Bulletin for Feb. 4, 2018 – Meatfare Sunday – Sunday of the Last Judgement

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…

Oct - 4340Incomplete work on Matthew

“And he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” So then, people on earth are intermingled, and not only intermingled in that the righteous live side by side with the wicked, but they are also indistinguishable, between the righteous and the wicked there is no apparent difference. Even as in wintertime you cannot tell the healthy trees apart from the withered trees but in beautiful springtime you can tell the difference, so too each person according to his faith and his works will be exposed.  The wicked will not have any leaves or show any fruit, but the righteous will be clothed with the leaves of eternal life and adorned with the fruit of glory. In this way they will be separated by the heavenly shepherd and Lord. The earthly shepherd separates animals by their type of body, whereas Christ separates people by their type of soul. The sheep signify righteous people by reason of their gentleness, because they harm no one, and by reason of their patience, because when they are harmed by others, they bear it without resistance. He refers to sinners as goats, however, because these vices characterize goats: capriciousness toward other animals, pride and belligerence.

“…And he will place the sheep at his right hand but the goats at the left.” When someone is brought into the presence of a king or a judge, on the very spot where he is ordered to stand he will learn whether he has been brought in because of the good he did or the evil. If he has been brought in because of the good, he is immediately made to stand close; if because of the evil, he is ordered to stand at a distance. So too God will place the righteous at his right hand but the goats at the left. Each one will know what his merits are, then and there. When judgment is passed, the punishment of shame will follow. He will justly place the righteous at his right hand, because they never knew the left side; he will justly place the wicked at the left, because they never wanted to know the right side.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 24 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: Feb 11 – Murin family, Feb 18 – open, Feb 25 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Theresa Vinciguerra who provided hospitality for us last Sunday.

 

· 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: Feb 4 – Agayoff family, Feb 11 – Dean family, Feb 18 – Prescott family, Feb 25 Ruby family. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. The Annual Bishop’s Appeal begins now. Our parish goal is $. The pledge form and information for the appeal will be sent directly from the Bishop’s office; if you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter. 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

Mon
Feb 5th
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy

Wed
Feb 7th
5:30 PM Vespers

Sun
Feb 11th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Sunday of the Cheese Fare. Tone 3.
Cantor: Gene Ford

Sun Feb 11 – 1 PM – Forgiveness Vespers

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance, we observe abstinence from meat foods. By tradition, Cheese-fare week is already a meatless week, in preparation for the Great Fast. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.

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