St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church
3866 65th street
Sacramento, CA 95820
Phone: (916) 452-1888 E-mail: email@example.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.
Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Ambrose of Milan
The Lord says: ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part which shall not be taken away from her.’ [Luke 10:41-42] We too ought to be eager to possess what no one can take away from us, namely the gift of earnest, attentive listening to the Word of God. We know from the parable of the Sower that the seeds even of the heavenly Word are taken away if they are sown along the path. So let the longing for wisdom inspire you as it did Mary, and never think those people idle who are seeking it. Certainly, the Lord did not rebuke Martha for her devoted service. He is rich in many gifts and distributes them severally among human beings. Mary is judged the wiser of the two sisters because she chose what she saw to be the most important thing. The Apostles, you remember, reckoned that it was not good to leave the Word of God to serve tables. [Acts 6:2] Yet each kind of service is a work of wisdom. Stephen who was chosen to serve tables was full of wisdom. [Acts 6:5-10] But the server should obey the teacher, and the teacher should encourage the server. The Church is one body, although it has many different members, and each needs the other. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”‘ [cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-21] For although some members are of chief importance, all are necessary. Wisdom, however, has its seat in the head whereas action relies on the hands. The truly wise are those whose souls are in Christ.
· Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $____, donations $___, candles $__, clergy medical insurance: $__. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity.
· Prayer requests. Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Christopher OSBM, Sr. Maria Rose OP, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Tom, Margaret and Don, Walter, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Agatha, Michael, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Nov 22 – open, Nov 29 – open, Dec 6 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Baker family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.
· St. Philip’s Fast begins today. Traditionally, the period after the feast of St. Philip the Apostle to Christmas Eve marks a 40-day fasting period in preparation for the feast of the Nativity in the flesh of our Lord. It is one of the four fasting periods in our liturgical year. The observance of this fast is voluntary, with the minimum of abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays.
· Christmas in Eastern Europe. Thank you all who volunteered during our event yesterday, also to those who came to support us with their presence. Special thanks to all who helped fill our tables with goodies, you spend weeks and days working hard for St. Philip’s. May God bless you for your generosity. You all made it a beautiful day for all our visitors.
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Presentation of the Holy Mother of God in the Temple.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
26th Sunday after Pentecost.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Wednesdays and Fridays of St. Philip’s fast are days of simple abstinence. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to God.