Bulletin for Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 – Flowery Sunday & Annunciation to the Theotokos

imageO 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…

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers
A brother said to Abbot Pastor: If I give one of my brothers a little bread or something of the sort, the demons spoil everything and it seems to me that I have acted only to please men. The elder said to him: Even if your good work was done to please, we must still give to our brother what they need. And he told him this story. Two farmers lived in a village. One of them sowed his field and reaped only a small and wretched crop. The other neglected to sow anything at all, and so he reaped nothing. Which of the two will survive, if there is a famine? The brother replied: The first one, even though his crop is small and wretched. The elder said to him: Let us sow, even though our sowing is small and wretched, lest we die in the time of hunger.

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: Apr 1 – Pascha potluck, Apr 8 – St. Thomas Potluck, Apr 15 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Dean family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.

Fish-Fry and Pirohy Dinner. Thank you to our volunteers for a nice evening you prepared for our people and visitors yesterday. May God give you abundant blessings for your hard work and time spent for us.

Special Collection on Great and Holy Friday is taken in support of the Christians in the Holy Land.

Thomas’ Sunday. We will hold advisory board meeting following Divine Liturgy, to evaluate our Fish-Fry Pirohy event and for parish updates. All are welcome to attend and provide input.

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: Mar 25 – Amy Seyfried, Apr 1 – Dean family, Apr 8 – open, Apr 15 – open. (To sign up, please contact Jon & Abby Burke, or Fr. Francis.)

Bishop’s Appeal 2018. Our parish goal is $. Please send your pledges and donations directly to the bishop’s office (Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, 8105 North 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020). Do not send cash, you can donate by check (payable to the Eparchy), or credit card. If you did not receive your Appeal mailing, see Fr. Francis for the pledge form and informational letter. To this date, 8 households participated in the Appeal, giving $. Thank you for your generosity.

Liturgical schedule

Wed Mar 28th
5:30 PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Holy Anointing.
Great and Holy Wednesday.

Thu Mar 29th
5:30 PM Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.
Great and Holy Thursday.

Fri Mar 30th
5:30 PM Burial Vespers.
Great and Holy Friday.

Sat Mar 31st
8:00 AM Jerusalem Matins.
Great and Holy Saturday.

Sun Apr 1st
9:00 AM Matins.
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Blessing of Paschal Foods.
Pascha – Resurrection of Our Lord.

Mon Apr 2nd
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Procession around the church.
Bright Monday.

Wed Apr 3rd
5:30 PM Paschal Vespers.
Bright Wednesday.

Sun Apr 8th
8:30 Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
Antipascha – Thomas’ Sunday.
Cantor: Amy Seyfried, Tim Del Castillo.

For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. The Great and Holy Week is a time of fasting and prayer. On Friday, we observe strict fast (abstinence from meat and dairy foods, one full meal, two small meals).  Bright Week (from Pascha to Thomas’ Sunday) is festive, fast-free.

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