Bulletin for October 2, 2016

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

From the Fathers of the Church…

St. Isaac of Nineveh

When a man overcomes justice by mercy, he is crowned, though not with crowns awarded under the law to the righteous, but with the crowns of the mature who are under the gospel. The ancient law also dictates that a man must give to the poor from his own means, and clothe the naked, and love his neighbor as himself. It forbids injustice and lying. But the perfection of the gospels dispensation commands the following: “Give to every man that asks of you, and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.” And further, a man must not merely with joy suffer injustice as regards his possessions and the rest of the external things that come upon him, but he must also lay down his life for his brother. This is the merciful man.

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.

· Last Sunday, 60 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $__, donations $9__. 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, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Joan, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Mary, Jude.

· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Oct 9 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Next Sunday (Oct 9th) you are invited to renew our Safe Environment commitment at St. Philip’s parish. The meeting will take place at lunch time in the parish hall. We will review the procedures and discuss the topics of safety and protection of our children.

· Cleaning day on October 15th. This is the first of a few cleaning days we will have at St. Philip’s in the upcoming weeks. Please see Fr. Francis to sign up. It is important that you sign up, so we know what man power we have. Depending on whether the hall is painted by then, this may be a priority. Otherwise, the whole interior of the building needs our attention and basic cleaning: kitchen and hall, the office, gift shop, kids’ room.

· Fall 2016 online Adult Education classes. Classes are taught by the Clergy of the Eparchy of Phoenix, for free through the Fuze online platform. Fuze is an online webinar system which allows for video and audio sharing on Windows, Mac or ISO devices, or calling in through a toll-free phone. Classes are from 7:00-8:00pm Pacific Time. All Classes Are Free. Tuesday night ongoing classes: Introduction to Eastern Christianity 9/20/16 – 11/1/16 • Fr. Milan Kasperek; Eastern Christian Spirituality, 11/8/16 – 12/13/16 • Fr. Joseph Stanichar. Thursday night Stand Alones: Reading the Sacred Scriptures, 9/29/16 • Fr. James Barrand; On the Holy Icons, 10/6/16 • Fr. Michael O’Loughlin; Life and Legacy of Blessed Theodore Romzha, 10/27/16 • Fr. Chris Zugger; The Traditions of Philip’s Fast, 11/10/16 • Fr. Anthony Hernandez; The Traditions of Christmas and Theophany, 12/15/16 • Fr. Michael Bezruchka. For more information or to register visit: http://eparchyofphoenix.org/faith_formation.html. Email Dcn. Basil Ryan Balke with questions or to register at dcnbasil@eparchyofphoenix.org.

· Icon Workshop with Father Abbot Damian Higgins – Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Redwood Valley, CA. Dates: Nov. 7-13. Contact Br. Petro to sign up (petropia3@gmail.com). Workshop begins after Vespers on the 7th. Donation to the Monastery of $550 includes Room & Board, all class materials and instruction. Egg tempera technique used, no art experience necessary. More advanced students will be allowed to further their experience with complex techniques.
Liturgical schedule

Oct 3rd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Oct 5th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Oct 9th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:00 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
21st Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 4.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, abstinence from meat foods is observed. Let us remember one another in our prayers.

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