Bulletin for Dec. 31, 2017

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

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Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

From the Fathers of the Church…
St. John Chrysostom

Even as He came in swaddling clothes we see a tyrant raging, a flight ensuing and a departure beyond the border. For it was because of no crime that his family was exiled into the land of Egypt. So do not be troubled if you are suffering countless dangers. Do not expect to be celebrated or crowned promptly for your troubles. Instead you may keep in mind the long-suffering example of the mother of the Child, bearing all things nobly, knowing that such a fugitive life is consistent with the ordering of spiritual things. You are sharing the kind of labor Mary herself shared. So did the Magi. They both were willing to retire secretly in the humiliating role of fugitive.

· Last Sunday, 65 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, candles $, Christmas collection $. 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. Marcus, Fr. James, Fr. Joseph, 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, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.

· Hospitality signup sheet: Jan 7 – open, Jan 14 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to all who helped with Holy Supper hospitality last Sunday.

· Blessed New Year 2018. May God bless your every step in this New Year, and may you grow in closeness and likeness to Him ever more.

· Vigil of Theophany (January 5th) is a day of strict fast. On this day, our fasting discipline permits one full meal and two smaller meals that do not equal one full meal, all foods being meatless and dairy-free. Persons 14-59 years of age are obliged to fast. Health reasons, pregnancy and nursing excuse a person from fasting.

· Great blessing of water will take place after Vespers with Divine Liturgy on January 5th. Bring a container to carry some holy water home.

· House blessings in 2018. Please sign up for a house blessing of Theophany, the sign-up sheet is in the parish hall. With the feast falling on Saturday, father will try to visit as many, if not all, of your homes that weekend, as time permits.

· Checks made to the parish. When writing a check to the parish (tithe, donation, special collection, gift shop, etc.), please use the name: “Saint Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church.” Sometimes we have difficulty with the bank when checks are written using other names (don’t use names such as St. Philip’s Church; St. Philip’s parish; St. Philip Byzantine Church, St. Philip Catholic Church). Thank you.

· 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: Dec 31 – Marion Williams. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Liturgical schedule


Preobrazhenski Monastery, Bulgaria

Jan 1st
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great.
Circumcision of Our Lord. Solemn Feast. St. Basil the Great.

Jan 5th
5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Great blessing of water.
Vigil of Theophany. Day of strict fast.

Jan 6th
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Theophany of Our Lord. Holy Day of Obligation.

Jan 7th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday after Theophany. Tone 6.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. This Friday (Jan 5th) is a day of strict fast before the feast of Theophany.

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