St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine 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.
Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Diadochus of Photike
At table, we give up a diet that is over-full and too refined to hold at bay the body which behaves like a champing stallion pawing the ground and quivering. As a result, we have a surplus of food which we can distribute to the poor: a sign, this, of authentic love for our brothers and sisters. The individual who gives thanks to God and eats and drinks everything that is prepared and served up to him at table is not going against true wisdom, because everything God made ‘is very good’. (Gen. 1:31) But the individual who voluntarily gives up what he likes shows an even greater wisdom. He is only able to do it, provided he has first tasted how sweet the Lord is. If the body is weighed down with too much food, it makes the mind tired and sluggish; if it is weakened by excessive abstinence it generates in the soul melancholy and an indifference to the divine Word. There is therefore great need of a balance: moderate the appetite when the body is vigorous, give it more nourishment when the body is weak.
St. Maximus the Confessor
Do not devote yourself entirely to disciplining your body. Arrange a program that is within your capability and then concentrate on your spiritual work. Those who do not know how to walk in the way of the Spirit are likely to fail to keep a watchful eye on the passions that rage within them, and let themselves be entirely taken up with the body. They then reach one of two opposite states. Either they become gluttonous, profligate, miserable, choleric, full of rancor, and this quenches their spirit, or they overdo the mortification and lose their clarity of thought. Not one of the things God has put at our disposal is forbidden in Scripture. The Bible limits itself to reproving excess and correcting what is unreasonable. For example, there is no need to avoid eating, having children, possessing wealth and administering it with justice; only avoid gluttony, luxury, and so forth. There is a further point. There is no need to avoid dwelling on these matters in your thoughts, they exist because we have thought of them in the first place, avoid only dwelling on them with immoderate eagerness.
- Last Sunday, 51 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. Fr. Francis, Fr. Randall, Fr. George, Fr. Michael, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Kathy, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Ted, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, George, Adam, Joanne and Bob.
- Hospitality sign-up sheet: Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday!
- Congratulations to Baker family on the birth of their baby daughter Mary Anne last Friday, February 13th. May God grant many blessed year to her, her parents Martin and Elizabeth and her brothers and sisters.
- Pysanki-making workshop starts today. If you signed up for our workshop, it will begin immediately after catechism in the parish hall. For those who did not sign up, feel free to stop by our workshop in the parish hall and observe and learn, or encourage our participants.
- Bishop’s Appeal 2015. If you have not received the mailing from the Eparchy, you can pick up pledge card and flier at the entrance to the church. Our parish goal this year is $____ ($___ per household). Please submit your pledges to the parish office at your earliest convenience. Pledge cards are located at the entrance to the church. So far, 5 households have responded to the Appeal, donations are $___ total, 3 pledges submitted.
|Wed||Feb 25th||5:30 PM Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts.|
|Sat||Feb 28th||8.30 AM Divine Liturgy. Panychida.||2nd All Souls Saturday.|
|Sun||Mar 1st||8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Prayers.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
|2nd Sunday of the Great Fast.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.
As a minimum fasting discipline required for the faithful of our church, on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer sacrifices to the Lord.