O Holy Apostle Philip,
Intercede with the merciful God
That He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! + Slava Isusu Christu! Slava i vo viki!
From the Fathers of the Church …
St. Maximus of Turin
That you may understand that the Lord was speaking of spiritual fishing, however, Peter says, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” It is as if he were saying, “Through the whole night our fishing has brought us nothing, and we have been laboring in vain. Now I will not fish with fishing gear but with grace, not with diligence acquired by skill but with the perseverance acquired by devotion.” When Peter lets down the nets at the word, therefore, he is in fact letting down the teachings in Christ. When he unfolds the tightly woven and well-ordered nets at the command of the Master, he is really laying out words in the name of the Savior in a fitting and clear fashion. By these words he is able to save not creatures but souls. “We toiled all night,” he says, “and took nothing.” Peter, who beforehand was unable to see in order to make a catch, enduring darkness without Christ, had indeed toiled through the whole night. But when the Savior’s light shone upon him the darkness scattered, and by faith he began to discern in the deep what he could not see with his eyes.
Last Sunday, 67 souls came to pray at St. Philip’s, our tithes to the Lord were $, candles $, donations $, altar server vestments $, book sale $. 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. Basil, 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, Juraj, Joan, Stefan.
Hospitality signup sheet: Sep 30 – McDonough family, Oct 7 – Murin family, Oct 14 – Prescott family. Please sign up for hospitality for the upcoming Sundays; the signup sheet is in the parish hall. Thank you to Ruby family for providing hospitality for us last Sunday.
Our pre-Christmas events are fast approaching. As in years past, our parish will participate in Christmas around the world festival held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento (on November 10). We will have baking days in October (on Saturday mornings), to prepare for the event. If you are willing to chair the event for our parish, please contact Fr. Francis. Likewise, if you are interested in helping us bake, contact Fr. Francis.
Altar Server Vestments. Our altar server vestments are due for replacement. We are in need of 4-6 vestments of bright color at this time. The cost of one vestment is around $200, depending on size. Beginning this first Sunday of September and for two following Sundays, we’ll take the second collection for this purpose. You can also send your donation to parish office, please mark your donation “server vestments.” Thank you in advance for your support.
November 2 – 4th: “Come and See” Men between the ages of 18 and 35 who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Church are invited to attend this weekend of discernment at the Metropolitan Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. There is no charge for the weekend (travel expenses are the responsibility of the individual). For further information or registration contact the Seminary at http://www.bcs.edu. Deadline for registration is October 10th.
*October 1st – Feast of the Protection of Mary – Patronage of our Eparchy.
*Saturday, October 13th – Baptism of the Murin baby.
*October 14th – Special collection “Priests’ Medical Insurance.”
* November 10th – Christmas around the World Festival (at the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento).
6:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
5:30 PM Vespers.
8:30 AM Confessions.
9:30 AM Divine Liturgy.
19th Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 2. Cantor: Gene Ford. Reader: Richard Agayoff.
For Confession, please come half an hour before the scheduled services, or schedule an appointment. Fridays in general are days of penance and fasting. Let us remember one another as we offer our prayers and sacrifices to the Lord.