Bulletin for November 20, 2016

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

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

What does the rich man do, surrounded by a great supply of many blessings beyond all numbering? In distress and anxiety, he speaks the words of poverty. He says, “What should I do?”… He does not look to the future. He does not raise his eyes to God. He does not count it worth his while to gain for the mind those treasures that are above in heaven. He does not cherish love for the poor or desire the esteem it gains. He does not sympathize with suffering. It gives him no pain nor awakens his pity. Still more irrational, he settles for himself the length of his life, as if he would also reap this from the ground. He says, “I will say to myself, ‘Self, you have goods laid up for many years. Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.'” “O rich man,” one may say, ‘You have storehouses for your fruits, but where will you receive your many years? By the decree of God, your life is shortened.'” “God,” it tells us, “said to him, ‘You fool, this night they will require of you your soul. Whose will these things be that you have prepared?'”
· Last Sunday, 40 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, candles $_, donations $__, Special Collection (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. 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: Nov 27 – open, Dec 4 – Prescott family, Dec 11 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the list is in the parish hall. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

· Welcome Bishop John of Phoenix. Thank you for blessing us with your presence this weekend, for our St. Philip’s Feast.

· Special Collection – Clergy Medical Insurance. Thank you for your generosity with this special collection. Altogether, our parish contribution to this collection is $____. Thank you again, for supporting the clergy of our Eparchy.

· Christmas in Eastern Europe. Big thank you to our crew for hosting the festival yesterday. I thank you for many days of preparations, for cleaning, for spending the past few days here at church setting up, and for welcoming our guests yesterday. May God grant you many blessed years!

· Advent Retreat with Fr. Jacques Phillipe, on Saturday, November 26, 7:30 a.m. (all day), at St John the Evangelist (5701 Locust Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608). For more information and to buy tickets ($15/25 with lunch), visit Easter’s Books, or online at http://www.thecatholicscene.com

· Fall 2016 online Adult Education classes – through the Fuze online platform, from 7:00-8:00pm Pacific Time. All Classes Are Free. Tuesday night ongoing classes: Eastern Christian Spirituality, 11/8/16 – 12/13/16 • Fr. Joseph Stanichar. Thursday night Stand Alones: 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.

Liturgical schedule

Nov 21st
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
Presentation of the Holy Mother of God in the Temple. Solemn Feast.

Nov 24th
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 27th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
28th Sunday after Pentecost.
Tone 3.

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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