Bulletin for January 3, 2016


Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki! + Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory for ever!

From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Who is the father of the rain? Who makes the drops of dew? Who holds the clouds together and prevents them pouring water on the earth? Sometimes he brings golden-lined clouds scurrying from the south. In some cases he lets them take a firm shape, in others he makes their form vary with every moment. They hold great quantities of water yet they do not break and they roam peacefully over the sky until he unleashes the winds on the world. Who crystallizes the water into ice? The ice seems hard as rock, yet it is water. On some occasions the water becomes snow and looks like wool. On other occasions again he uses it to scatter the fog like ashes. In spring the rock melts and runs down the slopes. Water always remains water yet it has many different powers. In vineyards water becomes ‘wine to gladden the hearts of the people.’ In the olive groves it becomes ‘oil to make their faces shine.’ And it also changes into ‘bread to strengthen people’s hearts,’ [Ps. 104:15] and into fruit of every kind. In the face of all these marvels who can fail to adore their Creator?

· Last Sunday, 71 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__, donations $__, retired religious $__ 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. Patricia, 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, Jude.

· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Jan 10 – Janson family, Jan 17 – Prescott family, Jan 24 – open, Jan 31 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who brought things to share for our hospitality time last Sunday.

· On Wednesday, we will bless water, please bring a container to take some holy water home to use.

· House Blessing 2016. If you would like to have your house blessed, please let father know by signing up on the sheet in the parish hall.

Liturgical schedule

Jan 4th
7:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Jan 5th
5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Eve of Theophany. (Strict fast.)

Jan 6th
5: 30 PM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Water.
Theophany of Our Lord.
Holy Day of Obligation.

Jan 10th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9: 10 AM Prayers.
9: 30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Theophany.
Tone 8.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Vigil of Theophany is a day of strict fast – we observe abstinence from milk and meat foods, one full meal and two smaller meals that together equal one full meal, no snacks. Friday is a day of penance – simple abstinence from meat foods is prescribed.


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