Bulletin for Nov. 12, 2017

O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

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

From the Fathers of the Church…


He [the Lord] teaches that the man going down was the neighbor of no one except of him who wanted to keep the commandments and prepare himself to be a neighbor to everyone that needs help. This is what is found after the end of the parable, “Which of these three does it seem to you is the neighbor of the man who fell among robbers?” Neither the priest nor the Levite was his neighbor, but as the teacher of the law himself answered “he who showed pity” was his neighbor. The Savior says, “Go, and do likewise.”

… One of the elders wanted to interpret the parable as follows. The man who was going down is Adam. Jerusalem is paradise, and Jericho is the world. The robbers are hostile powers. The priest is the law, the Levite is the prophets, and the Samaritan is Christ. The wounds are disobedience. The beast is the Lord’s body. The pandochium (that is, the stable), which accepts all who wish to enter, is the church. The two denarii mean the Father and the Son. The manager of the stable is the head of the church, to whom its care has been entrusted. The fact that the Samaritan promises he will return represents the Savior’s second coming….

The Samaritan, “who took pity on the man who had fallen among thieves,” is truly a “guardian,” and a closer neighbor than the Law and the Prophets. He showed that he was the man’s neighbor more by deed than by word. According to the passage that says, “Be imitators of me, as I too am of Christ,” it is possible for us to imitate Christ and to pity those who “have fallen among thieves.” We can go to them, bind their wounds, pour in oil and wine, put them on our own animals, and bear their burdens. The Son of God encourages us to do things like this. He is speaking not so much to the teacher of the law as to us and to everyone when he says, “Go and do likewise,” If we do, we will receive eternal life in Christ Jesus, to whom is glory and power for ages of ages. Amen.

· Last Sunday, 57 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, gift shop $. 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. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Rachel, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Margaret, Mary, Lorrie, Cantor Gene, Jonathan, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Nov 19 – potluck, Nov 26 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall.

· Our Saint Philip celebration will take place on Sunday, November 19th, so all our parishioners can come. We will pray Great Vespers with litija on Saturday (Nov 18th) evening, calling down God’s abundance upon our community, this city and the whole world. The actual feast of St. Philip the Apostle is on Nov 14th.

· Christmas around the World Festival. Thank you for coming and supporting St. Philip’s and other Eastern churches in Sacramento! Thank you to our many volunteers who worked our two tables at the event. Thank you for baked goods contributions for this event. May God grant all our hard working volunteers and benefactors many blessed years!

· St. Philip’s fast begins on November 15th. This is a traditional fasting season, in preparation for the Nativity and Theophany of the Lord, it lasts until the evening of the Feast of Nativity of Our Lord, Dec 24th. Traditionally, this season is similar to the fast before Pascha, with no meat and dairy foods, the fast was relaxed on Holy Days. The minimum fasting discipline in Our Eparchy today calls for abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. On November 18-19th, all fasting discipline is dispensed for our parishioners, as we celebrate our parish feast.

· St. Philip’s Christmas Retreat, December 1-3. As we prepare for the days of light, feasts of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord, please join us for prayer and reflection with Fr. David Anderson of St. Peter’s Ukrainian Eastern Catholic Church in Ukiah. We will meet on Friday and Saturday evenings, and at our regular time on Sunday, for prayer followed by a talk by Fr. David. All are welcome.

· ST. PHILIP’S BAKE SALE ON DECEMBER 2ND. Come join us, bring family and friends. Lots of baked goods, small gift items, warm food served or to go, great opportunity get Christmas sweets and foods for your pantry, as well as spend time with one another. The day will begin with Divine Liturgy at 8 AM (with Fr. David), bake sale from 10 AM – 6 PM, Great Vespers at 6 PM, retreat talk by Fr. David at 7 PM.

· PILGRIM VOCATION ICON As we pray for the Lord to have mercy on our church and send us good and holy shepherds, remember especially the children and youth of our parish, for the grace to desire God’s will for their lives, and to discern and follow their vocation. Vocation icon schedule: Nov 12 – Nick Wroblicky family, Nov 19 – Janson family, Nov 26 – Burke family. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Liturgical schedule

Nov 13th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
St. John Chrysostom.

Nov 14th
5:30 PM Divine Liturgy.
St. Philip the Apostle.

Nov 18th
5:30 PM Great Vespers.

Nov 19th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
St. Philip’s Parish Feast.
24th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 7.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment.

During St. Philp’s Fast, we are obliged to observe abstinence from meat foods on Fridays. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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