Bulletin for Feb. 18, 2018 – Sunday of Orthodoxy

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

***

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

From the Fathers of the Church…

St. John Chrysostom
Having then taken [Peter and the other disciple], Jesus next goes to the capture of the others and draws to him Philip and Nathanael. Now in the case of Nathanael this was not so amazing because the fame of Jesus had gone all over Syria. But it is truly remarkable concerning Peter, James and Philip, that they believed not only before the miracles, but that they did so being from Galilee, out of which “arises no prophet,” nor “can any good thing come.” The Galileans were somehow of a more boorish and dull disposition than others. But even in this Christ displayed his power. He selected his choicest disciples from a land that bore no fruit.
“To every thoughtful person there is a benefit”… and Christ implied more than this when he said, “He that seeks finds.” This is why I no longer wonder how it was that Philip followed Christ. Andrew was persuaded when he heard from John, and Peter was persuaded when he heard from Andrew. But Philip, not having learned anything from anyone but Christ who said to him only this, “Follow me,” immediately obeyed and did not go back. In fact, he even became a preacher to others. For he ran to Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets wrote.” Do you see what a thoughtful mind he had, how assiduously he meditated on the writings of Moses, expecting the advent? For the expression “we have found” belongs always to those who are in some way seeking.

Announcements
· Last Sunday, 50+ 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 25 – Baker family, Mar 4 – Prescott family, Mar 11 – open. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Murin family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

image· Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. We need your help! There are a few things happening before our upcoming event on March 24th, clean-up day, pirohy making, and then the actual event. Please consider helping with one or few of these. For more information, see the sign-up sheet in the parish hall.

· 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 18 – Prescott family, Feb 25 – Ruby family, Mar 4 – Marion Williams. (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

Wed
Feb 21st
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

Sat
Feb 24th
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy and Panachyda.
Second All-Souls Saturday.

Sun
Feb 25th
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Second Sunday of the Great Fast. Tone 5.
Cantor: Gene Ford.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The minimum fasting discipline in our Eparchy is abstinence from meat foods on Wednesdays and Fridays of the Great Fast.

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