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From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Peter Chrysologus
“He divided his means between them.” The son is as impatient as the father was kind. He is weary of his father’s own life. Since he cannot shorten his father’s life, he works to get possession of his property. He was not content to possess his father’s wealth in company with his father, and he deserved to lose the privileges of a son.
Let us make some inquiries. What reason brought the son to such actions? What bold prospect raised his spirits to make so startling a request? What reason did he have? Clearly the Father in heaven cannot be bounded by any limit, or shut in by any time, or destroyed by any power of death. The son could not await his father’s death to get his wealth, so he conceived the desire to get his pleasure from the generosity of his father while he was still alive. The father’s bounty proved that the insult lay in his request.
St. Ambrose of Milan
You see that the divine inheritance is given to those who ask. You should not think that the Father was guilty because he gave to the younger son. There is no frail age in the kingdom of God nor is faith weighed down by years. He who made the request surely judged himself worthy. If only he had not departed from his Father, he would not have known the hindrance of age. After he went abroad, he who departed from the church squandered his inheritance. “After,” it says, “leaving his home and country, he went abroad into a distant country,” What is farther away than to depart from oneself, and not from a place?… Surely whoever separates himself from Christ is an exile from his country, a citizen of the world. We are not strangers and pilgrims, but we are “fellow citizens of the saints and of the household of God,” for we who were far away have come near in the blood of Christ. Let us not look down on those who return from a distant land, because we were also in a distant land, as Isaiah teaches. “To them that dwelled in the region of the shadow of death, light has risen.” There is a distant region of the shadow of death, but we, for whom the Spirit be-fore our face is Christ the Lord, live in the shadow of Christ. The church therefore says, “Under his shadow I desired and sat down.”
· Last Sunday, 52 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $___, donations $___, candles $__. Thank you for supporting our church, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity. Please consider making St. Philip’s parish a part of your estate planning.
· Prayer requests. Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Martin, Fr. Ted, Fr. Brendan, Sr. Patricia, Oceana, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan.
· Hospitality sign-up sheet: Feb 19 – Murin family, Feb 26 – Janson family, Mar 5 – McDonough family, Mar 12 – Baker family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Cantor Gene Ford for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
· Bishop’s Appeal is back! This year, the goal for our parish is $____, based on the calculation of $___ per household, the deadline for the Appeal is May 31st. You should expect a mailing with more details from the Eparchy soon.
· All-Souls Saturdays. Following the Byzantine Catholic tradition, five Saturdays are set aside for the remembrance of the departed members of our families and of our friends. In 2017, the First All Souls Saturday is February 18th. Please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy on these five Saturdays to the parish office. On top of the entry, write your family name, then list first names of the individuals to be commemorated. Please place the note in the collection basket, or email it to Fr. Francis by Sunday, February 12th.
· Parish Retreat at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ukiah. Please join us in the annual weekend retreat pilgrimage at the monastery, March 17-19. We will join the monks for prayer and meals, Fr. David Anderson from St. Peter’s church in Ukiah will offer us a few reflections on the byzantine spirituality. The cost is $120 for single room, $160 for family, half is due by the end of February. To sign up and for more details, see Fr. Francis.
· Alive in Christ – ascetical boot camp for boys and men will take place in Prescott, AZ this year, July 6th – 9th. Application deadline is May 12th. For more information, see the flyer in the entry way.
Mon Feb 13th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Wed Feb 15th
5:30 PM Vespers.
Feb 18th 8 AM Divine Liturgy. Panachida.
1st All-Souls Saturday.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9 AM Prayers
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Meat Fare.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays are traditionally days of penance, simple abstinence from meat food is observed. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.