Bulletin for Jan. 21, 2018 – Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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. Cyril of Alexandria

What profit is there in fasting twice in the week if it serves only as a pretext for ignorance and vanity and makes you proud, haughty and selfish? You tithe your possessions and boast about it. In another way, you provoke God’s anger by condemning and accusing other people because of this. You are puffed up, although not crowned by the divine decree for righteousness. On the contrary, you heap praises on yourself. He says, “I am not as the rest of humankind.” Moderate yourself, O Pharisee. Put a door and lock on your tongue. You speak to God who knows all things. Wait for the decree of the judge. No one who is skilled in wrestling ever crowns himself. No one also receives the crown from himself but waits for the summons of the referee…. Lower your pride, because arrogance is accursed and hated by God. It is foreign to the mind that fears God. Christ even said, “Do not judge, and you shall not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned,” One of his disciples also said/There is one lawgiver and judge. Why then do you judge your neighbor?” No one who is in good health ridicules one who is sick for being laid up and bedridden. He is rather afraid, for perhaps he may become the victim of similar sufferings. A person in battle, because another has fallen, does not praise himself for having escaped from misfortune. The weakness of others is not a suitable subject for praise for those who are in health.

St. Augustine of Hippo
How useful and necessary a medicine is repentance! People who remember that they are only human will readily understand this. It is written, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” … The Pharisee was not rejoicing so much in his own clean bill of health as in comparing it with the diseases of others. He came to the doctor. It would have been more worthwhile to inform him by confession of the things that were wrong with himself instead of keeping his wounds secret and having the nerve to crow over the scars of others. It is not surprising that the tax collector went away cured, since he had not been ashamed of showing where he felt pain.

· Last Sunday, 63 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. 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 28 – open, Feb 4 – open, Feb 11 – 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.

· Advisory board meeting will be held in the parish hall next Sunday (Jan 28), following Divine Liturgy.

· 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 21 – Janson family, Feb 4 –Cantor Gene Ford. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

· 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.

Liturgical schedule

Jan 22nd
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.

Jan 24th
5:30 PM Vespers.

Jan 28th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Prodigal son. Tone 1.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

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.

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