Christos Voskres! Voistinu Voskres! + Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
From the Fathers of the Church …
Saint Gregory Nazianzen
Yesterday the lamb was slain, and the door posts sprinkled with his blood, while Egypt mourned for her first-born. But the destroying angel and his sacrificial knife, fearful and terrifying, passed over us, for we were protected by the precious blood. This day we have wholly departed from Egypt, and from Pharaoh its cruel tyrant, and his oppressive overseers. We are freed from laboring with bricks and straw, and no one forbids us celebrate the festival of our passing over, our Pasch, and to celebrate not with the leaven of malice and wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am glorified with him. Yesterday I died with him; today I am given life with him. Yesterday I was buried with him; today I rise again with him.
St. John Chrysostom
This was Joseph, who had been concealing his discipleship. Now he became very bold, after the death of Christ. For neither was he an obscure person nor unnoticed. He was one of the council, and highly distinguished, and as we see, courageous. For he exposed himself to death, raking upon himself the enmity of all by his affection to Jesus. He begged for the body and did not desist until he obtained it. Not only that, but by laying it in his own new tomb, he actively demonstrated his love and courage.
· Last Sunday, 64 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__, donations $__, Bishop’s Appeal: $___. 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, Adam, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Joseph, Theresa, Emily, Ronald, Janet, Michael, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Apr 17 – Lang family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Mason family for providing hospitality meal for us last Sunday.
· Volunteers needed to plant some plants along the outside fence of the church property. If you have time and energy, please see Fr. Francis for details.
· For safety reasons, we will be locking the door leading to church after services. Also, please remember to accompany your child to the bathroom and when playing outside in the church yard.
· Special Collection for Home Missions will be taken on Sunday, April 24th. This is the collection we as Eparchy directly benefit from. Please consider supporting the missionary activity of the Catholic Church in the United States. Since the collection is taken on the weekend of our retreat, we will keep it open for 2-3 weeks.
· Bishop’s Appeal. Our goal this year is $_____. Your contributions are to be made to “St. Philip the Apostle,” please mark your donation as “Bishop’s Appeal.” So far, we have received 14 responses – which is 75% of our parishioners, and $_____ in donations.
· St. Philip Parish retreat in Ukiah, April 22nd-24th. If you would like to sign up, there are 8 single rooms still open. The cost of accommodation is $160 for family room, $140 for couples, and $120 for single room. There is still room! Please sign up. Full amount for retreat accommodation is now due, please make checks to St. Philip the Apostle, mark as “retreat”.
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:10 AM Prayers.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Paralytic Man.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. We resume our abstinence from meat foods on Fridays this week.