help in any other way, please let father Francis know.

Liturgical schedule

       
Mon Oct 6th 7:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Holy Apostle Thomas.
 
Wed Oct 8th 5:30 PM Vespers.  
Sun Oct 12th 8:30 AM Confessions. 9:10 AM Prayers.

9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

18th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 1.
 

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

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

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John of Kronstadt, writes in his inspiring book “The Life of Christ”: “Every person that does any evil, that gratifies any passion, is sufficiently punished by the evil he has committed, by the passion he serves, but chiefly by the fact that he withdraws himself from God, and God withdraws Himself from him: it would , therefore, be insane and most inhuman to nourish anger against such a man:  it would be the same as to drown a sinking man, or push into the fire a person who is already be devoured by the flame.  To such a man, as to one in danger of perishing, we must show double love and pray fervently to God for him; not judging him, not rejoicing at his misfortune.”

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