O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That he may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
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Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church…
St. Theophilus of Alexandria
It is easy to turn this to a moral use. For whoever surpasses many in wickedness is small in spiritual growth, and cannot see Jesus for the crowd. For disturbed by passion and worldly things, he beholds not Jesus walking, that is, working in us, not recognizing His operation. But he climbs up to the top of a sycamore-tree, in that he rises above the sweetness of pleasure, which is signified by a fig, and subduing it, and so becoming more exalted, he sees and is seen by Christ.
…The Lord said to him, Make haste and come down, that is, “you have ascended by penitence to a place too high for you, come down by humility, lest your exaltation cause you to sky. I must abide in the house of a humble man. We have two kinds of goods in us, bodily, and spiritual; the just man gives up all his bodily goods to the poor, but he forsakes not his spiritual goods, but if he has extorted anything from any one, he restores to him fourfold; signifying thereby that if a man by repentance walks in the opposite path to his former perverseness, he by the manifold practice of virtue heals all his old offenses, and so merits salvation, and is called the son of Abraham, because he went out from his own kindred, that is, from his ancient wickedness.
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Or because the sycamore is from its name called the foolish fig, the little Zacchaeus gets up into the sycamore and sees the Lord, for they who humbly choose the foolish things of this world are those who contemplate most closely the wisdom of God. For what is more foolish in this world than not to seek for what is lost, to give our possessions to robbers, to return not injury for injury? However, by this wise foolishness, the wisdom of God is seen, not yet really as it is, but by the light of contemplation.
· Last Sunday, 50+ souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, donations $, 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. Marcus, Fr. Chris, Fr. Jozef, Fr. Randall, Fr. Brendan, Fr. Ted & Barbara, Sr. Patricia, Gary and Ingrid, Margaret and Don, Walter, Adam, Margaret, Oceana, Becky, Alexis, Marion, Curtis, Ronald, Taylor, Lorrie, Rosa, Frances, Maros, Alex, Ted, Eva.
· Hospitality signup sheet: Jan 21 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Prescott family who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.
· Thank you to Baker family who donated a new holy water fountain for our church.
· 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: Jan 14 – Belke family, Jan 21 – Janson family, Feb 4 –Cantor Gene Ford. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)
· Icon-writing retreat. After being forced to cancel Fall Workshops due to the Great Fire of 2017, Father Abbot Damian will hold an Icon Retreat at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Redwood Valley from January 22nd to Jan 27th. The workshop will begin at 4:30PM on Monday the 22nd. If interested in attending, please email Brother Gideon at firstname.lastname@example.org
· All Souls Saturday. 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 2018, the first All Souls Saturday is February 3rd. Please submit the names of those you wish to have remembered at the Divine Liturgy and Panychida on these five Saturdays. Only write the first names of the individuals to be commemorated. Return your requests to the parish office by mail or by placing them in the collection basket. Deadline for returns is Sunday, January 28th.
Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal begins now. The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office, if you don’t receive yours by the end of January, let Fr. Francis know. This year, we are requested to send our pledges directly to the Bishop’s office in Phoenix, AZ, and our checks to be made to Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix.
7:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
5:30 PM Vespers.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee. Tone 8.
Cantor: Tim Del Castillo.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays are fasting days, we observe abstinence from meat foods. Let us remember one another as we offer prayers and sacrifices to God.